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

The state Legislature is in session.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio today will meet with Asian community leaders in a closed-press gathering.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence are headed today to Montana, where the VP will deliver remarks at Yellowstone National Park before returning home to D.C.

At 8 a.m., NYN Media hosts the 2019 Nonprofit OpCon, bringing together board members, executive directors and chief financial officers from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to streamline processes, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1 W. Fourth St., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul keynotes CUNY’s 13th annual NY Solar + Storage Summit and announces state investment in clean energy, John Jay College, Main Theater, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.

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

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Fire and Emergency Management meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. will call for the reform of animal rescues in light of the recent situation at the Road to Home Rescue facility in Utica, Oneida County Office Building, 9th Fl. Conference Room, 800 Park Ave., Utica

At 10:30 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Criminal Justice meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the Public Service Commission announced today that it will hold its next regular session, 4th Fl. Board Room, 90 Church St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on State and Federal Legislation meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., state Assemblyman David Weprin speaks at the Drug Policy Alliance’s press conference calling for universal access to medication-assisted treatment, outside of the Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and others highlight resources available to senior citizens in the wake of several high-profile violent incidents, Bronx County Building, Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 851 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Weprin speaks at the New York State Nurses Association’s Day of Action rally, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., state Sen. Martinez and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre hold a joint press conference on Shannon’s Law, expanding access to mammograms, 4th Fl. gallery, state Capitol, Albany.

At noon, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Transportation Committee, will address de Blasio’s proposed cap on for-hire vehicles announcement, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., state Sen. Andrew Gounardes and Assemblywomen Stacey Pheffer Amato and Karines Reyes, with 9/11 first responders, hold a press conference calling for action on a package called the 9/11-related bills, fourth floor lobby, near Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 12:30 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will speak about his legislation passing the Council this afternoon, Intro. 799, which would protect employees from facing any employer retaliation after requesting reasonable accommodations under the Human Rights Law, City Hall Red Room, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Weprin delivers remarks at the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony, Albany Training Academy, 1134 New Scotland Ave., Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., Judge Tom Walsh, candidate for Rockland County district attorney, joins Patti Ann McDonald for an announcement regarding protections for people with disabilities, Haverstraw Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd., Garnerville.

Also at 1 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul and DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci participate in a ceremony honoring 12 DOCCS employees for their outstanding service during 2018 and memorializing 43 employees who have died in the line of duty, DOCCS Training Academy, 1134 New Scotland Rd., 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.

At 5 p.m., WBAI 99.5 FM’s “Driving Forces,” hosted by Celeste Katz and Jeff Simmons, features state Sen. John Liu, WBAI, 99.5 FM.

At 5:30 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, state Sen. Jose M. Serrano and Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner host the 6th Annual Housing Conference, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx. (Williams delivers a keynote address).

At 6 p.m., Diaz Jr. is the featured guest at the Association for a Better New York’s Young Professionals What’s On Tap? conversation series, The Half Pint, 234 Thompson St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Jewish Heritage Reception, Gracie Mansion, East 88th Street & East End Avenue, Manhattan.

At 8 p.m., a neighborhood justice organization will honor Williams for his work to build socially, racially and economically just neighborhoods, 131 Berry St., Brooklyn.


President Donald Trump said that he would be open to accepting information on political opponents from a foreign government during the 2020 election, and dismissed suggestions about contacting the FBI about possible interference in a US election.

Justice Department officials intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers as they review the Russia investigation, indicating they are focused partly on the intelligence agencies’ most explosive conclusion about the 2016 election: that President Vladimir Putin of Russia intervened to benefit Trump.

A House committee voted to recommend that two cabinet secretaries be held in contempt of Congress, hours after Trump invoked executive privilege to block disclosure of crucial documents on the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors, the committee announced.

Hicks last week agreed to supply documents from Trump’s 2016 campaign to the committee, despite a White House directive advising her not to provide the panel with material from her subsequent time at the White House.

