The partial federal government shutdown continues, heading toward the one-month mark with no end in sight.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be delivering his combined State of the State/2019-20 budget address this afternoon in Albany.

The Senate and Assembly are continuing to steam through long-stalled legislation now that the Legislature is under complete Democrat control, planning to pass GENDA and a ban on gay conversion therapy.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence join members of Congress for lunch at the White House.

At 9:30 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hears a presentation from the New York City Department of Transportation about its ongoing sidewalk pedestrian ramp upgrade program, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

At 10:15 a.m., the state Board of Regents meets, 89 Washington Ave, Albany.

At 10:30 a.m., the NYC Council members Jumaane Williams, Vanessa Gibson, I. Daneek Miller and several other officials honor Martin Luther King Jr. and decry senseless gun violence, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the Senate Republican Conference will be unveiling its “Real Solutions” budget plan, Room 315, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany. LG Kathy Hochul will be presiding.

Also at 11 a.m., SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson delivers her State of the University System address, Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St., Albany. UPDATE: Johnson will deliver her address on Thursday, Jan. 31. This event has been changed to accommodate the governor’s budget.

At noon, the MTA holds a special board meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., climate activists host a press conference in support of a real “Green New Deal,” Empire State Plaza, Concourse, Albany.

At 1 p.m., Sen. Brad Hoylman, Assembly members Richard Gottfried and Deborah Glick, legislative colleagues and advocates will host a press conference following the Legislature’s historic vote on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and legislation to ban conversion therapy, outside the Senate chambers, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Youth Services meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the True Blue NY grassroots coalition hosts a press conference announcing the People’s First 100 Days Agenda, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

At 2 p.m., Cuomo delivers the State of the State Address, Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre, The Egg, Center for Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany. Hochul will also attend, as will NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials from around the state.

At 4 p.m., the SUNY board of trustees and its committees meet, State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

5:30 p.m., the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and other partners host a candidates forum for New York City’s public advocate special election, Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 5:30 p.m., Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, joined by local elected officials from around Albany County, will make a major announcement, Ancient Order of the Hibernians, 375 Ontario St., Albany.

At 6:30 p.m., City & State hosts the Health Power 50 networking reception, which celebrates the 50 most influential people in New York’s health care sector, The Mezzanine, 55 Broadway, Manhattan.


Hillary Clinton reminded her Twitter followers that she predicted President Donald Trump would be a “puppet” to Russian President Vladimir Putin if elected following the president’s denial of a New York Times report that Trump’s deferential treatment toward Putin caused the FBI to consider he might have been working for Russia.

While polls show that a majority of Americans blame Trump and Republicans and do not support a border wall, Republicans are reading a different line in the polling: Support for the wall is growing and hardening among Republican voters.

Trump bought piles of burgers – 1,000 he said – and slices of pizza from fast food joints to feed the Clemson University football team, as members of the White House staff are furloughed and couldn’t make a meal for the event last night.

Piles of burgers and fish sandwiches from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, still in their boxes and wrappers, were served on trays in the candlelit dining room. Tubs of dipping sauces were stacked in silver gravy boats. On another table, heat lamps kept French fries and Domino’s pizzas warm. Salads were available, too.

Trump’s inaugural committee spent millions of dollars on lavish payments to friends and political allies, including $1.5 million to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

Embattled Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King was stripped of all his committee assignments in a stunning intra-party retaliatory move — and the full House is separately expected to reprimand him – after his questioning why phrases such as “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” are considered “offensive.”

Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr, will tell senators at his confirmation hearing that “it is vitally important” for special counsel Robert Mueller to be allowed to conclude the investigation into Russian tampering during the 2016 election.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tonight, where she is expected to reveal a major move toward running for the 2020 presidential nomination.

If she announces her exploratory committee, as expected, the New York Democrat would become the second U.S. senator — and second female senator — to announce plans to begin the legal process of running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

A new Siena College poll showed overwhelming support among New York voters on issues like legalizing pot, enacting congestion pricing to raise money for the cash-strapped MTA, strengthening the state’s abortion laws, and passing the Child Victims Act to make it easier for child sex abuse survivors to seek justice as adults.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio rejected the idea floated by Cuomo and others in Albany that the city needs to cough up more taxpayer green to fix the subways, saying: “If anyone thinks that money can be found in the city budget, they may be smoking marijuana. The fact is, it just isn’t there.”

In a nod to de Blasio, New York City’s speed camera program would be extended and expanded under a proposal Cuomo is set to unveil as part of his 2019-20 state budget plan.

Here’s more on the plastic bag ban the governor says he’ll be including in his budget, though he hasn’t yet revealed many details.

Cuomo’s demand to reorganize the MTA to give him a clear majority of appointees was first broached more than 35 years ago by his father, Mario. It went nowhere, in part because Ed Koch, then mayor of New York City, didn’t like it.

The new Democrat-controlled state Legislature took its first actions, passing a package of legislation they say will make voting easier and close a major loophole that has allowed corporations to skirt campaign finance limits.

Making it far easier to register and vote has been hailed by some government watchdogs as a key way to improve New York’s longtime reputation as among the nation’s worst when it comes to voter turnout. But some critics have said the measures will make it too easy to both register and vote – situations that could make voter fraud also simpler.

“We should not fear making it easier for those who are eligible to vote, to vote,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “We should not fear restricting the flow of money into our electoral system.”

