It’s the 24th day of the federal government shutdown, which is now the longest in history.

State lawmakers are back in Albany, and are scheduled to vote on bills to overhaul New York’s voting system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will likely continue to strategically leak out key proposals he plans to include in his executive budget proposal tomorrow. Officially speaking, he’s in Albany with no public events scheduled as of yet.

At 9 a.m., the Board of Regents kicks off two days worth of meetings, State Education Department, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 11 a.m., the Let NY Vote coalition and grassroots activists rally at the Million Dollar Staircase to celebrate their victory on voting reforms and make sure lawmakers pass the most comprehensive, efficient and accessible election day package, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11:06 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul is a guest on “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter.

At noon, the Riders Alliance announces a study showing 92 percent of morning rush hours scrambled by subway signal problems during 2018 and call on the governor and legislature to fully fund the modernization of the transit system beginning with congestion pricing, Canal Street A/C/E Subway Station, Manhattan.

Also at noon, the public affairs firm Gramercy will welcome former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato as its guest for the inaugural installment of its Capitol View event series, (Capital Tonight’s Liz Benjamin will be interviewing the former Long Island Republican), Bull Moose Club, 150 State St., 4th Fl., Albany.

Also at noon, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her Democratic conference members join advocates to discuss plans to pass historic voting reforms today, Rm. 124, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 1 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will make an announcement about the NYC Ferry expansion, P.S. 188, 3314 Neptune Ave., Brooklyn.

At 3 p.m., Hochul presides over the state Senate, Senate chambers, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 5:30 p.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan presents the 2019 State of the City address to Common Council members, Albany Common Council Chamber, 24 Eagle St., Albany.

At 7 p.m., Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivers his 2019 State of the City address, Schenectady City Hall, Room 209, 105 Jay St., Schenectady.

Also at 7 p.m., the Long Island Association is having its annual pre-State of the State reception, Jack’s Oyster House, 38-44 State St., Albany.


President Trump’s efforts to hide his conversations with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and new details about the FBI inquiry into his ties to Moscow have intensified debate over his relationship with Russia, adding fuel to Democrats’ budding investigations of his presidency and potentially setting up a clash between the White House and Congress.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed as “silly” the news report that the FBI investigated Trump to determine if he was a national security threat because of his relationship with Putin.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is close to Trump, said a limited re-opening of a few weeks would allow talks to resume between Republicans and Democrats.

Graham says Trump still wants to reach a deal for the wall before agreeing to reopen shuttered government departments. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a leading Democratic negotiator, insists that Trump reopen the government first.

Doctors seeking to prescribe Buprenorphine, a drug to manage opioid addiction, are being blocked by the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. Physicians must get approval from the Drug Enforcement Agency but staff there are locked out.

Hillary Clinton weighed in on the partial government shutdown, telling supporters that “Americans can’t afford another day,” as the Washington stalemate became the longest in history over the weekend, eclipsing the record set in 1996 under President Bill Clinton.

A U.S. judge in California blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

The regulations, which the Trump administration announced in October 2017, widened the pool of employers that are allowed to claim exemption from providing contraceptive coverage to include nonprofit groups, for-profit companies, other nongovernmental employers, and schools and universities.

Senior Pentagon officials are voicing deepening fears that Trump’s hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, could precipitate a conflict with Iran at a time when Mr. Trump is losing leverage in the Middle East by pulling out American troops.

Three newly empowered Democratic House committee chairmen, alarmed by statements over the weekend by Trump about planned testimony before Congress by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, cautioned that any effort to discourage or influence a witness’s testimony could be construed as a crime.

Trump mocked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over his recently-revealed affair while praising the National Enquirer and slamming the newspaper owned by Bezos’ company.

The president used Native American stereotypes to mock Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s weeks-old announcement that she will run for president in 2020.

The federal government should do more to reduce the high number of women who die during childbirth, according to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is moving toward a 2020 presidential run.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will announce today that Nassau County Democratic Chair Jay Jacobs will replace Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as head of the state Democratic Party – a post Jacobs held previously when David Paterson was governor.

