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

Vice President Mike Pence this morning hosts a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast with the Prime Minister of Ireland, and then the two participate in a bilateral meeting.

Later, Pence will attend the the Friends of Ireland Luncheon.

In the evening, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Pence attend the Shamrock Bowl Presentation by the Prime Minister of Ireland.

At 8 a.m., CUNY professors rally at Gov. Andrew Cuomo office to demand contract funding, fair raises and an end to near-poverty adjunct pay, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m, NYC Public Advocate-elect Jumaane Williams appears live on Ebro in the Morning, HOT 97 (WQHT 97.1 FM).

At 9:30 a.m., Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon and state Sen. John Brooks host the Fourth Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day where students with dyslexia as well as parents, educators and advocates bring attention to the need for dyslexia-related legislation, The Well, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Transportation meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Regent Catherine Collins will participate in World Kidney Day with the Kidney Foundation of WNY by performing free blood pressure screenings at City Hall, 65 Niagara St., Buffalo.

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

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board holds a public meeting, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. Board Room, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the Business Council of New York State joins the Empire State Forest Products Association and its members to publicly oppose two proposed bills, one of which calls for the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Empire State Products Association, 47 Van Alstyne Dr., Rensselaer.

At 10:30 a.m., the PSC holds its next regularly scheduled session, 19th Fl., Board Room, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will make an announcement about resiliency measures in Lower Manhattan, Metropolitan College of New York, 60 West St., Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul announces the next phase of a project to create a replica DeWitt Clinton Erie Canal Packet Boat for Canalside, Buffalo Maritime Center, 90 Arthur St., Buffalo.

At 11 a.m., CUNY professors rally to demand contract funding, fair raises and an end to near-poverty adjunct pay, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Oversight and Investigations meets jointly with the Committee on Public Housing, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

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

Also at 11 a.m., the Bring It Home Coalition holds a weekly rally as part of ongoing efforts to demand that Cuomo increase funding for mental health housing programs, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At noon, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks with U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Roy Blunt, and Reps. Doris Matsui and Markwayne Mullin and mental health advocates at a press conference introducing the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act, U.S. Capitol, Senate Room S-115, First Street South East, Washington, D.C.

At 1:30 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announce a cooperative buying plan for police vehicles – saving over a million dollars, Westchester County Office Building, 9th Fl., Media Suite, 148 Martine Ave., White Plains.

At 2 p.m., FDNY firefighters will join FDNY Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald in a press conference to discuss major safety concerns regarding the recently constructed Hudson Yards mega-project, which is anticipated to bring over 125,000 new residents to Manhattan’s West Side, Hudson Yards Subway Station, W. 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues, Manhattan.

At 2:30 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Veterans meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., Hohcul delivers remarks at the opening of BestSelf Behavioral Health’s new opioid treatment program, 3176 Abbott Rd., Suite 500, Orchard Park.

At 5 p.m., “Driving Forces,” hosted by Celeste Katz and Jeff Simmons, features a focus on the Queens district attorney race with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, WBAI, 99.5 FM.

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., Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte holds her annual Women of Distinction awards ceremony, Brooklyn College Campus Library, 2900 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host his annual Irish Heritage and Culture celebration, the Rambling House, 4292 Katonah Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., Houchul addresses Suneel’s Light Foundation’s Women in the City of Good Neighbors Book Launch Honoring Visionary Western New York Women, The Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Ct., Buffalo.

At 7 p.m., state Sen. David Carlucci will host a Town Hall on election reforms and other legislative priorities, Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining.

Headlines…

After days of mounting pressure, the United States grounded Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, reversing an earlier decision in which American regulators said the planes could keep flying after a deadly crash in Ethiopia.

Michigan Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee said he believes Congress may need to subpoena Boeing if the company will not appear before lawmakers to answer questions about recent fatal crashes of its 737 Max 8 planes.

Trump’s proposed federal budget would hit New York by cutting tens of billions of dollars from healthcare, college scholarships, aid to the poor and environmental protection, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo’s budget director Robert Mujica, in a briefing with reporters, said his staff stayed up all night crunching the numbers from the president’s budget proposal, determining that if approved, it would cut federal health care funding for New York by 20 percent or $11.5 billion over the next ten years.

