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

The state Legislature is in session. It’s lobby day at the state Capitol, and there will be – among other things – a big rally in favor or renewing and reforming the rent laws.

Voters in Central Brooklyn will head to the polls today for a special election to pick NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ replacement on the City Council.

Nine candidates are running to replace the former lawmaker in the city’s 45th Council District after he left the post when he won his own special election to replace now-state Attorney General Leticia James as public advocate.

At 7:30 a.m., Williams will join his endorsed candidate, Monique Chandler-Waterman, as she casts her vote for the 45th Council seat, then will hold a media availability. After, Jumaane will campaign with Monique at various stops throughout the day.

The two will also be together at an election night watch party this evening, Tropical Paradise, 1367 Utica Ave., Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will visit Rockaway Beach and announce that it will reopen in time for the summer, Rockaway Boardwalk, Beach 94th St., Queens.

At 2 p.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks at the memorial for Larry Hanley, the former International President of Amalgamated Transit Union, 3948 Amboy Rd., Staten Island.

The rest of today’s (very lengthy) calendar appears at the end of this post.


The United States and China intensified their trade dispute yesterday, as Beijing said it would increase tariffs on nearly $60 billion worth of American goods and the Trump administration detailed plans to tax nearly every sneaker, computer, dress and handbag that China exports to the United States.

…the market plunged as a result of the escalating trade war.

Trump said he would meet with presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China at the G20 summit in Japan this June.

Attorney General William Barr has appointed a top Connecticut prosecutor, US Attorney John Durham, to look into the origins of the Russia probe.

Durham has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the FBI’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of CIA abuses of detainees.

Two of Trump’s personal attorneys welcomed the report that Barr had asked Durham to open a counterintelligence investigation into alleged ties between Trump associates and Russia’s campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Rod Rosenstein criticized James Comey, claiming the former FBI director became a “partisan pundit” after leaving the government.

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed an enormous antitrust class action against Apple to move forward, saying consumers should be allowed to try to prove that the technology giant had used monopoly power to raise the prices of iPhone apps.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the liberal wing of the court in the ruling that found iPhone users can sue Apple over App Store prices – a significant and surprising decision that shows the Trump nominee isn’t afraid to buck the court’s conservative majority.

Allies of Donald Trump Jr. may have stirred up a firestorm among Republicans over a subpoena to recall the president’s eldest son to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the panel’s Republican chairman has suggested to colleagues that the standoff is of the younger Trump’s making.

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman asked to add her name to a lawsuit accusing Trump’s 2016 campaign of violating labor laws by paying female staffers nearly 20 percent less than their male colleagues.

The number of confirmed measles cases across the U.S. has reached 839, and the country is experiencing its worst outbreak of the disease since 1994.

Health officials ordered a Queens yeshiva closed as New York City struggles to contain the nation’s worst measles outbreak in a generation.

Rep. Eliot Engel said the left-leaning freshman members of his caucus, who include fellow New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are not his “cup of tea.”

Ocasio-Cortez told a packed room of climate change activists at an event that also featured Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders that voting Democrat isn’t enough if they want to pass a Green New Deal.

Speaking at Howard University, a historic African American college just a mile from the U.S. Capitol Building, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez praised the tenets of the climate action plan that in part aims to transition the U.S. economy to a 100 percent renewable energy grid by 2030 and create green jobs in the process.

The Cuomo administration is not officially declaring dead – not yet anyway – a new legislative effort at the Capitol to legalize mobile sports betting in New York.

Legislators are proposing a law to close a loophole that prevented New York’s disgraced ex-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from being prosecuted for allegedly harassing and physically abusing four women.

A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York and New Jersey this year appears all but dead in both states, a dramatic fall for an effort that just over a month ago seemed inevitable.

Women’s rights groups launched a campaign to stop New York from decriminalizing prostitution – an idea that is being seriously discussed for the first time in the state Capitol.

A retired detective and the son of an armored truck guard killed in the infamous 1981 Nyack Brink’s heist want the state parole board’s decision to release convicted murderer Judith Clark tossed since one board member failed to disclose her marriage to a murderer that she helped free.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who says he’ll make a decision about whether to run in 2020 sometime this week, grew hoarse shouting over the cranked-up crooning of Frank Sinatra tunes playing in the Trump Tower lobby as he tried to promote his “Green New Deal.” (The weather forced the event inside).

The mayor’s speech was all-but drowned out by a throng of Trump supporters who demonstrated behind him on the building’s escalators, booing, whistling, chanting and holding up signs with messages including “Failed mayor” and “Worst mayor ever.”

