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

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have their weekly lunch at the White House. In the late afternoon, Pence participates in a bilateral meeting with the vice president of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

The state Legislature is in session.

At 9:30 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Rep. Jerrold Nadler speak at the opening of the Grow with Google Learning Center, 111 Eighth Ave., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the state Senate Elections Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 904, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction meets jointly with the Committee on Aging for an oversight hearing regarding “qualifications, training, and protocol” for home health care aides, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Youth Services meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Public Safety meets to discuss a proposed law that would ban the Department of Probation from conducting drug tests in search of marijuana for prospective employees, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Brewer speaks at the Harlem2Haarlem International Pitchfest, Silicon Harlem, 2785 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Health meets to discuss several proposed laws related to water tanks, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at noon, the state Senate Codes Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, the state Senate Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 813, Albany.

Also at noon, Assemblyman David Buchwald and state Sen. Brad Hoylman rally for legislation that would require the disclosure of state income tax returns by statewide elected public officials, including the president, Million Dollar Staircase, third floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 1 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at a Women’s Agenda event, Hamilton College, Levitt Center, Kirner-Johnson 251, 198 College Hill Rd., Clinton.

At 2 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Civil and Human Rights meets to discuss a proposed law which would ban employers from drug testing prospective hires for THC, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., the state Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers hosts Dr. Kevin Sabet, president and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, for a conversation about marijuana science and the public policy debate, with a focus on Colorado’s experience, Albany Marriot, 189 Wolf Rd., Colonie.

At 2:30 p.m., Brewer speaks at a networking event with the Haarlem delegation, Clipper Stad Amsterdam, Pier 59, West 23rd Street and Hudson River, Manhattan.

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

Also at 3 p.m., the state Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 611, Albany.

At 6 p.m., the MTA will host the fourth and final open house for community members regarding the “revised” L-train project, 14th Street YMCA, East Village, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” with Errol Louis.


As the Trump administration wrestles with what it calls a “crisis” of immigration from Central America, Kirstjen Nielsen resigned as head of the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the agencies charged with enforcing the nation’s border and immigration laws.

“I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside,” Nielsen said. “I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse.”

Kevin K. McAleenan, the commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection, will become the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, President Trump said in a tweet, adding: “I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, called Nielsen’s tenure as Homeland Security secretary a “disaster,” moments after Trump announced she was leaving her post.

Several Republicans and close aides to Trump spent yesterday ridiculing House Democrats’ repeated requests to see the president’s tax returns, with one senator dubbing the demand “moronic” and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney saying lawmakers will “never” see these sought-after tax records.

In an attempt to work around the White House, Democratic lawmakers in Albany are trying to do what their federal counterparts have so far failed to accomplish: to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “racist” while speaking about the US-Israel relationship at a campaign event in Iowa.

Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind. and a 2020 Democratic contender, slammed Vice President Pence while saying that his marriage to Chasten Buttigieg has brought him “closer to God.”

The long-shot 2020 presidential bid of Schenectady native Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur, is getting some serious attention of late.

A lot of Democratic hopefuls have been visiting the swing state of Nevada, but NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio – who has not yet formally announced a campaign – apparently was the first to stump in the rural town of Pahrump, on the edge of Death Valley, which was the scene of the alien landing site in the 1996 movie satire “Mars Attacks!”

Rep. Devin Nunes, the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, plans to send referrals to Attorney General William Barr this week, in order to get the Department of Justice to pick up investigations where Republicans in Congress left off.

The state of Washington’s Democratic Party voted to use a primary election – not caucuses – to allocate its presidential delegates. The Republicans, who also used a primary in 2016, had previously committed to doing so again in 2020.

The House Democratic campaign arm is nearing open warfare with the party’s rising liberal wing as political operatives close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi try to shut down primary challenges before what is likely to be a hard-fought campaign next year to preserve the party’s shaky majority.

New handheld detectors would help federal officers at Kennedy Airport stop dangerous drugs like fentanyl from coming into the country, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

The increasing availability of antibiotics across the world has accelerated an alarming downside: The drugs are losing their ability to kill the germs they were created to conquer. Hard-wired to survive, many bacteria have evolved to outsmart the medications.

