Gov. Andrew Cuomo is headed to Washington, D.C., where he will make an announcement at 4:30 p.m. with a coalition of fellow governors at the Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave.

The state Legislature and Congress are on their respective mid-winter breaks.

At 9 a.m., the New York State Minority Health Council hosts its first quarterly meeting for the calendar year, 90 Church St., Room 4C, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., in support of increased pay for direct support professionals who work with people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in our community, Arc of Onondaga and The Arc of Madison Cortland will hold a news conference, Memorial Hall, Onondaga County War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse.

Also at 10 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Attorney General Letitia James, WNYC.

Also at 10 a.m., the Educational Conference Board (ECB) will hold a briefing for legislators, legislative staff and media, Room 711-A, LOB, State Street, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., state Sen. Jessica Ramos holds a press conference to discuss a new bill she introduced that would eliminate the tipped wage for food service workers and service employees in New York state, 32-37 Junction Blvd., Queens.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Paul Tonko will tour the Mill Artisan District redevelopment project, 108 State St., Schenectady.

Also at 11 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will make an announcement about the expansion of Plug Power. Eastman Business Park, Building 308, 2301 Mt. Read Blvd, Rochester.

At noon, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer goes on a Permanent Affordability Commitment Together walkthrough of Wise Towers, Sondra Thomas Senior Building, Community Room, 102 W. 91st St., Manhattan.

At 12:15 p.m., Citizens Union announces its NYC public advocate race endorsement, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Hochul will make an announcement on the effort to combat heroin and opioid addiction, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence – Rochester Area, 1931 Buffalo Road, Rochester.

At 2:30 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer will make an important announcement regarding the future of the County’s popular North County Trailway, Trail Access on Route 117, West of Route 9A, Town of Mount Pleasant.

At 5 p.m., NYC Ydanis Rodriguez will be joined by Dominican dignitaries, community leaders and organizations in Little Dominican Republic/ Pequeña Dominican Republic within Washington Heights to denounce the travel warning issued on Feb. 12 by the U.S. State Department, St. Nicholas Avenue & West 181st Street, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner will attend the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, a fundraiser that traditionally serves as an unofficial kick-off for Democratic presidential campaigns, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the keynote speaker, Doubletree by Hilton, 700 Elm St., Manchester, New Hampshire.

Also at 6 p.m., state Sen. Jose Serrano, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner and NYC Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson hold a celebration of African-American history and culture, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., HUD Regional Administrator Lynne Patton participates in a NYCHA tenant public forum, Grace Methodist Church, 125 W. 104th St., Manhattan.

At 6:15 p.m., Brewer speaks at a turn-out-the-vote rally, Convent Avenue Baptist Church, 420 W. 145th St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Brewer attends Pa’lante benefit gala, Grand Slam Banquet Hall, 3534 Broadway, Manhattan.

Headlines…

President Trump is changing course and will keep 200 troops in Syria after an earlier decision to remove U.S. forces from the country.

Mark Harris, the GOP candidate for the 9th Congressional District in North Carolina, took the stand to give his testimony Thursday at the ongoing District 9 hearing. At the end of his testimony, Harris said a new election should be called.

The new attorney general, William Barr, is preparing for the special counsel to deliver a report in coming weeks on the results of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, two officials briefed on the Justice Department’s preparations said.

Pope Francis convened a meeting of Roman Catholic leaders worldwide to grapple directly with clerical child sexual abuse, a scourge that has for decades devastated some corners of his vast church while being utterly ignored and denied in others.

GOP consultant Roger Stone was spared from jail and allowed to remain free on bond after he confessed to the “stupidity” of his posting a photo on social media featuring a federal judge’s face next to an apparent rifle scope crosshair.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sought to specifically link the Times Square ad criticizing her opposition to the Amazon deal to the family of Robert Mercer, the financier who had given away millions to Republican and conservative causes and whose daughter, Rebekah, was a key player in the 2016 campaign of Trump.

Bob McManus in The New York Post: “No one expects the mayor to solve those messes by himself, but de Blasio doesn’t even try. The ­unraveling of HQ2 is a textbook example of his aloof, not-my-problem style of governance.”

A SUNY Alfred professor writes: “The Empire State has stymied the construction of the necessary transmission infrastructure, so Con Ed is unable to keep up with demand. In addition to his decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in 2014 — aborting any hope that New York could profit from some of its most valuable natural resources — Cuomo and his regulators have denied necessary permits for three separate natural-gas pipeline projects.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer entered the fray involving an investment firm known as the “Destroyer of Newspapers” and its hostile attempt to buy upstate media giant Gannett Co.

