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Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought, Trump said he will use executive action to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall.

The move drew immediate bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and is expected to face rounds of legal challenges.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the U.S. Supreme Court today to participate in the regular closed-door conference meeting among the nine justices, the court announced. This marks the 85-year-old Ginsburg’s first time back at the court since she announced her cancer surgery.

A judge imposed a limited gag order on Roger Stone, barring him from making any statements “that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case” while he’s around the federal courthouse in Washington, DC.

The Trump administration’s controversial plan to determine who is and who is not a U.S. citizen during the 2020 Census will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld told an audience in New Hampshire that he will try to take on Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential primary, offering the first high-profile challenge to the president’s reelection effort.

The wife of White House communications director Bill Shine has been spreading false information about vaccinations on her Twitter page, claiming that more people should contract measles, which can be deadly to young children.

“There is an old expression: if you come for the king, you best not miss. And for once, those activists and politicians fueled by their furor did not. They bested Cuomo at his own game.”

After the demise of Amazon’s New York deal, officials in Northern Virginia – site of the other HQ2 project – rushed to assure the world that their relationship with the online retail giant is still very much a going concern.

The Amazon project is not the only big ticket economic development plan to die in New York City as a result of community opposition.

Hillary Clinton refused to answer questions from reporters about whether she plans to run for president in 2020.

Plans to begin displacing power from some of Long Island’s largest fossil-fuel plants moved a step closer to reality this week as four developers submitted 18 separate bids for a state request for proposals for offshore wind energy.

A state Supreme Court justice ruled this morning that the Orchard Park Central School District does not have to admit two children who have not received childhood vaccines.

Cuomo is proposing to close three New York state prisons and make other cost-cutting moves to close what he says is a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall caused by a decrease in tax revenues. he says the closures won’t result in staff layoffs.

As policymakers in Albany debate whether to make the property tax cap permanent, data compiled by the Rockefeller Institute show that homeowners in every region have received significant property tax savings.

Former Schenectady school administrator Steven Raucci admits he waged a campaign of vandalism and bombings against colleagues, co-workers and strangers, confessing for the first time to a series of crimes that terrorized his perceived enemies and put him in one of the state’s most notorious prisons.

In his 13th State of the City address, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced a new community policing effort – Police And Community Together , or PACT – that aims to foster better understanding and communication between residents and the police.

Cuomo issued an executive order this week giving taxpayers an additional 21 days to pay their 2019 municipal taxes without any additional penalties.

A class action lawsuit is challenging New Jersey’s tolling authorities’ ability to charge $50 fines for toll violations. If successful, it could mean big changes to the way tolling is handled in the tri-state area, and maybe even some payback for drivers hit by the system.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events or interviews announced as of yet.

The NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus holds its annual Albany “caucus weekend” starting today.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks “on the national security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border” in the White House rose garden at 10 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence travel to Krakow, Poland, where they will participate in a tour of Auschwitz I, and also a tour of Auschwitz II- Birkenau. They will then travel to Munich, Germany, where the vice president delivers remarks and participates in the John McCain Dissertation Award Ceremony.

At 9 a.m., Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte attends the 12th Annual Emerging Manager and MWBE Conference, hosted by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St., Albany.

At 10 a.m., Long Island state Sen. Todd Kaminsky hosts a Climate & Community Protection Act hearing to discuss the bill, Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and take calls from listeners.

Also at 10 a.m., Queens state Sen. Jessica Ramos discusses a new piece of legislation she introduced that would eliminate the sub-minimum wage for food service workers and service employees who receive tips in New York, 32-37 Junction Blvd., East Elmhurst.

At 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features City & State staff reporter Zach Williams, WCNY.

At 3 p.m., Bronx Rep. Adriano Espaillat hosts his annual Bronx office open house event celebrating African-American history and culture, 2530 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

At 3:40 p.m., the New York State My Brother’s Keeper fellows will participate in a workshop focusing on providing leadership development in public speaking and presentations, NY State Museum, Huxley Theatre, 222 Madison Ave., Albany.

At 7 p.m., NYC Councilman Francisco Moya and the NYPD hold a town hall on combating gang-related activity, St. Leo Catholic Academy School, 104-19 49th Ave., Queens.


Hard-fought legislation that gives President Donald Trump 55 additional miles of fencing along the US-Mexico border — well short of what he requested — is on the way to his desk after a bipartisan House vote.

The Justice Department has warned the White House a national emergency declaration is nearly certain to be blocked by the courts on, at least, a temporary basis, preventing the immediate implementation of the president’s plan to circumvent Congress and build the wall using his executives powers.

In declaring a national emergency to try to build his long-promised border wall, Trump will invoke extraordinary and seldom-used authorities to bypass Congress’s constitutionally granted power of the purse. Democrats are fuming, but it’s unclear what their legal standing is.

A federal judge in Washington dismissed a lawsuit filed by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) attempting to halt expedited construction of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico through its National Butterfly Center in Texas.

Trump’s physician said the recent physical the president underwent showed that he was “in very good health,” but also revealed that he had gained weight and was now considered obese under the government’s own guidelines.

Trump weighed in at 243 pounds versus 239 pounds last year.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a vote on a Green New Deal on the Senate calendar in a move that seemed designed to pit Democratic leaders who haven’t supported it against progressives who do. But Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said: “Bring it on.”

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke will hold an event today at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the Texas Democrat mulls a 2020 presidential bid, a spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.

