Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events or interviews yet scheduled. According to Newsday, he’s supposed to deliver remarks to the Long Island Association and then meet with the paper’s editorial board.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee today, according to Chairman Jerry Nadler – a Manhattan Democrat – following a tumultuous couple of days where Whitaker threatened to not show up while Democrats prepared to subpoena his appearance.

Vice President Mike Pence is in Maryland at the Port of Baltimore, where he receives a briefing on Non-Intrusive Inspection Systems Program (NII) Technology, participates in a tour of the facility and observes NII Technology operations, and delivers remarks to U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees.

At 8:15 a.m., Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority, speaks at a City Law breakfast, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and take calls from listeners.

At 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul announces significant state funding for the Niagara County SPCA, 2100 Lockport Rd., Niagara Falls.

At 11 a.m., former Corrections union leader Norman Seabrook is scheduled to be sentenced on corruption charges, 500 Pearl St., Judge Hellerstein, Room 14D, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., New Yorkers with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities and their family members; direct support professionals and others rally to urge the governor and lawmakers to pay this professionals a living wage, Broome County Courthouse lawn, 92 Court St., Binghamton.

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features City & State staff reporter Zach Williams, WCNY

At 11:30 a.m., de Blasio will make an announcement on the Bronx Plan, The Highbridge Green School, 200 West 167th St., the Bronx.

At noon, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is donating 100 bracelets/transmitters to Westchester County to use as part of its Project Lifesaver program, which helps protect individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and autism from wandering, Mohansic Golf Course, 1500 Baldwin Rd., Yorktown Heights.

At 3 p.m., the Westchester County state Senate delegation hosts a budget forum regarding the proposed state budget, Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford.

Later today, de Blasio will make a previously scheduled trip to Bangor, Maine to see his aged aunt and speak at a small arts center, which had been delayed due to a snow storm.

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President Donald Trump continues to have a blunt message for upstate New York residents who are worried about the region’s economy: Get out.

Trump, a New York City native who has routinely denigrated upstate, said: “If New York isn’t going to treat them better, I would recommend they go to another state where they can get a great job.” (New York Republicans said they weren’t offended, and some even agreed with his assessment).

“Trump talking about upstate New York is like me talking about Antarctica, you know, I’ve never been there and I know nothing about it,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Cuomo, said the president is misinformed about the economic trends in Upstate New York since the end of the Great Recession.

New York lawmakers pushed both forward and back on Trump’s statement he is “open to talking about” revisions in the Republican 2017 tax law that placed a $10,000 cap on deductions for state-income and local-property taxes.

Lawmakers said they were making progress in their talks over border barriers, while Trump signaled to negotiators that he was eager to sign a bipartisan deal rather than declare a national emergency.

Democrats took the first cautious steps in their quest to obtain Trump’s long-hidden tax returns, further inflaming the contentious relationship between the president and the newly empowered House.

Trump lashed out against House Democrats, complaining that the system of checks and balances giving his political opponents power equates to “Unlimited Presidential Harassment.”

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bent over backward to insist that being left off a special committee on climate change by Nancy Pelosi didn’t signal bad blood between the two — and that they were “100 percent” on the same page.

Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her long-awaited “Green New Deal” and quickly courted high-profile support for the ambitious legislative framework seeking to combat climate change and income inequality.

Trump’s attorney general pick, William Barr, who served as AG under former President George H.W. Bush, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, sending his controversial nomination to the full chamber.

Just 58 percent of Americans are against blackface — while 42 percent either condone it or are unsure, a new poll has found.

The news of former Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell’s death at the age of 92 shook the political world last night as memorials poured in from political leaders spanning his decades as the House’s longest-serving member.

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana abortion access law from going into effect for now, dealing a victory to opponents of the law who argued it could decimate “safe and legal” abortions in the state.

Since the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in July, abortion rights groups have warned of a threat to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide, prompting some states to try to shore up access to the procedure. Anti-abortion groups have been pushing for more restrictions.

A U.S. Senate ethics panel that admonished New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez for taking gifts from a Florida eye surgeon closed the case after the Democratic lawmaker paid back their value.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia told a top aide in a conversation in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist killed in October, if Mr. Khashoggi did not return to the kingdom and end his criticism of the Saudi government.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dropped bombshell allegations against the National Enquirer, accusing it of trying to blackmail him with nude selfies.

Ronan Farrow says he’s also been threatened by the National Enquirer, explaining: “I and at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer’s arrangement with Trump fielded similar ‘stop digging or we’ll ruin you’ blackmail efforts from AMI.'”

Woody Allen sued Amazon in federal court, seeking at least $68 million and saying that the company’s streaming service had improperly backed out of a four-movie deal because of a renewed focus on allegations of sexual abuse on Allen’s part.

Cuomo offered New Yorkers a stark choice yesterday, saying that unless lawmakers authorize new tolls for motorists entering the busiest parts of Manhattan, fares and tolls for subways, buses, tunnels and bridges will go up by 30 percent.

State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that he will stay on as head of the department, reversing a previous decision to leave.

Molestation victims are urging Cuomo to quickly sign into law the Child Victims Act, which would extend the statute of limitations to give victims more time to seek criminal charges or sue their abusers.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Cuomo continue to feud over abortion rights, with Dolan calling out the former altar boy governor on Twitter, saying he linked the archbishop to the so-called “religious right” for his pro-life beliefs.

The NY Post: “Cuomo dedicated his remarks at Thursday’s Association for a Better New York lunch to…cracking jokes at the MTA’s expense, complete with a wacky slideshow. The guy who has controlled the agency for eight years now railed that the ‘MTA’s performance is simply indefensible.'”

