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

The state Legislature is in session, and lawmakers are expected to have another busy week, with a number of environmental bills on the to-do list – including a measure supporters believe would be an obstacle to any federal attempt to permit offshore drilling for oil and gas anywhere near New York’s waters.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have their weekly lunch date at the White House.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Agriculture Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, room 816, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, a NYC public advocate candidate, will appear on MSNBC Live to discuss the ongoing situation at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., the state tate Senate Elections Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, room 904, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m, state Sen. Luis Sepúlveda will address the human rights violations at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn involving lack of electricity and heat, state Senate hallway (near the glass doors), 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Governmental Operations meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney holds events with high school students and inaugural members of his Seniors Advisory Board to give each group the opportunity to make their voices heard and make recommendations regarding relevant legislation, Haldane High School, 15 Craigside Drive, Cold Spring.

At 11 a.m., the state State Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, room 611, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, room 901, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney joins Jewish advocacy groups to call for federal support for holocaust education in schools across the country, Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Williams joins Millennium Development, elected officials, and the community for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Midwood Neighborhood Senior Center at a new location, 2164 Ralph Ave., Brooklyn.

At 11:15 a.m., Citizen Action-New York, JustLeadershipUSA, New York Communities for Change, VOCAL-NY, Public Defenders, Members of the #FreeNewYork Campaign rally to call on the legislature to immediately pass laws reforming discovery and speedy trial processes and ending money bail, state Capitol, Third Fl., Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Social Services Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, room 409, state Capitol, Albany.

At noon, the state Senate Local Government Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, room 801, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, more than 200 parents, child care providers, educators, faith leaders, and labor advocates from across the state express their frustration and growing impatience over the lack of adequate funding for New York’s child care system, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, members of the Trump Campaign and Republican officials will join Manny Alicandro for the official announcement of his campaign for NYC public advocate, 725 5th Ave., (across from Trump Tower), Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., the state Senate Consumer Protection Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, room 901, state Capitol, Albany.

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

Also at 1 p.m., the state Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will make an announcement about Pre-K and 3K, PS 128 Audubon, 560 W. 169th St., Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 3 p.m., the Senate and Assembly will hold a joint budget hearing on the workforce development portion of the governor’s proposed 2019-20 spending plan, Hearing Room B, LOB, state Street, Albany.

At 3:30 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul joins West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan to inspect flood abatement measures in Cazenovia Creek, Union Road Bridge, 2001 Union Rd., West Seneca.

At 6 p.m., Rep. John Katko hosts a Town Hall on Interstate 81, Cayuga Community College, community room, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.

Also at 6 p.m., an update on the proposal to change Buffalo School Board elections to June is held, 564 Dodge St., Buffalo.


The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. It was quarterback Tom Brady’s sixth Super Bowl win – a record for an individual player.

The Washington Post aired its first Super Bowl advertisement, a one-minute long compilation of historic images and clips, narrated by actor Tom Hanks, that was meant to signify the role of journalists.

It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever.

The only thing more mundane then the game itself was the Super Bowl halftime show — with Maroon 5’s dad-rock production getting widely panned on social media.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam met with top aides last night amid mounting calls from fellow Democrats to resign over a racist photograph, an episode that has pressured a party that has promoted a zero-tolerance policy against members who have been accused of bigotry and sexual misconduct.

The polar vortex that brought many cities to a standstill was expected to end with a rapid thaw that experts say could be unprecedented. But the sudden swing from long johns to light jackets and short sleeves could create problems of its own, including ice jams and flooding.

The snow melt is expected to challenge pedestrians forced to navigate large, sloshy pools of water, and threatens to flood basements and overtake rivers and creeks in the aftermath of last week’s blizzard. Even the lowest temperatures today should be above freezing, increasing the potential for melting and runoff.

Trump said he is unsure whether he would be opposed to releasing special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, deferring to the attorney general.

The president reportedly plans to use tomorrow’s State of the Union address to promise an end to the HIV epidemic in America by 2030.

Hoosick Falls resident Michael Hickey, who exposed toxic chemicals polluting water in his Rensselaer County village, will attend the State of the Union in Washington as the guest of NY-19 Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado.

Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart will be Long Island Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin’s guest at the SOTU.

Trump plans to keep United States troops in Iraq to monitor and maintain pressure on neighboring Iran, committing to an American military presence in the region’s war zones even as he moves to withdraw forces from Syria and Afghanistan.

Two influential Republican senators admonished Trump for squabbling with his top intelligence officials – with one calling it “troubling to all of us.”

The Pentagon said it will send 3,750 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to put up another 150 miles of concertina wire and provide other support for Customs and Border Protection, bringing the total number of active-duty troops there to 4,350.

Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard officially joined the race for for president on Saturday afternoon at a rally in her home state hosted weeks after she announced her campaign on CNN.

Amid a series of high-profile campaign announcements in January — and with Cory Booker’s entry Friday continuing the push this month — another class of Democrats is lying in wait, sizing up the emerging field — and hoping for one or more of the early front-runners to stumble.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti has praised his boss’s use of social media and communication, pointing out that she “changed the entire debate on tax in this country in a matter of days.”

Ocasio-Cortez and British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn held a phone call yesterday. “Let’s build a movement across borders to take on the billionaires, polluters and migrant baiters, and support a happier, freer and cleaner planet,” Corbyn wrote on Twitter.

