One of the final Tuesdays before the legislative sessions began with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on public radio, subtly tweaking Democrats in the Legislature, particularly the state Senate.

It was a day that included an unusual number of arrests of protesters, assault charges, former Knicks lobbying for marijuana legalization and intrigue over driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and rent control protections.

It was both an unusual day, a deeply weird day for Albany, but also typical of the strange ecosystem that is the New York State Capitol in throes of the end of the legislative session.

At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo began the day calling it a “canard” that he’s criticized for accepting real estate money when Democrats in the Legislature — including the state Senate — have accepted donations from the Real Estate Board of New York, that was followed by a protest from advocates who want to strengthen rent control laws in the state that blocked off the entrances to the state Senate, Assembly and governor’s office, which became physical, and a tussle ensued between Sgt.-at-arms Wayne Jackson and some of the demonstrators, Jackson appeared to have been shoved and 61 people were arrested.

In The Well of the Legislative Office Building, it was Animal Advocacy Day — featuring birds of prey, a tiny horse and the pets of state lawmakers. One lawmaker confided to me she is terrified of birds and dreaded walking passed one of the owls. Lawmakers approved a ban on cat declawing, the bill goes to Cuomo’s desk.

And then former Knicks stars Al Harrington and JR Smith were spotted in the legislative chambers to advocate for marijuana legalization. Smith, who famously forget the score during an NBA Finals game while on Cavs, appeared a bit overwhelmed. Harrington, the CEO of Viola Extracts, touted an effort to have more diversity in the marijuana industry. Lawmakers lined up for photos.

By 3 p.m., the protesters were filing out of the Capitol and across the concourse, presumably to travel home.

Senate Democrats say they have the support to bring nine rent control bills within their conference. Speaker Carl Heastie told NY1’s Zack Fink nothing changed. Cuomo’s office called the Democrats bluff.

By 6 p.m., the building was once again quiet as a church on Monday morning.