It’s comingprepare yourself.

The federal government is still shut down.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events or interviews yet announced.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, fresh off announcing her 2020 presidential run, is in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa. She’ll take a walking tour of businesses in Sioux City, and then attend a Truman Club house party.

Vice President Mike Pence this evening delivers remarks at the 37th Annual March for Life Rose Dinner, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C.

At 7:45 a.m., former NYC Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito, now a candidate for public advocate, greets commuters at the Junction Boulevard 7 train, Jackson Heights, Queens.

At 8:15 a.m., former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman speaks on “the closing of Rikers Island as a catalyst for criminal justice reform,” New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, commissioner of the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, delivers a presentation on the governor’s State of the State and budget address, Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave., Staten Island.

At 10 a.m., Rep. Anthony Brindisi announces his committee assignments and legislative priorities, Henry P. Smith Post 24, American Legion, 325 Erie Boulevard West, Rome.

Also at 10 a.m., OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito will deliver a presentation on the governor’s State of the State and budget address, Herkimer College Amphitheater, 100 Reservoir Rd., Herkimer.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and take calls from listeners.

Also at 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is a panelist at the New York State Bar Association’s environmental justice event, New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Sixth Ave., Grand Ballroom West, third floor, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., former Rep. Mike McNulty, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and other regional economic development leaders attend a press event to celebrate the grand opening of the Bull Moose Club, 150 State St., fourth floor, Albany.

At 11 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer holds a press conference on transportation in eastern Queens, 93-02 Sutphin Blvd., Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks on the NYC Ferry expansion, Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island.

At 11:15 a.m., state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, state Sen. John Liu, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik attend the ribbon-cutting for a new technology center at Cardozo High School, 57-00 223rd St., Queens.

At 11:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul sends off students as part of SUNY’s Puerto Rico recovery assistance legal clinic, University at Buffalo, O’Brian Hall, 211 Putnam Way, Buffalo.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Guillermo Linares, acting president of HESC, delivers a presentation on the governor’s State of the State and budget address, RAIN Eastchester Neighborhood Senior Center, 1246 Burke Ave., the Bronx.

At noon, Rep. Carolyn Maloney joins with elected officials and advocates to call on the Trump administration to follow a court ruling and remove the citizenship question from the 2020 census, 32BJ SEIU headquarters, 25 W. 18th St., Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., former US Attorney Preet Bharara discusses pressing legal topics of the day and current events with Fordham University School of Law Dean Matthew Diller, NYSBA Annual Meeting, New York Hilton Midtown, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., Hochul delivers a presentation on Cuomo’s 2019 State of the State and budget address, Rochester City Hall, Atrium, 30 Church St., Rochester.

At 3 p.m., Rep. Adriano Espaillat hosts his annual open house event, honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Harlem district office, 163 W. 125th St., Manhattan. (Mark-Viverito will attend).

Also at 3 p.m., Cuomo’s chief diversity officer Lourdes Zapata delivers a presentation on his State of the State and budget address, The Paramount Theater, 17 South St., Middletown.

At 5:30 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Assemblyman Charles Lavine attend a Martin Luther King Jr. service, Temple Beth-El, 5 Old Mill Road, Great Neck.

De Blasio travels this evening to Bangor, Maine, to visit his aged aunt.


An end to the government shutdown looked more distant than ever after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit to Afghanistan.

“The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication, & to obtain critical national security & intelligence briefings from those on the front lines,” Pelosi’s chief of staff explained on Twitter.

Hours after Trump grounded Pelosi’s planned trip to visit the troops, first lady Melania Trump was winging her way to Mar-a-Lago — on a government jet.

Trump also has canceled his administration’s trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum next week.

Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.

Cohen acknowledged that he had paid the owner of a technology services company to help doctor results of an online poll to help Trump as he considered a run for president.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that if the government shutdown continues, it could cost New Yorkers — especially the most vulnerable — hundreds of millions of dollars in needed benefits.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed state agencies to provide support for federal workers affected by the federal government shutdown.

Electric and gas utilities in New York announced that customers affected by the partial federal government shutdown can take part in special collection practices.

Fresh off her 2020 announcement, U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand said she plans to attend a Women’s March in Iowa this weekend — even though the event has been shrouded in controversy since one of its organizers refused to condemn anti-Semitic religious leader Louis Farrakhan.

A global New York-based law firm has agreed to pay $4.6 million to settle a Justice Department investigation into whether its work for a Russia-aligned Ukrainian government violated lobbying laws.

A series of depositions that a federal judge authorized this week to explore Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account as secretary of State have been put on ice due to the partial government shutdown.

De Blasio defended his administration’s decision to allow a senior aide to resign after he was accused of sexually harassing two women, saying firing him would have exposed the identity of his alleged victims.

After winning a commanding re-election in 2017, de Blasio was effusive in praising a key member of his core City Hall team: Kevin O’Brien, his acting chief of staff. Three months later, O’Brien was gone, quietly forced to resign after complaints of sexual harassment filed by two female city employees were substantiated.