Saying the American dream of upward mobility is in “peril,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a spirited defense of democratic socialism while condemning the power of the wealthy and differentiated himself from Trump’s divisive politics.

Donald Trump is getting a new “friendship tree” after the first one he received as a gift from his French counterpart died in quarantine.

Maine became the eighth state to legalize medically assisted suicide.

U.S. Catholic bishops voted to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church’s most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis.

Pressed to explain his recent Hyde Amendment flip, former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic nomination frontrunner, said in an interview that political expediency had not been the reason behind his change of heart.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to team up on legislation that would make birth control available over the counter — less than two weeks after the two polar political opposites joined forces on an anti-lobbying bill.

Facebook Inc. uncovered emails that appear to connect Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to potentially problematic privacy practices at the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

Democrats in the state Assembly approved a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license in New York, pressuring their Senate colleagues to do the same before the legislative session ends next week.

Debate over the so-called Green Light bill lasted hours, with sponsor Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, a Bronx Democrat, facing dozens of questions from lawmakers from Long Island and upstate with concerns.

The Assembly ratified the bill in a 87-61 vote, triggering a roar of applause from supporters in the balcony above the chamber floor. It marked the first time either house of the State Legislature approved the “driver’s licenses for all” bill after more than a decade of debate in Albany.

Nineteen Democrats split from their party conference to vote against the bill, including every Democrat from the Buffalo area except Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, of Buffalo.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered support, but little praise, for a tenant-friendly rent reform deal reached this week by legislative leaders. He did say he’ll sign the sweeping omnibus bill that has left landlords livid, calling the set of measures a “step forward.”

New protections for tenants in the Capital Region and across upstate are included in the two-way deal to extend New York City’s rent control laws.

The omnibus bill, the provisions of which mostly affect New York City, also applies new statewide standards for how landlords may treat tenants and provides a series of first-ever safeguards for people who live in manufactured home parks.

Nicole Gelinas: “New York lawmakers and (Cuomo) are enshrining rent regulation into law for another generation — and claim that the move protects tenants. But rent regulation is the most inefficient way to protect affordable housing. It does protect something else important to the pols: a reliable voting bloc.”

The real estate community is making a last-ditch – and likely fruitless – effort to kill the rent control deal, or at least have it tweaked, before Cuomo puts pen to paper.

Both chambers of the Legislature are expected to vote on the new package this week, before the current set of regulations are set to expire on Saturday. Unlike previous regulations, which had to be renewed once they expired, the new rules would be permanent.

Wealthy real estate developers, who have donated millions of dollars in campaign contributions to Cuomo over the years, called him to try to get him to intervene in blocking the new rent deal, but he rebuffed them, saying they should “they should call their legislators if they want to do something about it.”

After weeks of uncertainty in Albany, and lots of pressure from anti-vaccination advocates, it looks like today will be a big day for lawmakers hoping to end the state’s religious exemption on vaccination.

Legislation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use in New York doesn’t have unanimous support in the state Senate partly because some Democrats in the chamber want tougher penalties for those convicted of selling large amounts of the drug on the black market.

Veterans are the latest group to campaign for marijuana access in New York.

Actress Mira Sorvino was in Albany with Cuomo, pushing for stronger sexual harassment and rape laws.

Sorvino revealed publicly for the first time that she’s a date rape survivor, saying she decided to talk about that incident in hopes of convincing lawmakers to act on improving rape and sexually assault laws.

Cuomo says he’ll fight a new IRS rule that severely limits an attempt by New York to ease the impact of a federal cap on state and local income tax deductions.

Former Gov. George Pataki demanded that his successor, Cuomo, intervene in the controversial decision by the state parole board to release a man convicted of brutally killing a 16-year-old girl decades ago.

The state Education Department instructed all New York schools to conduct an inventory of rubberlike floors that may be emitting mercury vapor, following three Long Island schools that shut down facilities this spring after detecting vapors.

