Federal government = still partially shut down, now in month No. 2.

State lawmakers return to work at the Capitol today, and again will hit the ground running. They are poised the Reproductive Health Act and the Contraceptive Care Act to mark the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Also expected to pass: The “Boss Bill,” which prevents employers from retaliating against employees based on their personal reproductive health care decisions.

At 1:30 p.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will have a joint press conference – I believe their first of the session – regarding women’s reproductive health, Assembly Parlor, Room 303, state Capitol, Albany.

Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts will have advocates stationed outside the Senate and Assembly chambers awaiting the outcome of these votes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to sign the RHA as soon as it passes, and he’s going to host state lawmakers at the executive mansion in Albany for a post-vote celebration.

(There’s an invite out for this event, but officially speaking, the governor is in Albany today and has no public events scheduled as of yet, according to his press office).

At 12:30 p.m., President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have lunch in the private dining room at the White House.

At 7:45 a.m., former NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, currently a public advocate candidate, greet commuters at the Broadway Junction A, C, J, L Train Station, Brooklyn.

At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul is a guest on WUTQ’s ‘Talk of the Town’ with Jason Aiello.

At 10 a.m., Mark-Viverito joins NYC Councilman Daniel Dromm and community leaders at a rally for justice for an anti-gay hate crime survivor, NW Corner of 78th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, Queens.

At 10:30 a.m., Broome County Transit Commissioner Greg Kilmer will be joined by County Executive Jason Garnar, members of the County Legislature, and City of Binghamton Council Members Conrad Taylor and Dan Livingston to unveil the “:Where’s My Bus?” mobile app, Greater Binghamton Transportation Center, 81 Chenango St., Binghamton.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Hochul makes an announcement and delivers a 2019 State of the State and budget presentation, Utica State Office Building, Conference Room A, 207 Genesee St., Utica.

Aso at 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will make an announcement about increasing access to health insurance, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Hospital, T Building, 689 New York Ave., Brooklyn.

At 11:30 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz joins the Blumenfeld Development Group and Lessing’s Café to provide lunches to approximately 225 federal employees working for the TSA without pay during he federal government shutdown, Bulova Corporate Center, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Queens.

At 2 p.m. Hochul will preside over the state Senate, Senate chambers, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 5 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will hold a media availability about the “She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York 1919-2019,” Gracie Mansion, East 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan hosts a free health fair in the Albany City Hall rotunda, 24 Eagle St., Albany.

At 7 p.m., McCray will deliver remarks at the opening reception for the “She Persists” art exhibit, Gracie Mansion, Manhattan.

At 8 p.m., the Grand Island Town Council is expected to adopt an anti-SAFE Act resolution, Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.

Also at 8 p.m., Mark-Viverito speaks at CannaGather NY, Galvanize, 303 Spring St., Manhattan.

De Blasio today will also attend he wake for NYPD Officer Brian Kessler, which is closed to members of the media.


The National Weather Service had forecast temperatures more than 20 degrees below normal across the Northeast, with wind gusts up to 30 mph and wind chills approaching minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in northern New York and Vermont.

On a day when wind chills were below -15 in New York City, thousands of public housing residents in the New York City went without heat or hot water.

Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight. But for some of them, it has been an exercise in confusion and frustration.

One month after the government shutdown began, its effects have begun to hurt some of the most vulnerable Americans: not just homeless people, but also those who are one crisis away from the streets, and the nonprofits that try to help them.

President Trump has taken to Twitter to publicly defend Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann and his classmates — saying they were “smeared” by the media — following their now-viral confrontation with Native American activists in Washington.

With the Senate and House poised to vote on dueling bills to reopen the government this week, Trump put the squeeze on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her rejection of his latest proposal.

Trump’s personal lawyer, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, walked back the timeline he had offered a day earlier on when negotiations ended with Russian officials about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow, calling his comments “hypothetical” and not intended to convey facts.

Cohen has requested to serve his prison sentence at a minimum-security camp at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, which offers a rarity in the federal prison system: a full-time Hasidic chaplain who oversees a congregation of dozens of Jewish inmates who gather for prayer services three times a day.

Trump’s failure to offer recognition on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to the historic civil rights leader himself is an “insult” to the nation, the Rev. Al Sharpton said. (After Sharpton’s event, Trump and the vice president made a brief, unannounced visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Washington).

Upstate Democratic state lawmakers are seeking equitable funding for transit outside NYC as the governor pushes for congestion pricing to fund the subway system.

The MTA has increased — and even eliminated — the speed limits on numerous rail lines around the city amid an effort to fix signals in the system, officials said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to overhaul the MTA’s leadership is coming under scrutiny.