During that ABNY speech, Cuomo called the MTA a “great transit abyss” and “a governmental Frankenstein.”

Cuomo said he will insert into his state budget bills a plan to overhaul the MTA and reiterated his position that he wouldn’t send more money to the beleaguered transit authority without reorganizing its management.

New York state taxpayers spent $1.5 million to keep the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island open during the recent partial federal government shutdown, and more than $52,000 for Cuomo’s inauguration ceremony on Ellis Island.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget proposal requires city departments to make spending cuts for the first time in his administration — as personal income tax revenue plummeted by nearly a billion dollars compared to last year.

De Blasio’s $92.2 billion budget would continue to expand spending, while calling for a citywide cost-savings program, implementing a hiring freeze and warning that tax revenue will fall short.

Eight NYC cops were fired last year for domestic violence, a top NYPD official testified at a City Council hearing on police discipline and oversight.

The NYC Council heard testimony in support of legislation that would allow people to remove the name of the attending doctor from a birth certificate if the doctor had his license suspended, revoked or surrendered due to misconduct.

With the state Legislature slated to examine criminal justice reform next week, a coalition of advocacy organizations are pushing back at an assertion by many New York prosecutors that a pre-trial discovery provision in the proposed measures would endanger victims.

Cuomo announced that IBM, a long-time anchor tenant at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus in Albany, plans to invest over $2 billion to grow its high-tech footprint at the campus and throughout New York.

Cuomo is proposing to take advantage of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would allow New York to charge sales tax on all internet sales, potentially adding to the cost of internet purchasing while providing an even playing field for traditional stores.

After pleading guilty for making unwanted sexual advances toward a staff member and then trying to cover up his actions, former Buffalo Democratic state Sen. Marc Panepinto has entered into a settlement agreement with two state ethics agencies that includes payment of a $10,000 fine.

Deputy state senate Majority Leader Mike Gianaris, now in a position to potentially scuttle the Amazon HQ2 deal, penned an OpEd saying New York got “played” by the online retail giant and should not have offered it a $3 billion subsidy package in exchange for agreeing to come to Long Island City.

Gianaris said the whole Amazon deal should be scrapped and renegotiated.

A long-forgotten diesel tank under a defunct gas station in Bushwick is the likely source of the smell that has stunk up the L train this week, MTA officials told the Daily News.

While a multi-billion-dollar state program to fix aging drinking water and sewer pipes is working, the state should double the money it currently devotes to dealing with widespread problems, according to a study issued by a environmental lobbying group.

Long Island towns and villages would lose $18,977,926 in state aid under Cuomo’s proposal to alter the “Aid and Incentives for Municipalities” program.

Several speakers expressed support for recommendations by an independent citizens’ panel to raise the salaries for several Erie County elected positions — increasing the likelihood that the County Legislature will approve raises for the positions of county executive, sheriff and comptroller.

Implementing early voting and e-poll books, and combining federal and local primary days in New York would cost more than $22 million statewide, but would result in savings for most counties over time, according to a new analysis from researchers at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

In light of the developments over the past 13 years, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office is recommending the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services undertake a needs assessment and social-impact study to determine the scope of problem gambling in New York.

Former restaurateur Harendra Singh resisted the defense’s suggestion that the perks he lavished on then-Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda, were evidence of a deep friendship — and not the bribes the GOP official is accused of taking in exchange for contracts and loans.

County Executive Laura Curran blamed Nassau’s three town tax receivers for making “erroneous public statements” when they said some seniors were overbilled for their sewer taxes last month.

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has sold the former Sheehan Residence for retired priests for $1.3 million. Mingo Junction Steel Works, a partnership affiliated with Frontier Group of Cos. acquired the historic mansion at the corner of Linwood Avenue and West Utica Street.

The footprint of the perpetually protected forest in Zoar Valley is growing. More than 600 acres – about a square mile in area – is being added to the already protected lands in southern Erie and northern Cattaraugus counties as part of a collaboration between a private landowner, the state DEC and the Nature Conservancy.

City of Lockport voters never had a chance to pass judgment on David Wohleben’s five months as mayor in 2018, but they will in 2019. Wohleben, who returned to his 4th Ward alderman seat on Jan. 1, announced he’s running for the Republican nomination for a full four-year term as mayor.

Glenn A. Choolokian, a former Niagara Falls city councilman who lost a 2015 Democratic primary for mayor by 63 votes, has entered this year’s mayoral race as a Republican.

A Suffolk Legislative committee took the first step toward pursuing a lawsuit to recover salary and benefits from convicted ex-police chief James Burke, who beat a burglary suspect and orchestrated a cover-up.

The jobs of 73 St. Joseph’s Health billing employees in Syracuse are being relocated to the Midwest as part of a reorganization by the hospital’s parent company Trinity Health.

The Troy City Council voted unanimously to accept former District 2 Councilman Mark McGrath’s resignation as the council’s Democratic majority said those interested in appointment to fill the vacancy should notify the city clerk’s office.

School districts are getting some good news this week, at least when it comes to future costs for teacher pensions. The amount that they will have to contribute toward pensions is expected to fall from 10.62 to 8.86 percent of their payroll.

A tony Westchester private school found out two weeks ago that it had an accused, former pedophile on its faculty — and in short order, parents were alerted, the teacher was ousted and a respected New York private investigative firm was hired for an in-house probe.

The Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva is meant to bolster tourism, but taxpayers seem to be the ones taking it on the chin to impress those tourists.

Cuomo and de Blasio hosted dueling Super Bowl parties last Sunday night, and a lot more people reportedly attended the governor’s bash.

Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times, responded to accusations that her latest book, “Merchants of Truth,” contains passages that were plagiarized or not properly attributed to the original source material.