Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public appearances or interviews yet announced.

The state Legislature is back to work, and the post-budget session begins in earnest. The calendar for today is very long, and appears at the end of the this post.


President Trump moved to clear out the senior ranks of the Department of Homeland Security a day after forcing the resignation of its secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, as he accelerated a purge of the nation’s immigration and security leadership.

Current and former Trump administration members say the purge of homeland security officials is a sign that the president is preparing to unleash an even fiercer assault on immigration – including a possible return of his controversial decision last summer to separate migrant children from their parents.

Freshman Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar called White House adviser Stephen Miller a “white nationalist” in a tweet.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took an indirect swipe at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying passing legislation should take priority over amassing Twitter followers.

Felicity Huffman, the Hollywood actress, announced that she will plead guilty to a federal crime, part of a sweeping investigation of college admissions fraud unveiled last month by prosecutors in Boston, insisting her daughter had been unaware of the cheating.

Ocasio-Cortez came down hard on New York’s subway, claiming on Instagram that it doesn’t compare to Washington, DC’s, Metro transit system.

California Rep. Eric Swalwell is officially in the running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

A Florida judge postponed a bail hearing for the self-described Chinese businesswoman accused of infiltrating President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

The rise of a deadly drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris has raised fresh questions about the secrecy enveloping infectious outbreaks at American medical institutions.

A majority of Americans see the recent changes to the tax laws as benefiting the wealthy and large corporations, a CBS News poll finds, and most feel their own taxes have not gone down because of the law.

It’s one of the oldest tricks in politics: When you want a problem to go away, appoint a panel. Both the mayor of NYC and the governor have gone this route.

After initially suggesting the effort would “politicize the process,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would back a new bill allowing the state Tax Department to release any state tax return — including the president’s — if it were requested by leaders of three congressional committees for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio defended a controversial $173 million real estate deal with two notorious slumlord brothers, which involved one of the most powerful people in the Brooklyn Democratic Party.

The city is stuck paying $173 million for the 17 buildings owned by some of New York’s most notorious landlords because they wouldn’t sell the properties for less, the mayor said.

The mayor backed the NYC Health Department’s ban on unvaccinated children attending schools in heavily Orthodox neighborhoods as the city battles its worst measles outbreak in years.

Mike Casca, who became the de Blasio administration’s communications director in 2017 after working on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, started an unpaid leave of absence to serve as a spokesman and communications strategist for the mayor’s Fairness PAC, officials said.

Manhattan Councilman Ben Kallos said NASCAR provides more information about its sponsors than politicians do about their contributors, so he’s introducing legislation that would require pie charts showing where city candidates get their money.

A top federal housing official, Lynne Patton, is considering seeking steep fines against two NYCHA workers after THE CITY revealed one of the men was arrested on attempted sexual assault charges while on the job.

The top candidate to lead NYCHA is Saul Ramirez Jr., a former of mayor of Laredo, Tex. with ties to Cuomo and de Blasio and a tech company executive who for years ran a Washington group lobbying on behalf of housing authorities nationwide.

New York may be one of the most liberal cities in the US — but it’s not far left enough for Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.

After a one-year jump in suspensions, New York City schools are suspending students less frequently this school year, according to data released yesterday.

The New York City Council is poised to pass a bill that would stop the city from conducting tests for marijuana on people who are on probation, meant to help probationers avoid getting sent back to prison on technical violations.

A troubling trend saw New York City Transit’s annual graffiti cleaning costs surge to $610,956 in 2018 — an increase of 364 percent from the $131,539 spent just two years earlier.

Amid New York’s towering buildings, where scaffolding is so common it seemingly blends into the design, a consecution worker’s death when he was hit in the head by a “coping stone” offered a reminder of the risks faced by workers in a city under constant construction.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez voiced his support for the decriminalization of sex work at a recent event hosted by the Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, saying his office often dismisses the cases of sex workers after enrolling them in services.

While pleading guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges related to her role in the group, Allison Mack tearfully told a judge that she first joined the cultlike NXIVM to “find purpose.” She was unsatisfied with her acting career, she said, despite her role on the successful television series “Smallville.”

Mack, who, according to the indictment, was part of cult leader Keith Raniere’s inner circle, said she engaged in extortion by threatening to expose secrets, nude photos and more. She now faces a maximum of 40 years in prison when she’s sentenced on Sept. 11.

