Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events or interviews scheduled as of yet.

The state Legislature and Congress are not in session, as lawmakers are on their mid-winter breaks.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is still in Rome, Italy.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence travel to Columbia, South Carolina, where they will participate in a tour of an Opportunity Zone and the VP will deliver remarks at The Meeting Place Church.

The Pences will then return to Washington, where they will join the president at the White House for a reception for National African American History Month.

At 7 a.m., state Sen. Andrew Gounardes and members and advocates with the Riders Alliance will take the state legislative subway ride-along series to R train riders in Bay Ridge to document the depth of the transit crisis as momentum builds toward congestion pricing, 77th Street Subway Station (Brooklyn), enter at NE corner of 4th Avenue and 77th Street (Manhattan-bound R train).

At 9 a.m. , state Sen. Rachel May holds a regional hearing on the Climate and Community Protection Act, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Gateway Center, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse.

At 11 a.m., AARP, TransitCenter and other advocates join Assembly members Richard Gottfried, Linda Rosenthal, Harvey Epstein, Jo Anne Simon and Robert Rodriguez to call on Cuomo and the state Legislature to fund subway station elevators, 25th Street and Eighth Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., state Sen. Jessica Ramos and labor leaders rally against Amazon’s labor practices, Amazon distribution center, 26-15 Boody St., Queens.

At 11:30 a.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton meets with U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, a 2020 Democratic contender, Sylvia’s Restaurant, 328 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivers his State of the Borough address, Health, Education and Research Occupations High School, Samuel Gompers Campus, 455 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco III speaks to the Rockland Business Association about the proposed recreational marijuana legalization bill, Hilton Pearl River, 500 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River.

At noon, Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announce the formation of the Long Island Apprenticeship & Workforce Development Task Force, Composite Prototyping Center, 121 Express St., Plainview.

Also at noon, Rep. Joe Morelle will host a media availability after meeting with members of the Rochester chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Keating Federal Office Building, 100 State St., Basement Conference Room, Rochester.

At 2 p.m., Queens Rep. Grace Meng, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky hold a ribbon-cutting for One Flushing, an affordable housing project, 133-45 41st Ave., Queens.

At 2:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will make an announcement on parking placards, New York Chinatown Senior Citizen Center, 70 Mulberry St., Manhattan.

THIS EVENT IS NEXT WEEK. SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION. At 6 p.m., Bronx Democratic Chair Marcos Crespo hosts the party’s annual winter reception, Billy’s Sports Bar, 856 River Ave., the Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks and a proclamation at the East Elmhurst-Corona Civic Association’s Black History Month celebration, Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th St., Flushing, Queens.

At 7 p.m., Common Cause/NY will host an in-depth panel discussion on the potential impact of automatic voter registration in New York, New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 7 p.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s 22nd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 3rd Fl., 811 7th Ave., Manhattan.


A former Trump campaign staffer filed a class action seeking to invalidate all of the nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements that the Trump campaign required all staffers to sign.

President Donald Trump has ordered his administration to refuse “ISIS bride” Hoda Muthana reentry into the United States.

Muthana does not qualify for citizenship and has no legal basis to return to the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Muthana’s family insists she’s a U.S. citizen, and offered proof through an attorney.

The commander-in-chief set off a fiery exchange with one of his most inflammatory anti-media insults — this one prompted by yet another damning news story about his administration in the Times.

Job Creators Network, a conservative advocacy group with close ties to the powerful Mercer family, paid for a Times Square billboard that blames Queens Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the death of the Amazon HQ2 deal.

Ocasio-Cortez went on a Twitter tear accusing people of undermining her intelligence over statements she made about Amazon’s failed move to the Big Apple. “Ocasio-Cortez was not the sole force behind Amazon’s withdrawing their plan to open a site in New York City, and many other public officials and residents opposed the plan as well. Long Island City, where HQ2 was slated to be located, is also not in her district.”

Roseanne Barr is apparently not a fan of Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a “Farrakhan-loving…bug-eyed b@#$*h” who is costing “hundreds of people decent-paying jobs” with her so-called Green New Deal.

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, will trek to Harlem today for a lunch meeting at the the soul food restaurant Sylvia’s with the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist’s National Action Network announced.

Harris’ Jamaican father blasted her for saying she smoked marijuana and supports it becoming legalized, claiming she’s playing “identity politics.” Donald Harris, an economics professor at Stanford University, said she is harming her family’s Jamaican ancestors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets.

French judges ordered the financial giant UBS to pay a record 3.7 billion euro fine, about $4.2 billion, for carrying out what prosecutors said was a long-running scheme to help French clients hide huge sums of money from the authorities.

Months after the Trump administration announced an end to its widescale separation of migrant parents and children, the policy remains a heated issue in the courts and at the border as critics contend the government is still needlessly breaking up immigrant families.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency intends to set a safety limit for exposure to a cancer-causing chemical that has tainted public drinking water in Rensselaer County, although what the standard will be and when that will happen remain to be seen, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced.

Michael Cohen will testify publicly before Congress on Feb. 27 on an array of topics linked to his former boss and client, Trump, the House Oversight Committee said.

Cohen can remain a free man for a bit longer than initially planned so he can recover from shoulder surgery and testify before Congress, a federal judge in Manhattan ruled.