Eric Trump blasted de Blasio’s actions as “simply childish” just hours after the mayor stormed the Trump Tower lobby to hold a press conference.

De Blasio and federal authorities will miss their self-imposed deadline to select the next top boss for the city’s embattled Housing Authority for the second time, the administration admitted in a statement released late yesterday.

Two corrupt brothers whose engineering firm was awarded millions of dollars in city contracts pleaded guilty to illegally funneling cash to de Blasio’s 2013 election campaign.

Tim Gunn, who hosted the hit reality TV show “Project Runway” for 16 years, will testify tomorrow in support of a fur ban proposed by NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Rochester Democratic Rep. Joe Morelle announced the Gun Theft Prevention Act, saying the legislation will strengthen regulations for gun shops to better protect New York streets.

Former NXIVM senior member Mark Vincent testified in court that the cult-like group’s co-founder and leader, Keith Raniere, forced women to starve themselves to be “wraith thin,” including the actress Allison Mack, whom Raniere said he was “trying to break.”

Internal affairs investigators who reviewed Eric Garner’s death determined that Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who wrestled him to the ground in 2014, used a forbidden chokehold on him, a police supervisor testified during the officer’s disciplinary trial at Police Headquarters.

Environmental groups seeking to eliminate the use of fossil fuels like natural gas to heat homes assembled in Albany to call on Cuomo to block the expansion of the Williams Cos. gas pipeline expansion into New York City as well as a new National Grid pipeline bringing gas into Rensselaer County.

Legislation enabling congressional oversight committees to get their hands on Trump’s state tax returns appears to have the tacit approval of Assembly Democrats, according to multiple sources.

A proposed requirement for adults to wear seat belts in the rear of automobiles is gaining steam in the state Legislature.

AAA and the Medical Society of the State of New York are urging passage of the new law requiring all passengers to wear seat belts when riding in the back seat.

The Democrat-controlled state Senate approved legislation that would require addiction treatment providers to contact predesignated loved ones when someone undergoing treatment shows potentially life-threatening behavior, such as relapse.

A Queens casino is taking time to tout its union ties amid recent talks of expanding full-fledged gambling parlors across the state and a bill that could bring mobile sports betting to New York cleared one Senate committee and was sent to another.

NYU has hired a prominent law firm to investigate whether the namesake of its school of education, Michael H. Steinhardt, had engaged in inappropriate conduct with students, faculty or staff.

De Blasio’s NYPD SUV was cruising the wrong way with lights and sirens blaring when it got into a car crash, sparking a frantic cover-up by his security detail, a new accident report obtained by the Daily News shows.

An ex-NYPD deputy inspector acquitted of taking bribes in a bombshell corruption case sued the city, charging he was wrongly forced into retirement.

Amnesty International says it was denied a lease at a Manhattan skyscraper owned by a giant shipping conglomerate owned by the Chinese government.

With legislators so far unwilling to allow votes on a bill to tighten vaccination rules in the face of the worst measles outbreak in 25 years, a lobbying firm has decided to distribute medical masks at the state Capitol as a public service.

Actress Felicity Huffman broke down in court while pleading guilty to rigging her eldest daughter’s SAT score as part of a massive college-admissions scam.

The future of gravity knives in New York state will now be in the hands of Gov. Andrew Cuomo after state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill striking the weapon from a section of the state’s penal code.

A controversial move by the Legislature to raise the salary of the governor may have had an unintended consequence for Tier 6 pension plan members, a public policy expert says.

Cuomo announced the final steel section of the old Tappan Zee Bridge has been removed.

Fpormer Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s 21-month prison sentence for having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl is set to end today.

When the trial of alleged Ivy League murderer Thomas Gilbert Jr. opens in Manhattan this month, the prosecution’s star witness will be his own mom, who told The NY Post in an exclusive interview that she knows her privileged son pulled the trigger — but says it was only under the weight of severe mental illness.

Police officers in Buffalo in recent years wrote citations for illegally darkened windows more often than any municipal police department in the state except New York City.

A fight over the future of the Woodstock 50 festival is playing out in a New York courtroom with under 100 days to go before the anniversary event.

In a new study released today, a researcher found the positive effects of free pre-K stretched to the children of disadvantaged students enrolled in a much-studied preschool program more than 50 years ago.

New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has picked five design teams as the winners of a contest that sought creative ideas for building housing on smaller city-owned lots.

New York State is out with its formal requests for proposals to re-develop the Buffalo Skyway.