The Cuomo administration announced it has to “re-look at our entire budget” in light of a proposed 20 percent cut to federal health care spending, even though it’s implausible to expect the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives would adopt the president’s plan in anything close to its current form.

Cuomo last month proposed reducing the state Medicaid allocation by $550 million in the coming fiscal year, which starts April 1. The reduction would still have resulted in a year-over-year funding increase, but health-care providers said it would force them to slash services.

An attorney who said he was speaking with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani reassured Michael Cohen in an April 2018 email that Cohen could “sleep well tonight” because he had “friends in high places,” according to a copy of an email obtained by CNN.

Cohen pulled the plug on a documentary about his final days before heading off to prison — though his daughter still hopes to cash in with a movie deal.

Paul Manafort, rump’s former campaign chairman, has been charged in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said – an effort to ensure he will still face prison time if Trump pardons him for his federal crimes.

Beto O’Rourke, the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss U.S. Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, announced this morning that he was running for president, betting that voters will prize his message of national unity and generational change in a 2020 primary teeming with committed progressives.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was about 10 years old when he met a man wrongfully convicted of murder, an encounter that educated him about injustice and laid the groundwork for his decision to place a moratorium on executions this week.

A leading New York lawyer was “placed on a leave of absence” due to his arrest in the blockbuster college admissions cheating scandal that also snared actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, his firm, Willke, Farr & Gallagher, said.

The University of Southern California confirmed it is reviewing the applications of students whose families are involved in the admissions scandal case, which means Loughlin’s daughter, 19-year-old YouTube star Olivia Jade, could potentially face expulsion.

Olivia Jade was reportedly celebrating spring break on a yacht owned by a USC board of trustees member the same day her mother was ensnared in a widespread college bribery case.

Loughlin appeared in federal court in Los Angeles over her alleged role in the nationwide college bribery scandal, and was released after posting $1 million bond.

The cheating scandal has already prompted gatekeepers in the country’s largest school district – NYC – to examine security measures for giving college entrance exams.

The government’s indictments of dozens of parents, college administrators and coaches exposed an ugly array of corrupt and illegal admissions practices But there is also a perfectly legal world of gaming the college admissions process – and this scandal has brought that into the spotlight.

Students at high schools across the country were reminded by the nation’s largest admissions scandal that there is nothing equal about the process.

The Trump administration is going ahead with its promise of banning transgender troops from serving in the military. The news came without warning to people familiar with the issues, but in no way did it come as a surprise.

The Trump administration used an annual report on human rights abuses to call out close partner Saudi Arabia over the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.

New York Police Department’s hate crimes unit is investigating after a poster of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was vandalized with the words “Die Jew” and a swastika.

The Legislature appears poised to approve the state judiciary’s spending request of more than $2.33 billion in total funds as it was submitted without any cuts after both the Senate and Assembly included the plan unchanged in their own separate state budget proposals this week.

Six state Democrats from the Hudson Valley, including Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, say if congestion pricing is going to be funded from their constituents pockets, they should receive some kind of benefit.

Long Islanders want a guarantee that some revenues from the car-taxing scheme will be directed to the Long Island Railroad, and Hudson Valley reps are looking for tolls paid on the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges to be credited towards the congestion surcharge at 60th St. in Manhattan.

The Senate’s one-house budget plan, which passed 40-21, includes a roadmap for all state spending and revenue, from increasing school aid to boosting funds for the MTA to instituting a permanent property tax cap.

The separate budget bills of the state Assembly, Senate and Cuomo have some notable gaps in spending on housing and renewal initiatives, a Manhattan advocacy group notes.

Long Islanders getting ready for legalized marijuana are going to be disappointed because both the Nassau and Suffolk county executives said they’re going to opt out if the state approves recreational weed.

A weepy Nancy Salzman, co-founder of NXVIM, a bizarre upstate sex cult where women were branded with the leader’s initials, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy for her part in the NXIVM operation.

