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

The state Legislature is in session in Albany.

Today’s joint legislative budget hearing focuses on the local government portion of Cuomo’s proposed budget, bringing a parade of mayors and other local officials – led by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio – to testify. This phenomenon is known around the state Capitol as the “tin cup brigade,” due to the fact that the local elected officials tend to decry the lack of funding in the governor’s spending plan, and explain why they need more.

At 10 a.m., the state Senate Women’s Issues Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 945, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Housing and Buildings meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Justice System meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

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

At 10:30 a.m., state Sen. James Sanders Jr. holds a press conference announcing his introduction of a Green New Deal for New York bill, state Capitol, third floor, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., mayors from across the state discuss state budget priorities and goals for the 2019 Winter Legislative Meeting, Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will announce a new online tool to equip local governments with the ability to obtain lower purchasing costs for services, equipment, and technology, H. Lee Dennison Building, Media Room, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, Long Island.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Children’s and Families Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 915, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate Judiciary Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., state Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene Weinstein hold the 11th in a series of 13 hearings on the 2019-20 Executive Budget, Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

(De Blasio is scheduled to kick off the testimony, and then will meet with legislative leaders afterwards).

At 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Health Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, WNYC.

At noon, Progressive #FixTheSubway coalition and legislators rally to call on Cuomo and the Legislature to ensure the passage of congestion pricing in the state budget, Assembly staircase, third floor, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, Rep. Carolyn Maloney joins elected officials to call on New York state to fund the LIRR station in Sunnyside Rail Yards as part of the East Side Access plan and to create a transportation hub, 44th Drive and Jackson Avenue, Queens.

Also at noon,, the state Senate Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 813, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., Health Committee Chairs Sen. Gustavo Rivera and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried join advocates for a press conference on the reintroduction of the New York Health Act, now with long-term care, outside Senate Chambers, Capitol Building, Albany.

Also at 12:30 p.m., Smart Approaches to Marijuana New York President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a onetime drug policy advisor to President Obama, will be joined by victims of drug abuse, education advocates, law enforcement and healthcare experts to urge lawmakers to reject rushing to commercialize marijuana in New York, Assembly staircase, 3rd Fl. state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:45 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at NYCOM’s winter legislative meeting, Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Immigration meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Assemblywoman Melissa Miller holds a press conference to discuss the importance of CDPAP and how to fight against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $75 million cut to this program, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Assemblywoman Melissa Miller; Bob Policastro, founder of Angela’s House; Douglas King, a disability rights advocate, and CDPAANYS explain why New York will fight Cuomo’s proposed $75 million cut to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 1:15 p.m., Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, CUNY interim Vice Chancellor Christopher Rosa, and more than 100 student leaders with disabilities from across the state rally in support of a budget proposal to enhance funding for services for college students with disabilities, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

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

At 5:30 p.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hears a presentation from the New York City Department of City Planning regarding its proposed Zoning Text Amendment intended to promote flood resilience, Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

At 7 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Adrienne Adams delivers her first annual State of the District address for District 28, High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, 94-06 104th St., Queens.


Congressional efforts to reach a border security deal ahead of another government shutdown broke down over Democratic demands to limit the detention of undocumented immigrants, as President Trump moved more troops to the border and prepared to rally supporters in Texas today.

The president, congressional negotiators and other lawmakers are sending conflicting signals about whether a deal to fund border security and avoid another government shutdown is possible before a Friday deadline.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said he “absolutely cannot” guarantee there won’t be another government shutdown when the current funding bill expires at the end of the week.

Ahead of Trump’s scheduled rally in this West Texas city aimed at building support for his proposed wall on the border with Mexico, people from across the ideological spectrum in El Paso had a message for him: Don’t speak for us.

Amy Klobuchar, the third-term Minnesota senator, entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, hopeful that her moderate politics, Midwestern roots and carefully cultivated history of bipartisanship can appeal to a broad swath of voters in contentious times.

Klobuchar pledged not to neglect Wisconsin — a swing state Hillary Clinton did not visit once during the 2016 general election and lost to Trump.

Countless Democratic leaders have urged the party not to spend the 2020 campaign tangling with Trump over tweets and taunts. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts made a novel argument for ignoring the president: He could soon be in jail.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, an announced 2020 contender, spent the weekend campaigning in South Carolina.

Never before have two female candidates faced off at a televised presidential debate; this year there could be at least six.

Amazon owner Jeff Bezos’ alleged nude photos and racy texts were reportedly leaked to the National Enquirer by his mistress’ Trump-fan brother.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he thought about resigning due to the blackface scandal that has engulfed him, but then reconsidered, inciting: “I really think that I’m in a position where I can take Virginia to the next level.”

Virginia LG Justin Fairfax claims encounters with the two women accusing him of sexual assault were consensual — and called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into their allegations.

Trump on Twitter cited a recent Gallup survey that showed 42 million people living in Latin America or the Caribbean would migrate to the US as evidence bolstering his demand to build a wall on the southern border.

Trump took to Twitter to defend his use of “Executive Time,” arguing that his approach to the presidency should be taken “as a positive” after leaked schedules showed much of his workdays since the midterms have been free of scheduled commitments.

Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, previously aspired to run for New York City mayor or a statewide office.

US Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Lynne Patton told radio host John Catsimatidis she’s decamping her ritzy Trump Tower apartment to live in the city’s crumbling public housing system.

…Patton plans to move in today, and says she will be residing “with 4 different families in 4 different public housing properties each week.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced legislation to crack down on fentanyl producers in China, the world’s largest exporter of the lethal synthetic drug.

