And the great dig out begins, though the snow continues in some parts of the state.

Some schools announced closures before the storm even hit. Check your local listings for more information.

Now comes the extreme cold, take precautions if you must go outside, and try to remain indoors if at all possible.

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

The NYC Council is holding a hearing on the Long Island City Amazon HQ2 project today at City Hall in Lower Manhattan.

The state Legislature is not in session.

At 8:30 a.m., the Center for Court Innovation holds a panel, moderated by NY1’s Errol Louis, that involves fighting community violence, Robin Hood Foundation, 826 Broadway, ninth floor, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., the NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, community members, labor leaders and Queens residents rally against the Amazon HQ2 deal, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the Senate and Assembly hold a joint hearing on the transportation portion of the 2019-2020 executive budget proposal, Hearing Room B, second floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 9:45 a.m., the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and 32BJ SEIU as well as the Long Island City Partnership, Urban Upbound and the Queens Chamber of Commerce rally in support of Amazon coming to Queens, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Finance meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the first medical marijuana dispensary in Oneida County opens, Remedy Dispensary, 4776 Commercial Dr., New Hartford.

At 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, WCNY.

Also at 11 a.m., disability and transit advocates address death of a Connecticut mother who fell down the subway stairs while carrying her baby and a stroller and died, calling on Cuomo for better subway accessibility, 7th Avenue and 53rd Street, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m. – Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone announces the creation of the Suffolk County Complete Count Committee to ensure that all county residents are accurately counted in the 2020 census, H. Lee Dennison Building, Media Room, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge.

At noon, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is the featured speaker at the New York Building Congress’ luncheon, 1040 Sixth Ave., 21st floor, Manhattan.

At 12:10 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will join Deputy Mayor Dr. Herminia Palacio, the Department for the Aging, the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, and the Commissioner on Gender Equity at Neighborhood SHOPP Casa Boricua Senior Center for a roundtable with older adults who are victims of elder abuse to launch Providing Options to Elderly Clients Together, 910 E. 172nd St., the Bronx.

At 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Small Business meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will make an education-related announcement, New World High School, 921 E. 228th St., the Bronx.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Health meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

At 5 p.m., state Attorney General Letitia James holds a meet-and-greet reception, Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

At 6 p.m., Diaz Jr. speaks at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s public meeting on the restoration of the Orchard Beach pavilion, St. Mary’s Recreation Center, 450 St. Ann’s Avenue, the Bronx.


More than two years into his administration, the disconnect between President Trump and the Republican establishment on foreign policy has rarely been as stark.

A new American intelligence assessment of global threats has concluded that North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear stockpiles and that Iran is not, for now, taking steps necessary to make a bomb – directly contradicting the rationale of two of Trump’s foreign policy initiatives.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the “broken mentality” of politics after a fellow Democrat suggested she moved into her House seat too fast and the party should mount a primary election challenge against her.

Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager John Podesta beat back reports that she’s mulling a presidential run in 2020. “I think this is media catnip,” he said. “I take her at her word. She’s not running for president.”

While in New Hampshire, potential 2020 candidate Mike Bloomberg, a former NYC mayor, not only teed off on Trump, but also criticized other candidates – both already announced and still considering, like he is.

Add former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a onetime Democratic White House candidate, to the list of those opposed — vehemently, and in some instances profanely — to the idea of Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks chief executive, entering the 2020 presidential race as an independent.

The Trump Organization said it will implement a system to weed out undocumented immigrants who try to get jobs at its properties. The move followed reports in The New York Times last month that the president’s company was employing people at its flagship golf club in New Jersey who are in the country illegally.

The FaceTime flaw, dubbed FacePalm, was inadvertently discovered by a 14-year-old in Arizona and reported by his mother. Apple didn’t react until an article about it on a fan site went viral.

A growing number of big-city prosecutors across the nation are moving away from marijuana cases, declaring them largely off limits and in some cases going so far as to clear old warrants or convictions off the books.

With the parents of a teacher gunned down in the 2018 Parkland, Fla., school shooting looking on, the state Legislature passed a package of gun control bills aimed at preventing the kind of shooting massacres that have marred the US.

Democrats who now control both houses of the Legislature said the five-bill gun control package is needed as a response to mass shootings and other gun violence, while Republicans lashed out at the measures as political acts designed to undermine Second Amendment rights.

It was the first major batch of gun-control measures in New York since the SAFE Act of 2013, and the governor and lawmakers pledged they won’t wait another six years before revisiting state firearm laws.

