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

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is off the 2020 campaign trail and in the city, but has no public schedule.

The state Legislature is in session, and the countdown to the Big Ugly is on.

At 7:30 a.m., “Good Day New York” features Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Fox 5.

At 9 a.m., the state Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary holds a public hearing on legislation authorizing and regulating compensated gestational surrogacy agreements, Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Fl., Albany.

At 9:15 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights state efforts to increase access to childcare services, Business Council of Westchester Foundation’s Child Care Forum, 800 Westchester Ave., 5th Fl., Board Room, Rye Brook.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Cities meets, Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Social Services meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 409, Albany.

At 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Elections meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 904, 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 Senate Standing Committees on Education and Budget and Revenues holds a public hearing, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, 198 State St., Albany.

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

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Nydia Velázquez attends NYCHA Veterans and Military Families recognition and resource fair, Raices Community Center, 272 Wyckoff St., Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Francisco Moya, HPD, Enterprise, and HANAC host a ribbon cutting for the HANAC Corona Senior Residence, a newly constructed 88-unit affordable housing community for low-income seniors, HANAC Corona Senior Residence, 54-17 101st Street, Queens.

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

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams holds a media availability with Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. and Churches United For Fair Housing on a bill to require a racial impact study to be conducted for all proposed land use actions, 1 Centre St., 15th Fl., conference room, Manhattan.

At 10:45 a.m., US AG Secretary Sonny Perdue and Rep. Tom Reed will visit Ravines Wine Cellars to participate in a roundtable discussion with local agriculture leaders and stakeholders, 400 Barracks Rd., Geneva.

At 11 a.m., national experts and immigrants from New York and New Jersey to release Safe Roads report on expanding access to driver’s licenses to nearly 1.2 million people, 520 8th Ave., Suite 1800, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 810, 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.

At 11:15 a.m., Hochul delivers remarks at a Celebrating Women in Government and Leadership event, Concordia College, Scheele Memorial Library, OSilas Gallery, 171 White Plains Rd., Bronxville.

At 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Local Government meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 801, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Children and Families meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 915, Albany.

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

At 11:45 a.m., Speaker Carl Heastie and Minority Leader Brian Kolb will address the luncheon of the Assembly’s 39th Annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day to highlight the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and advocates, The Well, LOB, 198 State St., Albany.

At noon, NYC Councilman Antonio Reynoso, environmental justice and labor advocates and sanitation workers gather to announce the introduction of a bill to create a citywide commercial waste zoning system, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, the state Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 816, Albany.

Also at noon, NYC Council members I. Daneek Miller and Margaret Chin host a rally in support of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, Greenwich Street between Fulton and Dey Street, across from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Manhattan.

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

Also at 12:30 p.m., state Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 804, Albany.

At 1 p.m., Rep. Grace Meng, joined by officials from the U.S. Postal Service and the Museum of Chinese in America, hold an unveiling ceremony for new stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of America’s Transcontinental Railroad and the contributions that Chinese immigrant laborers made in building it, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson joins the Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition to call for increased support for prisoner reentry services in the City, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 1, Hochul announces the opening of the affordable hosing rehabilitation of Michelangelo Apartments, 225 E. 149th St., the Bronx.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council holds a stated meeting, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 1:40 p.m., Hochul is a guest on WSHU’s “The Full Story” with Ron Ropiak.

At 1:45 p.m., a coalition of nearly 15 business leaders and community stakeholders will come together to launch the New York Smart Growth Coalition in support of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, Million Dollar Staircase, 2nd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 2 p.m., patient and disability rights advocates will hold a news conference to warn of the dangers of legalized assisted suicide, LOB, Room 130, 198 State St., Albany.

At 3 p.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate chambers, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 3:45 p.m., Perdue and Rep. Anthony Brindisi will visit Chobani Yogurt Facility and participate in a stakeholder roundtable, 669 County Road 25, New Berlin.

At 5 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and City Council members hold a fundraiser for Farah Louis, who has been elected as the Council Member for the 45th District, The Beekman Pub, 15 Beekman St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Hochul addresses the Consul General of Canada’s New York partnership reception, Renaissance Hotel, DeWitt Ballroom, 144 State St., Albany.

At 6:30 p.m., City & State hosts the 2019 Long Island Power 100, bringing together some of the most influential people in Long Island, The Mansion at Oyster Bay, 1 S. Woods Road, Woodbury.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velazquez addresses the Spring 2019 Gowanus Superfund Town Hall, P.S. 133, 610 Baltic St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Diaz Jr. is honored at the DreamYard Benefit Gala, Capitale, 130 Bowery, Manhattan.

