Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public appearances or interviews scheduled as of yet.

The state Legislature is in session.

On Wednesday morning, immigrant youth will travel to Albany to witness the vote and expected passage of the New York Dream Act, which allows the state to give college aid assistance to undocumented students.

The DREAM Act, remained for the late Sen. Jose Peralta, a Queens Democrat who died abruptly late last year, is expected to be approved for the seventh time in the state Assembly, followed by a historic vote in the state Senate.

Meanwhile, at the federal level, the U.S. Supreme Court took no action yesterday on the Trump administration’s plans to shut down a program that shields some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation.

Also in Albany today, joint legislative budget hearings get underway. First up: Environmental conservation at 9:30 a.m., Hearing Room B, LOB, State Street.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet at the White House this afternoon with conservative leaders on immigration.

At 7:45 a.m., former NYC Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito, now a public advocate candidate, greet commuters at The Hub 2, 5 train station, the Bronx.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Transportation Committee meets, Room 708, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilwomen Margaret Chin and Helen Rosenthal, with the New York City Department for the Aging, hold a hearing on the growing number of older women living in poverty, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Canal Corp. Executive Director Brian Stratton delivers a State of the State/budget presentation, SUNY Cobleskill, 106 Suffolk Circle, Cobleskill.

At 10:30 a.m., Sen. Rachel May holds a press conference with other state and local elected officials and community activists on the importance of the upcoming Interstate 81 decision, LCA Press Room, (130), 1st Fl., LOB, 198 State St., Albany.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features Peter Baynes, executive director of the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, and Gerry Geist, executive director of the Association of Towns of the State of New York, WCNY.

Also at 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins members of his conference and advocates for a press conference regarding pending passage of the Jose Peralta New York State Dream Act, Speaker’s Conference Room, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul opens the New York Boat Show and launches boating career day and the first-ever boating jobs fair, Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., Manhattan.

At noon, p.m., the East River Alliance holds a press conference to express concerns regarding the Department of Design and Construction’s revised East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., the NYC The New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection meets jointly with the Committee on Parks and Recreation, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Economic Development meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor Committee Room, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Schools of Public Engagement at The New School host a forum for candidates running for New York City public advocate, The New School Auditorium, 66 W. 12th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. speaks at a meeting of the Queens & Bronx Building Association, Marina del Rey, 1 Marina Dr., the Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., state Higher Education Services Corp. Acting Director Guillermo Linares delivers a State of the State/budget presentation, The Harvest Room, 90-40 160th St., Jamaica, Queens.

At 6:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will participate in a parent leader forum, Boys & Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., College Democrats of New York, Assemblyman Michael Blake, Assemblywoman Latrice Walker and New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal come together to build the coalitions needed to defend democracy, The Half Pint, 76 W. Third St., Manhattan.


Just days after President Donald Trump vowed to “defend the Right to Life,” New York went the other way by passing a long-stalled bill to expand and strengthen the state’s abortion laws.

The Reproductive Health Act, blocked for years when Republicans controlled the state Senate, easily passed both Democratic-controlled houses of the Legislature, and was quickly signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Senate passed the measure 38-24. In the Assembly, it passed by a 92-47 margin.

The RHA takes effective immediately and expands access to abortions by authorizing other health professionals – beyond physicians under a 1970 state law that came three years ahead of the landmark Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision – to perform abortions.

The law for the first time allows abortions after the 24-week mark to protect the mother’s health or in cases where the fetus won’t survive. Previously, abortions after that point were permitted only to preserve a mother’s life.

Republican Sen. Kathy Young offered an amendment to the RHA that would make it a class D felony for “knowingly assaulting a pregnant woman,” whether or not the fetus is lost. It was voted down along party lines.

The vote came on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and on hand to witness the historic day was Sarah Weddington, the Texas attorney who argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court at the age of 26.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reached a compromise plan that could be a way to end the shutdown — though the fate of the border-wall-funding bill remained in doubt in both the Senate and the House.

The Senate plans to vote tomorrow on two separate bills to reopen the government – one of which has the backing of Trump, and includes $5.7 billion for his long-promised border wall.

With most Republicans united behind Trump’s insistence that any legislation to reopen the government include money for a border wall and most Democrats opposed to the linkage, neither measure is expected to draw the 60 votes required to advance, and the shutdown is likely to continue into its second month.

The government shutdown continues to put extraordinary pressure on the nation’s air-travel system, with as many as one of every 10 transportation security officers failing to show up for work and reserve workers having to be flown in to bolster depleted ranks at some airports.

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to grant the Trump administration’s request to allow it to bar most transgender people from serving in the military while cases challenging the policy make their way to the court.

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst claims in divorce papers that she was interviewed as a VP candidate in the summer of 2016, but turned down the offer because her hubby already resented her success, and she didn’t want to put additional strain on her marriage.

The Los Angeles Unified School District and the teachers union reached an agreement to end the teachers strike, officials announced.

Queens Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been vehemently critical of Trump, has won a seat on the high-profile House Oversight Committee, which is gearing up to launch a string of investigations into the president and his administration, a Democratic aide said.

Asked on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” how many “f–ks” she gives about pushback from within her own party, Ocasio-Cortez replied: “I think it’s zero.”

A federal judge signaled he was close to stripping Stormy Daniels of her hush-money lawsuit against Trump.

Ocasio-Cortez might have a national profile, but she has not yet opened an office in her own New York City district — a delay that may give a sense of her priorities early in her tenure. (She’s blaming the government shutdown).

State lawmakers will soon introduce a revised, tougher bill designed to make it easier for victims of child victims abuse to seek justice as adults. It would raise the top age that a child sex abuse survivor can bring a civil lawsuit to 55, up from the current 23.

As the Legislature today is expected to give long-awaited passage to a controversial bill to grant access to state tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants, state senators are also set to take up a separate bill to increase the number of New Yorkers eligible for the state’s main financial aid program.

A bill to ban the mandatory use of state tests in teacher evaluations is set to pass in the Legislature this week, but that doesn’t mean the end of questions over testing, specifically how many exams that K-12 students have to take in a year.

Actress and former candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon returned to the state Capitol to push for more funding for the state’s struggling schools.

Restaurants targeting children with special combo meals would need to meet specific nutritional standards under legislation making its way through the Capitol.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has lost its court battle to challenge a state regulation that church officials said contained a hidden “mandate” to cover abortions.

The MTA Police Department, which patrols the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and Staten Island Railway, announced that crime counts for 2018 were the lowest in its 20-year history.

The MTA’s plan to link Metro-North to Penn Station — and add four stations in The Bronx — can now move forward because the agency has worked out issues with Amtrak.

Under the plan, some Metro-North commuter trains serving the New Haven line could arrive at Penn Station instead of Grand Central.

New York City’s subway and bus system needs higher fares to shore up its finances and to make much-needed improvements in service. But Cuomo said he opposed the increase, once again publicly humiliating the behemoth transit agency in an attempt to force it to change.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has once again vowed a crackdown on homeless people escaping the cold by camping out on the city’s subways.

De Blasio has given the city’s more than 344,000 workers a second job: Signing up residents for low-cost and affordable health insurance.

A report by the NYC Department of Investigation laid out troubling evidence of “a culture of misconduct, employee mistreatment and favoritism” by two former managers of the Throggs Neck Houses.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill was among about 250 mourners who paid their final respects to rookie Officer Brian Kessler, 28, who graduated from the Police Academy in October and was killed last week in a head-on collision with a garbage truck in The Bronx as he headed home from a night shift.

The NYPD is plugging into a first-of-its-kind virtual-reality gaming system that puts young people in wild situations on the street — and urges them to make safe choices, officials said.

Spending and violence continue to rise in New York City jails — despite a plummeting jail population, a report released by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office claims.

A seemingly offhand remark in a high school lunchroom in Greece, NY set off an investigation that uncovered an arsenal of weapons and a plot to attack a Muslim enclave in the Catskills, law enforcement officials said.

With the idea featured in Cuomo’s executive budget proposal for New York, Cayuga County Legislature officials are taking a wait-and-see approach for possibly banning single-use plastic bags.

A request to the state comptroller’s office from Schenectady for a cost analysis of the city’s options for City Court operations was tabled for two weeks to allow more time to review information from the mayor.

New Yorkers are stepping up to save a Girl Scout troop’s long-awaited trip after it was nearly foiled by a cookie cash-snatching crook. At least seven kindhearted donors offered to plunk down more than $3,500 to fund Woodbridge, NJ troop 80062’s journey to Savannah, Ga.

The Buffalo Diocese has appointed five area residents to a new task force that will review how the diocese handles allegations of sexual misconduct with adults by clergy and lay employees.

Ingersoll Rand announced its “intent” to end manufacturing operations at its Cheektowaga plant by July – a decision the company said would eliminate 300 jobs. A union official estimated 150 to 160 hourly workers would be included in the cuts. But Ingersoll Rand left open the possibility of keeping manufacturing going at the site.

Jurors at the corruption retrial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano were told that the case will be so boring they should “bring toothpicks to court to keep your eyes open.”

The Federal Aviation Administration halted all airplane arrivals into Newark Liberty International Airport yesterday evening after a drone was spotted near another New Jersey airport (Newark).

RIP Russell Baker, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose whimsical, irreverent “Observer” column appeared in The New York Times and hundreds of other newspapers for 36 years and turned a backwoods-born Virginian into one of America’s most celebrated writers. He died on Monday at his home in Leesburg, Virginia at the age of 93.