Andrew Savage, VP of Sustainability at the scooter and e-bike company Lime, argues that shared bikes and scooters in big cities like New York will be critical to reaching the carbon reduction goals needed to slow climate change.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi’s former aide who faces charges of soliciting a prostitute met the 17-year-old girl over the internet after she ran away from home, state police said.

This November county voters will have the final say on a new redistricting process that aims to limit political influence when it comes to redrawing election districts in Albany County.

Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Michael Eidens is poised to return to the city after a short-lived retirement.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, 94, broke his hip at his south Georgia home when he fell while leaving to go turkey hunting, a spokeswoman for the Carter Center said. He underwent surgery, and is now recovering.

Cindy Adams: “Everybody knows Hudson Yards. Nobody knows Dan Doctoroff named it. Anybody doesn’t know Dan Doctoroff?”

Madison VanDenburg, the Shaker High School student who advanced to the finals of “American Idol” on Sunday night, will return to her hometown today, where she will participate in a pep rally at the school and a parade and performance in The Crossings of Colonie town park.

Sandra Lee is taking her fight for affordable breast cancer care for all to Capitol Hill.

Happening today…

At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Higher Education meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 915, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Budget and Revenues meets, Room 964A, state Capitol, Albany.

At 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Education meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 511, Albany.

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

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Elections meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 901, Albany.

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

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Standards and Ethics meets, 250 Broadway, 15th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host his fifth annual Bronx Week Labor Breakfast, Bronx County Building, Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 851 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 10:30 a.m., state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and other bill sponsors join AARP volunteers from across the state to launch #StopRxGreed campaign supporting legislative package to protect New Yorkers from rising prescription drug prices, 3rd Fl. Terrace, LOB, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., dozens of advocates from across the state will converge on the Capitol to urge the Legislature to follow Cuomo’s advice to “pass the (medical aid in dying) bill” this year, Hearing Room C, 2nd Fl., LOB, 198 State St., Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Aging meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 804, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., domestic violence survivors honor Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry and state Sen. Roxanne Persaud for their leadership in getting the Domestic Violence Survivor Justice Act passed, LOB, The Well, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen is joined by several local historians in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Hempstead Town Hall, Old Town Hall, 350 Front St., Hempstead.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities meets, Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 412, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 901, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul addresses advocates at AARP’s lobby day, 3rd Fl. Terrace, LOB, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., current and former foster youth, child welfare advocates and elected officials demand equal opportunity for young people in New York City’s foster care system, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

At 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Health meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., hundreds of independent pharmacy owners, pharmacists, staff and supporters rally against prescription drug middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Day of Action, The Well, LOB, 198 State St., Albany.

At noon, NYC Councilmen Joseph Borelli, Justin Brannan and Costa Constantinides, with The Play Fair Coalition, rally to demand an increase in the budget for city parks, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, NYC Councilman Rory Lancman, City Councilman Antonio Reynoso and Teamsters Local 813 call out what the next Queens district attorney must do to eradicate sham unions in the private carting industry, Teamsters Local 813, 48-18 Van Dam St., Suite 201, Queens.

At 12:15 p.m., Hochul announces funding for Empire State poverty reduction initiative projects, School 2, 470 10th St., Troy.

At 12:30 p.m., Diaz will host his annual Business Day Luncheon, where he will give an update on The Bronx’s economic development and business growth as part of Bronx Week 2019, Tosca Marquee, 4034 East Tremont Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 12:30 p.m., the state Senate Committee on Children and Families meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 915, Albany.

At 1 p.m., the NYC Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses meets, 250 Broadway, 16th Floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA) will hold a press conference to announce a coalition (#BoycottNYPost Coalition) for their campaign that’s calling for the boycott of The New York Post, News Corp building, 1211 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., criminal justice advocates, victims’ rights leaders, state lawmakers, formerly incarcerated people and community leaders gather in support of broad reforms to the state’s parole release process, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Fl., Albany.

Also at 2 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Finance meets jointly with the Committee on Technology and the Committee on Fire and Emergency Management, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

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

At 3:45 p.m., the Fort Schuyler Management Corporation Board meets, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, NanoFab East—2107, Albany NanoTech Complex, 257 Fuller Rd., Albany.

At 5:45 p.m., Hochul addresses Northern Rivers Champions for Children of the Capital Region, Renaissance Hotel, 144 State St., Albany.

At 6:30 p.m., the NYCHA federal monitor convenes the first community advisory committee meeting for NYCHA stakeholders, Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn.