It’s Day 20 of the federal government shutdown. President Trump will visit the border in McAllen, Tex., leaving little hope of a resolution for a shutdown that will tie the longest in the nation’s history tomorrow.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and New York City with no public events or appearances or interviews scheduled as of yet.

At 10:30 a.m., Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart announce a partnership with Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, Suffolk County Police Department Headquarters, 30 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank.

At 11 a.m, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his sixth State of the City address, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their family members rally to urge Cuomo and legislators to fund a living wage for direct support professionals, War Room, second floor, state Capitol, Albany. (There will also be another rally in Poughkeepsie, 260 Mill St., from 10:30 a.m. to noon).

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, state Sen. Tim Kennedy and Rep. Antonio Delgado, WCNY.

At 12:15 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at a rally to combat gun violence, Half Hollow Hills High School, 50 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills.

At 1 p.m., the NYC Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Peter Koo, Assemblyman Clyde Vanel and others attend the opening of New York City’s first public-private blockchain center, 54 W. 21st St., 10th floor, Manhattan.


President Trump treated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to M&M’s, Skittles, Butterfingers and Baby Ruths during their meeting over the ongoing government shutdown, before, according to Schumer, storming out of the meeting during a “temper tantrum.”

When the meeting was over, talks to reopen the government appeared to be in disarray.

“Just left a meeting with Chuck (Schumer) and Nancy, a total waste of time,” Trump tweeted minutes after the blown-up sit-down. “I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?”

As the country nears the end of its third week of a government shutdown, the consequences of Washington’s political dysfunction are landing right on the city’s doorstep, with businesses suffering from a marked lack of customers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the most visible Justice Department protector of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and a frequent target of Trump’s wrath, is expected to leave his position soon after Trump’s nominee for attorney general is confirmed.

The U.S. Coast Guard offered its employees a set of clueless tips on how to deal with the crippling government shutdown that has cut off their paychecks, suggesting they walk dogs, throw garage sales or enlist as “mystery” shoppers.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‏slammed right-wing media sites for publishing a “fake nude photo” that some claimed showed the freshman congresswoman in a bathtub.

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrat, made history when she became the first woman and first black woman to lead a legislative house in New York’s Capitol.

It only took 242 years for the Senate to elect a woman majority leader.

“When you think about it, not that long ago, women weren’t even allowed to walk on the floor of this chamber,” Stewart-Cousins said shortly after figuratively taking the Senate gavel around 1:30 p.m on the opening day of the state legislature’s 2019 session. “I stand here the first woman leader of a legislative house in state history. And if we do this right, I cannot and will not be the last.”

Not only did Stewart-Cousins break the glass ceiling to become the state’s first female majority conference leader, but she was sworn in by the female state chief judge, Janet DiFiore, while Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who serves as Senate president, presided from the rostrum.

Her elevation to the powerful post means she will have a permanent seat at Albany’s negotiating table, marking the first time a woman has broken through the state Capitol’s infamous “three men in a room” culture — in which the governor, Senate majority leader and Assembly speaker hash out budgets and major legislation behind closed doors.

Stewart-Cousins laid out her agenda for the session, and it included a permanent cap on property taxes – which the governor also wants, but the Assembly Democrats apparently do not – and vetting state government contracts.

The session began with a recommitment from Cuomo and the leaders of both legislative chambers to change the statute of limitations for cases of child sex abuse and pass comprehensive criminal justice reform this year.

Cuomo said changes to state law are needed to prevent another tragedy like the Oct. 6 limousine crash in Schoharie County that killed 20 people.

The governor made an awkward “MeToo” movement joke while speaking to reporters at the state Capitol. Comedian Kathy Griffin didn’t find it funny.

“Space, we need space,” Cuomo had said to reporters who jockeyed to get in questions about the new legislative session. “I’ll bring you up on charges under the Me Too movement.”

Senate Democrats got to flex the power of their majority with the adoption of new operating rules for the chamber. Republicans were not at all happy.

Only months ago a major player who controlled which party had the majority in the state Senate, Sen. Simcha Felder is now an island unto to himself. The Brooklyn Democrat who used to caucus with the GOP returned to Albany for the legislative session without a conference with which to sit.

Thanks to Ken Lovett of the NY Daily News, you can now use a cell phone in the Senate lobby.

Legislators in both houses are scheduled to vote on a flurry of bills meant to expand ballot access on the session’s second day.

Cuomo’s top man at the Medicaid Inspector General’s office, Dennis Rosen, responded to complaints of “racist behavior” by demanding that the black employee who spoke up stop “upsetting” the white woman she said blasted her for having an “angry black face,” a new lawsuit claims.