Less than eight months after Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world by unseating a powerful Democratic congressman, her home state is emerging as an epicenter of House primary challenges in 2020

The F.B.I. is looking into whether the singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, 44, committed a crime by engaging in sexually explicit communications with an underage fan, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the matter.

Trump’s company is scrapping plans for two new hotel chains announced two years ago, casting blame in part on a hostile political environment.

The watershed moment that led Amazon to reconsider coming to Queens came on Feb. 4 — when a fierce political foe, Deputy Senator Majority Leader Mike Gianaris, was appointed to a state board with the power to thwart the project, said anonymous sources involved in the discussions.

The company tried to reach out to Gianaris — but he rejected three invitations to meet, according to a source. (See above link).

Gov. Andrew Cuomo lashed out at Long Island’s Democratic senators after Amazon withdrew from the project and he partly blamed the move on the Senate’s Democratic majority, which he says will have to reckon with the voters in the next election cycle.

“The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage,” Cuomo said in a statement. “They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took a different approach, saying: “Sure, there was some voices that raised critiques, but that’s part of democracy. I really think in the end this was Amazon’s choice that it was a huge mistake and they have to be held accountable for their own decisions.”

The mayor also said he was “flabbergasted” by the company’s decision, adding: “(W)hy on earth after all the effort that we all have put in would you simply walk away? It doesn’t make sense given everything that has been done here and that if they had a concern why didn’t we talk about it and try to address it.”

De Blasio might turn out to be the biggest loser in the Amazon mess, after spurning his progressive base by offering massive subsidies to lure the company to the Big Apple. Now doesn’t even get to brag about new jobs as he flirts with a potential 2020 run.

Politicians and activists who’d opposed Amazon building a new headquarters in Queens staged a victory rally after the company announced it was scrapping the project, but were confronted by furious Long Island City business owners who blasted them as “job killers.”

When Amazon announced that it was abandoning plans for an additional corporate headquarters in New York, no one was more surprised than the union leaders who were in talks with the company the day before.

Amazon’s decision to step away from its plan to build a second headquarters in New York after being offered billions of dollars in state incentives drew sharp reaction from across the political spectrum and stoked new worries about the state’s business climate.

Andrea Peyser: “With their ‘Take these jobs and shove it’ attitude, New York’s sanctimonious, progressive politicians and assorted naysayers should be proud of themselves. But what about the rest of us?”

Everyone loses,” said Baruch public affairs professor Doug Muzzio. “The self-proclaimed progressives will claim a victory. They’ll say it showed that the largest corporation in America can be brought to its knees, and they’ll say it’s the end of corporate welfare, but there are no real winners.”

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“Amazon’s sudden decision to cancel its plan to build a corporate campus in Long Island City, Queens, amounted to a stunning rejection for the two often-at-odds politicians who had heralded its arrival, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the biggest win yet for emboldened left-wing progressives in New York.”

Both the mayor’s and the governor’s offices reportedly reassured Amazon executives that, despite the vocal criticism, the deal they had negotiated would be approved. But the company appeared upset at even a moderate level of resistance.

Among those celebrating the demise of the Amazon HQ2 project in Long Island City: Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Central New York officials hoped that Amazon’s decision to put its new corporate headquarters in New York City would have a spin-off benefit for their region. Today’s news dashed those hopes.

Moody’s called Amazon’s decision a “setback for the city,” but acknowledged that it remains in a good financial position overall.

The White House confirms that President Donald Trump will sign a bill averting a potential partial government shutdown at the end of the week, but will also take “other executive action — including a national emergency” as he seeks to keep his border wall pledge.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she “may” file a legal challenge if the president does indeed declare a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

CNN and a trio of NBC networks will host the first two Democratic presidential primary debates of the 2020 cycle, which will feature a maximum of 20 candidates, the Democratic National Committee announced.

The debate could be held over two consecutive nights in prime time, given the anticipated size of the field, the DNC said.

U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year’s holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback.

The U.S. Senate confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Here’s a line I never expected EJ McMahon to write: “State Sen. Julia Salazar, a democratic socialist from Brooklyn, is backing an idea that could appeal to limited-government conservatives across New York.”

An action plan unveiled by federal officials today offered a murky timeline for setting national limits on PFOA in drinking water.

Americans still want tougher gun laws but there is less urgency a year after the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., according to a poll released by Marist College and the NPR/PBS News Hour.

Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s senior adviser, mocked Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott with an apparent reference to the Parkland school shooting in a tweet that was later deleted.

Embattled New York City Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr. came out swinging at a rally with supporters after a committee that he chaired was dissolved following his claim that the council was “controlled by the homosexual community.”

The Kings County Democratic County Committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Councilman Jumaane Williams for public advocate this week, marking a leftward shift for an organization that had been seen as tightly controlled by centrist party bosses.

Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B is calling out Greene Correctional Facility in the Hudson Valley town of Coxsackie for alleged mistreatment after an inmate death.

Democratic Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, who represents Sullivan County and part of Orange County, announced her opposition to the governor’s proposed congestion pricing plan for NYC.

The Niagara Falls Democratic Committee made no endorsements of City Council candidates at its meeting yesterday, instead deciding on an open primary

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City, where he will be making an announcement at 11 a.m. According to advocates, he’s planning to sign the Child Victims Act into law.

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

At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on General Welfare meets jointly with the Committee on Higher Education, 250 Broadway, 14th floor Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board holds a public meeting, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. boardroom, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at a rally against anti-Semitism, Kingsway Jewish Center, 2902 Kings Hwy., Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., state Sen. Todd Kaminsky holds his Climate & Community Protection Act hearing to discuss the bill to fight climate change, Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th floor, Manhattan.

