Here and Now

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

At 8:15 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul addresses the NYS Tourism Industry Association conference, Hyatt Regency, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo.

At 9 a.m., the Rent Justice Coalition is joined by elected officials in issuing a demand that the Rent Guidelines Board support affordable rents for rent-regulated residential units in New York City, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the “Westchester Rising Radio Show” with host Eric Schoen features Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, WVOX, 1460 AM.

Also at 10 a.m., Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis announces legislation that would give the mayor one additional appointment on the MTA board and require that each of the mayor’s five appointments represent a different borough, Eltingville Transit Center, 865-867 Arthur Kill Rd., Staten Island.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission meets, 33 Beaver St., 19th Fl., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., state Sen. Anna M. Kaplan will present the “New York State Senate 2019 Empire Business Award” to Nancy Sinoway Designs, 334 Main St., Port Washington.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney will be joined by elected officials and ERA and women’s rights advocates at the historic Roosevelt House at Hunter College to condemn a recent U.S. Department of Justice decision not to defend a federal law banning female genital mutilation, Four Freedoms Room, 47-49 East 65th St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., a diverse mix of advocates for environmental justice, public health, mass transit and good jobs launch an urgent campaign rally to electrify New York’s public buses and government fleets, Michael J. Quill Bus Depot, 525 11th Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Councilman Andy King hosts a press conference to announce a piece of legislation placing special education students under an agency with more services that they don’t get under the Department of Education, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone joins with Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart to launch a campaign to crack down on “move over” law violators, Long Island Welcome Center, 5100 Long Island Expressway, Dix Hills.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Agriculture and the state Senate Committee on Labor hold a public hearing on the proposed Farmworkers Fair Labor Act, Little Theater, SUNY Morrisville, Student Activities Center, 80 Eaton St., Morrisville.

At 1 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY Susan Lerner, and others will join together to push the NYC Charter Commission to put ranked choice voting, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Hochul continues to celebrate Earth Week, and announces state funding for non-profit land trusts across New York, Trail Corridor, Red Jacket River Front Park, Smith Street, Buffalo.

At noon and again at 5 p.m., join the City of Albany in partnership with Albany Public Library as they discuss positive solutions for the recreational well-being of our youth, Arbor Hill/West Hill Public Library, 148 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany.

At 2:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce his Fiscal Year 2020 Executive Budget, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Later, the mayor will attend the wake of Firefighter and US Marines Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, which is not open to members of the media.

At 5:15 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velázquez attends 3C Skills Connect Event, WeWork, 109 S. Fifth St., Brooklyn.

At 5:30 p.m., state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and other elected officials and community activists will gather to highlight the injustice of ICE appearing in town court and to highlight the dire need to allow immigrants to gain access to drivers licenses, Pelham Town Court, Daronco Townhouse, 20 5th Ave. Pelham.

At 6:30 p.m., Velázquez attends a Moore Street Market town hall with the New York City Economic Development Corp., Moore Street Market, 110 Moore St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the WNY Area Labor Federation awards dinner, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo.


President Donald Trump said he’ll go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court “if the partisan Dems” ever try to impeach him.

But his strategy could run into a roadblock: the high court itself, which said in 1993 that the framers of the U.S. Constitution didn’t intend for the courts to have the power to review impeachment proceedings.

Trump attorney Rudy Giulani said he supports the president’s approach, explaining: “They’re not entitled to this stuff. This is like a judge saying I’m going to hang you but I’ll give you a trial first. We generally don’t go for that in America, and you’d have to be a fool to cooperate with it.”

Hillary Clinton wrote in a blistering Washington Post opinion piece that Mueller’s report “documents a serious crime against the American people,” and that President Trump possibly broke the law.

Citing Watergate as a precedent, Clinton said that “televised hearings added to the factual record and, crucially, helped the public understand the facts in a way that no dense legal report could.

Facebook said that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations, in what would amount to a record penalty for a technology company by the agency.

As Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges caution on impeachment, rank-and-file House Democrats are agonizing over the prospect of trying to oust President Trump, caught between their sense of historic responsibilities and political considerations in the wake of the special counsel’s damning portrait of abuses.

Outraged House Democrats hammered Trump after his Attorney General, William Barr, said that John Gore, a deputy assistant attorney general, would not be allowed to answer a bipartisan subpoena to testify about the Census.

In the months before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities as homeland security secretary: preparing for new and different Russian forms of interference in the 2020 election. Trump’s chief of staff told her not to bring it up in front of the president.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had prepped Wall Street for a first quarter loss but analysts were still stunned by its size: $702.1 million, among the company’s worst quarters in the past two years.

Tesla Inc.’s already shrinking solar energy business took a nosedive during the first quarter. The company’s solar energy deployments plunged by 38 percent during the first three months of this year to their lowest level in at least six years, dating back to its days as the stand-alone SolarCity business.

The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time children under 5 should get: not very much, and none at all for those under 1.

Over 43 percent of Americans were exposed to air with unhealthy levels of either ozone pollution, particulate pollution, or both, according to a study from the American Lung Association released yesterday.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband plan to argue their innocence in the nationwide college admissions scandal by claiming they had no idea the money they paid to ease their daughters’ way into college would be used to bribe coaches.

The Florida man who mailed pipe bombs to prominent Democrats in October pointed todrug abuse in explaining the motivation behind his attempt at domestic terrorism. His drugs of choice: Steroids and Trump rallies, according to letters he wrote federal judges.

Democratic presidential contenders are facing a new debate over whether criminals in prison, even notorious ones like the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to win back their right to vote.

The public defender’s office representing Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with killing 17 people in the Parkland school shooting, asked to be removed from the case after learning that Cruz had been awarded half of a life insurance policy worth almost $865,000.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hopped back on Twitter last night after a few “unplugged” days visiting her “abuela” in Puerto Rico, and immediately called out the president.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy claimed that he reached a “conceptual understanding” with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to credit the toll paid by Garden State motorists crossing the George Washington Bridge against the Manhattan congestion fee. But, hours later, New York officials insisted nothing had been settled.

Murphy said the promise was made by Cuomo during a conversation the two governors had last week.

MTA chairman Pat Foye responded: “No agreement has been reached with New Jersey or anyone else on credits, exemptions or carve-outs because the MTA will determine the Central Business District tolls and other terms once the Traffic Mobility Review Board has made its recommendations and traffic and congestion analyses are completed.”

Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie aide Bridget Kelly will serve 13 months behind bars for her role in the Bridgegate scandal, a judge ordered.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, walked back responsibility for some of the federal crimes he pleaded guilty to during a secretly recorded phone call with comedian Tom Arnold.

The federal government on April 19 quietly gave its stamp of approval to Cuomo’s L train repair plan, which is slated to begin Friday, assuaging fears within the MTA that the Trump administration might hinder the effort.

New York City will ban most private cars from a stretch of 14th Street in Manhattan for 18 months while repair work is carried out on an L train subway tunnel under the East River.

With Democrats now holding a majority in the state Senate, hopes are high that this will be the year the state will establish universal rent control, but it’s increasingly apparent that some reforms are going to be more easily achievable than others.

The de Blasio administration bragged about an “historic” 11 percent drop in childhood lead exposure last year – despite the fact that hundreds of kids living in its own public housing are still getting poisoned by the dangerous chemical.

NYC New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will launch his campaign for Queens borough president with a May 5 kickoff party and fundraiser in the race to replace current Borough President Melinda Katz, who is term-limited in 2021.

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson is calling for a 17-member task force to recommend new ways to admit students to eight specialized high schools that now use a single exam to determine who gets in.

Westchester County officials are urging Cuomo to quickly sign a bill allowing them to raise the county’s sales tax by a percentage point, which state lawmakers approved last month.

While NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomes illegal immigrants to the five boroughs with open arms, his administration just quietly banned the display of foreign flags on the poles in city parks.