The Legislature did not act on two voting-related proposals floated by the governor: Making Election Day a holiday, and opening polling places upstate before noon for primaries.

A measure approved to consolidate New York’s state and federal primaries could affect next year’s legislative calendar.

Cities and towns in New York would still be able to ban marijuana sales under Cuomo’s plan to legalize the drug statewide, and people under the age of 21 would be prohibited from buying it.

Regardless of changes to state law, college students 21 or older may need to consult a different set of guidelines regarding pot, as institutions of higher education in New York may continue to ban marijuana use on campus and punish students who smoke on school grounds.

Advocates seeking passage of the Child Victims Act are calling on state legislators and the governor to swiftly pass the legislation, which for years was blocked by Senate Republicans who lost control of the chamber in November’s elections. Cuomo says he’ll put it in the budget; they want it quicker than that.

Cuomo’s executive budget will include a ban on “stretched” or remanufactured limousines in New York, as well as sweeping measures to expand regulation of the limousine industry in response to October’s fatal crash in Schoharie County that killed 20 people.

Here’s some more things to watch for as Cuomo takes the wraps off his budget proposal today.

More than 11,000 city employees jumped at the chance to stop paying union dues after a landmark US Supreme Court decision in June gave them that option, the NYC Independent Budget Office found.

The subsidized cost to taxpayers for each NYC Ferry ride hit $10 last year, dramatically higher than the $6.60 officials had initially claimed, the de Blasio administration admitted.

De Blasio’s office planned — then abruptly canceled — a police raid on a South Bronx park that has been at the center of Post stories about public drug use and littered syringes.

The mayor said “the world has changed,” which is why he can’t commit to serving a full second term — as he promised two years ago – and won’t rule out a 2020 presidential run.

The NYPD has never had a female top cop — but Police Commissioner James O’Neill could see a woman taking the reins once his tenure comes to an end.

A state judge ruled the NYPD had to acknowledge whether or not they had used devices to monitor or interfere with Black Lives Matter protesters’ cellphones, rejecting the Police Department’s argument that releasing the information would compromise its counterterrorism and criminal investigations.

A Manhattan real estate brokerage raked in more than $21 million by using Airbnb to illegally rent out at least 130 apartments — including an entire building in East Harlem, according to a suit filed by NYC.

The government shutdown is causing turmoil at the high-security federal jail in Manhattan, where some prisoners went on a hunger strike after family visits were canceled for a second week because of staffing shortages, defense lawyers said.

Several key Buffalo-area public works projects, including the dredging that’s needed to keep the Buffalo Harbor navigable and the building of new seawalls aimed at preventing flooding in Hamburg and protecting LaSalle Park, could be in danger if Trump decides to declare a national emergency to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

As Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz enters an election year, his opponents are raising questions about his pervasive social media presence and whether more stringent standards should be put in place to govern elected county officials’ use of social media.

Fire Department of New York officials expect Inc.’s new campus in Long Island City to put a strain on their firefighters in the Queens neighborhood and are considering reopening a firehouse shuttered 15 years ago to accommodate the tech giant’s arrival.

After a year in office, Clarkson’s town supervisor has stepped down. Jerry Underwood, a Democrat who was elected to a two-year term in 2017 and started on Jan. 2, 2018, resigned this week from his position as town supervisor, citing personal reasons in a statement.

Bob Linn, a career labor negotiator who worked for Koch, consulted cities nationally and returned to government to resolve one of the biggest challenges facing the de Blasio administration, is stepping down next month.

Nassau County officials have given the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency until Jan. 31 to vacate a trailer at the county jail in East Meadow, citing an appellate court ruling against a Suffolk policy of holding individuals under federal warrants.

Plans by state education officials to identify dozens of schools on Long Island and statewide as low academic performers touched off heated debate at the Board of Regents meeting, focused largely on test boycotts and their impact on new school ratings.

The strange black market for diabetes test strips, revealed.

The Associated General Contractors of America, which represents thousands of construction firms, is launching a national campaign it says is aimed at diversifying its largely white and male workforce.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone personally will have saved the county nearly $300,000 by the end of his second term by taking salary cuts and paying a share of his health insurance, according to the county budget office late last week.

A scientist who helped SUNY Upstate Medical University get its long-delayed cord blood bank off the ground was banned from the facility 10 months after it opened.

While Mayor Kathy Sheehan highlighted the city’s economic development, equity among neighborhoods and efficient operations during her State of the City address, she didn’t neglect to reflect on the capital’s city violent summer.

High above Schenectady City Hall, where Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his State of the City address, the clock tower was awash in florescent green light as a symbol of the projected surplus the city expects when it closes out its financial books for 2018.

For the first time in U.S. history, a leading cause of deaths — vehicle crashes — has been surpassed in likelihood by opioid overdoses, according to a new report on preventable deaths from the National Safety Council.

Air traffic controllers across Long Island, working for the past three weeks without pay due to the partial federal government shutdown, received a lift to their spirits — and their stomachs — this weekend as they received dozens of pizzas from contemporaries in Canada and Ireland.

Alden Global Capital, the most reviled newspaper owner in the business, now wants to buy Gannett, the United States’ largest daily newspaper company.

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog opens Feb. 8 in midtown Manhattan, returning to New York after three decades on the outskirts of St. Louis.