Good morning and welcome to December. The snow is going to keep piling up today, unfortunately.

Parts of the Thruway and other highways will have their speed limits lowered to 45 mph due to the second punch of the snowstorm upstate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed non-essential state workers in affected areas should stay home today. Here’s the news.

Happening today:

Gov. Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public scheduled.

At 10 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will testify at a corrections hearing. 125 Worth St., New York City.

Also at 10 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will hold a media availability. OEM 165 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., Lt. Gov. Hochul will deliver opening remarks t the downtown revitalization initiative project. 116 S Union St., Olean.

Also at 11 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks. 1 Police Plaza, New York City.

Also at 11 a.m., advocates and supporters will rally in support of parking legislation, City Hall Steps, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks. New York Historical Society. 170 Central Park West, New York City.


Here’s a look at Michael Bloomberg’s legacy when it came to taxing the rich as the mayor of New York City.

It could be the most important moment of Jerry Nadler’s career. Starting next Wednesday, the impeachment inquiry reaches the House Judiciary Committee. As its chairman, Manhattan and Brooklyn Rep. Nadler, will be the leading voice.

Republican state Sen. George Amedore will not seek re-election. Amedore announced Friday afternoon that he will not seek another term serving in Albany in 2020.

State lawmakers have proposed legislation that would require the governor to come before the Legislature and answer questions similar to prime minister’s question time.

Five years ago, Gov. Cuomo sought to curb sexual assault and rape on college campuses, but compliance after the “Enough is Enough” campaign is unclear.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is urging Gov. Cuomo to provide more information on potential cuts to the Medicaid program in order to help close a $4 billion gap.

The overall state budget gap of $6.1 billion has taken shape despite an otherwise robust economy.

The New York Rifle and Pistol Association will be arguing a gun control case at the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a 2001 New York gun law.

Some lawmakers are proposing to equip state troopers with body cameras in New York, one of few states where the primary law enforcement agency doesn’t have body or dashboard cameras already.

The state inspector general’s office released a letter on the JCOPE leak investigation, shedding little new light on the circumstances.

Connecticut’s push to expand gambling laws so far has not been successful.

The New York real estate industry is looking toward 2020 as a rebound year after a tough 2019 following new efforts in Albany to approve regulations.

Transit workers are pushing the MTA to hire more subway workers in order to fight trash-strewn trains.

Homeless youth were promised by the de Blasio administration housing vouchers to help make rent in 2017, similar to what older people receive. They are still waiting.

Nassau County spent $43 million on a new computer system over the last decade and it’s still woefully in need of an update.

Democrat Bridget Fleming has announced plans to challenge Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin.

Gov. Cuomo’s office is reviewing the murder conviction of Keith Bush, citing possible prosecutorial misconduct.

Republicans in heavily Democratic Westchester County are facing the question of how far they should go in embracing President Trump.

After more change to the STAR rebate program were approved, state lawmakers say that they’ve had enough.

To quit vaping, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is considering running the marathon.

Dermot Shea officially took over as the 44th police commissioner of New York City.

The New York City Council is planning a public hearing on the New York City schools inspector general after a whistleblower complained the office squelched investigations of the mayor and education chancellor.

Two top priorities for Rep. Brian Higgins — an infrastructure package and lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 50 — have gone nowhere in the House.

Part of Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy’s strategy as the new statewide GOP leader has been to travel the state and stage demonstrations in front of the offices of Democratic officeholders’ doors.

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner is emerging as a top candidate for the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to study the high suicide rate among farmers.

In national news:

Lawyers for President Trump’s defense team said they will not participate in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing by the House Judiciary committee.

President Trump is traveling to the NATO summit this week amid anxiety over the future of the alliance.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is still struggling to gain black support and called for “moral unity” at a church in North Carolina.

In 24 hours, Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign raised $750,000.

Two major trade deals with North American countries and China could provide an election-year boost for the president.

Supporters of abortion rights are divided over how to proceed against new laws and court challenges.

Not surprisingly, online shopping is driving much of the holiday buying so far.

From the editorial pages:

Newsday urged Gov. Cuomo to sign three bills meant to prevent water pollution and contamination.

The Buffalo News writes it’s beyond dispute the climate is changing and fossil fuel usage is to blame.

The Times Union says the city of Albany is still struggling with its recycling program.

The New York Post called the impeachment push that’s intensify in the House an “ugly Christmas present” to the country.

From the sports pages:

Garbage from the Jets.

Garbage from the Giants.

Garbage from the Knicks.