At 11:45 a.m., the NYC Committee to Support Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr. rallies on his behalf, New York City Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr.’s office, 2347 Lafayette Ave., the Bronx.

At noon, advocates for people with developmental disabilities, led by the #bFair2DirectCare campaign, hold a rally to urge Cuomo to provide a living wage to direct care workers, Duffy Square, 47th Street at Seventh Avenue and Broadway, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., state Sen. John Liu, NYCCouncilman Paul Vallone and Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal call on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to release details on the proposed homeless shelter for College Point, 127-03 20th Ave., Queens.

At 5 p.m., “Driving Forces,” hosted by Jeff Simmons and Celeste Katz, features Rep. Yvette Clarke, WBAI 99.5 FM.

At 6 p.m., de Blasio will participate in an armchair discussion with Symone Sanders, political strategist and CNN political commentator, at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum hosted by Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA.


As he inched closer to reluctantly accepting a bipartisan spending compromise without the money he demanded for his border wall, President Donald Trump offered no acknowledgment that his pressure tactics had failed even as aides sought to minimize the damage by tamping down criticism on the right.

The House voted to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, a defiant and rare move to curtail presidential war powers that underscored anger with Trump’s unflagging support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of a Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi.

In a New York Times expose, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is accused of demanding sex from female musicians he mentored and, when rejected, retaliating with verbal and emotional abuse and harassment.

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said he is stepping down from the department he has headed up the past two years.

Paul Manafort lied repeatedly to investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, a federal judge in Washington ruled, all but ensuring the beleaguered ex-Trump campaign chairman is going to face serious prison time.

The findings breach Manafort’s plea agreement with federal prosecutors and will likely hurt his chances of receiving a reduced sentence next month, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said.

Judge Jackson is scheduled to sentence Manafort next month on two conspiracy counts, and he is also awaiting sentencing for eight other counts in a related fraud case.

Freshman Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar ripped Trump as a hypocrite after he called on her to resign over controversial comments about Jewish influence on American politics — claims she has since apologized for.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slapped back at former Starbucks CEO and billionaire Howard Schultz for calling her proposed 70 percent marginal tax rate for the country’s wealthiest “punitive.”

In the latest allegations of staff mistreatment against Democratic presidential hopeful Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a new report says she tried to exact revenge on employees who sought new jobs by calling their bosses to have their offers rescinded.

The White House Twitter czar oversaw workers he knew were undocumented immigrants while managing Trump’s tony Westchester County golf club, ex-employees say — and the New York attorney general is looking into the allegations, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Opportunity, the longest-lived roving robot ever sent to another planet, explored the red plains of Mars for more than 14 years, snapping photos and revealing astonishing glimpses into its distant past. But NASA announced that the rover is dead.

Victims of sexual harassment and abuse by state officials and staff provided harrowing accounts of their experiences working in the state Legislature as they testified before a panel of rapt lawmakers at the Capitol in Albany yesterday.

Eight former legislative staffers — seven women and one man — detailed how they were subjected to unwanted misbehavior and how the Assembly’s leadership and its top staff worked to discredit and silence them.

“Since leaving, I have suffered from PTSD, depression, and anxiety,” former legislative aide Chloe Rivera said. “Employees should never be forced to choose between their privacy and their rights, or the rights of other workers, to have safe and harassment-free workplace.”

Also testifying: Elias Farah, a Buffalo attorney who brought a complaint against then-Assemblywoman Angela Wozniak, an Erie County Republican, for workplace retaliation. Wozniak was admonished in 2016 by the Assembly for having a brief relationship with Farah, a member of her staff, and then for retaliating against him after he ended the relationship.

State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon testified on the new regulations written by her agency after the agreement between the governor and the legislative leaders. She said they are a “game changer,” but questioning from senators and Assembly members revealed significant holes in those policies.

The governor said he continues to believe that the rules he created are the “most aggressive anti-sexual harassment laws in the nation,” but added: “Anything else we can do on sexual harassment, we will do. I’m very eager to sign legislation that furthers that cause.”

Cuomo insists the president “gets it” regarding the financial damage the SALT deduction cap is doing to New York, but hasn’t pledged to do anything about that problem.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio won a legal battle in his bid to corral hansom cabs inside Central Park over the objection of a horse owner who sued to keep equines on the nearby streets where they’re more visible to potential ride hails.

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President Donald Trump paid $50,000 out of his own pocket to have a golf simulator at the White House that belonged to Barack Obama uninstalled, replacing it with a new, more sophisticated model.

Roger Stone asked a federal judge to examine if special counsel Robert Mueller’s office publicized his indictment last month before his court docket was unsealed.

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the pack of Democratic presidential hopefuls in favorability among New Hampshire Democratic voters, according to a new survey from the Saint Anselm College Survey Center.

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren has tapped Roger Lau to lead her 2020 presidential bid, according to her campaign, placing a veteran staffer with national campaign experience as well as deep knowledge of New Hampshire in the role of campaign manager.

Regardless of whether he runs himself or not, billionaire philanthropist and former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is preparing to spend at least $500 million from his own pocket to deny Trump a second term, according to Democratic operatives briefed on his plans.”

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that she was shocked to discover that people are paid to hold spots in line before congressional hearings.

Nearly 11 percent of New Yorkers over the age of 18 report having experienced sexual harassment in which a superior at work “tried to trade job benefits for sexual favors,” a new report out today has found.

