Snow, ice and sleet are on the way. Potential accumulation amounts vary greatly across the state. Drive with caution.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in D.C. for a meeting that he requested with President Donald Trump on the “devastating” impact of SALT deduction cap. That meeting will take place at 2 p.m., according to the governor’s office.

Meanwhile, back in Albany, the state Legislature is in session.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events scheduled.

At 9 a.m., the state Senate Transportation Committee meets, Room 708, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., a diverse coalition of local community leaders, business and tech groups, neighborhood activists, CUNY students, and veterans will hold a press conference in support of Amazon’s new headquarters coming to Long Island City, Queens, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 9:45 a.m., Van Jones, national criminal justice reform advocate and a key architect of the bipartisan FIRST STEP Act, joins New Yorkers United for Justice leaders Khalil Cumberbatch and Topeka Sam to support passing criminal justice reforms this session, outside Senate lobby, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., the state Senate Labor Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., the state Senate Cities Committee meets, Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., the state Senate Aging Committee meets, Room 804, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Senate holds a joint legislative public hearing on 2019-2020 executive budget, focused on economic development, Hearing Room B, second floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is joined by other council members to talk about why Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr.’s homophobic comments are so hurtful and dangerous – and to reiterate calls for his resignation, City Hall steps, Manhattan. (Former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a NYC public advocate candidate, will attend and speak).

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Subcommittee on Capital Budget meets jointly with the Committee on Finance, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC housing agencies, project partners and elected officials attend a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of 380 affordable homes, 147-36 94th Ave., Queens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul tours the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 96 Corliss Ave., Johnson City.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Standards and Ethics meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., more than 800 students, faculty and staff from across the state rally to urge lawmakers to make dramatic investments at SUNY and CUNY schools, Meeting Rooms 2-4, Empire State Plaza Concourse, Albany.

At noon, NYC Councilman Brad Lander, with Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives, holds a press conference demanding the passage of legislation to keep reckless drivers off the road, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, members and leaders of Communities United for Police Reform will hold a press conference and rally calling on the Legislature and Cuomo to pass the Safer New York Act and repeal 50-a, New York’s “harmful police secrecy law,” Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:15 p.m., Hochul tours the progress of downtown revitalization projects with Elmira Mayor Daniel Mandell, Elmira City Hall, 317 E. Church St., Elmira.

At 12:30 p.m., Patriotic Millionaires Chair Morris Pearl will join NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and numerous organizations from across the state to urge state lawmakers to raise additional revenues by asking the wealthiest New Yorkers to pay a little more, outside Hearing Room B, 2nd Fl., Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 1 p.m., the state Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation holds a public hearing to discuss the Climate and Community Protection Act, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the joint legislative budget hearing focuses on the tax portion of the governor’s proposed 2019-20 budget, Hearing Room B, LOB, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the state Legislature will begin the bi-partisan interview process of the state Board of Regents, Assembly Parlor, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Technology meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Juvenile Justice meets with the Committee on Youth Services, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Hochul announces the opening of the EkoStinger Manufacturing Facility, Elmira Corning Regional Airport, 1250 Schweizer Rd., Horseheads.

At 8 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at a memorial service for victims of Flight 3407, and joins a candlelight vigil walk, Zion Lutheran Church, 9535 Clarence Center Rd., Clarence Center.


House and Senate negotiators last night agreed in principle to provide $1.375 billion for fencing and other physical barriers at the Mexican border, part of a broader agreement that would stave off another partial government shutdown without funding President Donald Trump’s wall.

The breakthrough puts immense pressure on the President, who has insisted he won’t sign any budget that doesn’t earmark at least $5.7 billion for his coveted border barrier — a stubborn demand that in December resulted in a record 35-day federal shutdown that stretched to Jan. 25.

Trump took aim at El Paso mayor Dee Margo, a fellow Republican, when he said “people were full of crap” if they say a border fence hasn’t made a difference in reducing crime in El Paso, Texas.

A line from Trump’s speech on border security – “we’re only getting stronger together” – was quickly turned into a graphic by the Republican Party. That was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign slogan, as well as the title of the book she wrote with running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Trump was met by El Paso’s favorite son, Beto O’Rourke, who is mulling a 2020 run. He held a dueling rally and denounced the president’s claim that walls reduce violent crime and led the city’s residents in his own boisterous show of opposition.

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced that he would withdraw nearly 400 of his state’s National Guard troops from deployment along the border with Mexico and assign them to other duties.

Trump said that freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar “should be ashamed of herself” over tweets suggesting that a powerful pro-Israel interest group paid members of Congress to support Israel, even though she “unequivocally” apologized” after being rebuked by fellow Democrats.

The uncompromising views on Israel of Omar, of Minnesota, and her fellow freshman Muslim congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, have made them perhaps the most embattled new members of the Democratic House majority.

Is Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the Democratic party’s best bet to challenge Trump for the White House? The math says maybe, if only she were 35.

Days after introducing her Green New Deal — a plan to combat climate change that has won the endorsement of several Democratic presidential candidates — Ocasio-Cortez found the proposal enmeshed in confusion when her staff published a summary that included provisions not endorsed by the candidates.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he backs the ultimate goal of Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” proposal to eliminate carbon emissions, but he indicated concerns about how best to achieve such an ambitious target.

Trump blasted Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal as a flunky high school idea, prompting the Bronx congresswoman to mock the president’s intellect.

Trump said that one of his announced Democratic 2020 opponents, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, should focus “on her heritage” rather than investigating his businesses.