A bill would stiff-arm former politicians convicted of corruption from running again for elected office for a decade.

Three education-related bills – including the DREAM Act – will be taken up in the state Senate this week. A measure to make the 2 percent property tax cap permanent might generate debate.

State Board of Elections filings show that GNYHA Management Corp., an affiliate of the hospital and nursing home group, donated $1.15 million to the “housekeeping” account of the state Democratic Committee in 2018, not long before GNHYA achieved its top priority in Albany – securing additional state funding for its members.

New York is taking steps to protect residents from unknown exposure to toxic chemicals, starting with warning labels on a number of different products, which Cuomo has dubbed “The Consumer Right to Know Act.”

Drag has always been political, but a group of New York queens are hitting the virtual campaign trail for Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell, who’s running for public advocate in a special election Feb. 26.

The NYPD’s top cop, James O’Neill, fired back at two female former chiefs who charged that he didn’t empower women leaders atop the department, calling their claims “baseless.”

An employee in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office claims she was sexually harassed by a male colleague after exposing rampant on-the-job boozing and prosecutors having affairs with each other.

Brooklyn Councilman Justin Brannan is putting the heat on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to reassign a fifth firefighter at all Big Apple engine companies, saying the city should stop cutting corners at the expense of “saving lives.”

De Blasio said he would “open the doors of Amazon” to people in public housing looking for work — only to be jeered by some in the crowd of Sharpton’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Harlem.

NYC’s plan to convert nearly 500 “cluster site” homeless apartments into affordable housing hinges on acquiring 17 buildings controlled by the notorious Podolsky family, known for years as one of the city’s worst landlords.

Hudson Valley state lawmakers will continue to fight for three school districts that are facing hefty financial penalties for their failure to file paperwork regarding building projects years ago.

The NY Post: “President Trump has backed off his threat to bypass Congress by declaring a national emergency to build his wall. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is effectively seizing emergency powers to end-run the MTA board with his L-train repair plan. And they call Trump dictatorial?”

Queens Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that she believes a system that allows people to become billionaires is “immoral.”

The MTA board is set to vote Thursday on the first fare and toll hike since a state of emergency was called for the MTA in 2017.

Suburban rail commuters in the Greater New York region suffered some of their worst rush-hour delays and cancellations in 2018 – and for many, this year promises more of the same.

The Long Island Rail Road, NJ Transit and Amtrak are in negotiations with one another over service reductions at New York Penn Station this summer that would allow for track repairs.

After years of pushing by advocates, New York has finally joined the 14 states and Washington, D.C. in passing a measure to ban mental health professionals from working to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity – a practice known as “gay conversion therapy.”

The Super Bowl is expected to attract $100 million in wagers for New Jersey’s sportsbooks in the first year that gamblers can legally place bets on games at casinos in the state, a gambling association said.

Queens Councilman Daniel Dromm wants hate crime charges brought against a manager of tattoo parlor and head shop he alleges attacked a gay couple and used an anti-gay slur.

Long Islanders who can’t get small business loan approvals during the federal shutdown may lose out on opportunities to start or expand their firms, a small business expert said.

When state Department of Transportation investigator Chad Smith inspected a stretch 2001 Ford Excursion in the months before its destruction in the Oct. 6 Schoharie County crash that killed 20 people, he made a critical discovery – it was missing the final manufacturer’s tag required under federal law.

A trailblazing financier who lost a custody battle with his model ex-wife is now blaming the state’s top judge, Janet DiFiore, for her handling of the case — and challenged the federal judge overseeing the lawsuit.

Making permanent the state cap on increases in property taxes, abolishing the $10,000 federal cap on deductions of state and local taxes, and winning new research equipment for Brookhaven National Laboratory are among the top priorities of Long Island’s largest business group.

The Utica Observer-Dispatch endorses the idea of banning plastic bags – with exceptions.

The state license of the Bilingual Genius Academy – a Clifton Park preschool – is at risk after multiple inspections in recent weeks uncovered violations.

An apparent burst pipe at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland last night caused ceiling tiles to collapse and water to flood the floor below, according to news reports and video posted on social media.

Canalside’s first commercial success could be on its way out. The Liberty Hound is often at capacity, and owners Jason Davidson and Mike Shatzel don’t want to leave. But the year-round casual dining and drinking establishment may be a victim of its own success and that of Canalside’s.

A coldhearted crook snatched more than $1,100 from a group of New Jersey Girl Scouts at a shopping mall — leaving the heartbroken youngsters unable to afford a long-awaited trip for the troop.