Corey Johnson, speaker of the New York City Council and one of the most prominent HIV-positive politicians in the U.S., called for the National Institutes of Health to exercise its “march-in” rights and break the patent held by Gilead Sciences to exclusively manufacture and market HIV prevention drug Truvada, or PrEP.

A Manhattan Federal judge rejected an effort to force Mark Peters, the fired NYC Commissioner of the Department of Investigation, to testify about kids poisoned by lead paint in NYCHA housing.

President Trump is targeting New York City immigrants for deportation, according to a new report by city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

During an unrelated press conference in Lower Manhattan, Stringer said de Blasio should take a lesson from former Mayor John Lindsay, whose brief bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972 failed miserably, and focus on his current job.

Keith Raniere, the accused leader of the sex cult Nxivm, insisted to a Brooklyn judge that he has no issue with his heiress co-defendant paying for his lawyers, too.

Single parents who attend community colleges could benefit from a pilot child care program proposed by the governor.

A Rensselaer County grand jury indicted a city code enforcement officer and an unidentified co-defendant after the state attorney general’s Public Integrity Unit investigated the city’s sale of a wooded lot to a former city engineer.

About 70 teachers gathered outside the entrance to Newburgh Free Academy’s main campus before the morning bell to make a statement about safety at the school.

The developer of a construction site on West 66th Street wants to build a 775-foot residential tower with views of Central Park. But last month, the city put a halt to that plan because 160 feet of the height, roughly 16 floors, was reserved for air conditioning and other mechanical equipment, a massive amount aimed at pushing upper-floor apartments higher.

It’s not uncommon to spy a seal basking in the sun along Staten Island’s South Shore. That’s partially because Raritan Bay now attracts a greater diversity of marine life, which is a result of the Clean Water Act and tougher enforcement of pollution laws. But residents on Staten Island’s South Shore fear the hard-won improvements will be at risk if a proposed 23.5 mile underground natural gas pipeline is approved.

As head of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, James Patchett was at the center of the negotiations to bring Amazon to the city. And he was one the first people to learn last week that Amazon was pulling out of the deal.

An increasing number of people in the city who are in the country illegally, are being arrested and even deported.

Sources say a former prosecutor and longtime ally of former mayor Rudy Giuliani will likely be named the federal monitor for New York City’s public housing next week, tasked with addressing the failures in public housing and improving conditions for hundreds of thousands of tenants.

Mayor de Blasio is no stranger to Iowa, campaigning there for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and returning in December 2017. This weekend he will head there again, with his own ambitions in mind, as he mulls a run for President in 2020.

Kamala Harris, the California Senator running for president, told the Reverend Al Sharpton she wanted to visit Sylvias in Harlem. So the reverend delivered.

The Albany County Department of Health says two people have tested positive for legionella. The health department says both cases are linked to the Promenade assisted living facility on Western Avenue in Albany. Water samples from Promenade have tested positive for Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s Disease.

In an effort to understand and learn from the history of capital punishment in this country, UAlbany has collected thousands of documents tracing hundreds of years.

Amsterdam-based ambulance service the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps, is now responsible for responding to 911 calls coming from the area — once covered by the now closed Ambulance Service of Fulton County.

Fair funding according to the Albany Common Council is $12.5 million from the state. It is the amount that has been requested year after year.

In the town of East Greenbush, Supervisor Jack Conway says taxpayers will likely see their bills increase by one percent if Governor Cuomo does not reverse his decision to reduce AIM funding, which many local governments rely on each year.

In New York, 50,000 cars go past a stopped school bus every single day. Officials with the New York Association for Pupil Transportation say it doesn’t have to be this way, and it all starts with education. They’re highlighting Operation Safe Stop at their annual Winter Workshop.

ESPN’s College Gameday show will no longer be in Syracuse– instead hosted at ESPN headquarters in Connecticut after the death of a Syracuse man who was struck by a car driven by coach Jim Boeheim.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced Thursday she had sent a letter to the International Joint Commission requesting the governing body reduce the water inflow into Lake Ontario. The letter was also sent to local representatives and Gov. Cuomo.

Some of Erie County’s top positions are set to see a raise for the first time in more than 20 years. County legislators approved pay bumps for the county executive, comptroller and sheriff Thursday.

As part of a county-wide initiative, the Erie County Department of Social Services is hosting several meetings to hear the thoughts and concerns of the communities they serve.

The baseball players’ union is going to bat for workers at New Era’s Derby plant. It’s urging the company to keep its plant in Derby open.