While You Were Out…June 10, 2019

You made it through Monday, CivMixers! And the rain held off until the tail end of the day. But it’s forecast to start soon, if it hasn’t already. So, if you’re about to hit that evening commute, maybe slow down a tad and make sure to be safe.

Some headlines from the day…

A helicopter made a crash landing onto the roof of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper this afternoon, killing at least one person and sending a plume of smoke skyward from the top of the building.

The Justice Department, after weeks of tense negotiations, has agreed to provide Congress with key evidence collected by Robert Mueller that House Judiciary Committee members said could shed light on possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Trump, the House Judiciary Committee said.

A former member of NXIVM spiritual leader Keith Raniere’s “master/slave” group testified at his criminal trial that actress Allison Mack wanted her to sign a contract acknowledging the possibility of psychological injury, disfigurement, paralysis or death.

The Albany County Airport Authority approved a 9-cent increase in pickup and dropoff rates for both Uber and Lyft during its monthly board meeting today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating is up to 52-42 – his best standing since March 2018. But 58 percent of New Yorkers aren’t interested in seeing him seek a fourth term in 2022. That’s according to a new Siena poll, which also found overwhelming support for doing away with the religious exemption for vaccinations.

Sports betting is one step closer to becoming a reality at four upstate casinos, including Schenectady’s Rivers Casino.

A public open house is taking place at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Genet Elementary School to discuss plans to create a pedestrian sidewalk along a portion of the Columbia Turnpike.

The real estate industry, mostly from NYC, is spreading a lot of campaign cash around as the rent laws are being negotiated for renewal at the Capitol.

Albany gas prices have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.75 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 546 stations.

RIP Karen Johnson, the only woman to serve as mayor of Schenectady, who has died after a long autoimmune illness at the age of 77. More here.

After more than half a century, the seats at Albany Civic Theater have held their final audiences. The 123 seats, most of them installed when ACT moved in 1964 from its downtown home to a decommissioned city firehouse on Second Avenue, were removed today to make way for new seats and carpeting in the theater.

The chairman of Rensselaer County’s Legislature is proposing a new law that would place a one-year ban on new solid waste management plants within a mile of the Hudson River anywhere in the county.

A group of Long Island state senators introduced a bill last week that would add to the list of crimes that allow judges to set bail under the state’s new bail reform laws.

The Jonas Brothers are bringing their “Happiness Begins” tour to the Times Union Center with special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw on August 19 at 7:30 pm.

Are you an avid fisherwoman? If so, the DEC wants your fish snaps.

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