David Hogg, a gun reform activist and survivor of the deadly mass-shooting in Parkland, Florida, urged former first lady Michelle Obama to run for president and “end this madness already.”

Queens College President Félix Matos Rodríguez is set to become the next chancellor of the City University of New York, ending a yearlong search for a leader of one of the nation’s biggest public higher education systems.

Rodriguez’s appointment makes him the eighth chancellor in the City University of New York’s history — and the first Hispanic to hold the seat.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will postpone a trip to New Hampshire following the death of an NYPD cop, his press secretary said.

A subcommittee chaired by embattled NYC Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. was dissolved after the Council voted 45-1-3 in favor of the measure. The vote included a no-vote by Councilmember Chaim Deutsch and abstentions by Councilmembers Fernando Cabrera, Andy King and Ydanis Rodriguez. Diaz Sr. was notably absent.

A recently unsealed court document says a former contestant on both “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” worked as a courier for a drug ring and was trying to deliver nearly 2 pounds (830 grams) of fentanyl when she was arrested last year.

Brooklyn Councilmember Mark Treyger planned to introduce a resolution today calling on the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to appoint a special education “czar” to ensure that students with disabilities receive all of the services to which they are entitled.

Andres Serrano, best known as the “piss-artist photographer,” spent $1,880 to acquire a chocolate truffle cake with gold flakes and a sugar-spun buttercream rose that was handed out as a souvenir at Trump’s January 2005 wedding to Melania Knauss.

New York will “absolutely” seek to penalize Tesla up to $41.2 million if the California company does not hit job goals for its solar plant at Buffalo’s RiverBend complex, a top Cuomo administration official, Howard Zemsky, said.

Three dozen Assembly members signed a letter urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to scale back U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s arrests in New York state courthouses and elsewhere.

The Albany Empire has a new competitor in the Arena Football League as Columbus becomes the sixth city with a team in the AFL.

Republican Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady is running for a 10th four-year term as the county’s top prosecutor.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events or interviews yet announced.

Though the state Legislature isn’t in session, it’s a big day in Albany.

A hearing on sexual harassment – a problem that has plagued New York politics, and state government in particular – will take place since 1992, thanks largely to the work of a group of women who were personally impacted by the negative, male-dominated culture at the Capitol.

These women, who are members of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, are set to share their experiences with state lawmakers and the public.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence are traveling to Warsaw, Poland, where the VP will deliver remarks to Armed Forces from the Unites States and Poland and participate in a bilateral meeting with the country’s president.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will participate in armchair discussion with Richard Buery at New York University on the creation and implementation of ThriveNYC. The event is not open to members of the media.

At 7:30 a.m., state Senate Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris will be a guest on Squawk Box on CNBC.

At 8 a.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Assemblyman David Weprin speak at the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast, Antun’s of Queens Village, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens.

At 10 a.m., the state Legislature will continue the bi-partisan interview process of the Board of Regents, Assembly parlor, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Legislature holds a joint hearing on sexual harassment issues in the workplace and look at proposals to combat these events, Hearing Room B, LOB, State Street, Albany.

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

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

At 10:30 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will host “Love Your Feet,” an event to spotlight the needs of seniors pertaining to podiatric care, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Community Room, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks to kick off the start of elections for the Community and Citywide Education Councils, PS 289, 900 St. Marks Ave., Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., NYC Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. hosts a press conference on legislation he is introducing to ban certain forms of single-use plastics, Package Free, 137 Grand St., Brooklyn.

Also at 11 a.m., HUD RA Lynne Patton, advocates, residents will tour Patterson Houses to see apartments in need of repair and maintenance facilities, the Bronx.

At noon, the NYC Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at noon, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Steven Choi rally in support of a resolution that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at an annual Susan B. Anthony Lunch, Convention Center, 123 E Main St., Rochester.

At 1 p.m., NYC Council members Brad Lander and Adrienne Adams join fast-food workers for a rally to announce the introduction of Just Cause legislation, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC Council members Ben Kallos, I. Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards, Stephen Levin, Antonio Reynoso, Carlos Menchaca, Carlina Rivera, and Alicka Ampry-Samuel and others rally to demand marijuana justice, City Hall Park, Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council meets for a stated meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board meets, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., the NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee holds a public meeting, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. Boardroom, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host his annual Black History Month event, Grand American Ballroom, 899 Westchester Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., Patton attends a “Build the Block” Town Hall along with local elected officials, hosted by NYPD for residents of Patterson Houses. Community Center, 340 Morris Ave., the Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., Assemblyman William Colton hosts a public advocate candidate forum, 29 Bay St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Weprin attends the Consul General of Israel’s Black History Month event honoring state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Jewish National Fund, 42 E. 69th St., Manhattan.


A New York City police detective was killed last night after he was shot by fellow officers in a confused eruption of gunfire as they confronted a robbery suspect inside a cellphone store in Queens.

Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, a 19-year NYPD veteran, was fatally shot by a fellow officer in a ­T-Mobile store in Queens as they responded to the scene of a robbery.

“At this hour, I will tell you that this appears to be an absolutely tragic case of friendly fire,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a press conference. “Make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it is because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead.”

President Trump appeared poised to end two months of scorched-earth confrontation without the money he demanded for a border wall as Republicans pressured him to accept a bipartisan spending deal rather than close the government again Friday, though he says he’s not happy with the agreement brokered by congressional leaders.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he’ll bring Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s signature climate proposal to a vote on the Senate floor — a move designed to put Democrats on the spot.