Prospective jurors for the upcoming NXIVM racketeering trial in Brooklyn federal court were asked questions about the #MeToo movement, Scientology, sex addiction and more in a questionnaire distributed to pre-screen the jury pool. The questionnaire is available for all to see through the public court file.

Sales of New York City rental apartment buildings plummeted in the first quarter, signaling the uncertainty around rent regulation after the current law expires in a few weeks.

The controversial push to let undocumented immigrations get driver’s licenses resonates strongly among those who work in the agriculture industry – often in rural areas where they are forced to drive to survive.

Food safety violations in New York go unresolved in a whopping 73 percent of the most serious cases, largely because health departments inconsistently enforce the state’s food safety code, an audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office revealed.

New York is leading a coalition of 22 states and territories that are calling on the federal government to immediately ease restrictions on physicians looking to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication that treats opioid addiction.

As the Board of Regents was meeting inside, a group of teachers union leaders gathered outside the State Education Department building yesterday to renew their call for changes to New York’s implementation of English and math tests for students in grades 3-8.

Under Gladys Carrión, the former commissioner of the state Office of Children and Family Services, the state shuttered more than two dozen youth prisons, and now Carrión, working with Columbia University Justice Lab, is hoping to take New York’s success national.

(W)hy should Greater Boston — or any big city in America — pay attention to what goes on in Manhattan? Well, for starters, Boston recently overtook New York to rank number one in the nation in traffic congestion, according to a study by transportation analysis firm INRIX.”

Several upstate county sheriffs say they have no plans to stop releasing booking photographs — commonly known as mug shots — despite a new law designed to limit their disclosure.

A video clip from an Albany police officer’s body worn camera shows another cop miming oral sex as a Castleton woman is being detained by police, footage shared with the Times Union shows.

Nassau County legislative committees passed a bill that would opt Nassau County out of legalized sales of recreational marijuana should the state legalize the program.

Nassau’s police officers, who for years were among the highest paid in the nation, earned an average $104,263 last year — the lowest average pay collected by members of the county’s Police Benevolent Association in nearly two decades.

Ballot maneuvers have cleared the Independence Party line for Lynne Dixon, an Independence member running on the Republican line against Democratic incumbent Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz this fall.

After years of pressure from an open government group, the Niagara County Legislature may open county officials’ financial disclosure forms to the public.

Trump renominated Buffalo attorney John L. Sinatra Jr. to a long-vacant federal judgeship in Buffalo, moving one more step forward in the seemingly endless process of filling a slot that opened up when U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny announced his move to senior status nearly five years ago.

Republican lawyer Stephen Kiely, a former deputy Suffolk County clerk, has folded his primary campaign for Southold Town supervisor to, “avoid fracturing the Republican Party.”

NRG Energy has found a buyer for its shuttered Huntley Generating Station in the Town of Tonawanda.

A decorated FDNY firefighter was reportedly among four Americans killed by a roadside bomb near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan.

Nationwide 111,804 people with disabilities got new jobs last year, including 11,473 new jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities. The Empire State now ranks 38th among the 50 states in terms of employment rates for people with disabilities.

Two teenagers were charged with setting the January fire that destroyed the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Conn., a 1,500-seat venue that once featured performances by Oscar-winning actors.

The Ichabod Crane Central School Board of Education will meet again tonight to address the weekend arrest of its superintendent on DWI charges.

The popular Troy Waterfront Farmers Market may find a permanent year-round indoor home in the Troy Atrium ending a years-long search to expand beyond its Saturday market as it moves into its 20th season.

RIP Bob Slade, a prominent voice on African-American radio in New York City as a creator and longtime host of the call-in commentary program “Open Line,” who died on March 23 at a hospital in Manhattan at the age of 70.

Happening today…

At 9 a.m., Latino plaintiffs in a critical voting rights lawsuit will head to court for a hearing on their motion for a preliminary injunction in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, (a press conference will follow at 12:30 p.m.), 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, Long Island.

Also at 9 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is a panelist at the Hunter College Food Summit, Hunter College, Silberman Building, second floor Auditorium, 2180 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 807, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 412, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., Rep. José E. Serrano will welcome US Attorney General William Barr for a hearing on the Department of Justice Budget Request for FY 2020, Rayburn House Office Building 2359, Washington, D.C.

