It is dangerously cold out there, all over the state. Travel bans are in place in some areas, check your local listings for more information.

Also, take precautions, avoiding unnecessary prolonged exposure outdoors. If you must be outside, dress in layers and don’t stay out too long if you can help it.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is, according to his press office, in Albany, with no public events or interviews yet scheduled.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in NYC with no public events or appearances scheduled.

Vice President Mike Pence this morning participates in a briefing at the Drug Enforcement Administration, and then delivers remarks to DEA employees.

In the afternoon, Pence participates in a swearing in ceremony for Director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy James W. Carroll.

At 8:30 a.m., ABNY hosts a Power Breakfast about the 2020 census, which includes Quinnipiac poll results on the census and a discussion with state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, New York Public Library, Stephen A Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Assemblyman Harvey Epstein and local elected officials call on the Boy Scouts of America to recognize the Eagle Scout work of young women prior to their admission in the Boy Scouts, in front of Fearless Girl statue, 11 Wall St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz holds a regular public hearing on land use, Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., Rockland County’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens, Remedy Dispensary, 345 RTE 304, Bardonia.

At 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and state Sens. Michael Gianaris and Jamaal Bailey convene to develop a moral-based approach to drive an end cash bail as well as enact speedy trial, discovery and parole reform, St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and state Sens. Michael Gianaris and Jamaal Bailey convene to develop a moral-based approach to drive an end cash bail as well as enact speedy trial, discovery and parole reform, St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., state Sen. James Skoufis will hold a press conference on the newly passed Child Victims Act with local public officials and child victims advocate, Gary Greenberg, Village Hall, 325 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Nydia Velazquez, state Sen. Brian Benjamin, NYC Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel and others hold a press conference to oppose HUD’s threat to take over NYCHA, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz holds a regular public hearing on land use, Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

At noon, the NYC Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

At 12:05 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will appear live on WNYC’s “All of It with Alison Stewart” to discuss the ‘She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York’ art exhibit.

Later today, McCray will deliver remarks at the fifth annual Alternative Dispute Resolution and Diversity symposium – an event that is closed to members of the media.

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

At 3:30 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Paul Vallone host a roundtable discussion with civic, nonprofit and business leaders from the Korean-American community, Korean Community Services 203-05 32nd Ave., Queens.

At 4 p.m., Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and NYC Councilman Andrew Cohen are joined by residents of 3804 Greystone Avenue regarding a lack of gas service since September, 3804 Greystone Ave., the Bronx.

At 5 p.m., “Driving Forces,” hosted by Jeff Simmons and Celeste Katz, features coverage of the NYC public advocate’s race with candidate and NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, WBAI 99.5 FM.

At 6 p.m., Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte presents a 2019 State of the District address, College Students Center, 2705 Campus Road, Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., the NYC Council Charter Revision Commission 2019 meets, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.

At 6:45 p.m., the Community Preservation Coalition and community members hold a town hall meeting to discuss the mayor’s plan to build a 29-story jail in Kew Gardens, Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Queens.

At 7 p.m., Assemblyman David Weprin speaks on a Queens County Young Democrats panel on marijuana legalization, Golden Terrace Banquet Hall, 120-23 Atlantic Ave., Queens.

Also at 7 p.m., the Blind Brook Community Foundation and the RyeACT Coalition will host a community forum on the state’s proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, with special guest Dr. Kevin Sabet, former White House drug policy advisor, Blind Brook High School Auditorium, 840 King St., Rye Brook.

Headlines…

In suspending its previous plans to continue raising rates this year, the Federal Reserve signaled that its march toward higher interest rates may be ending sooner than expected.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for US intelligence chiefs to “stage an intervention” with President Trump just hours after the president called them “naive” in a tweet.

Trump said that he would not intervene with the Justice Department’s decision-making process about whether to release the report by the special counsel investigating possible collusion with Russian officials in the 2016 campaign.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who went from tending bar to the halls of the Capitol, slammed former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz after he dismissed her proposal for a tax on the nation’s wealthiest, asking why billionaire candidates are not told they have to “work their way up.”

Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey are reportedly planning to unveil legislation for a Green New Deal in the coming day.

An undocumented immigrant who worked at one of Trump’s golf clubs in New Jersey for years and recently spoke out about her experience will attend his State of the Union address after being invited by her Democratic congresswoman, the woman’s lawyer and the congresswoman’s office said.

US Sen. Rand Paul was awarded more than $580,000 in damages and medical expenses in his lawsuit against the neighbor who tackled him and broke several of his ribs in a dispute over lawn maintenance.

Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina governor, says she isn’t planning a 2020 run for the White House, but she’s getting a lot of attention, and money, as a rising GOP political star.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the state Department of Education to investigate the claims of four middle school black girls who claim they were strip-searched during school in Binghamton.

Cuomo called the allegations that the school nurse and an assistant principal searched the 12-year-old girls because they had been acting “hyper and giddy” during lunchtime “disturbing.” The incident has sparked outrage and protests in Binghamton.

School officials have refuted those claims, saying that a strip search never took place and that administrators at East Middle School only conducted a routine medical assessment out of concern for the girls’ health and safety.

Three of the four girls complied, while the fourth was suspended when she refused, according to a claim by Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow, which the school district has denied.

AG Letitia James and Cuomo announced an investigation into Apple Inc’s failure to warn consumers about a FaceTime bug that lets iPhones users listen to conversations of others who have not yet accepted a video call.

Cuomo and James noted that reports indicate the problem was raised with Apple more than a week before it was made public and the company took action to disable the affected feature.

A top federal housing official took a swipe at NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio as she announced that Housing Secretary Ben Carson will travel to New York as the deadline looms for a possible takeover of the city’s embattled Housing Authority.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is expected to make a “huge” and “historic” announcement about the New York City Housing Authority today — the same day the agency faces a court-imposed deadline to reach a plan to address substandard conditions in apartments.