As it begins to wrap up its investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly has not found “any direct evidence” that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election.

The Mexican crime lord known as El Chapo was convicted after a three-month drug trial in New York that exposed the inner workings of his sprawling cartel, which over decades shipped tons of drugs into the United States and plagued Mexico with relentless bloodshed and corruption.

The national debt has passed a new milestone, topping $22 trillion for the first time.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo went to the White House to talk about the federal tax code with Trump, and got an earful from the president about New York’s high taxes and its new abortion law.

Instead of reopening the federal tax debate, Cuomo should slash state taxes, Trump said at the meeting, according to the White House.

The president “listened to the governor’s concerns,” Trump spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement following the White House meeting. He added that the session “demonstrates the president’s willingness to meet regularly with our nation’s governors.” The statement didn’t promise any action.

Morris Pearl, a former BlackRock executive who is the chairman of Patriotic Millionaires, a group dedicated to pushing for higher taxes on businesses and the ultraric, testified before a joint legislative budget hearing in Albany.

Bronx Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. is about to lose a coveted committee post over his controversial remarks about gays.

Under growing pressure to sanction Diaz Sr. for his controversial remarks, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is both openly gay and HIV positive, insisted that he’s trying to handle the crisis in a “responsible manner.”

State Senate Democrats are hitting the rails and hosting public transit hearings across the state ahead of the April 1 budget deadline, starting with one next week in NYC.

With its plan to locate new offices along the Queens waterfront, Amazon inserted itself into a fractious political landscape that looked entirely different in 2017, when the company began its search for a second corporate home, from the way it did in November, when executives picked New York as one of two sites.

A Siena College poll found that 56 percent of New Yorkers are perfectly fine with New York using $3 billion in tax incentives to bring 25,000 Amazon jobs to Long Island City.

During a legislative budget hearing in Albany, Empire State Development CEO Howard Zemsky said Tesla Inc. might have to change course if it is to meet its job-creation targets as part of the deal it struck in return for state subsidies.

Two New York City Council members will introduce a package of bills today that aim to make renting apartments more affordable.

After winning a $15-an-hour minimum wage, fast food workers in NYC are now asking the NYC Council to shield them from being fired without a valid reason – a protection, the sort of job security that unions usually bargain for, that would be a first for a city to provide to workers in a specific industry.

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President Trump said he’s not happy with a bipartisan border deal in Congress aimed at averting another government shutdown, but he suggested he could add to it to build his U.S.-Mexico border wall and predicted there will not be another lapse in government funding.

A Trump supporter attacked Ron Skeans, a BBC cameraman, at the president’s campaign rally in El Paso, Texas yesterday. The BBC has written to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders asking for a review of security arrangements for the media attending these events in the future.

The El Paso District Attorney’s office will not press charges against the supporter who apparently shoved several news crews and “violently pushed” the BBC cameraman.

Video from Skeans’ camera showed the attacker shouting expletives about the media as he was being dragged away. Trump, who frequently goes after media in tweets and rallies, saw the commotion and asked, “You all right? Everything OK?” Skeans returned Trump’s thumbs-up, and the president continued.

Hillary Clinton accused Republicans and Trump of cribbing her 2016 presidential campaign slogan “Stronger Together.”

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King is pushing House GOP leaders to reinstate his committee assignments that he lost last month after questioning why the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” had become offensive.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced he will run to finish John McCain’s last term in the U.S. Senate.

New York lawmakers are about to hold their first public hearing on harassment in almost 30 years. Here, those who made it happen reflect on their push to change the culture in the Capitol.

Several New York lawmakers said they still don’t have key details about the taxpayer incentives extended to Inc. for its planned campus in Queens, adding to growing criticism about how the agreement was struck.

Howard Zemsky, president and chief executive officer of Empire State Development, said at a budget hearing that the Amazon deal is still pending, though he called it “the largest economic development prize we’ve ever had.”

A Brooklyn jury found Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman guilty of running a massive, violent trafficking operation that for decades pumped billions of dollars worth of drugs into the U.S.

Eleanor’s Legacy and WomenElect launched a joint media campaign to urge the Buffalo Common Council to strongly consider one of at least two women who will be applying for the appointment to the recently vacated city comptroller position.

The high-priority quest for affordable housing in NYC promises to be more complicated and emotional than many other landmark legislative packages that Cuomo and state lawmakers have rushed through the statehouse with their new, unchecked majority.

The new $750 million Wadsworth Center headed for the Harriman State Office Campus uptown could be the edge Albany needs to finally get $12.5 million in permanent state funding.

Skidmore College Class of 1993 graduate Emily Lazar and her engineering team were honored Sunday night at the Grammy’s for their work on Beck’s album “Colors”. Lazar is the first woman to win in the category.

There is a new call for mayoral control of Rochester city schools, and it’s coming from Assemblyman David Gantt.

The fight over cannabis legalization got a little louder today as supporters of ending prohibition attacked elements of the proposal that Cuomo introduced last month as part of his executive budget.

Kevin Sabet, a former advisor to ex-President Barack Obama, said today’s strains of marijuana are much more potent than those that were available 40 years ago, and that the multitude of ways it can be consumed — including “edibles” like baked goods and candy — make abuse more likely.

New Era Cap has taken another step in its plan to shut down the company’s Derby manufacturing facility next month, reaching a severance-package agreement with the Communication Workers of America, the union that represents most of the company’s 200-plus workers at the facility.

