The reopening of the federal government signals the start of three weeks of intense negotiations over border security in an ideologically divided Congress that threaten to leave Republican and Democratic leaders right where they began: at risk of a government shutdown.

The toll exacted on government operations and federal employees by the record 35-day stalemate — not to mention the political costs to those in the White House and on Capitol Hill — was so punishing that it is giving momentum to a longstanding call to prohibit the government disruptions that have become a regular facet of Washington hardball.

A day after a stinging defeat at the hands of Democrats and the indictment of a longtime pal, Roger Stone, Trump on Saturday aired his frustrations in a volley of pointed social media posts.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not mince words as she weighed in on the arrest of Stone, saying that his indictment “makes clear that there was a deliberate, coordinated attempt by top Trump campaign officials to influence the 2016 election.”

Stone said he would consider cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but insisted the Russia probe will turn up no collusion on behalf of the president.

Trump’s defeat in his border-wall standoff with Congress has clouded his already perilous path to a second term in 2020, undercutting his cherished image as a forceful leader and deft negotiator, and emboldening alike his Democratic challengers and Republican dissenters who hope to block his re-election.

Federal workers on Long Island on Saturday awaited recall notices and details about when they will be paid, one day after the nation’s longest government shutdown ended. Some said they also expected to confront all the work that went undone in the last 35 days.

During the 2016 presidential campaign and transition, Trump and at least 17 campaign officials and advisers had contacts with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks, or their intermediaries, a New York Times analysis has found.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declined to attend the Sundance Film Festival premiere of a documentary she’s starring in because of the government shutdown.

Longtime employees of the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester were reportedly fired en masse last week — for being in the US illegally.

New York has enacted a measure adding gender identity and gender expression to the state’s anti-discrimination law, making it illegal to deny people a job, housing, education or public accommodations because they are transgender.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is dismissing calls to excommunicate Cuomo for signing the Reproductive Health Act into law.

Disturbing threats against Planned Parenthood and pro-choice activists were posted to Bronx state senator Gustavo River’s Facebook page this week. The NYPD’s Intelligence Division was notified and is investigating.

Just days before the Child Victims Act, the bill making it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults, is to pass, the state Catholic Conference, headed by Dolan, has officially withdrawn its long-standing opposition to the measure.

Mark Taylor, Bridie Farrell and other sexual abuse survivors who have long advocated for the Child Victims Act will be in Albany tomorrow to witness its passage by the Legislature.

Six years after New York passed the controversial SAFE Act, a new round of gun control bills are set to pass the state Legislature on Tuesday, as Democrats are expected to pass at least eight bills that would ban bump stocks and bar school districts from letting teachers be armed.

Less than four months ago, the staid Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan became an unlikely battleground between anti-fascism activists and a far-right group known as the Proud Boys. Now the brawl has moved inside the century-old club, pitting far-right conservatives against New York moderates.

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics filed an appeal to a December court ruling that mandated a vote by the ethics panel on whether to investigate the activities of Joe Percoco, a former top aide to Cuomo.

Proposals in Cuomo’s 2020 budget to make the state Legislature and government agencies more transparent could face opposition from lawmakers and labor unions, while good government advocates are hoping for even greater access to public information.

The heads of New York’s public university systems are scheduled to testify at a state budget hearing in Albany tomorrow.

After a trio of bus thefts, NYC’s newest buses are equipped with push-start ignitions, which let anyone who manages to break into a bus easily start its engine.

The New York City Department of Education again had far more sexual harassment complaints than any other department between July 2017 and June 2018, with 186 out of 472 total harassment complaints coming from the department.

Election Day chaos caused by voting machine breakdowns was heightened by polling place workers having to wait up to 12 hours for repairs, newly released NYC Board of Elections data revealed.

The FDNY’s diversity monitor has billed NYC a stunning $23 million in fees and expenses in his seven years — and the charges have only gotten steeper.

