Rise and Shine: July 9, 2019

Tuesday has arrived in all its glory, CivMixers.

*NOTE: This is happening TOMORROW, not today. Mea culpa. And speaking of glory, at 9:30 a.m. this morning, a ticker tape parade will be held in Manhattan for members of the U.S. women’s soccer team, marking their fourth World Cup win. The last ticker tape parade in the Big Apple was held after the team won the World Cup in 2015.

The parade will be held along the “Canyon of Heroes,” all along Broadway, from the Battery to City Hall. A special ceremony at City Hall Plaza will follow at 10:30 a.m.

A few historical July 9ths of note:

On this day in 1868, Tennessee and South Carolina became the first states to ratify the 14th Amendment to the U.S. constitution, guaranteeing civil rights.

In 1971, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger visited the People’s Republic of China to negotiate a detente between that country and the U.S.

In 1997, Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield.

In 2005, Danny Way, a daredevil skateboarder, rolled down a large ramp and jumped across the Great Wall of China, becoming the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid.

In 2015, the South Carolina House approved removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. The flag was taken down the next day, and relocated to a state military museum.

Some notable birthdays: Tom Hanks turns 63 today. O.J. Simpson turns 72. Courtney Love is 55.

The temperature in the Capital Region today is heading back up into the mid-to-high 80s, and perhaps could even see 90, according to The Wether Channel. It’s going to be hot and mostly sunny for the next several days.

In the news…

There is only one U.S. Justice Department, but two of its largest U.S. attorneys’ offices came to vastly different conclusions about what to do with financier Jeffrey Epstein over allegations he sexually molested dozens of underage girls.

A trove of lewd photographs of girls, discovered in a safe inside the financier Epstein’s Manhattan mansion the same day he was arrested, is deepening questions about why prosecutors in Miami had cut a deal that shielded him from federal prosecution in 2008.

Former President Bill Clinton released a statement distancing himself from Epstein, a onetime friend.

A federal judge ruled the Trump administration cannot force pharmaceutical companies to disclose the list price of their drugs in TV ads, dealing a blow to one of the president’s most visible efforts to pressure drug companies to lower their prices.

Two new government studies reveal serious flaws in the vast majority of hospice programs in the U.S. And there’s no easy way for consumers to distinguish the good hospices from the bad.

For nearly an hour in the East Room yesterday afternoon, President Trump sought to recast his administration’s record by describing what he called “America’s environmental leadership” under his command. Experts watching the speech said many of these claims were not based in fact.

The Albany County Legislature tabled a controversial vote on a bill that would have banned the sale of flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products in the county. If passed, Albany would become the first county in New York to impose such a ban.

The legislation will now go back to the health and law committees for further review of some amendments that have been made to the local law.

New York officials announced new drinking water standards for the chemicals PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane, curtailing substances that have been at the epicenter of prominent contamination crises around the state.

State Sen. Luis Sepulveda, the sponsor of the new law allowing undocumented immigrants get driver’s licenses, offered privacy reassurances amid reports that ICE is mining pictures and personal information in other states. But a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared to cast doubts on whether that’s indeed the case.

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns, a former assemblyman, plans to file a federal lawsuit today, challenging New York State’s new law granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

The new state GOP chair, Nick Langworthy, appeared at the Capitol to denounce Cuomo’s appointment of Jay Jacobs, the state Democratic Party chairman, to a newly created commission that will implement a system of publicly financed elections in New York.

Two people were shot in Albany shortly after midnight this morning. Albany police responded to reports of a shooting on 32 Judson Street in the area of Second Avenue.

Westchester County politicians and school officials gathered to celebrate a 1-percentage point sales tax hike set to take hold Aug. 1. The increase means consumers will pay more on purchases in most of Westchester, but officials say it means more money for their budgets.

The brother of a mentally ill woman found dead in an unheated storage unit in Colonie in 2018 is suing the business for $5 million, alleging wrongful death and negligence.

The governor’s office directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation of white supremacist materials found plastered on telephone pols and mailboxes in Troy.

Two 18-year-olds are facing assault charges after an incident involving a State Police trooper on the Empire State Plaza during the Fourth of July celebration.

The Saratoga racetrack is preparing for its earliest opening day ever – this Thursday, July 11, kicking off 40 days of races that will wrap up Sept. 2. The gates open to the public at 7 a.m. for those who want to grab their picnic tables, then again at 11 a.m. for general admission.

Schenectady County has started a mandatory eight-year review of its agricultural district program, which is currently providing protections for 19,756 acres that are in agricultural use.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 351 Southern Blvd. in Albany at 11 a.m. tomorrow for the Capital Region’s third Sonic restaurant. The restaurant, at Mt. Hope Commons, will be built on the site of a former Howard Johnson’s restaurant.

Good news for fans of the colony Crossings playground – it’s reopen after two weeks of closure due to resurfacing.

A search is underway for an inmate at the Berkshire County Jail escaped from the Berkshire Medical Center. Authorities say Harry Chandler Jr. escaped just after 2 p.m. yesterday, wearing orange pants, no shoes and no shirt.

Voters in Cohoes will go to the polls again on Aug. 27th to choose a new Common Council member. The special election will be held after the primary race between Kathy Donovan and Adam Biggs to represent Ward 5 ended a tie.

…Albany County Board of Elections officials say they’ll handle this election themselves, after the primary tally was marred because 19 non-Democrats were apparently allowed to cast votes in the closed election.

It could take weeks to determine the outcome of the cliffhanger Queens DA Democratic primary between Borough President Melinda Katz and public defender Tiffany Caban.

It’s Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York. Coordinated through regional PRISMs — Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management — this year’s theme is “Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report.”



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