Queens DA Richard Brown, cited the Reproductive Health Act as the reason for dropping an abortion charge against a man who the police say fatally stabbed his former girlfriend when she was 14 weeks pregnant, fueling the right’s opposition to the new law.

In a recent TU OpEd, Democratic Sens. Liz Krueger and Anna Kaplan sought to clarify what the RHA does, arguing physical attacks that end pregnancies can be prosecuted as first-degree assault, which carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years – more than the sentence for “unlawful abortion.”

Assembly Democrats were said to be split last week when privately discussing the idea of congestion pricing as a way to raise needed money for the cash-strapped MTA.

A group of six Long Island Democratic state senators this weekend expressed fears to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins that they could be harmed politically if the deal to bring Amazon to Queens unravels, multiple sources told the Daily News’ Ken Lovett.

After winning the majority, the Democrats inherited a fleet of nine taxpayer-purchased cars, but are so far only using one. Stewart-Cousins has a 2017 Ford Explorer SUV that belonged to former Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican who retired.

As he seeks to head the state Republican party, Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy has a Carl Paladino problem, several party officials and operatives say.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new census czar Julie Menin is reportedly courting East Side political clubs in preparation for a potential future Manhattan DA run, which critics say distracts from her current job. This (She denies this).

The Rev. Al Shaprton, who has spent time behind bars himself at the now infamous Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, wrote in a Daily News OpEd that there’s a right way and a wrong way to overhaul the state’s bail system.

The Democratic Socialists of America — a key backer of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s stunning victory last year — endorsed public defender Tiffany Caban for Queens District Attorney.

Cuomo’s proposal to lower campaign contribution limits and create a fundraising program with state money has the potential to increase the influence of small-dollar donors and decrease the sway of big contributors, according to a new analysis from the Campaign Finance Institute and the University at Albany.

Jimmy Vielkind: “After 39 days, the Pax Democratica at the Capitol is over.”

Cuomo recently mocked the MTA for, among other things, using Tide detergent to clean the subway floors. Riders don’t seem to share his concern, but do want the system to be cleaner – something MTA officials say they’re working on.

Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, as he has done in past years, offered up a new online poker bill that calls for poker to be categorized as a game of skill rather than a game of chance.

The New York state Senate will be holding hearings Wednesday on ways to fix the state’s anti-sexual harassment laws.

Environmentalists are hailing Cuomo’s proposal to expand the Bottle Bill, but it could upend the current recycling business, critics say.

A bill that would call on the state to allow undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses is set to come before the NYC Council this week.

Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres will introduce legislation this week to make the Department of Investigation publicly track whether city agencies it investigates actually follow the recommendations it issues after probes.

The campaign for Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Staten Island Republican planning to run for Congress in 2020, is telling potential supporters that her past electoral successes throughout the congressional district make her the GOP’s best option to beat freshman Democratic Rep. Max Rose.

A female NYPD cop says a lewd lieutenant subjected her to a humiliating campaign of sexual harassment, including pestering her for a threesome and retaliating when she refused.

A Queens homeless-shelter operation was found to have multiple unsafe conditions that could endanger small children — but the nonprofit that runs the dingy facility was still given hundreds of millions of dollars in public money, documents obtained by The NY Post show.

Leaders of 19 liberal organizations, including leading national grassroots groups, are calling for New York to keep its unique “fusion voting” system, which allows candidates to run on multiple political party ballot lines.

State Police are investigating a swastika and white supremacist slogan chalked along a Long Island bike path, Cuomo said.

A Long Island school district is taking some of its middle school teachers to task after they displayed a photo collage that included a picture of two nooses labeled “back to school necklaces” in the mostly minority Roosevelt Middle School.

Anti-Amazon advocates, emboldened by rumors that the billion-dollar deal to bring the online retailer to Queens is on the rocks, delivered their message Saturday directly to the residents of the Queensbridge Houses.

The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act isn’t a new bill, but with Democrats controlling both houses of the state Legislature there’s a greater likelihood it will become law this year.

A rezoning plan for the Brooklyn neighborhood of Gowanus that would permit development including construction of 20- and 30-story buildings is drawing criticism from some residents.

The Brooklyn STEAM Center moved into a new $17 million home inside a tech hub at the Brooklyn Navy Yard so students can learn directly from employers.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple Sr. announced their third term re-election campaigns yesterday at the headquarters of a local union.

Rob Trotta, a county legislator, former cop and Republican running for Suffolk County executive, is campaigning against legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Cuomo ally seeking re-election to a third term this fall, hasn’t taken a position yet.

People who regularly stand on Syracuse street corners asking for spare change will soon have the option to work for $50 a day under a new city-county program.

North Tonawanda Police Officer Erik A. Herbert, who has an 8-2 record as a pro mixed martial arts fighter, announced last week he is running for the 7th District seat in the Niagara County Legislature, which represents northern North Tonawanda and much of Wheatfield.

Leonard N. Spano, the patriarch of a blue-collar Westchester County political dynasty who used his experience selling heating oil in Yonkers to jumpstart a career in public service, died early Sunday. He was 88.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance last night at the 2019 Grammys, shocking an elated crowd — who cheered so loudly she had to re-start her speech.

Here is the complete list of 2019 Grammy Award winners.

Syracuse native Post Malone went home empty handed after being nominated for his first Grammy Awards.

In the latest push in Apple’s widening campaign for digital privacy, the tech giant is cracking down on apps that secretly use screen-recording code in order to track user activity on the iPhone and other Apple gadgets on the mobile iOS platform.

New York state has acquired an island off Lake Ontario’s eastern shore that was the scene of a War of 1812 battle between British and American forces.

More snow is on the way.