A recent move by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics could make it difficult for the public to learn whether the panel has authorized an investigation of Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Cuomo.

With Cuomo putting a stop to plans that would shut down L train service, Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the council’s transportation committee, says the city should be reimbursed for all the work that’s been done to prepare for the long-planned service disruption.

“The city has spent so many resources adding engineering staff and outreach staff,” said Rodriguez. “It’s important that we quantify the value of this in terms of dollars and hours. It’s important for the MTA to reimburse the city for that.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he can’t support Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s push for the city to seize control of its struggling subway and bus system from the MTA — at least, not yet.

More planned MetroNorth commuter trains could help ease problems in so-called “transit deserts” in NYC.

The NYC Council voted to institute a two-year moratorium on violations related to store signs and awnings after a mysterious spike in 311 complaints that led to costly penalties for small businesses.

A bill authored by NYC Councilman Mark Levine would require chain restaurants to post warning notices next to each food item that contains more than 12 grams of added sugar.

The NYPD hero who donated his kidney to a complete stranger after being inspired by a Times Square billboard will be recognized during de Blasio’s State of the City address today.

After announcing two progressive proposals this week — expanded health care for the uninsured and mandatory paid time off in the private sector — de Blasio said he needs to hit the road to tell America about them.

The mayor vowed to lobby Albany to pass a vacancy tax that would penalize landlords who leave shopfronts empty.

In a slap at both Cuomo and de Blasio, the organization that represents New York’s public health agencies is opposing their effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The FDNY will start training firefighters on how to safely pass gaps in elevated bridges after one of New York’s bravest plunged to his death from a span in Brooklyn on Sunday, Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

Cuomo warned New Yorkers to take precautions ahead of several days of continuous snowfall expected upstate, and delivered an update on the state’s preparations for the winter weather system, a news release said.

Republican Rep. Chris Collins, who is battling federal insider trading charges, announced that he has asked that his congressional pay be withheld for the duration of the partial government shutdown, but his Western New York colleagues don’t think very much of that idea.

Civil rights activist Alice Green and community leaders blasted Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ handling of a police shooting case, suggesting he manipulated the case so it would end with the officer spared from charges connected to the shooting of Ellazar Williams.

Albany County Assistant District Attorney Vincent Stark was beaten and robbed in a Center Square robbery, leaving him with injuries that required hospitalization.

Oswego County officials are pushing back on news that issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants could again be in play this legislative session.

Hempstead schools Superintendent Shimon Waronker, in his first public appearance since district trustees leveled charges of mismanagement and negligence against him five months ago, called for the “nightmare” to end and again strongly disputed the accusations.

Hempstead Town Tax Receiver Donald Clavin, a Republican, has been a nonstop critic of Democrat County Executive Laura Curran’s reassessment — sending town-paid mailings that demand Curran be more open about the new property values issued Jan. 2. Nassau County Democratic Chair Jay Jacobs has had enough.

An attorney for former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano disputed assertions by federal prosecutors that Mangano has made a “meritless” request to the judge to dismiss the corruption case against him and his wife, Linda.

A State Police investigator was asked by a Rensselaer County Court judge if he wanted a personal attorney present after he was accused of lying by the defense while testifying in a sex crimes case.

Several freight train cars rederailed in North Hoosick, Renssealer County last night.

Three propane tankers derailed and rolled over, but there were no reports of injuries or leaks, Cuomo’s office said in an 9:20 p.m. statement.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will have a new campaign manager if he runs for president in 2020. Jeff Weaver, the longtime aide who led his 2016 bid, will not return to the role if Sanders enters the race.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren will make her first trip to New Hampshire – the first-in-the-nation primary state – this weekend as she continues to explore a run for president in 2020.

New York City’s famed Chrysler Building is up for sale, as the art deco landmark’s owners face high costs and stiff competition from new towers.

For the second time, a Los Angeles federal judge has dismissed actress Ashley Judd’s claim that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her during a hotel room meeting in the mid-1990s.

Jeff Bezos’ divorce could become the most expensive in history — though exactly what he pays out will depend on the complexities of marital law and the value of Amazon.

The Amazon bigwig is reportedly dating Lauren Sanchez, a 49-year-old former Los Angeles news anchor, as he and wife MacKenzie announce their divorce. Sanchez, who is currently in the middle of a divorce from hotshot Hollywood agent Patrick Whitesell, previously worked for Fox’s “Good Day LA” and “Extra.”