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

State lawmakers are back to work in Albany, and this week will see the unveiling (today) and passage (Wednesday) of the Senate and Assembly one-house budget resolutions. There are exactly three weeks remaining until the April 1 budget deadline.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have lunch at the White House today. Later, Pence participates in a bilateral meeting with the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

At 9 a.m., the State Board of Regents meets, Education Building, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 10 a.m., the New York Alliance Against the Legalization of Prostitution holds a press conference to voice opposition to proposed legislation to decriminalize prostitution, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Public Housing meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan. (This is an oversight hearing on examining NYCHA’s New Agreement with HUD).

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul rallies for Cuomo’s Tax Fairness for the Middle Class Campaign, Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building, Room T-102, 1 College Rd., Batavia.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Adriano Espaillat, joined by immigration advocates, holds a community event to speak out against the recent incident by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents that were spotted parked outside of a Washington Heights school and in violation of sensitive locations parameters, Castle Bridge PS 153, 560 West 169th St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., New York Alliance Against the Legalization of Prostitution holds a press conference and rally to voice opposition to proposed legislation sponsored by state Sens. Julia Salazar, Jessica Ramos and Brad Hoylman and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried to decriminalize prostitution, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

10:30 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson , WNYC.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, Senior Advisor to the Mayor Office of ThriveNYC Susan Herman, and acting NYC Aging Commissioner Caryn Resnick visit the Council Center for Senior Citizens to launch #ThriveWorksHere, a series of tours highlighting the office’s work in the city, 1001 Quentin Rd., Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Transportation Committee meets, Legislative Office Building 708, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Women’s Issues Committee meets, Legislative Office Building 945, Albany.

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

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee meets, Legislative Office Building 412, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, with community leaders and criminal justice experts, makes an announcement, District Attorney’s Office, 350 Jay St., Brooklyn.

Also at 11 a.m., state Sen. Todd Kaminsky and Assemblymember Steve Englebright and the We Love New York coalition respond to the “disastrous potential precedent” in the governor’s budget would allow agencies to offload staffing costs onto the Environmental Protection Funding, 3rd Fl. between Senate chamber and LCA Press Room, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m. the state State Senate Insurance Committee meets, state Capitol, Room 124, Albany.

Also at 12:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will meet with students from P.S. 130 The Parkside during their lunch period, followed by a press conference to make an announcement on school meals, 713 Caton Ave., Brooklyn.

At 1:15 p.m.m, Hochul rallies for Cuomo’s Tax Fairness for the Middle Class Campaignm Greater Utica Chamber of Commerc, Suite 102, 520 Seneca St., Utica.

At 1:30 p.m., NYCHA residents and advocates hold a press conference to demand $2 billion in the FY 2020 state budget, Million Dollar Staircase, Albany.

At 2 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Youth Services meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators will be joined by representatives of legal and social service agencies, community members and advocates to discuss criminal justice reform efforts in Albany, BOL Rotunda, 148 Martine Ave., White Plains.

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

At 3:15 p.m., Hochul rallies for Cuomo’s Tax Fairness for the Middle Class Campaign, SUNY Schenectady County Community College, VanCurler Room, 78 Washington Ave., Schenectady.

At 6 p.m., the NYC Council Charter Revision Commission meets, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., the state Complete Count Commission holds a public hearing to prepare for the 2020 census, Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., de Blasio will ride the subway from Chambers Street to 14th Street Station to talk with riders about congestion pricing and MTA reform, Chambers Street Station/14th Street Station, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio appears live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” with Errol Louis.

At 8 p.m., Hochul addresses the the American-Irish Legislators Society’s annual dinner, Ancient Order of Hibernians, 375 Ontario St., Albany.


President Trump, undaunted by perhaps the most bruising legislative defeat of his tenure, plans to kick off a fresh effort today to pressure Congress to pay for a wall along the southwestern border, most likely setting up another showdown with Democrats who have vowed to block his signature project.

In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reminded the president he had “hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos” when he refused to back off his $5.7 billion border wall funding demand, urging him to increase spending on education and workforce development instead.

First Lady Melania Trump mistook Australia’s former foreign minister Julie Bishop for the wife of a politician.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lead a new poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers released this weekend, underscoring how the 2020 nomination process for the Democratic Party has, to this early point, been defined by the two figures with the largest national profiles.

Sanders was on the stump in New Hampshire this weekend – his first visit to the “first-in-the-nation” primary state since, once again, announcing his run for the White House.

Sanders said his ideas that seemed “radical and extreme” four years ago are now helping define Democrats campaigns across the country.

De Blasio rubbed salt in billionaire former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s wounds lastvnight, saying he agreed “110 percent” with his predecessor’s decision to drop out of the 2020 presidential race because he had “no chance” to capture the Democratic nomination.

The mayor also said former Vice President Joe Biden is too much of a “moderate Democrat to win the party’s presidential primary.

De Blasio was caught on video flapping his arms to a version of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” while visiting a church in South Carolina. Kelly was indicted last month in Chicago on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four underage victims between 1998 and 2010.

Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky explains why he thinks Cuomo 2020 still might happen.

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn’t ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals.

For Congress, the allegations of anti-Semitism directed toward Rep. Ilhan Omar have no precedent. Yet on college campuses, in state legislatures and in many other venues nationwide, the polarized debate about Israel is a familiar conflict and likely to intensify in the months and years ahead.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez continued to heap praise on fellow freshman Omar, calling her “one of the most effective voices right now at cutting through the authoritarian foreign policy tendencies of this administration.”

A top GOP House leader, Wyoming’s Liz Cheney, accused Democrats of trying to “protect” Omar and “enabling anti-Semitism” by failing to single out her anti-Israel comments on the House floor.

A new book by a campaign aide to Ocasio-Cortez casts her upset victory over former congressman Joseph Crowley in starkly ethnic terms, calling him a “Celtic King,” and reveals how the 10-term incumbent got sandbagged into missing a key debate just two weeks before the election.

Yesterday’s fatal airplane crash in Ethiopia marks the second time in just five months that a Boeing 737-8 MAX dropped out of the sky, killing everyone on board.

For Boeing, the questions go to the heart of its business, as the 737 class is a workhorse for airlines worldwide, and the single-aisle 737 Max has been the company’s best-selling plane ever.

Responding to the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 soon after takeoff in less than five months, China ordered its airlines this morning to ground all 96 of the aircraft that they operate.

The victims of the latest crash include a Swedish father-of-three who once lived in Florida and a Slovakian politician’s family.

The flight route from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, to Nairobi, Kenya, is sometimes referred to as a “U.N. shuttle” because of how often United Nations staff members take it. At least 19 staff members died in this crash.

The Trump administration has been quietly working on a proposal to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to help identify people who claim Social Security disability benefits without actually being disabled.

Police rushed to a hospital in Bronxville, Westchester County late yesterday after two patients reported seeing a man with a shotgun, but after hours of searching and reviewing security camera footage, officials concluded it was a false alarm.

Schumer called on outgoing FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb to ensure a ban is placed on kid-friendly e-cigarette flavors like candies, juices, fruits and cookies before he leaves office.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Hamburg yesterday afternoon after nearly 26,800 customers lost power during the night because of high winds, and said he had directed the state Department of Public Service to investigate three damaged substations there.

There are growing indications that Cuomo and fellow Democrats in the Legislature may not be able to reach an agreement on the next New York state budget by an April 1 deadline.

There are two important things to know about the ongoing budget fight: No one can be certain what revenues will be, and the governor holds all the power.

Democrats, who control the state Assembly and Senate, will unveil – and then pass – resolutions outlining their budget priorities. The so-called “one house budgets” are nonbinding and won’t become law, but they are statements of principle that inform the final weeks of negotiation before the April 1 deadline.

A planned overhaul of a Medicaid program that has allowed thousands of disabled, elderly and chronically ill New Yorkers to remain in their homes with the caregivers of their choice is causing anxiety among families that rely on the service.

Hospitals got hit by a $657 million sucker punch via amendments to the governor’s proposed budget, hospital advocates say.

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson has targeted a sacred cow in his plan to reform the MTA: New York’s much-maligned Scaffold Law, which critics say boosts insurance costs for transit projects and on other construction in the state by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Subway trains are moving significantly faster on some stretches of track, and NYC Transit brass is telling train operators to step on the gas.

NYC small businesses facing eviction could get free legal counsel under a new City Council bill modeled after a similar program for residential tenants.

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office is set to release a plan today that it says will fundamentally reshape its culture, including by asking prosecutors to incarcerate fewer defendants and use other ways to keep people safe.

Federal officials have given the embattled New York City Housing Authority up to 20 years to get the lead out of a development where nearly every apartment tested was found to be contaminated.

The NYPD has a new digital pattern-spotting partner to help connect crimes across precincts and find their suspect quicker.

The NY Post is thrilled to see the push to end fusion voting in New York.

The DN supports the proposed pied-a-terre tax on wealthy second (and third) home owners in NYC to help pay for the subway system.

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns is threatening to sue County Executive Mark Poloncarz, saying Poloncarz has overstepped his authority by refusing to allocate money that the County Legislature set aside for the Clerk’s Office last year.

Albert Diaz is a longstanding figure in New York City’s graffiti scene—long a scourge of mayors and police. But the artist’s distinctive campaigns and talent have helped bring him honors.

The watchdog nonprofit Media Matters for America published a montage of misogynistic and otherwise creepy quotes from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, the host of the network’s second most popular show.

New York Knicks owner James Dolan responded to a fan who yelled “Sell the team!” at him as he left his seat at Madison Square Garden Saturday, telling the fan his remark was rude and seemingly threatening to ban him from the Garden.

Ex-baseball star turned Twitter personality Jose Canseco accused former Yankee star Alex Rodriguez of cheating on new fiancé Jennifer Lopez with Canseco’s ex-wife Jessica, a reality TV star.