Six people were injured and several evacuations were ordered yesterday following a series of manhole fires that sparked a small explosion in the cellar of a building in midtown, the FDNY said.

The Citizens Budget Commission, a fiscal watchdog group, maintains that New York shouldn’t be expanding existing economic development programs or creating new ones without additional transparency and accountability measures.

Republican elected officials say their opposition to a proposed bill to give undocumented immigrants the chance to get driver’s licenses isn’t “anti-immigrant,” but about preserving public safety and preventing fraud.

The LIRR worker who hauled in $344,147 in overtime pay last year will likely score a cushy pension of $162,000 a year — $93,000 of which came from loading up his time sheet over the past three years.

Too many of the key agreements in this year’s budget were hashed out behind-the-scenes and the final approval was rushed through the state Legislature, according tostate Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Beginning in August, people with decades-old claims of childhood sex abuse will havethe rare chance to sue their alleged abusers and the institutions who they say ignored the crime. And some are seeking to void past settlements in order to exercise their new right to take legal action.

In response to Cuomo’s “35 questions” piece in the Washington Post, the TU’s Chris Churchill poses some questions of his own to the governor.

Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.

The total number of measles cases has now surpassed the previous high of 667 set in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus has been detected in 22 states.

Years of neglect, mismanagement and drastic funding cuts have forced the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority to entertain bold solutions to alleviate the dismal conditions of its mold-ridden and pest-infested apartments. Demolishing and rebuilding from scratch are now among them.

After commencement in May, UAlbany will basically ban plastic straws, following a campaign from a student activist and approval of the student association.

In the latest response to a crisis in global recycling markets, a Vermont-based company is ending free recycling at the five municipal waste facilities that it operates in Washington County.

“Pharma Bro” fraudster Martin Shkreli reportedly has been hauled from a cushy federal lockup in New Jersey back to a tougher one in Brooklyn amid claims he was using a smuggled cellphone to run his drug company from behind bars.

The professor who walked into St. Patrick’s Cathedral with two cans of gasoline just two days after the Notre Dame fire in Paris planned to set the Manhattan landmark ablaze — and had cased it out the day before, officials said.

Marc Lamparello, a 37-year-old former adjunct philosophy instructor, was arraigned onattempted-arson and reckless-endangerment charges and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Long Island Rep. Peter King isn’t getting any Facebook likes from NYCLU, which says he’s running an anti-social media campaign. He’s getting called out for blocking critics from his Facebook page in potential violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment.

New York’s safety regulations for limousines and buses will be examined next week in Albany during a public hearing convened by the state Senate.

State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs said New York is likely to hold its presidential primaries on April 28 of 2020, more than two months after the national race kicks off with the Iowa Caucus.

The Albany Skyway will receive a $5 million boost from New York state as part of $27 million in funding for various pedestrian and bicycle projects across the Albany region.

Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Buffalo Diocese has placed three priests on a temporary leave of absence after “unsuitable, inappropriate and insensitive conversations” took place at a party with seminarians. The complaints did not include or infer any instance of physical sexual abuse of a minor or adult.

A New Jersey mayor is facing mounting backlash for telling a constituent to call the cops on Orthodox Jewish people for “invading” local parks and beaches.

An NYPD narcotics detective has been arrested over accusations he lied in court testimony and on official documents, leading to false arrests.

An 18-year-old driver died and two of his three teenage passengers were critically injured after he veered off a Long Island highway and hit a tree, police said.

Page Six spotted actor Jussie Smollett having a friendly lunch with “Empire” showrunner in New York yesterday, just hours after a letter surfaced in which his co-stars begged execs them to let him stay on the production in spite of his legal drama.

One of MTV’s most popular reality TV shows, “Catfish,” is filming scenes in downtown Syracuse.

The circus — along with the controversy it can generate and the government scrutiny it can attract — is coming to Poughkeepsie.

Woodstock co-founder and 50th anniversary festival organizer Michael Lang says thathe’s planning on making it an annual festival after Woodstock 50 – but not in upstate New York.