A White House source has leaked nearly every day of Trump’s private schedule for the past three months, which show he has spent around 60 percent of his scheduled time over the past three months in unstructured “Executive Time.”

Pope Francis landed yesterday in Abu Dhabi on the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, where he is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations while also ministering to a unique, thriving Catholic community.

A Republican member of the bipartisan group of lawmakers charged with striking a deal on immigration measures said Trump “would be forced” to declare a national emergency to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if Congress cannot broker an agreement.

For years, the Department of Homeland Security has operated a fake university in the Detroit suburbs as part of an undercover operation that lured undocumented immigrants seeking to obtain fraudulent student visas.

Dan Janison: “When the Trump administration announced Friday that it was suspending one of the last big nuclear arms control agreements with Russia, it marked the latest in a series of withdrawals and threatened withdrawals of this kind.”

Power has been restored at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where inmates have spent several days without heat or lighting, according to a statement from the Bureau of Prisons, which said: “Staff are working to restore the facility to normal operations.”

Dozens of people protesting the lack of heat and electricity at the prison rushed the entrance yesterday, sparking a scuffle with guards, at least one of whom pepper-sprayed some of the activists, including reality-TV star Yandy Smith of VH1’s long-running “Love & Hip Hop: New York.”

Heeding a call from the governor, the U.S. Department of Justice said it will work with the Bureau of Prisons to examine what happened at the federal detention center in Brooklyn that had lost heat and electricity last week and to ensure that it has a backup system in place.

The inmates drew attention to their plight by banging with anything they could — shoes, their fists — against any surface they met: the walls and windows and bars of the jail that holds them.

Lawmakers this week are turning more attention to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $175 billion spending plan after three weeks of focus on social-policy measures. Legislators will hold hearings on health care and education, the two biggest spending areas, tomorrow and Wednesday.

Worried the state could be getting ready to end the cross-party endorsement of candidates, the minor Working Families Party is asking local candidates it is considering supporting this year to sign a letter opposing the move.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Thursday will be traveling to DC to meet with members of New York’s Democratic congressional delegation to discuss state infrastructure needs pertaining to affordable housing and transportation and how they can help.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders co-authored an OpEd calling for a limiting of “the explosion of stock buybacks,” which they say has helped to create the worst level of income inequality in decades.

Among the current state lawmakers elected in 2018, here are the five highest earners – and potentially biggest losers with the outside income cap linked to the pay raise – in both chambers, according to their most recent state filings.

For-hire and taxi drivers chanting “no more tax on drivers’ backs” gathered outside Cuomo’s Manhattan office to protest the congestion pricing plan that went into effect over the weekend.

A coalition of nearly 130 groups and individuals pushing for criminal justice reform says plans put forward by Cuomo last month to change the pretrial system don’t go far enough.

Manhattan Councilwoman Carlina Rivera is pushing for a city ban on the sale of foie gras by restaurants and vendors on the basis of animal cruelty.

State Senate Democrats, who won control of the chamber in November, have already begun ramping up for the 2020 elections.

A former campaign aide to Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams got slapped with a $5,000 fine for sending romantic poems to a high school student — but kept his job with Williams even after the punishment became public.

A man was shot to death on a crowded Queens subway platform, in a chaotic confrontation that’s captured on a shocking cell phone video posted on social media.

Amy Spitalnick, who was the communications director and senior policy adviser for former Attorney General Barbara Underwood, has joined Integrity First for America as its executive director. The nonprofit organization is suing neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va.

With state budget negotiations fast approaching, more than a dozen lawmakers are calling for the final spending plan to include enactment of a program to reduce reliance on homeless shelters.

New Yorkers who receive food stamps and welfare benefits are forced to wait an average of three hours when visiting city facilities like the one where a young mother had her baby ripped from her arms by officers for sitting on the floor, an alarming new report revealed.

Some Long Island municipalities are trying to keep retail marijuana sales away from busy downtowns and residential areas, confining them to less populated areas zoned for auto body shops, manufacturing and vape shops.

Despite losing his state Senate re-election bid in November, Westchester County Republican Terrence Murphy is still on the chamber’s payroll. The two-term senator is making a $40,000 salary for his part-time role as “regional director” for the Senate Republicans, according to the latest payroll records.

Con Edison is requesting new rate hikes for the city and surrounding areas. The utilities monopoly – which is allowed to operate with impunity throughout the state – is seeking an additional $695 million in rate increases next year.

A Long Island teen who sued his Catholic school last spring for failing to take action against racist cyberbullying is now taking matters into his own hands — by starting an anti-bullying initiative.

A state audit of Akron Central School District budgets raised questions about the district’s spending estimates and use of reserves.

An all-volunteer Muslim Community Patrol & Services is preparing to operate in neighborhoods in Brooklyn, with a goal of growing its fleet of two cars to five by the end of the month and eventually expanding citywide. The backlash has already begun – even among some members the Muslim community.

Nearly one in every two millennials in New York state owes student loan debt — and many are pulling pints while waging war on state plans that could lead to smaller salaries.

The media industry seemed to be in freefall on Friday following the announcement that Vice Media would cut 10 percent of its staff and that McClatchy Company offered buyouts to 450 employees, bringing the total number of media jobs cut in 2019 to over 2,100.

Assuming the state approves, the Saratoga thoroughbred racing season will reportedly begin on July 11 this year.