A Buffalo-area woman is headed to court after her daughters were kicked out of school because their vaccinations were not up to date.

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Snow, ice and sleet are on the way. Potential accumulation amounts vary greatly across the state. Drive with caution.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in D.C. for a meeting that he requested with President Donald Trump on the “devastating” impact of SALT deduction cap. That meeting will take place at 2 p.m., according to the governor’s office.

Meanwhile, back in Albany, the state Legislature is in session.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events scheduled.

At 9 a.m., the state Senate Transportation Committee meets, Room 708, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., a diverse coalition of local community leaders, business and tech groups, neighborhood activists, CUNY students, and veterans will hold a press conference in support of Amazon’s new headquarters coming to Long Island City, Queens, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 9:45 a.m., Van Jones, national criminal justice reform advocate and a key architect of the bipartisan FIRST STEP Act, joins New Yorkers United for Justice leaders Khalil Cumberbatch and Topeka Sam to support passing criminal justice reforms this session, outside Senate lobby, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., the state Senate Labor Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., the state Senate Cities Committee meets, Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 9 a.m., the state Senate Aging Committee meets, Room 804, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Senate holds a joint legislative public hearing on 2019-2020 executive budget, focused on economic development, Hearing Room B, second floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is joined by other council members to talk about why Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr.’s homophobic comments are so hurtful and dangerous – and to reiterate calls for his resignation, City Hall steps, Manhattan. (Former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a NYC public advocate candidate, will attend and speak).

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Subcommittee on Capital Budget meets jointly with the Committee on Finance, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC housing agencies, project partners and elected officials attend a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of 380 affordable homes, 147-36 94th Ave., Queens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul tours the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 96 Corliss Ave., Johnson City.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Standards and Ethics meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., more than 800 students, faculty and staff from across the state rally to urge lawmakers to make dramatic investments at SUNY and CUNY schools, Meeting Rooms 2-4, Empire State Plaza Concourse, Albany.

At noon, NYC Councilman Brad Lander, with Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives, holds a press conference demanding the passage of legislation to keep reckless drivers off the road, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, members and leaders of Communities United for Police Reform will hold a press conference and rally calling on the Legislature and Cuomo to pass the Safer New York Act and repeal 50-a, New York’s “harmful police secrecy law,” Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:15 p.m., Hochul tours the progress of downtown revitalization projects with Elmira Mayor Daniel Mandell, Elmira City Hall, 317 E. Church St., Elmira.

At 12:30 p.m., Patriotic Millionaires Chair Morris Pearl will join NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and numerous organizations from across the state to urge state lawmakers to raise additional revenues by asking the wealthiest New Yorkers to pay a little more, outside Hearing Room B, 2nd Fl., Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 1 p.m., the state Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation holds a public hearing to discuss the Climate and Community Protection Act, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the joint legislative budget hearing focuses on the tax portion of the governor’s proposed 2019-20 budget, Hearing Room B, LOB, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the state Legislature will begin the bi-partisan interview process of the state Board of Regents, Assembly Parlor, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Technology meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Juvenile Justice meets with the Committee on Youth Services, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Hochul announces the opening of the EkoStinger Manufacturing Facility, Elmira Corning Regional Airport, 1250 Schweizer Rd., Horseheads.

At 8 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at a memorial service for victims of Flight 3407, and joins a candlelight vigil walk, Zion Lutheran Church, 9535 Clarence Center Rd., Clarence Center.


House and Senate negotiators last night agreed in principle to provide $1.375 billion for fencing and other physical barriers at the Mexican border, part of a broader agreement that would stave off another partial government shutdown without funding President Donald Trump’s wall.

The breakthrough puts immense pressure on the President, who has insisted he won’t sign any budget that doesn’t earmark at least $5.7 billion for his coveted border barrier — a stubborn demand that in December resulted in a record 35-day federal shutdown that stretched to Jan. 25.

Trump took aim at El Paso mayor Dee Margo, a fellow Republican, when he said “people were full of crap” if they say a border fence hasn’t made a difference in reducing crime in El Paso, Texas.

A line from Trump’s speech on border security – “we’re only getting stronger together” – was quickly turned into a graphic by the Republican Party. That was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign slogan, as well as the title of the book she wrote with running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Trump was met by El Paso’s favorite son, Beto O’Rourke, who is mulling a 2020 run. He held a dueling rally and denounced the president’s claim that walls reduce violent crime and led the city’s residents in his own boisterous show of opposition.

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced that he would withdraw nearly 400 of his state’s National Guard troops from deployment along the border with Mexico and assign them to other duties.

Trump said that freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar “should be ashamed of herself” over tweets suggesting that a powerful pro-Israel interest group paid members of Congress to support Israel, even though she “unequivocally” apologized” after being rebuked by fellow Democrats.

The uncompromising views on Israel of Omar, of Minnesota, and her fellow freshman Muslim congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, have made them perhaps the most embattled new members of the Democratic House majority.

Is Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the Democratic party’s best bet to challenge Trump for the White House? The math says maybe, if only she were 35.

Days after introducing her Green New Deal — a plan to combat climate change that has won the endorsement of several Democratic presidential candidates — Ocasio-Cortez found the proposal enmeshed in confusion when her staff published a summary that included provisions not endorsed by the candidates.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he backs the ultimate goal of Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” proposal to eliminate carbon emissions, but he indicated concerns about how best to achieve such an ambitious target.

Trump blasted Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal as a flunky high school idea, prompting the Bronx congresswoman to mock the president’s intellect.