Also at 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at TLGBQI Advocacy Day, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room C, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., state Sen. James Skoufis and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol will make an announcement, LOB, Room 130, 198 State St., Albany.

At 9:40 a.m., Lourdes Zapata, Cuomo’s chief diversity officer, delivers a presentation on the 2019-2020 budget, Young Womens Leadership School of Astoria, 23-15 Newtown Ave., Astoria, Queens.

At 10 a.m., County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. will be joined by Sheriff Robert Maciol and District Attorney Scott McNamara in announcing the establishment of an Animal Abuser Registry in Oneida County, Oneida County Office Building, 9th Fl. Conference Room, 800 Park Ave., Utica.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Education meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 510, Albany.

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

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Cities meets, Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Judiciary Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Banks meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 710, Albany.

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

At 10:30 a.m., the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the state Department of Motor Vehicles launch a public service campaign to address distracted driving in New York, Saratoga Springs City Center, Main Lobby/Hallway, 22 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications meets, Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Investigations and Governmental Operations meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 816, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will make an announcement regarding the city’s measles response, Brooklyn Public Library – Williamsburgh Branch, 240 Division Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Hochul outlines the 2019-2020 budget, Troy Innovation Garage, 24 4th St., Troy.

At 11 a.m., state Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Environmental Advocates of New York, and advocates will call for an amendment to the State Constitution that would guarantee New Yorkers a right to clean air and water, LCA Pressroom #130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., state Sen. Brian Benjamin and Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, joined by faith leaders and community groups,push for passage of the Separation of Children Accountability Response Act, 4th Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Social Services meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 409, Albany.

At 11:15 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal join advocates in pushing to stop construction on a residential tower by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America, 200 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan.

At 11:20 a.m., the state Education Department Board of Regents meets, state Department of Education, Regents Room, 89 Washington Ave. Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation meets, Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., NYC Public Advocate4 Jumanne Willians will discuss his first bill passing the NYC Council since taking office, a ban on marijuana testing in hiring practices which will be voted on later that day, 1 Centre St., 15th Fl., conference room, Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Labor Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 307, Albany.

At noon, state Sens. John Liu and Jessica Ramos, Assemblyman David Weprin, Sikh Coalition, Sikh Cultural Society, Muslims for Progress, SAFEST, Bangladesh American Advocacy Group, New York Muslim Advocacy Coalition, Engage Action and other Muslim leaders from New York City and Long Island argue for the passage of the Religious Attire bill, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, members of the Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance, elected officials, and others call for universal rent control, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides and climate advocates rally in support of the world-first climate and jobs legislation, City Hall Park, north side bordering City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at noon, the state Senate Committee on Housing Construction and Community Development meets, Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., state Sen. Brad Hoylman, legislative colleagues, and coalition members of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group will host a press conference to urge action on critical LGBTQ-specific issues this legislative session, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol.

Also at 12:30 p.m., a coalition of more than ninety organizations from across New York call on Cuomo and the Legislature to pass the Safer NY Act, a legislative package that includes a bill to repeal “50-a, New York’s harmful police secrecy law,” staircase outside state Senate chamber, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 12:30 p.m., the state Senate Health Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council meets for a stated meeting, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan. (Williams will preside).

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

Also at 3 p.m., the state Senate Finance Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 3 p.m., Brewer speaks at the 34th Annual New York Crime Victims Candlelight Vigil, West End Collegiate Church, 245 W. 77th St., Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., Hochul outlines the Women’s Justice Agenda at a Women’s Agenda Forum, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie.

At 5:30 p.m., state Attorney General Letitia James accepts a public service award at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York 2019 gala dinner, The Pierre, 2 E. 61st St., Manhattan.

Also at 5:30 p.m., Williams will attend the Safe Horizon 24th Annual Champion Awards, Ziegfeld Ballroom, 141 West 54th St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., former state Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, special advisor to Cuomo for Policy and Community Affairs, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, delivers a presentation the 2019-2020 budget, Police Athletic League, 991 Longwood Ave., the Bronx.

At 7:15 p.m., Diaz Jr. speaks at the North Shore Towers tenants’ association meeting, 27240 Grand Central Parkway, Queens.