While You Were Out: July 23, 2019

Tuesday is almost over, CivMixers. Tomorrow we hit the midweek point, with quite a bit on the agenda – particularly down in D.C.

Some headlines from the day…A bit on the early side, sorry, but I’ve got a bus to catch.

Thousands of emergency workers who rushed to the rubble of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks will be granted health care and other compensation for the rest of their lives. The U.S. Senate gave final approval to legislation to care permanently for those who have grown deathly ill from the toxins of ground zero.

The bill, which heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature after a near-unanimous vote in the Senate, would ensure that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is funded for the next seven decades at a cost of $10.2 billion over the next 10 years.

Trump, in his capacity as a private citizen, sued to block the Democrat-led U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, as well as the state attorney general and tax chief, from obtaining his tax records from New York.

The U.S. Justice Department told former special counsel Robert Mueller not to stray beyond his report on Russian election interference when he testifies to Congress tomorrow.

Here’s what you need to know about Mueller’s highly anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill.

The measles outbreak in the United States is still continuing to spread with another 25 confirmed cases recorded last week, according to federal health officials.

Democratic presidential candidates are proposing lots of progressive policies in this election. And while those policies may resonate with the party base, some of those ideas are not popular with a general election electorate, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

The U.S. government’s new holding facility for migrant youth will close as early as this week, less than one month after it was opened in response to the squalid conditions in which children were being detained by the Border Patrol, according to the nonprofit operating the facility.

Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, is teaming up with House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler, of New York, on a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, expunge prior marijuana-based convictions and fight against discrimination for those who possess or use it.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a sweeping criminal justice reform plan that aims to lower incarceration rates, end mandatory minimum sentences and eliminate racial disparities in sentencing.

People who share so-called revenge porn, or the nonconsensual distribution of intimate images, will soon be subject to civil litigation and up to a year in jail after a bill on the practice was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo today.

Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has filed court documents appealing a Manhattan judge’s decision to keep him locked up without bail pending trial on child sex-trafficking charges.

As Deutsche Bank officials this year scrambled to extricate themselves from a yearslong relationship with Epstein, the wealthy financier charged this month with sex trafficking, they uncovered suspicious transactions in which he had moved money out of the United States.

General Electric Co. appears to be holding steady — for now — on a desire that the company’s unionized workforce take a re-vote on the same four-year contract offer that narrowly failed earlier this month.

New York state leads the nation in nonprofit jobs and the wages they support, according to a report released by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.

One person is dead after a crash between a dump truck and another vehicle this morning on Route 30 in Schoharie.

The superintendent of the Schenectady County jail has been tapped as the new undersheriff. Superintendent James J. Barrett will take over for outgoing Undersheriff Gordon R. Pollard, who is retiring Aug. 1.

According to Niche.com’s 2019 ranking, here are 25 of the Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in NY. (Not sure I agree with this, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself).

Central New York civil rights icon Harriet Tubman is headed to the big screen. The first trailer for the upcoming biopic “Harriet” was released today, starring Cynthia Erivo as Tubman.

Wegmans is getting a head start on New York state’s upcoming ban on plastic bags at all grocery stores.

The annual “The Way We Were” Car Show is returning to Ballston Spa this fall.

Former Mets ace Dwight Gooden was reportedly arrested last night for driving under the influence after heading the wrong way down a one-way street in Newark, NJ — just weeks after another DUI bust involving cocaine.

If you don’t have plans tonight, this looks interesting.

Also tonight: Albany business owners, elected officials, mental health experts and service providers will gather to talk about homeless and mentally ill individuals.

Photo credit: Me! This was the view from an office in Manhattan where I had a meeting this morning.

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