Trump said that one of his announced Democratic 2020 opponents, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, should focus “on her heritage” rather than investigating his businesses.

Trump’s approval rating has reached 52 percent, according to a new Rasmussen poll, his highest level since shortly after his inauguration in 2017.

As the embattled Virginia governor preps for his upcoming “listening tour” to get a statewide conversation about race relations going, those close to him say he should consider reading Roots.

Sponsors of a measure to create a single-payer health care system in New York have offered a revised bill, but its future is uncertain, since Cuomo said the state might not be able to afford it.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson joined the chorus of people calling for Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. to resign over homophobic comments, for which he has steadfastly refused to apologize.

Cuomo did not call for Díaz Sr. to resign, but characterized his remarks as “outrageous” and “disrespectful.” De Blasio was more blunt, saying: “Unless he apologizes, he should leave.”

Diaz Sr.’s son, Bronx Borough President Rudeb Diaz Jr., said he spoke to his father to ask him to apologize, but his father has refused. “I can understand why folks are calling for him to resign,” the younger Diaz said. “I can understand the hurt.”

Johnson, who is gay and HIV positive, said the Council is “currently reviewing all potential disciplinary scenarios” for Diaz Sr., adding: “Nothing is off the table.”

De Blasio will travel to the early presidential voting state of New Hampshire on Friday as he considers running for president in 2020.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top House Democrats condemned anti-Semitism and called on freshman Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar to apologize for tweets many viewed as anti-Semitic. They did not say whether Omar would be disciplined or lose committee assignments.

Omar issued a statement saying her intention “is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole” and said she “unequivocally” apologized. But she also reaffirmed “the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry.”

President Trump headed to El Paso, Texas for a rally to champion his border wall with Mexico even as a demonstration is planned by angry residents and Democratic lawmakers who denounce his claim that walls reduce violent crime.

While in El Paso, Trump will engage in his most direct conflict with a possible rival — former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a native of the city that shares a border with Mexico.

The dust-up between Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and National Enquirer parent American Media LLC has raised questions about the media company’s connections to Saudi Arabia.

Millions of Americans filling out their 2018 taxes will probably be surprised to learn that their refunds will be less than expected or that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service after years of receiving refunds.

California Sen. Kamala Harris called for the legalization of marijuana at a federal level, making her the latest 2020 contender to weigh in on an issue that has become front-and-center as the presidential campaign season begins. “Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy,” she said. “And we need more joy.”

Newly minted 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, is winning praise from Republican senators, with several describing her as “respectful” and “responsible” and calling attention to her willingness to compromise.

Attorneys for the Donald J. Trump Foundation accused the New York attorney general’s office of political motivation in its civil lawsuit against the nonprofit, citing recent comments made by Letitia James, who took office in January.

Testifying at a joint legislative budget hearing, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “mission critical” for the city to land one of Amazon’s second headquarters and the tens of thousands of jobs the company promises to create.

Nate McMurray, who narrowly lost to GOP Rep. Chris Collins in a bitter congressional contest last year, will not run for re-election as Grand Island supervisor this fall, though he’ll finish out the term and is keeping his options open for a rematch with Collins.

Randall Terry, an outspoken opponent of abortion who founded Operation Rescue and brought hundreds of people to Buffalo in 1992 during the “Spring of Life” protests, embarked on a 20-city tour throughout the state of New York this week. “I want people to think of Andrew Cuomo as a god-hating, left-wing baby-killer,” he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s initial report on the Oct. 6, 2018, limousine crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie County was released, but it contains little information not already known to the public.

The NYC Council held a hearing on what caused December’s “Astoria Borealis” – a malfunction at a Con Edison substation in Queens that sent out a blue light that could be seen for miles.

The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services today announced the launch of the “Know the Facts” campaign – an effort to dispel myths, provide facts, and raise awareness about addiction services in New York and to help direct people to addiction services and help.

Upstate lawmakers sent a message to their downstate colleagues: If you don’t want Amazon, we’ll take it.

One-time restaurateur Harendra Singh testified in the corruption retrial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda Mangano, that any food tastings Linda Mangano did at his business weren’t part of her employment duties in what the prosecution says was a bribe to the politician disguised as a “no-show” job.

Hillary Clinton has been counseling prospective 2020 candidates, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris, on their bids for the White House.

WNY labor leaders are looking to MLB to help save some 200 jobs at a cap factory in Derby, much like the league did for hundreds of workers making uniforms in Pennsylvania less than tow years ago.

East Hampton Town has passed a law banning the intentional release of balloons, a move intended to cut down on litter and protect the wildlife that often ingests them.

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

The state Legislature is in session in Albany.

Today’s joint legislative budget hearing focuses on the local government portion of Cuomo’s proposed budget, bringing a parade of mayors and other local officials – led by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio – to testify. This phenomenon is known around the state Capitol as the “tin cup brigade,” due to the fact that the local elected officials tend to decry the lack of funding in the governor’s spending plan, and explain why they need more.

At 10 a.m., the state Senate Women’s Issues Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 945, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Housing and Buildings meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

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

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., state Sen. James Sanders Jr. holds a press conference announcing his introduction of a Green New Deal for New York bill, state Capitol, third floor, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., mayors from across the state discuss state budget priorities and goals for the 2019 Winter Legislative Meeting, Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will announce a new online tool to equip local governments with the ability to obtain lower purchasing costs for services, equipment, and technology, H. Lee Dennison Building, Media Room, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, Long Island.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Children’s and Families Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 915, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate Judiciary Committee meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., state Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene Weinstein hold the 11th in a series of 13 hearings on the 2019-20 Executive Budget, Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

(De Blasio is scheduled to kick off the testimony, and then will meet with legislative leaders afterwards).