The New York Immigration Coalition is set to launch a million-dollar campaign pushing the state to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

Democratic leaders of the state Assembly and Senate are set to approve a passel of bills to increase voter participation and tighten campaign-finance laws. But there’s still a push to go further on some issues, including the creation of a public-matching system to finance campaigns.

Legislation amending the state’s sexual assault statutes and creating a window for victims to seek justice through civil litigation will be “easy” to pass this legislative session, according to Cuomo, who intends to include the measure in his executive budget.

Cuomo also said that his 2019 executive budget will include a ban on single-use plastic bags and expansion of the 5-cent redemption on most non-alcoholic drink containers.

Cuomo did not provide a copy of the bill he plans to introduce, but it is likely to follow similar language to the one he proposed last year, which banned the use of plastic bags at grocery stores with certain exceptions, such as bags used for produce or ones for home-delivered newspapers.

The Bottle Bill expansion will include some exceptions for bottles containing dairy milk, milk substitutes, infant formula, syrups and flavorings, medical prescriptions and dietary supplements. The governor will direct the DEC to conduct a study on how the law might include wine and liquor bottles.

The Cuomo administration declined to say when either the plastic bag ban or the new bottle bill expansion would take effect, and also declined to say if the bottle bill expansion would be a revenue-raiser for the state via money from the containers that consumers won’t bother to return to get back their nickels.

Cuomo has upped the ante on fixing the city’s dysfunctional mass transit system, saying through a lengthy statement from his budget director, Robert Mujica, that it must be reorganized and that he should have total control.

Mujica argued that his boss should be given absolute control over the struggling transportation authority — while the city and state split its debt 50-50.

LG Kathy Hohcul says she supports the legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use, but has not tried the drug herself and has no plans to do so.

Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says the proceeds of legalizing marijuana for recreation use should be used to fund addiction treatment and research.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie reportedly is not only still angry with Cuomo over a committee’s decision to tie legislative reforms to a lawmaker pay raise, but also with an old friend, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a former Long Island assemblyman, who served on the panel.

Getting into the state Capitol has become more difficult, as visitors must now remove their belts – and sometimes also their shoes – to get through security.

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a civil lawsuit that resulted from a convoluted 2009 Rensselaer County election fraud case can continue.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wouldn’t rule out a 2020 presidential bid, adding he wanted to push the Democratic Party to the left.

De Blasio, in a bid to set himself up as a national progressive leader, said he would push Democratic presidential candidates to embrace his health-care agenda to gain the support of the working class.

Employees of private companies in the Big Apple would be able to blow off their bosses’ after-hours e-mails and texts without penalty under proposed legislation called the “Right to Disconnect Bill” that’s moving forward in NYC Council.

The key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now part of the broader U.S. law enforcement investigation into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church.

The MTA has called an “emergency” public meeting for tomorrow on Cuomo’s last-minute plan to avert the L train shutdown.

The meeting was requested by Cuomo, even as he insists he doesn’t control the MTA.

Jim Dwyer says the L train “fiasco” took a “team of people to create,” and no one individual should bear the blame.

A superintendent called a “tyrant” and accused of “gross mismanagement” will reportedly no longer run the NYC Department of Education’s adult education program.

Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams has been so busy running for other elective offices this past year that he’s missed a large swath of his meetings – failing to attend 28 of 84 scheduled meetings, or one in three.

MTV said its new show “Made in Staten Island,” which tracks young adults trying to avoid mob lifestyles, is “grittier and edgier” than its other reality shows, but the program is drawing criticism for its depiction of the borough.

A Connecticut theater that was known for its Shakespearean productions and where Oscar-winning actors once took their bows was reduced to a smoldering mound of mangled steel after a fire early yesterday morning, officials said.

Olympic champion swimmer Ryan Lochte and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci are among the cast announced for the second season of “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition.”

Hempstead Village trustee Perry Pettus, who was indicted last year on state corruption charges, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his legal defense.

An infamous Niagara Falls killer is returning to New York after his release from a Canadian prison.