Day 27 of the partial federal government shutdown.

Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump make a Missile Defense Review announcement in Arlington, VA at 11 a.m.

Pence in the afternoon – 4 p.m. – participates in a pro-life advocates roundtable in his ceremonial office at the White House.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events or interviews yet scheduled.

At 7:45 a.m., former NYC Council Speaker and public advocate candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito greets commuters at the Brook Avenue 6 train station, the Bronx.

At 9 a.m., NYC Councilman Robert E. Cornegy Jr., fellow elected officials and community members unveil a scale model of a statue of Shirley Chisholm in honor of the 50th Anniversary of her election to U.S. Congress in 1968, becoming the first black woman to hold that post, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn.

At 9:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray host an Interfaith Breakfast, The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum, 476 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board meets, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. boardroom, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Higher Education meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. holds a press conference against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement about the Reproductive Health Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, and Albany area survivors of child sexual abuse, will join together to explain why the Child Victims Act is essential for local law enforcement, outside state Senate chambers, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Sen. Brad Hoylman and others, WCNY.

At 11:30 a.m., de Blasio holds a media availability to provide an update on the federal government shutdown, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul outlines the governor’s 2019 “Justice Agenda” laid out in his budget proposal, Onondaga Community College, Coulter Hall Community Room (Library), 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.

At noon, leading women’s and immigrants’ rights advocates hold a Pre-Women’s Unity Rally press conference with advocates telling their stories, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 12:15 p.m., Mark-Viverito visits the ARC Central Harlem Senior Center, 120 W. 140th St., Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Guillermo Linares, acting president, NYS Higher Education Services Corp, delivers a State of the State address/budget presentation, Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center, 220-01 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights.

At 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Governmental Operations meets jointly with the Committee on Technology, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh presents the 2019 State of the City address, Redhouse at City Center, 400 S. Salina St., Syracuse.

Also at 2 p.m., Hochul announces the completion of upgrades at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, 161 Wilson Laboratory, Synchrotron Drive, Ithaca.

At 3 p.m., McCray will meet with women at the Queens Family Justice Center to commemorate the anniversary of its mental health program, 126-02 82nd Ave., Queens.

At 3:15 p.m., Hochul gives another overview of the governor’s executive budget, Cornell University, Stocking Hall, PepsiCo Auditorium, 411 Tower Rd., Ithaca.

At 7 p.m., Karim Camara, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services, gives a State of the State/budget presentation, Red Oak Apartments, Community Room, 135 W. 106th St., Manhattan.

At 8 p.m., state Sen. Julia Salazar, Assembly members Maritza Davila and Joseph Lentol, New York City Council members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso rally for a Better Loft Law, San Damiano Mission, 85 N. 15th St., Brooklyn.


After launching her presidential campaign, the first question U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand fielded was one about likability.

Gillibrand was described by one writer as a “younger, more relatable” version of another onetime Democratic presidential candidate from New York: Hillary Clinton.

She’s now headed to Iowa – the first-in-the-nation caucus state – for a three-day tour.

Gillibrand’s response to the fact that during her re-election campaign last year, she pledged to serve out an entire six-year term in the Senate: “I believe the urgency of this moment now is we have to take on President Trump and what he is doing.”

Reporters asked Gillibrand again and again about her shifting stances – which, Republicans said, could be her undoing. Once a relatively conservative House member from the Hudson Valley, she’s now among the Senate’s leading liberals.

After once opposing it, for example, Gillibrand said she now supports granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

“Look at my heart,” Gillibrand said when asked about her evolving stances on issues like immigration and gun control. “I think it’s important to know when you’re wrong, and to do what’s right.”

Gillibrand also said for the first time that she was uninterested in having a political action committee devoted to her bid. “I don’t think we should have individual super PACs, and I don’t want one,” she said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to scrap or delay his Jan. 29 State of the Union address amid the partial government shutdown, an extraordinary request that escalated the partisan battle over his border wall even as bipartisan groups of lawmakers pressed him to reopen the government and make room for compromise.

In a letter, Pelosi noted that both the Secret Service and the Homeland Security Department are stretched thin thanks to the shutdown and requested the commander-in-chief consider postponing the event — or just deliver it in writing. He did not immediately respond.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg backed out of a scheduled appearance next month at the 92nd Street Y while she continues to recover from a recent early-stage lung cancer surgery, the organization said.