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollet was charged last night with lying to cops when he claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack — and authorities want him to surrender, police said.

Producers for “Empire” are reportedly considering whether to suspend Smollett after he was charged with a felony.

Law enforcement officials said a grand jury had heard evidence that Smollett falsely reported being attacked in a case that quickly drew national attention, and that local prosecutors had then charged him with a felony count of disorderly conduct.

Former NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was hand-picked by Mayor Bill de Blasio, now says he’s running the city on autopilot and “seems to lack focus.”

The seven leading candidates running for public advocate took turns blasting de Blasio for eyeing the White House instead of his job at City Hall during their second and final debate, with none of them saying they thought New York’s two-term mayor should head to Washington.

The race for public advocate is already the most expensive special election in New York City’s history — and candidates are just getting started.

Murders across NYC are up 55 percent so far this year, even as the overall crime rate is down 8 percent. There were 48 slayings in the city this year through Sunday, compared to 31 during the same period last year, NYPD stats show.

NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen’s union fired back at Ken Finkelman, a lawyer representing one of the cop’s alleged murderers, for claiming that the fallen hero would have wanted his accused killer let off easy.

A pair of NYC councilmen – Ydanis Rodriguez and Ruben Diaz Sr. – are working on a bailout plan for taxi medallion owners who claim their livelihoods have been destroyed by ride-share apps.

NYC’s fleet of vehicles is at another record high, even as de Blasio boasts of how his administration is leading the nation in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

NYC will repay the feds more than $4 million in ill-gotten Hurricane Sandy aid, it was revealed in Manhattan federal court.

A system of congestion pricing in Manhattan could be up and running in two years if New York state lawmakers approve it as part of this year’s budget, according to top officials of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The offices of the New York Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators are located on South Swan Street, close to the state Capitol. On Tuesday, a woman who answered the association’s locked door told a reporter she did not work there, but was only waiting for someone. Then she closed the door, locked it and pulled down the blinds.

The union representing professors and other employees at the State University of New York said that Chancellor Kristina Johnson should “reconsider her role” as a member of the board of directors at AES Corp.

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease left two people sick and officials battling to clean toxic bacteria out of the water system at NYCHA’s Bronx River Houses.

Black and Hispanic students constitute more than two-thirds of the city’s public school enrollment, but black and Hispanic authors and characters are largely absent from elementary school reading lists, according to a new report.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying once again to tax the sale of opioids in New York, after a previous attempt was ruled unconstitutional last year by a federal judge.

Cuomo is turning to “state-of-the-art technology” to prevent commercial motorists from slamming into parkway overpasses, officials said.

New York officials said the state will host a series of public hearings to discuss next year’s federal census and how to ensure all its residents are counted.

After about 14 hours of deliberations, the jury deciding the fate of Buffalo Police Officer Corey Krug is showing few signs of how they might decide the case. Yesterday, the four-man, eight-woman panel ended talks shortly after noon without a verdict.

The two Republicans who represent parts of Western New York – Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence and Rep. Tom Reed of Corning – offered dramatically different takes on Trump’s national emergency declaration.

Albany County Democrats have unanimously endorsed Cohoes City Court Judge Andra Ackerman as their candidate to fill a vacancy in County Court next year.

After 13 years in the Erie County Legislature, and facing diminishing support from his fellow Democrats, Thomas A. Loughran won’t run for another term this November. He said he will spend the remainder of his time in office pushing for further change at the Erie County Water Authority.

Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone won’t publicly identify as abusers 48 deceased priests who each had a single allegation against them, but their victims are being offered financial compensation.

Schumer was in DeWitt to announce that he is backing a bill that helps police departments purchase high-tech screening tools that detect lethal drugs, such as fentanyl.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled four “State of Lake Ontario” meetings across Upstate New York next month to review current research data and the condition of the lake’s fisheries.

The Jamestown Post-Journal: “The state’s Amazon deal might not seem so bad if it weren’t poisoned by previous economic development bungles and bobbles. More transparency has long been needed in economic development programs.”

Since Amazon doesn’t want to build a second corporate headquarters in New York City, perhaps a field in Niagara County will do. The Niagara County Legislature voted unanimously Tuesday night to invite Amazon to the county.

Two Queens politicians who were critics of the deal to build a new Amazon campus in their districts – NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and state Sen. Mike Gianaris – have faced blowback from residents and business owners since the company ditched the plan.

The Niagara County Legislature wants to develop a formal stance on marijuana legalization following the governor’s call to authorize its recreational use, and so is forming an ad-hoc committee to evaluate the issue.

After prosecuting three cases this month where buyers and sellers of used merchandise have allegedly been robbed or assaulted in the process of making a transaction, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office warned potential victims of the perils of online marketplace apps.

Wendy Guild Swearingen, an editor and former Lewiston-Porter Board of Education member, said that she is running for Niagara County legislator in the 1st District, now represented by Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville.

Citing New York’s RHA, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee condemned Catholics in government who approve radical abortion policies but also blamed Catholic voters who vote for “anti-life” politicians.

A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist who was arrested in Maryland last week was plotting to kill a long list of prominent journalists and Democratic politicians, as well as professors, judges and what he called “leftists in general,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing.

A conservative nonprofit representing a group of parents filed a federal lawsuit against Connecticut, arguing the state’s enrollment standards for its magnet schools are discriminatory.