Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City. He’ll be speaking with the Association for A Better New York later today.

At 9:30 a.m., the joint legislative budget hearing will focus on the mental hygiene portion of the governor’s 2019-20 spending plan, Hearing Room B, LOB, State Street, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., state Sens. Jessica Ramos, Alessandra Biaggi, Zellnor Myrie, Jamaal Bailey, Michael Gianaris, Brad Hoylman, directly impacted people, and leading advocacy organizations announce their support for sweeping changes to the laws and institutions that are most oppressive to New York’s communities of color, New York County Supreme Court Steps, 60 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Parks and Recreation meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Justice System meets jointly with the Committee on Public Safety, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Environmental Advocates of New York will hold a conference call to release a new report –Untapped Potential: Water Infrastructure Spending in New York – that examines how successful New York’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) has been at addressing the state’s growing water infrastructure crisis.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the Public Service Commission holds a regular session, 19th Fl. Board Room, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and State-Federal Relations Chair Nily Rozic will meet with members of the New York congressional delegation, the meeting is closed to the media, but an availability will follow), 2200 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Also at 11 a.m., climate activists urge Rep. Paul Tonko to support a Green New Deal, Rep. Paul Tonko’s office, 19 Dove St., Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., former Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley ’85 will sign a deed gifting his official and personal papers to the Queens College Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., a coalition of New York community groups, people impacted by parole technical violations, prosecutors and legislators will hold a press conference in support of the Less Is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act, Brooklyn Law School, Subotnick Center, 11th Fl., 250 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At noon, the Association for a Better New York is hosting a luncheon with Cuomo, Hilton NY Midtown, Grand Ballroom, 1335 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.

Also at noon, Myrie joins Brooklyn residents as they rally against rent hikes in their rent-stabilized building that was suddenly listed for sale, 560-570 Lefferts Ave., Brooklyn.

From noon to 6 p.m., Rep. Adriano Espaillat will host the first annual Dominicans on the Hill, a day at the U.S. Capitol, (a reception will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

At 1 p.m., NYC Mark Levine chairs a Health Committee hearing on his legislation to require the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Vital Records to redact from birth certificates the name of physicians whose license has been suspended, surrendered or revoked, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC First Lady McCray will deliver remarks at the Mayor’s Fund Board of Directors meeting, City Hall, Governor’s Room, Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., state Sen. John Liu and other elected officials “decry the inadequacy and inequity in (the) proposed state education budget, Queens Library, 151-10 14th Rd., Queens.

At 2 p.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Meeting
The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls.

At 5 p.m., WBAI 99.5 FM’s “Driving Forces,” hosted by Jeff Simmons and Celeste Katz, features a post-public advocate debate roundup with candidate guests Tony Herbert and David Eisenbach,

At 6 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli hosts a Lunar New Year Celebration, Grand Street Settlement, 175 Delancey St., 4th Fl., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., state State Sen. Jamaal Bailey and NYC Councilman Andy King are guest speakers at a business association town hall meeting, Community Board 12, 4101 White Plains Rd., the Bronx.


The political crisis in Virginia is deepening as the number three elected official, the state’s attorney general, says he once dressed in blackface.

The latest revelation comes as both Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who is facing sexual assault allegations, are refusing to step aside.

The woman who is accusing Fairfax of sexually assaulting identified herself publicly and discussed what happened.

Climate scientists say 2018 was officially the fourth warmest year on record.

A rallying cry for President Trump has been to warn against socialism — pointing to the political upheaval in Venezuela — as well as a pointed rebuke to Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

It was also a speech that seemed to focus on Trump’s next goal: Getting re-elected to a second term in 2020.

A Vice reporter is accusing former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson of lifting passages of her new book from other sources.

The House Intelligence Committee announced it would re-open its investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether a foreign government has some form of leverage over the president.

President Trump lashed out at Democrats as the investigations returned.

New York City’s top education official called on lawmakers to back more money for the city’s schools in the state budget.

Lawmakers in New Jersey are proposing changes to how sexual misconduct allegations are handled.

A lawsuit with Lyft has been resolved as it will pay its drivers the full minimum wage for ride hailing companies.

A law firm representing the family of a Schoharie limousine crash victim says the owner of Prestige Limousine is currently believed to be in Dubai, where he can’t be served with a lawsuit connected to the deadly October crash.

The limousine involved in last fall’s deadly crash in Schoharie has been moved into a storage structure at New York State Police headquarters in Latham.

Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced legislation that would raise the minimum wage prison inmates in New York to $3 an hour.

President Donald Trump criticized New York lawmakers for approving a bill strengthening abortion rights in the state and called in his State of the Union address on Tuesday for a ban on late-term abortion.

Erie County Conservative Party Chairman Ralph Lorigo is vying for the state chairmanship after the retirement of longtime Chairman Mike Long.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is seeking re-election for his fourth term.

Technology changes and new revenue initiatives by the company that owns St. Joseph’s Hospital will result in the relocation of 73 jobs from Syracuse to the Midwest.

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced a crucial change to how it will process scenes of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses.

A Buffalo building that once housed the U.S. Postal Service will soon have new life. The facility on Monsignor Valente Drive near the Central Terminal on the city’s east side is set to become a research and manufacturing plant for CBD products, which are gaining popularity with many people for their health benefits.

After the crash of Flight 3407 was determined to be caused by pilot error, not weather, the families of those lost resolved to transform the airline industry. They worked for years to update pilot training standards that hadn’t been improved in decades. But even after their efforts were successful, they haven’t been able to rest.

Pilots who support the families of victims lost in Flight 3407 say the changes were comprehensive and addressed safety concerns in the cockpit. But some of the legislation that passed nine years ago still isn’t implemented.

Dozens of union members rallied outside New Era’s headquarters on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, protesting the closing of the company’s production plant in Derby.

A community group in Kingston is pushing for licenses for undocumented immigrants, a bill that’s yet to gain a vote in the newly Democratic-controlled state Legislature.

Ten candidates for Public Advocate clashed Wednesday night over their support for Amazon building a campus in New York City, their legislative record on addressing the crisis in public housing, and if they support a plan to eliminate an admission test for specialized high schools.

What would you do with an extra 110 hours in a year? Transit advocates say that’s how much time subway delays cost some commuters, and it would be possible to get that time back if the MTA modernizes its antiquated signal system.

Kathryn Garcia has held lot of jobs at City Hall, including lead czar, and sanitation commissioner. And she is about to get a new title: interim chair of the New York City Housing Authority.