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

Also at 11:30 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, WNYC.

At noon, Progressive #FixTheSubway coalition and legislators rally to call on Cuomo and the Legislature to ensure the passage of congestion pricing in the state budget, Assembly staircase, third floor, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at noon, Rep. Carolyn Maloney joins elected officials to call on New York state to fund the LIRR station in Sunnyside Rail Yards as part of the East Side Access plan and to create a transportation hub, 44th Drive and Jackson Avenue, Queens.

Also at noon,, the state Senate Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 813, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., Health Committee Chairs Sen. Gustavo Rivera and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried join advocates for a press conference on the reintroduction of the New York Health Act, now with long-term care, outside Senate Chambers, Capitol Building, Albany.

Also at 12:30 p.m., Smart Approaches to Marijuana New York President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a onetime drug policy advisor to President Obama, will be joined by victims of drug abuse, education advocates, law enforcement and healthcare experts to urge lawmakers to reject rushing to commercialize marijuana in New York, Assembly staircase, 3rd Fl. state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:45 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at NYCOM’s winter legislative meeting, Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Immigration meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Assemblywoman Melissa Miller holds a press conference to discuss the importance of CDPAP and how to fight against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $75 million cut to this program, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Assemblywoman Melissa Miller; Bob Policastro, founder of Angela’s House; Douglas King, a disability rights advocate, and CDPAANYS explain why New York will fight Cuomo’s proposed $75 million cut to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, Million Dollar Staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 1:15 p.m., Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, CUNY interim Vice Chancellor Christopher Rosa, and more than 100 student leaders with disabilities from across the state rally in support of a budget proposal to enhance funding for services for college students with disabilities, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

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

At 5:30 p.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hears a presentation from the New York City Department of City Planning regarding its proposed Zoning Text Amendment intended to promote flood resilience, Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

At 7 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Adrienne Adams delivers her first annual State of the District address for District 28, High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, 94-06 104th St., Queens.


Congressional efforts to reach a border security deal ahead of another government shutdown broke down over Democratic demands to limit the detention of undocumented immigrants, as President Trump moved more troops to the border and prepared to rally supporters in Texas today.

The president, congressional negotiators and other lawmakers are sending conflicting signals about whether a deal to fund border security and avoid another government shutdown is possible before a Friday deadline.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said he “absolutely cannot” guarantee there won’t be another government shutdown when the current funding bill expires at the end of the week.

Ahead of Trump’s scheduled rally in this West Texas city aimed at building support for his proposed wall on the border with Mexico, people from across the ideological spectrum in El Paso had a message for him: Don’t speak for us.

Amy Klobuchar, the third-term Minnesota senator, entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, hopeful that her moderate politics, Midwestern roots and carefully cultivated history of bipartisanship can appeal to a broad swath of voters in contentious times.

Klobuchar pledged not to neglect Wisconsin — a swing state Hillary Clinton did not visit once during the 2016 general election and lost to Trump.

Countless Democratic leaders have urged the party not to spend the 2020 campaign tangling with Trump over tweets and taunts. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts made a novel argument for ignoring the president: He could soon be in jail.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, an announced 2020 contender, spent the weekend campaigning in South Carolina.

Never before have two female candidates faced off at a televised presidential debate; this year there could be at least six.

Amazon owner Jeff Bezos’ alleged nude photos and racy texts were reportedly leaked to the National Enquirer by his mistress’ Trump-fan brother.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he thought about resigning due to the blackface scandal that has engulfed him, but then reconsidered, inciting: “I really think that I’m in a position where I can take Virginia to the next level.”

Virginia LG Justin Fairfax claims encounters with the two women accusing him of sexual assault were consensual — and called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into their allegations.

Trump on Twitter cited a recent Gallup survey that showed 42 million people living in Latin America or the Caribbean would migrate to the US as evidence bolstering his demand to build a wall on the southern border.

Trump took to Twitter to defend his use of “Executive Time,” arguing that his approach to the presidency should be taken “as a positive” after leaked schedules showed much of his workdays since the midterms have been free of scheduled commitments.

Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, previously aspired to run for New York City mayor or a statewide office.

US Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Lynne Patton told radio host John Catsimatidis she’s decamping her ritzy Trump Tower apartment to live in the city’s crumbling public housing system.

…Patton plans to move in today, and says she will be residing “with 4 different families in 4 different public housing properties each week.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced legislation to crack down on fentanyl producers in China, the world’s largest exporter of the lethal synthetic drug.

Queens DA Richard Brown, cited the Reproductive Health Act as the reason for dropping an abortion charge against a man who the police say fatally stabbed his former girlfriend when she was 14 weeks pregnant, fueling the right’s opposition to the new law.

In a recent TU OpEd, Democratic Sens. Liz Krueger and Anna Kaplan sought to clarify what the RHA does, arguing physical attacks that end pregnancies can be prosecuted as first-degree assault, which carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years – more than the sentence for “unlawful abortion.”

Assembly Democrats were said to be split last week when privately discussing the idea of congestion pricing as a way to raise needed money for the cash-strapped MTA.

A group of six Long Island Democratic state senators this weekend expressed fears to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins that they could be harmed politically if the deal to bring Amazon to Queens unravels, multiple sources told the Daily News’ Ken Lovett.

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