Police arrested nine environmental activists who staged a “die in” at the Rockefeller Center ice rink on Saturday — including a 30-year-old protester who scaled the center’s iconic gold Prometheus statue to hang a banner from it, officials said.

Former Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Eileen Koretz — who now works as a judicial hearing officer in courtrooms for $400 per day – injected herself into a beef over a spycam between her prosecutor daughter and her daughter’s nanny, and as a result, has been suspended from her court job.

Despite growing safety data on e-scooters — powered two-wheelers that are zipping along NYC streets nationwide — the industry’s two biggest scooter-rental players, Lime Bike and Bird, spent $230,000 last year trying to talk city pols into making them street-legal in New York.

A Columbia Law professor who’s advised three presidents and was the nephew of another is being sued in federal court by his allegedly badly-underpaid housekeeper.

A New York City Housing Authority employee redecorated her kitchen with cabinets, a refrigerator and a sink stolen from a public housing complex in East Harlem, a less lurid example of NYCHA’s years of mismanagement.

The head of the alleged sex cult Nxivm, Keith Raniere, has just made his third pitch to be sprung from the Metropolitan Detention Center, where he’s been held since his April 2018 arraignment, given that his trial date has been repeatedly pushed back by prosecutorial delays.

The NYPD sergeant who was slugged by an enraged NFL linebacker in Queens on Saturday was already sidelined for an injury when the gridironer took a cheap shot at him, police sources said.

Off-Track Betting agencies in Nassau and Suffolk counties and across New York could shed their horse racing operations – their main function for nearly 50 years, but also a source of deficits in recent years – under proposals unveiled by Cuomo last week.

New York State is making another $9 million in grant funding available for communities to continue to address long vacant and abandoned properties, a problem otherwise known as zombie homes.

Political consultant Mike Dawidziak said Suffolk’s fiscal woes give Republicans “a chance to raise a major issue” against Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone this fall. But it will be an uphill battle to raise the money and make their case with this year’s accelerated election cycle.

The headmaster of the tony Long Island private school Lawrence Woodmere Academy has stepped down — just after The NY Post ran a former student’s explosive first-person account of teacher sex-harassment and administration stonewalling.

Nassau County, facing annual budget deficits in the tens of millions of dollars, has earmarked nearly $15 million since 2013 for projects for legislators’ districts, including statues, a tractor to maintain museum grounds, Wi-Fi and weight room equipment in schools and a roller hockey rink.

As Nassau continues to earmark small amounts of funding for projects in individual county legislators’ districts, New York State, Suffolk County and Congress all have taken steps to try to rein in such spending.

The Buffalo Diocese is offering several dozen sexual abuse victims awards ranging from $10,000 to $600,000, but others have been deemed indelible because their claims were not already known to church officials, and they are not happy about it.

The Buffalo News tried to answer some burning questions about pot legalization.

The Buffalo News’ Jerry Zremski takes a look at the current crop of nine Democratic 2020 contenders and ranks them in order of their likelihood of landing the party nod – at this moment.

Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, says in a 60 Minutes interview that he is thinking very seriously about an independent presidential run in 2020, but stopped short of a full announcement.

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth P. Achtyl has hired a defense lawyer to deal with the federal and state prosecutors deciding whether to charge him for the bloody arrest of a Buffalo Bills fan who swore at him outside New Era Field.

Angela Marinucci, a former corporate immigration lawyer who waged an aggressive campaign last year against Erie County Clerk Michael “Mickey” Kearns, has been hired by the Poloncarz administration for an administrative job.

Albany’s historic Palace Theatre is looking toward launching, for the second time, ambitious plan to renovate.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden called on Councilman Mark McGrath to resign after he was heard using racist language in a three-year-old voicemail obtained by the Times Union.

Buffalo Bert, the heart and soul of Groundhog Day Buffalo, awoke from hibernation Saturday in front of hundreds of hearty fans who gave the young woodchuck a warm welcome — even though it predicted six more weeks of winter. (Yes, they do Groundhog Day early in Buffalo).