A hearing on sexual harassment will take place in Albany next month, giving survivors and advocates a long-sought platform to weigh in on the issue as lawmakers seek to bolster the state’s sexual harassment laws.

The annual two-and-a-half-month do-si-do over how much money the governor and State Legislature should put toward public education has begun. Not only are school districts disappointed by the funding levels proposed by Cuomo, but they’re wary about his proposal to force districts to shift more money to their poorest schools.

Contrary to Cuomo’s recent assertions, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority he effectively controls does not expect to seek the approval of its board to proceed with the governor’s L-train plan.

This occurred just two days after the agency’s board bashed the plan during a heated “emergency” meeting Tuesday.

The NYPD gained information from undercover sources embedded in the Black Lives Matter protests that swept through the city in 2015, according to hundreds department emails made public yesterday.

While NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill defended the practice laid bare in a series of department emails, de Blasio said he found it concerning because the activists “are not a security risk in any way shape or form.”

The Legal Aid Society is filing a federal class-action lawsuit accusing de Blasio’s housing agency of maintaining an “unlawful and devastating policy” that imperils domestic violence survivors.

Both Con Edison and National Grid say they may have to turn away new natural gas customers if new pipelines aren’t built, creating a collision course between Cuomo’s economic development and environmental priorities.

Cuomo wants to prohibit pre-employment credit checks for most jobs.

Cuomo pledged in his State of the State address to fulfill a “justice agenda in the broadest sense of the word.” Yet a deep dive into his budget reveals that, despite a pledge just two years ago, Cuomo failed to include funding to boost wages for those who provide people with developmental disabilities the ability to live their fullest lives.

Cuomo wants to change the state’s prevailing wage mandate, expanding its requirements to include contractors doing work on projects receiving state funds. But critics said the change could raise construction labor costs by an estimated 20 percent and put a damper on development.

Catholic leaders are denouncing a controversial bill moving toward passage in Albany that expands abortion rights in the state of New York – the Reproductive Health Act.

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Rockland County-based education advocacy group challenging the constitutionality of a newly amended state law that advocates say relaxed academic standards for Hasidic Jewish schools.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan reportedly are investigating the business practices of hotelier brothers whose legal entities New York City has paid tens of millions of dollars to house homeless New Yorkers during the past five years.

NYC Councilman Mark Levine will introduce legislation to ban the sale of candy-flavored e-cigarettes, he told the Daily News, in an effort to curb its growing use by teens.

New York has established which out-of-state sellers need to collect sales tax for orders placed by consumers within the state. And, unlike most other states that have put online sales tax rules or laws into effect, it isn’t giving merchants any wiggle room as its rules are now in effect.

The Long Island town of North Hempstead voted last week to bar the sale of marijuana inside its town limits, despite a newly energized push by state leaders to legalize pot this year.

Erie County lawmakers want Tonawanda Coke to become a federal Superfund site. The County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make the designation.

The Erie County Legislature is taking up the issue of raises for key elected county positions.

A WNY church sexual abuse survivor is telling his story on Facebook – a raw and powerful 3,800-word essay about the alleged abuse and its effect on his life.

As Broadway enjoys a period of record box-office growth, Actors’ Equity Association, the union representing actors and stage managers, is pushing for a piece of the profits. And in a rare move, the union has authorized a strike against the Broadway League, the trade group that represents producers.

The governor’s longtime girlfriend Sandra Lee revealed how she missed his State of the State address for the very first time — to host a cancer charity gala.

A former MTA executive will do six months in jail for a smartphone theft scam that ripped off the money-strapped state agency for about $60,000.

The case against two former cops accused of raping a young woman they arrested on drug charges has turned into such an ethical nightmare, the Brooklyn D.A. wants someone else to handle it.

A state Supreme Court judge denied a Rochester Police officer’s request to have Mayor Lovely Warren testify at his internal affairs hearing.

Elected supervisors from 14 towns in Onondaga County came together to announce a consensus for how to replace Interstate 81.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh delivered his second State of the City Address last night.

News Corp announced that Sean Giancola will become Publisher and CEO of the New York Post, replacing Jesse Angelo, who is departing the company.

The Forward, the 121-year-old Jewish publication that started as a Yiddish-language daily newspaper for those who had fled persecution in Europe, announced that it planned to stop publishing print editions this spring. The paper cut nearly 30 percent of its staff, including the editor in chief, Jane Eisner, and the executive editor, Dan Friedman.

Albany Law School has received $15 million, the largest gift in school history from an anonymous donor whose support will help the school continue providing free legal services.

Prison escapee David Sweat has blasted Ben Stiller, claiming the actor-director’s Golden Globe-nominated drama about his Shawshank Redemption-like break-out is full of lies.

Angelo, who is friends with 21st Century Fox C.E.O. James Murdoch, first joined the Post as a reporter in 1999, becoming executive editor of the publication 10 years later.

RIP Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection. She died in Floria at the age of 83.

A Missouri newscaster apologized after using a racial slur in an on-air mispronunciation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s name earlier in the day. Unlike in the case of a Rochester meteorologist, the Missouri station doesn’t plan any disciplinary action.