While You Were Out; July 2, 2019

Another busy Tuesday is winding down. And after a cloudy start, the day got…HOT. How hot is it? Very hot. And getting hotter.

Some headlines to consider before you call it quits, power down and do whatever it is one does on a sultry summer evening…maybe catching the tail end of this soccer match?

The Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee filed a lawsuit to enforce subpoenas and obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns, an escalation in a fight for the President’s personal financial information.

Trump’s re-election campaign and the RNC said they had raised $105 million in the second quarter of this year, dwarfing what President Barack Obama raised in the equivalent period during his re-election campaign.

Top officials in the agency overseeing border security condemned a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that featured jokes about migrant deaths, obscene images of Hispanic lawmakers and threats to members of Congress as the lawmakers themselves amplified their criticism of the agency.

Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, of Texas, says he released video and photos of migrant women being held at a border facility in his state so the public could better understand “awful” conditions under Trump’s policies.

Nike is canceling a sneaker that featured the “Betsy Ross” version of the American flag from the late 18th century after the company received a complaint from former NFL star Colin Kaepernick.

…and then this happened.

Trump extended his Twitter beef with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, knocking the Democrats leadership of the state and the outmigration of people. Cuomo, in turn, said the president was having a “tantrum.”

Here’s video of the governor on a zip line.

GOP lawmakers in Trump’s home state of New York are particularly leery of the “i” word (impeachment) as the president has called it, arguing the House of Representatives should focus on legislative and oversight issues, not removing him from office.

Trump revealed details of his “Salute to America” celebration in DC on July 4, including flyovers by the famed Blue Angels and performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, Vanessa Williams and the Muppets.

After absentee ballots were counted, former State Police Maj. William Keeler was the official winner of the city’s Democratic mayoral primary — but one of the Common Council primary races ended in a tie.

Patty Morrison is the winner in the Democratic primary in the very close race for Saratoga Springs commissioner of finance.

A nine-member “fair elections” commission tasked with designing a statewide public matching system for political campaigns will be convened by the end of the week, Cuomo’s office confirmed.

When Tiffany Caban, a 31-year-old public defender, inched past the establishment pick in the Democratic Queens DA primary, it wasn’t just an electoral win for the Working Families Party. It was a triumph over Cuomo’s attempts to bludgeon the party and over the unions that departed its ranks in 2018 as part of that feud.

A federal magistrate ordered the city of Troy to turn over a 62-page internal affairs report to the attorneys for a woman whose husband was fatally shot by a police officer in the aftermath of a 2016 DWI traffic stop.

Troy City Council members released a final proposal that could establish the Collar City as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. The Democratic majority said it expects to pass the FACT — or Families And Communities Together Act in a July 11 council vote.

Voting is underway on a new four-year union contract for union workers at General Electric Co.’s steam turbine plant in Schenectady and research campus in Niskayuna.

Colonie-based Pioneer Bank said it has acquired Albany-based Ward Financial Management, doubling the amount of brokerage and advisory assets that advisors of Pioneer Wealth Management serve to $500 million. Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.

Sweet Sue’s Copper Pot, an offspring of The Copper Pot cafe in North Central Troy, opened this week as the first constituent of River Street Market, a food hall in the Hedley Park Place building, at 433 River St. in the Collar City.

This looks refreshing.

If you’re looking forward to corn on the cob for your July 4 barbecue, expect to pay a little more than usual.

Plans to repair or replace Albany’s Lincoln Park Pool are moving forward. Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s office said the city has received more than $260,000 in funding for designs, plans, and permits on a potential replacement for the leaking structure.

The highway superintendent in the town of Caroga, Fulton County has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud and official misconduct.

There will soon be new safety measures at Great Sacandaga Lake. Families of Sean Craig and Henry Ross, who both died on the lake, teamed up with local agencies to unveil waterside life rings for boaters to use if someone falls in, in hopes of preventing another tragedy.

A recent announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may put a damper on summer fun. A fecal parasite often spread by swimming is causing an increasing number of illness outbreaks.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has invited 842 members from 59 countries to the Oscars organization and, for the first time, reached gender parity in its new class of inductees.

Bears! And, OMG, this is a big snake.

Photo credit: Fred Coffey.

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