Jimmy Vielkind: “Progressive lawmakers got a hard lesson last week in the skewed power dynamics of the state budget process. They are hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have less leverage in coming months as they hash out laws extending rent regulations and possibly legalizing marijuana.”

Fresh off passage of a state budget that included the DREAM Act to fund higher education for undocumented immigrants, some Democrats in the Legislature are looking for a bigger win: New York state-issued driver’s licenses. Yet passage is far from certain.

Lawmakers and addiction treatment advocates say a new tax on prescription painkillers included in the state budget is expected to make it harder for patients to afford their medications and is unlikely to result in any new funds for addiction treatment or prevention services — as proponents originally suggested.

The state Legislature listened to the complaints of those who said it approved early voting this year without providing money for counties to implement it. But whether it is providing enough cash to cover the costs that the 57 counties outside New York City will be incurring remains an open question.

“Was Cuomo’s entire ‘first 100 days’ agenda for the first year of his third term – and the first legislative session of his gubernatorial tenure with Democrats in control of both houses of the Legislature – accomplished? Not quite.”

The hometown paper of state Sens. Jen MEtzger and James Skoufis was not impressed by their decision to skip the pay raise vote at the end of the budget passage.

Cuomo says the collapse of Amazon’s Long Island City headquarters has the private sector scared of entering into economic- development deals with New York.

The politically connected lawyer Frank Carone, who emerged this week as a central architect behind the city’s $173 million real estate deal with the notorious Podolsky brothers, has enjoyed unfettered access to City Hall since Nde Blasio took office in 2014

When Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced her candidacy for district attorney in December, she sought to stand out as an advocate for workers injured or ripped off on the job – especially on construction sites. That hasn’t deterred real estate developers from donating to her campaign.

A vast majority of New Yorkers believe the city’s proposed budget cuts for Big Apple libraries would be a huge blow to their neighborhoods, a new survey shows.

Legal pot peddlers in Massachusetts – just a stone’s throw from the Empire State – are cashing in on New Yorkers who can’t wait for Cuomo and the state Legislature to get their act together.

An aggressive campaign called “We Rise to Legalize,” run by the Rev. Al Sharpton disciple LaMon Bland, is underway to persuade black and Hispanic state lawmakers to back the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York in the remaining months of the legislative session.

Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky: “We are living in the age of ‘commissions.’ Now commissions make law, not the Legislature.”

The owner of a security company who is facing grand-larceny charges for allegedly overbilling the city for some $100,000 has been hired by the state despite his ongoing criminal case.

Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres says he’ll introduce legislation forcing the city to regularly track and publicly disclose who’s benefiting from taxpayer-funded, job-creation programs unless the de Blasio administration sets the record straight on its $1.35 billion “New York Works” initiative.

In a striking rebuke of city health officials, the New York City Council plans to pass seven new laws tightening oversight and regulation of thousands of rooftop drinking water tanks, citing evidence of contamination, widespread neglect, and lax oversight by agency officials.

Bob Bellafiore: “Ask government workers in New York who want unions to return the portion of their dues spent on politics. The process is complicated and cumbersome – almost comical with all the hoops workers have to jump through.”

Supporters of a New York panel for investigating prosecutor misconduct say threats by state district attorneys to derail the effort forced lawmakers to put the underlying legislation under an unusual level of scrutiny — and design an even better tool for policing prosecutors in the process.

The fur industry has sent out tens of thousands of mailers slamming Council Speaker Corey Johnson and other council members for promoting legislation to ban fur sales in New York City.

While Saratoga County, New York’s fastest-growing county, might be better known for luxury estates and thoroughbred racing, it also ranks third in gap between rich and poor.

Although Medicare for All seems to be one of the main calling cards of outspoken Democratic House freshmen and progressive 2020 contenders, Rep. Antonio Delgado, of NY-19, is placing his bet on a different path forward to universal health care in America: The Public Option.

The investigation into a melee in which several men were beaten by police outside a loud house party in the West Hill neighborhood of Albany last month is examining whether a supervisor had instructed the officers to handle the situation aggressively, according to two people briefed on the case.

Badraldeen Mohamad Elwaseem, 12, was inside his family’s second-floor apartment in Buffalo a little after 8:30 p.m. Saturday when a bullet came flying into his house and struck him in the head, killing him.