At 7:30 p.m., Williams attends the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Spring Benefit, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn.


When it comes to him siding with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his description of Joe Biden as having a “low IQ,” President Trump says the former VP has got it all wrong, and he was actuallysticking up for” Biden.

“The President’s comments are beneath the dignity of the office,” Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. “To be on foreign soil, on Memorial Day, and to side repeatedly with a murderous dictator against a fellow American and former Vice President speaks for itself.”

Biden released the first major policy platform of his campaign, a sweeping education proposal that urges federal investment in low-income schools, supports universal prekindergarten and higher teacher pay, and, he added in a public appearance later, opposes for-profit charter schools.

In recent days, the disconnect between Trump and his national security adviser, John Bolton, has spilled over into public, sowing confusion around the world about America’s foreign policy, particularly on matters of war and peace.

Justice Clarence Thomas predicted the Supreme Court eventually will have to take up abortion law, after the court refused to consider reinstating Indiana’s 2016 law that bans women from aborting a fetus based on its race, gender or disability and requires burial rites for aborted fetuses.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s investigating decisions to exclude Chick-fil-A from airport concession contracts in San Antonio, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, over opposition to the fast-food chain owners’ record on LGBTQ issues.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans to return to her former employment of tending bar in her district at a Friday event to support tipped workers in the Empire State.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to a minor league baseball team that aired a video portraying her as an “enemy of freedom” and put her picture next to Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro, saying actions like this one inspire a “flood of death threats.”

The pugilistic and embattled attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty to defrauding his most famous client, porn star Stormy Daniels, and seized the spotlight to toss a barb at Trump.

A young man has been sentenced to a year of probation after he snuck through a tunnel onto Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida while Mr. Trump was there in November, according to court documents.

Mark Lindblom, 19, apologized to a federal magistrate, saying he didn’t mean any harm when he infiltrated the swanky Palm Beach club, but “wanted to see how far I could get.”

A minor league baseball team in California is apologizing after displaying a YouTube video on a big screen that depicted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as an “enemy of freedom.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided his own end-of-session wish list, and it includes everything from legalization of marijuana and driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country illegally to permitting gestational surrogacy contracts.

…Cuomo also announced he plans on seeking a fourth term in 2022.

Cuomo and the state Legislature used a whole bag of accounting tricks to make it appear the latest state budget honored his perennial pledge to limit Albany’s operational spending increases to 2 percent, but it’s really more like 4.9 percent, according to an analysis by the nonprofit Citizens Budget Committee.

While Cuomo and lawmakers debate a litany of issues before the Albany session adjourns on June 19, former GOP US Sen.-turned-powerhouse lobbyist Al D’Amato is co-chairing a “Long Island cocktail reception” fundraiser in Great Neck Sunday for the governor, with tickets starting at $5,000.

It’s languished for more than two decades in the state Legislature, but a bill to create a single-payer health care system in New York may finally stand a chance now that Democrats have control of both houses.

NYC Councilman Brad Lander endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president in 2020, saying the reluctance of others to back her is due to a “a bias toward male leadership.”

He rose to power off the generosity of high-priced lobbyists seeking access to City Hall, yet NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio now says his pipe-dream presidential campaign won’t be accepting donations from lobbyists with business before the city and federal government.

Longtime Green Party activist and Syracuse resident Howie Hawkins formally launched his bid for the Green Party’s presidential nomination. The announcement, made in Brooklyn, comes several months after Hawkins this year formed an exploratory committee for a potential run.

More teens accused of serious felonies will be released from jail without bail under New York City’s latest push to limit incarceration.

Legislation to end what’s called the “gay panic” defense, which allows those facing murder charges to say their actions were driven by an extreme emotional disturbance incited by a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity, gained new momentum with renewed support from Cuomo.

New Yorkers, long proud of their status as cultural trendsetters on everything from fashion to Cronuts, have thus far been left out of the electric scooter craze sweeping the nation because they are not yet legal here.

A group of lawmakers pushing legislation that would end non-medical exemptions for vaccines statewide put faces on their fight, rolling out kids with severely compromised immune systems who are literally scared to death to go to school because of the ongoing measles epidemic.