NXIVM leader Keith Raniere had sexual relationships with children and produced kiddie porn of it, according to newly unsealed court papers.

Gambino crime boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali was assassinated in front of his Staten Island home last night in a stunning gangland hit that recalled some of the most infamous Mafia killings in city history.

A three-judge appeals panel took a hard, and unusually long look yesterday at ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s appeal of his second conviction over $4 million in bribes — leaving open the chance that he could get yet a third trial.

The TU applauds Cuomo’s decision not to heed a call to lift a ban on state-funded travel to North Carolina so SUNY swimmers can compete.

A Tennessee lawmaker wants the state’s public indecency law to apply to bathrooms and changing rooms — a move that critics argue is designed to restrict the facilities that transgender people can use.

New York City’s lead testing and reporting will be expanded under a new package of bills designed to limit exposure in children and improve education around lead poisoning.

More teens joined student protesters yesterday as the occupation that has rocked the posh Ethical Culture Fieldston School entered a third day.

The Schodack neighborhood association that has been pushing for a more thorough environmental review of a one-million-square-foot Amazon warehouse proposed for Route 9 is moving forward with an appeal after its original lawsuit against the town was dismissed in January.

Hundreds of public schools never reported a single instance of bullying to the state, as required by law — including some of the largest in NYC according to a report from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Lawmakers aren’t buying it, and demand answers.

Two neighboring districts on Long Island illustrate the wide gaps in resources among public schools. Albany will debate this month over how much New York should spend on education and how to allocate aid fairly.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer revealed a new plan to fix a crumbling stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: ban cars and convert a stretch of the road into a majestic public park.

Residents are settling into former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s new rental complex on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A federal judge appeared likely to allow sex trafficking claims against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to proceed.

Thousands of cases https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/12/nyregion/rape-kit-tests.html a second look from investigators since the Manhattan DA committed $38 million in forfeiture money to help other jurisdictions test old rape kits, leading to 165 prosecutions in cases that were all but forgotten. So far, 64 of those have resulted in convictions.

With New York facing one of its most severe measles outbreaks in decades, public health officials in a suburban community took the extraordinary step in December of banning unvaccinated students from attending school, regardless of whether they had received religious or medical exemptions – a move that has held up in court.

Raccoons are holding New York City hostage — as a warm-weather-fueled baby boom is leading the masked marauders to turn up rabid in three boroughs, invade Gracie Mansion and even overrun Central Park.

Betting on the Super Bowl and the Oscars was legal for the first time in New Jersey this year — leading to big bucks in extra waging at the Garden State’s casinos, according to numbers released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

The New York state Senate’s one-house budget resolution would allow bettors anywhere in the state — including New York City — to place mobile wagers on sports games through servers connected to four upstate casinos.

Border patrol agents and the Coast Guard rescued a person attempting to enter the country illegally on a personal watercraft in the Niagara River near Grand Island, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Buffalo field office.

A brother and sister connected to the Moroccan Consulate near the Yonkers-Bronxville border are accused of running a 10-year visa fraud scam to use Filipino natives as their personal servants.

Metro-North Railroad has gone on a hiring spree, adding locomotive engineers from NJ Transit and other railroads and paying them to stay home, an investigation by The Journal News/lohud has found.

A new report shows steady growth in New York’s solar market to date, but it also reveals that without further action from lawmakers, the state will fall well short of Cuomo’s clean energy goals.

An insurance agent from New Jersey got the birthday surprise of a lifetime after his sons put his face and phone number on a highway billboard.

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek returned to his job nearly a week after revealing his cancer diagnosis.

A week after ordering R. Kelly jailed for failing to pay child support, a Cook County judge has refused to reduce the embattled R&B singer’s monthly payments to his ex-wife, according to his attorneys.

A cop stationed on a Brooklyn highway to give out tickets yesterday morning has become a hero after rescuing a wayward lamb found roaming the Gowanus Expressway.

Vermont’s newest goat mayor is setting an interesting tone for her history-making administration.