Four mothers whose sons were killed during encounters with police visited the Capitol to push state lawmakers to pass a series of criminal justice reforms, including repeal of a 1976 law that has prevented public scrutiny of internal investigations and misconduct by officers.

Assembly Republicans want to restore cash bail for serious crimes that are deemed “non-violent” under the state’s recently adopted reforms to the bail system.

Candidates for NYC office who participate in the campaign finance system — where they can get taxpayer cash to match certain private contributions — would have to give all leftover funds to the public once elections are over under a bill set to be introduced today by Councilman Ben Kallos.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio may have jumped the gun about his status on the presidential debate stage.

De Blasio tried to rewrite the narrative on the controversy surrounding a landmark designation of the iconic Strand Bookstore, claiming he knows better than its third-generation business owner, who’s concerned the ruling could trigger crushing renovation a

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza trekked to Albany yesterday in an end-of-session push for a state law to eliminate the single entrance exam for admission into the city’s specialized high schools.

Advocates on both sides of one of New York City’s most fraught education issues – whether the admissions test for elite public high schools should be shelved – are scrambling to make their case to lawmakers in the last days of Albany’s legislative session

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Lederer, a prosecutor in the overturned Central Park 5 conviction, resigned from Columbia Law School where she served as a part-time professor after a group of black students called on her to quit.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission’s failure to address years of concerns about the collapsing taxi medallion industry has spurred NYC Council members to take matters into their own hands.

An expert witness likened NXIVM guru Keith Raniere to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard during the accused sex cult leader’s Brooklyn federal court trial.

The NYC Department of Health unveiled a high-tech “Quickie Lab” where chlamydia and gonorrhea can be tested in a mere three hours — instead of at least a day — as cases of the sexually transmitted infections rise in the city.

Ralph Lorigo, the Erie County Conservative chairman and state Conservative Party vice chairman, said the party will file suit next month challenging the Legislature’s creation of a separate commission to establish new voting procedures – including the possible end to fusion voting.

The International Joint Commission delayed the meeting it considered holding yesterday to deal with flooding along Lake Ontario, but the panel hopes discuss the issue later this week. IJC spokesman Frank Bevacqua said all six commissioners are trying to schedule a meeting this week.

The special prosecutor investigating alleged bid-rigging in Niagara County government has issued subpoenas connected to charges leveled by former State Sen. George Maziarz against his one-time friend and protege Henry Wojtaszek.

A Rockland County newspaper publisher was caught sitting in his car in New Jersey with LSD, Xanax and THC gummies, authorities said.

Rob Astorino, the former Westchester County executive and gubernatorial candidate, has given up trying to get back his Rolex watch that was seized by the FBI as part of a bribery investigation.

For Lee Daniels, co-creator and executive producer of the hit “Empire,” it was not embarrassment at star Jussie Smollett’s allegedly fabricated hate crime attack that got him so much as the sense of betrayal.

A former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet claims his ex-girlfriend, who sued him for allegedly sharing secretly recorded naked photos and videos of her and other ballerinas, agreed to the racy pics and even asked for similar photos from him.

The accused Dominican Republic mastermind of a bungled hit on future Hall of Famer David Ortiz received just $7,800 to arrange the Sunday night ambush involving at least seven plotters, authorities said.

One of the suspects wanted in the shooting of Ortiz is also being sought for a 2018 attempted murder in Pennsylvania — while the baseball slugger’s admitted triggerman may be connected to two New Jersey robberies.

Sandra Lee is working on a home and garden book with her sister Cindy, and that the Mount Kisco home that she shares with Cuomo – currently on the market for $2 million – is the book’s inspiration.

Detectives are investigating an allegation that the actor Cuba Gooding Jr. groped a woman’s breast at a Manhattan bar, law enforcement officials said. Gooding, 51, is expected to turn himself in to the police department’s Special Victims’ Division today.