While You Were Out: June 18, 2019

We made it through another Tuesday, CivMix fam. After tomorrow, it’s all downhill from here to the weekend – smooth sailing.

There’s not a lot of progress to report down at the state Capitol, where negotiations continue on outstanding issues with just two working days – tomorrow and Thursday – remaining in the scheduled 2019 session.

Meanwhile, backlash is already well underway to the Green Light law, which allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses and was passed by the Legislature – with much drama – and signed shortly thereafter by Gov. Andrew Cuomo – with zero fanfare – yesterday.

President Donald Trump will officially launch his 2020 campaign for re-election this evening Orlando, Florida. Supporters lined up outside the Amway Center, where the president will be making his announcement.

After months of unexplained delays, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a “painful” family situation that would hurt his children and reopen “wounds we have worked years to heal.”

Schoharie County Court Judge George Bartlett III ruled that prosecutors can take a saliva sample from Nauman Hussain, the defendant in the limousine crash case.

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended a number of Capital Region-area properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

State lawmakers are expected to leave Albany this week without approving legislation that would allow casinos to accept sports wagers over the internet. The measure overwhelmingly passed the Senate with bipartisan support, but it likely won’t receive a vote in the state Assembly.

Carolyn Warmus, a former New York schoolteacher who was convicted of killing her lover’s wife in a case dubbed the Fatal Attraction murder, has been released from prison after her parole was granted last month.

School Superintendent Larry Spring is set for a 2-percent raise in July as the school board considers continuing his four-year contract through June 2023 at tomorrow’s meeting. The raise will lift Spring’s base salary to over $205,000 as he starts his eighth year in charge of Schenectady schools.

The jury in NXIVM leader Keith Raniere’s trial will begin deliberations tomorrow at 9 a.m. after closing arguments wrapped up today.

The 12-year-old LT’s Grill in Niskayuna, which describes itself as an “old-timey bar/eatery with Southern BBQ, steak & seafood fare,” will be the subject of a future episode of “Restaurant: Impossible,” in which Food Network personality Robert Irvine makes over a restaurant in two days on a budget of $10,000.

Despite the sedate public reception at last week’s public hearing on the city of Schenectady’s proposed straw ban, city councilors are continuing to stir internal debate on the proposed legislation.

Mazzone Hospitality President Angelo Mazzone is holding a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. tomorrow to show off $1.5 million in renovations to the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia.

The Schenectady woman who admitted to causing her baby’s death last year was sentenced to her agreed-upon term of 15 years in prison. Judge Matthew Sypniewski imposed the sentence on Heaven Puleski at a proceeding where the prosecutor argued Puleski threw her child away “as you would a bag of garbage.”

Robert Gourlay Jr., 56, former operator of an old Crossgates restaurant, Fresh Healthy Cafe, is accused of stealing $186,000 in sales tax from its customers.

The annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival will soon return to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds for its sixth year, June 21-23 at the Ballston Spa Fairgrounds.

Woodstock 50 is looking for a new venue, and the Mohawk Valley may land the festival for a second time. A spokesperson for Vernon Downs says the race track is in early discussions with promoters. Vernon Downs has had other big concerts, hosting Bruce Springsteen a couple of years ago.

(Photo credit: Fred Coffey).

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