As the dreaded polar vortex swooped down on NYC and thousands of public housing residents endured another day without heat, fed-up tenants began fighting back with tough talk of a rent strike.

De Blasio ripped Montana Gov. Steve Bullock for not telling his administration that a senior staffer, Kevin O’Brien, had been fired for sexual harassment before he was hired by City Hall.

“As a Democrat, it’s very troubling to me,” de Blasio said. “They should have said to us, ‘Yes, there was a problem.’ They should have said, point blank, ‘Yes, there was a problem.’ And that would have caused us not to hire him.”

High school graduation rates in New York state inched up in 2018 and they have risen noticeably over the last several years. But the state has also opened new avenues for students to graduate, even if they don’t take or pass the traditional high school Regents exams.

NYC high schools managed record-high graduation rates in 2018, de Blasio said. As of August, more than three-quarters of city seniors — 75.9 percent — graduated high school, breaking the city’s previous record of 74.3 percent that was set in 2017.

Snow squalls in New York and Pennsylvania led to several multi-car pileups throughout the day, leaving dozens of people injured, according to officials.

State Police photographs from a 21-vehicle accident on the state Thruway shows several tractor trailers involved at a time when they were banned from the interstate due to the winter storm. Cuomo threatened fines, license points and potential criminal charges for the drivers who violated the ban.

One of Brooklyn’s longest-serving district attorneys, Charles “Joe” Hynes, has died at 83. The former prosecutor served the city from 1990 to 2013.

Catherine Lohan, one of the women who smashed the FDNY’s gender barrier nearly 40 years ago to become a New York City firefighter, died on Tuesday. She was 68.

MTA President Patrick Foye publicly apologized for the agency’s poor service, even as he said things have begun to improve.

MTA tolls and fares could jump 27 percent by 2024 if the state Legislature does not approve a congestion pricing plan this year, Foye testified at a joint legislative state budget hearing in Albany.

Calling the death of a mother who toppled down a subway station staircase with her baby “tragic,” a top MTA official said the agency is committed to adding more elevators.

The city medical examiner ruled that the young mom found dead in a Midtown subway station on top of her unharmed baby likely died of a pre-existing medical condition, not a tumble down a flight of stairs.

Malaysia Goodson’s death prompted dialogue about New York City life for people with disabilities, parents, the elderly and the obstacles created by the city’s transit system.

Disgraced former state AG Eric Schneiderman, who resigned last year amid disturbing allegations that he slapped and choked several women, recently graduated from The Path — a “meditation” school for “the modern mind.”

The state AG announced a settlement with Devumi, a company that sold hundreds of millions of fake followers on Twitter and other social media platforms before going out of business last year.

A Manhattan judge has refused to halt a new city rule that will require ride-hail apps to pay their drivers a minimum wage starting tomorrow.

Amazon will oppose any effort to unionize its New York City workforce, despite receiving $3 billion in tax breaks and subsidies to come to Queens, a top company executive said.

The Amazon deal Wass supposed to be a slam dunk for Cuomo and De Blasio – the one thing they could agree on – but it’s now appearing to die a slow death.

“We’re not looking to blow up the deal, but we are certainly looking to ensure that Amazon lives up to all of its obligations,” said James Patchett, the president of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. He acknowledged that most of the details of the deal — a nonbinding agreement between the city, state and Amazon — had yet to be worked out.

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson took in 388 donations in the 24 hours following his announcement that he was considering a run for mayor, he said.

The de Blasio administration failed to pay more than three quarters of its contracts on time last year — and showed little improvement despite promises from the mayor to whip his administration into shape, a new report from the Comptroller’s Office shows.

Whether to make the 2 percent tax cap permanent stands out as a rare point of division in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature so far this year.

New state Sen. Bob Antonacci has accepted a job at a Syracuse law firm just as state lawmakers are facing an outside income ban in exchange for a significant pay raise.

Cuomo told upstate electric companies to make sure Western New Yorkers get the service they need, if their power goes out.

The governor is proposing a pilot program called “Healthy Homes” that would provide help to 500 low-income families living in areas with the highest rates of asthma-related illness.

Cuomo announced as part of his fiscal year 2020 Executive Budget a new proposal to protect and strengthen net neutrality in New York. It codifies an executive order that he issued last year, requiring internet service providers to offer equal access to internet content.

Brooklyn’s Jewish community is on edge following two “vicious” anti-Semitic attacks in Crown Heights — which unfolded within minutes of each other, according to officials.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise: “The notion had been floated years ago that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand might run for president in 2020. So in that light, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when the upstate New York Democrat launched her exploratory campaign earlier this month. Except that she had deceived New Yorkers about it.”

Since she can’t be two places at once, Gillibrand’s quest for the Democratic presidential nomination will necessarily draw her away from the job for which she was elected: U.S. senator from New York.

Women’s activists are renewing a long-stalled push for a constitutional Equal Rights Amendment, and they’ve found a Republican ally in Rep. Tom Reed of Corning.

Niagara Falls Councilman Kenneth M. Tompkins, who said last week he was considering a run for mayor this year, announced that he will seek re-election to his Council seat.

The state has suspended the liquor license of the River Street Pub in Troy after officials learned employees tried to cover up a fight inside the bar that led to a man being shot.

After 12 years representing Albany residents in the city’s Washington Park and Center Square neighborhoods, Albany County Legislator Chris Higgins won’t seek reelection to the 5th District seat, citing family reasons.

The claims of a Girl Scouts leader that a New Jersey mall crook swiped her troop’s cookie-sale cash – a story that drew national headlines and donations – crumbled under scrutiny, cops said.