Trump’s approval rating has reached 52 percent, according to a new Rasmussen poll, his highest level since shortly after his inauguration in 2017.

As the embattled Virginia governor preps for his upcoming “listening tour” to get a statewide conversation about race relations going, those close to him say he should consider reading Roots.

Sponsors of a measure to create a single-payer health care system in New York have offered a revised bill, but its future is uncertain, since Cuomo said the state might not be able to afford it.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson joined the chorus of people calling for Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. to resign over homophobic comments, for which he has steadfastly refused to apologize.

Cuomo did not call for Díaz Sr. to resign, but characterized his remarks as “outrageous” and “disrespectful.” De Blasio was more blunt, saying: “Unless he apologizes, he should leave.”

Diaz Sr.’s son, Bronx Borough President Rudeb Diaz Jr., said he spoke to his father to ask him to apologize, but his father has refused. “I can understand why folks are calling for him to resign,” the younger Diaz said. “I can understand the hurt.”

Johnson, who is gay and HIV positive, said the Council is “currently reviewing all potential disciplinary scenarios” for Diaz Sr., adding: “Nothing is off the table.”

De Blasio will travel to the early presidential voting state of New Hampshire on Friday as he considers running for president in 2020.

De Blasio is traveling Thursday to Boston to speak at Harvard University, and will continue on to New Hampshire from there.

Also, de Blasio’s political operation has quietly hired a top digital consulting firm launched by one of the gurus of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders upstart 2016 presidential bid. (See the above link).

The mayor said his annual visit to Albany to testify before a joint legislative budget hearing was “a bit warmer” and “definitely a more pleasant experience” now that the state government is entirely controlled by his fellow Democrats, though there were signs of tension over congestion pricing and the Amazon HQ2 project.

De Blasio told state lawmakers that he was unable to support Cuomo’s current congestion pricing proposal, but that with certain adjustments he might.

The mayor said he’s ready to support “hardship” exemptions to congestion pricing — including for farmers.

Cuomo’s favorability rating fell to 43 percent, his lowest since entering the governor’s mansion in 2011, according to a new Siena College poll. Also down in the eyes of voters: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

NYC lawmakers announced a new package of legislation aimed at combating the illegal use of parking placards among government workers.

Spending on economic-development incentives in New York state increased 17 percent over two years, according to a report released by an independent watchdog, which comes amid the dispute over giving Amazon tax breaks to place a site in Queens.

The NYC Police Athletic League has withdrawn an invitation for conservative writer and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, whose departure helped to usher in the #MeToo movement, to speak at its monthly business luncheon, after questions were raised about his participation.

A coalition of 88 police reform groups are making a hard push to scrap a decades-old state law that keeps officer discipline records secret.

The outgoing NYCHA chairman said he thinks the deal struck by de Blasio and HUD Secretary Ben Carson that subjected the authority to federal oversight without any commitment of new federal funding “is not a good agreement” for either NYCHA or the city.

Advocacy groups will no longer recommend that undocumented immigrants get a municipal I.D. card if NYC goes forward with plans to add a financial services smart-chip to them, several said.

A high-level panel commissioned by de Blasio called on the city to adopt a sweeping measure to address entrenched segregation in education: create diversity targets for all 1,800 schools so that their population reflects the racial and economic makeup of the surrounding areas.

In NYC, there are 550,000 residents who have difficulty walking. Two-thirds of them live far from an accessible subway station, a New York Times analysis has found.

New York City has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former Rikers Island inmate who said she was raped by two correction officers.

The Wall Street Journal: “Spare a thought this week for the beleaguered underclass known as Albany politicians. (Cuomo) is heading to Washington to beseech (Trump) to restore the tax deduction that has propped up the Empire State’s profligate spending for decades. Let’s hope the President doesn’t fall for it.”

A multibillion-dollar New York City program to rebuild homes damaged in superstorm Sandy was so poorly run that more than half of the roughly 20,000 people who signed up for assistance dropped out, a new study shows.

The New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association is cutting ties with MedMen, which holds one of 10 licenses for operating medical cannabis dispensaries in the state, amid accusations of racist and sexist remarks and financial corruption among its top executives.

An assortment of people – including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown – came to the state Capitol yesterday with a succinct message: Provide us more state funding, no matter if the state, according to Cuomo, is facing a large tax revenue shortfall.

Cuomo would like to require any individual or organization spending over $500 in a year on lobbying to be required to register as a lobbyist, lowering the threshold from $5,000 – a proposal that has sparked a backlash from nonprofits and smaller advocacy groups.

JCOPE says it will not investigate former North Country Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Jenne based upon allegations of impropriety made by her opponent during this past fall’s campaign.

New York’s high school graduation rate is slowly increasing, thanks in part to the creation of new “pathway” that allow students to earn a degree beyond the traditional regimen of Regents exams. Now, though, the state Board of Regents wants to drill down and learn precisely which alternate programs are working.

Some parents and leaders in Pleasantville say they want village businesses to have the option to opt out if New York legalizes marijuana sales for recreational use.

After hearing from area residents on both sides of the issue, the Batavia City Council decided not to ask the city manager to write Cuomo a letter of opposition to the Reproductive Health Act recently signed into law.

Actor Harrison Ford offered an emphatic plea for protecting the world’s oceans, calling out Trump and others who “deny or denigrate science.”

Multiple moles are being probed as potential leakers of Jeff Bezos’ compromising pictures, as the feds join the investigation into the publication of the billionaire’s passionate private messages to his mistress Lauren Sanchez.