Doctors say they expect the justice to be back on the bench in February, and until then she will review transcripts from her home and participate in the court’s decision-making remotely. Critics say the 85-year-old Ginsburg should retire.

A federal judge has breathed new life into questions surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and the 2012 attack that killed U.S. officials in Benghazi, Libya.

U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr’s claim that more should be done to investigate the Clinton Foundation, and his related correspondence with a reporter on that issue, has caught the attention of his critics and raises fresh questions on how he’d handle the issue if confirmed.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired a warning shot at the big banks after securing a seat on the House Financial Services Committee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had four freshman congresswomen chasing him all around the Capitol yesterday – including Ocasio-Cortez – seeking action on the government shutdown.

Trump signed a law that will guarantee that government workers who aren’t getting paid during the partial shutdown will get back pay when it’s over.

The White House joined the growing chorus of Republicans in condemning recent comments by Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King about white supremacy, labeling his language “abhorrent.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to hold up to $7.3 billion earmarked for the MTA in order to press lawmakers into passing congestion pricing and other policy in his executive budget.

New York’s sky-high campaign contribution limits would be dramatically lowered under a plan put forward this week by Cuomo.

The state would adopt the most aggressive clean energy goal of any state under a plan from Cuomo that calls for 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.

Limousine operators across upstate are worried about Cuomo’s package of new limo regulations that includes an outright ban on stretch limos.

New York is facing its most severe outbreak of the disease in decades, with 177 cases confirmed earlier this week, almost exclusively among ultra-Orthodox Jews. Health officials in New Jersey have reported 33 measles cases, mostly in Ocean County, driven by similar conditions.

Hours after the Jesuits this week released the names of dozens of priests who faced accusations of sexual abuse, schools in the Northeast rushed to dispel any notion that they still employed suspected abusers.

The number of visitors to New York City climbed for the ninth year, led by tourists from the United States, the United Kingdom, China – despite Trump’s trade war – and Canada.

The state Legislature will conduct a hearing on sexual harassment in the workplace on Feb. 13, as called for by a group of ex-legislative staffers who complained of misconduct on the job.

Mobile wagering on sports is at least three years away in New York, based on the interpretation of the state constitution advanced by the Division of Budget.

The cost of adding nine more days of voting was in the backdrop of this week’s debate of the issue in the Legislature, and how to pay for it remained an unresolved question as legislation was sent to the governor for his signature.

Testing of autonomous vehicles in New York would be extended into 2021, from the current 2019 deadline, as part of Cuomo’s budget.

New health care regulations outlined by Cuomo would give New Yorkers more options when it comes to having children — and could require insurers to cover the cost of condoms.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio got a Whoopin’ on the “The View”, when he tried to brag about his progressive agenda only to have co-host Whoopi Goldberg lecture him about her pet peeve — bike lanes.

NYC taxi owners and drivers will today take their fight against what they call a “suicide surcharge” – a $2.50 fee intended to generate cash to fix the subway system – to a state court hearing in Lower Manhattan, capping off months of protests.

NYC public advocate candidates are inflating their popularity — thanks to taxpayer money.

Three well-connected pols have pulled ahead of the pack in the crowded race for city public advocate — at least when it comes to fundraising, according to newly filed campaign finance reports.

Bad landlords aren’t the only ones who need watching — former NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said she’d launch a “Worst Workplaces for Women Watchlist” if elected public advocate.

The unexpected resignations earlier this month of two Pegula Sports and Entertainment executives reportedly followed an internal investigation into whether the two men sexually harassed female employees after a holiday party in December.

Former Lackawanna City Councilman William R. Leonard received no jail time for committing official misconduct by lying to public officials about his residency

Hungry Thruway travelers will soon have the opportunity to eat Anchor Bar wings.

Rapper Cardi B is calling B.S. on the President’s pledge to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it.

A vulnerability on Fortnite, a popular online video game by Epic Games with over 200 million players, exposed users to the risk of hackers fully taking over their accounts, according to researchers at the security company Check Point.

Back-to-back snowstorms are set to wallop the Big Apple on tonight and Saturday evening — and the icing on top will be Sunday’s wind chills of as low as minus-20 degrees.