De Blasio is giving Amazon the cold shoulder, saying the e-tailing giant won’t get any help from the city on plans to move to Manhattan’s West Side after the HQ2 fiasco.

Two former electoral rivals of Cuomo – Cynthia Nixon and Zephyr Teachout – have jumped into the fray over whether yeshivas and other religious and private schools should undergo periodic reviews to make sure they are teaching basics to their students.

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s crusade against “toxic” whiteness at the city Department of Education created an “Us vs. Them” culture that saw three longtime officials demoted in favor of less-qualified persons of color, a blockbuster $90 million lawsuit claims.

The parents of a Bronx teen who was bullied into performing sex acts on two boys at school — then went home the same day and jumped off her roof — are suing the city and DOE, claiming her suicide could have been prevented, according to a new lawsuit.

A rare tornado warning startled the New York region last night, sending people scurrying for shelter as thunderstorms descended.

Accused sex cult leader Keith Raniere once refused to talk to one of his “slaves” for more than three years because she kissed another man, the woman claimed in court.

Raniere also encouraged his sex “slaves” to get abortions after he impregnated them, and tried to make the procedures seem more appealing by claiming they were an opportunity to “lose weight and get fit,” the same woman testified.

After the billionaire Edgar M. Bronfman Sr. told Forbes magazine that the self-help group NXIVM was a cult, some of its members came up with a plan to hack into his computer and spy on his emails, according to one of the people who took part in that effort.

Environmentalists are pushing for a more rigorous protection of New York’s drinking water following a new review of federal pollution data.

Schenectady County ranks worst in the state when it comes to racial disparities in marijuana-related arrests, according to NYCLU.

The developers of the New York Wheel killed plans to build a 630-foot observation wheel on Staten Island in October, amid skyrocketing costs and lengthy delays in getting the project completed. But plans are in the works to bring the project back to life.

A new court filing shows a “catastrophic” brake failure could be the cause of the October limo crash outside Albany that killed 20 people in the worst transportation accident in the nation in nearly a decade.

The stretch Ford Excursion involved in last October’s limousine crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people first caught the attention of a Department of Transportation investigator nearly two years ago while it was sitting in the parking lot of the Mavis Discount Tire in Saratoga Springs.

Almost 17 months before Election Day 2020, the contest for the congressional seat now held by WNY Republican Rep. Chris Collins is not only underway but intensifying at a torrid pace.

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has paid $17.5 million to 106 childhood victims of clergy sexual abuse, while rejecting 135 applicants it deemed ineligible for its voluntary compensation program.

Newly appointed members of the International Joint Commission, which regulates water levels on Lake Ontario, indicate that there is no quick fix in the offing regarding high water levels that threaten shoreline communities with flooding anytime the wind comes from the north or east.

Masten Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo finally spoke publicly about the decision not to file charges against him for recently carrying a loaded gun into a school, though he didn’t have much to say.

Retired Orchard Park Police Chief Mark F. Pacholec was turned into a scapegoat after a town councilman negotiated a police contract saddling taxpayers with increased salaries, according to Pacholec’s wife, who is speaking out publicly about her husband’s mysterious departure.

Earlier this month, the acting chair of the Adirondack Park Agency resigned. The move concerns advocates who say it’s a symptom of a weakening board that leads the park’s land use planning.

Village of Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said Cuomo will not attend the grand opening ceremony today for the Charles R. Wood Park, though he was invited to do so.

A $5 garbage removal fee imposed earlier this spring heated up the GOP primary race for town clerk in Lancaster.

Annie Karni, a New York Times reporter, wore her wedding dress to cover Trump’s state banquet in Tokyo with Japan’s Emperor Naruhito after she says she was told at the last minute that the dress code called for a full-length gown.

Supporters for the Cohoes senior police lieutenant who was suspended without pay came out last night to tell the city’s Common Council Public Safety Committee that Lt. Tim Keefe is an outstanding officer caught up in a contentious mayoral primary.

Feeling snubbed by the head of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, developer Carl Paladino has withdrawn his unsolicited offer to purchase much of the Commodore Perry low-income housing community in the Old First Ward and then absorb the $10 million demolition cost.

The Broadway theater boom continues as shows set a new annual box-office record, with a combined gross of $1.83 billion in the 2018-19 season, or a more than 10% increase over the prior season.

MacKenzie Bezos committed to giving away at least half of the $37 billion windfall she will receive in her upcoming divorce from Inc. founder Jeff Bezos.