In total, six gun bills passed easily through the State Senate and Assembly, a remarkable sight in a Capitol that for years had resisted almost all new legislation on the subject.

“There has to be a way to allow people who can have guns and should have guns to enjoy their gun, but not have this senseless violence, where people who are mentally ill, people who are past felons have guns,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is presiding over what some observers are calling the most productive Senate session on record, as her 39-member Democratic conference rapidly rolls through legislation that had stalled for years when Republicans controlled the chamber.

Catholics are a key voting bloc in New York, accounting for 35 percent of all voters, more than any other religious group. But that doesn’t mean Cuomo will take a political hit for taking on the Church over legislation expanding abortion protections and extending the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases.

After hearing a resident address speak in opposition to the Reproductive Health Act, a bill signed into law last week by Cuomo, the Batavia City Council decided to do the same, in a letter to the governor.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio ripped the MTA for the death of a young mother who fell down the stairs in a Manhattan subway station while carrying her baby, saying: “This is a heartbreaking tragedy that never should have happened.”

The shocking death of the young Connecticut mom in a Midtown subway station tumble — a tragedy whose cause remained unclear — is under investigation, and has intensified calls for more elevators throughout a system with an alarming deficiency.

The former top aide to de Blasio sacked for allegedly sexually harassing two staffers was allowed to remain on the city payroll for five weeks after being fired — and then collected nearly $6,500 for leftover vacation time.

During an appearance on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show,” the governor said that state lawmakers had to make a choice between fare hikes and congestion pricing.

In order to save the MTA, Cuomo says he may have to destroy it — or its power structure at least. Nobody wants to take the $325,000 a year job of running the city’s struggling public transportation system because it’s a thankless position burdened by an outdated and muddled hierarchy, the governor maintained.

Cuomo accused Amazon of not doing enough to win public support for its Long Island City project, and noted the opposition has been more vocal, which could spur action by the Legislature. “Politicians want to avoid a negative,” he said. “And if the negative is more vocal, the negative will win.”

Amazon is expected to offer a few salves to skeptics at a NYC Council hearing today, like hiring public housing residents to work at a new 30-person customer service center and establishing a certificate program at LaGuardia Community College to help students gain entry-level technology jobs.

A senior aide to Ocasio-Cortez dumped on NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, accusing him of being a political opportunist trying to ride the congresswoman’s progressive coattails to become mayor.

Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman used nearly $340,000 in political campaign funds to pay the law firm that represented him during an investigation of allegations that he physically abused several women, according to campaign finance reports reviewed by The Associated Press.

NYC’s homelessness crisis is so out of control that Upper West Side residents are shelling out $120 a month each for private security guards to patrol their neighborhood seven days a week.

De Blasio administration officials told the City Council that upgrades and expansion of the city’s new unified contracting system would help speed payments to nonprofits that have complained of late payments for years.

Even as officials forge ahead with a widely debated alternate plan for the L train tunnel, many transit advocates are calling for contingency measures planned for its now-scuttled shutdown — more bus and ferry service, new bike lanes, traffic restrictions — to be put in place even with no shutdown.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is refuting the testimony of a former prosecutor in a notorious New Year’s Times Square murder case.

Seneca Nation officials are looking at the possibility of bringing sports wagering to the tribe’s three casinos in Western New York, but are not yet committed to the idea.

WNY Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins, once a critic of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has changed his tune, saying she’s receiving “well-deserved” praise for her handling of the government shutdown negotiations with the president.

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics is suddenly undergoing some changes as a contentious vote looms on whether to investigate a former top aide to Cuomo, Joe Percoco.

A former New York University professor who was accused of stalking Citigroup’s chief economist is now suing the man’s lawyers, claiming they shared 1,251 nude photos of her, causing her $50 million in shame and humiliation.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly told a small crowd of Saratogians last night that under her leadership city officials “have worked together like never before.”

Troy cop Dominick Comitale reported for duty as a police officer Monday, 26 days after he resigned, in an apparent move as part of an effort to rescind his resignation he submitted when he faced an indictment and a hearing to fire him.

Anti-vaxxers, as parents more afraid of vaccinating their children than they are of deadly diseases are called, tend to be affluent and well educated, according to a new report.

The University at Albany’s student photo service has, for now, avoided a forced move from the organization’s longtime office, studio and darkroom. But the group is still facing a battle to maintain their spot in the campus’ Student Center.