Rise and Shine: Aug. 22, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. It’s shaping up to be warm and muggy, again, with temperatures in the mid-80s.

There will be clouds in the morning, giving way to some sun late in the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible, due to a cold front moving in. The good news is that this front will bring with it a drier, less humid air mass, making for a nice stretch of weather for the coming weekend.

Nearly 11,000 homes and businesses were left without power in the Capital Region after severe thunderstorms swept through the area yesterday afternoon.

The severe weather also caused some road closures in Troy.

In the news…

President Donald Trump ratcheted up his dispute with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, calling comments she made about his bid to buy Greenland “nasty” and “not nice.”

Employers added a half-million fewer jobs in 2018 and early 2019 than previously reported, the Labor Department said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced last night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination, and will seek re-election to his current post instead.

By all standard political measures, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination is sputtering.

Joe Walsh, the flame-throwing conservative radio show host and former Illinois congressman, is moving toward challenging Trump in a Republican primary, calling the president an “unfit divider-in-chief” and claiming that the party is craving an alternative.

Months after backing out of a trip to Ukraine amid criticism that he was mixing partisan politics with foreign policy, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, has renewed his push for the Ukrainian government to pursue investigations into the president’s political opponents.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his frenemy, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, cannot forgive the back taxes owed to the state by his favorite pizza joint, Di Faro in Brooklyn, but could fork over the almost $200,000 himself if he wants.

Police officers, firefighters and other first responders were called to Balltown Road in Niskayuna late last night for a crash involving a vehicle and a man on a skateboard. Part of the road was closed.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara introduced a bill that would essentially ban the state from forcing drivers to replace license plates that are in good condition, no matter the age.

While at the State Fair, Cuomo again defended his proposal to make vehicle owners with older license plates buy new ones for a $25 fee.

Speaking of the State Fair, here are some of the unhealthiest foods you can sample there. Deep-fried burger stuffed with mac-and-cheese and pork belly, topped with a bacon bun and served with cheese dipping sauce anyone? No bread! It’s Keto!

…also, there are six new rides on the Midway.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie will visit the State Fair today.

The WSJ’s Jimmy Vielkind took a deep dive into how the sausage sandwich became a must-eat item at the fair for elected officials and candidates alike.

New York is suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency after the massive environmental cleanup project on the Hudson River earlier this year was declared finished. Cuomo says state reviews of the river say otherwise.

A new chapter for the city of Cohoes began yesterday as any sign of their previous mayor, Shawn Morse, was removed from the mayor’s office in City Hall.

Although ex-Assemblyman Dov Hikind no longer holds public office, the once-powerful Brooklyn lawmaker continues to spend heavily from his campaign accounts, including paying for trips to Germany and Texas, and covering insurance and lease payments for his personal vehicle.

State lawmakers blasted MTA officials in a blistering letter accusing the agency of flouting public meetings laws by deliberately hiding details surrounding the MTA’s next five-year capital plan — which is due Oct. 1.

Cuomo signed three bills into law allowing more crime victims to seek damages from offenders.

Tree cutting to make way for new amenities at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex at Lake Placid has not only happened on town land but also on the state Forest Preserve.

UCLA All-American and internet sensation Katelyn Ohashi scored a perfect 10 on the floor and a 9.9 on the beam to lead Team Americas to a win in the Aurora Games gymnastics competition.

The alleged gunman in the contract killing of 22-year-old Ty-Son Williams was ready to plead guilty yesterday to a murder charge carrying 25 years to life in prison — only to be stopped by a judge.

The city of Troy wants to build a new firehouse in Lansingburgh to replace the 47-year-old station at Fifth Avenue and 115th Street, Mayor Patrick Madden said.

The only Troy committee charged with reviewing internal police department investigations hasn’t operated in years, raising questions about why Madden hasn’t kept it active to provide oversight as the city faces a lawsuit over the fatal police shooting of a DWI suspect.

A 15-year veteran of the Saratoga Springs police force, Lt. Shane Crooks, has been named the city’s new police chief.

A traveling memorial wall to honor those who lost their lives during the Vietnam War will make a stop in Catskill today.

Police were investigating shooting threats against Rep. Nydia Velázquez after someone called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and said he had a friend who planned to kill the Brooklyn politician.

The NYC Council’s Ethics Committee voted to charge Bronx Councilman Andy King with retaliation, disorderly conduct, conflict of interest and sexual harassment.

The final police disciplinary case to arise from the death of Eric Garner was brought to a close yesterday when Kizzy Adonis, the sergeant who had arrived on the scene as officers pressed Garner to the ground, made a deal to forfeit 20 vacation days and keep her job.

Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s re-election committee returned $5,000 in political contributions it received in the past year from a Hamburg developer who dumped stock connected to the Republican Rep. Chris Collins securities scandal.

New York had the fourth longest wait time in the U.S. for organ transplants in 2018, with nearly 18 percent of those in need waiting five years or more, according to a study.

The Adirondack Council is supporting the state attorney general’s effort to reopen a petition asking that a rail line in the Adirondacks be declared abandoned.

The del Lago Resort & Casino will start accepting bets on sports, kicking things off tomorrow with an opening ceremony that will feature former NFL Pro Bowler and Syracuse University quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is approaching its $12 million funding cap. He says a $2 million raise being sought from D.C. would allow for about three more years of funding.

While supermodel Naomi Campbell may have partied with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, she says she knew nothing about his “indefensible” crimes.

A director at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious Media Lab is resigning because he’s “ashamed” over the research center’s link to Epstein. And he’s not alone.

Fresh off his controversial gig at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, Sean Spicer, who served as Trump’s press secretary for six inglorious months, will show off his best moves on the next season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

Syracuse University does not call its football stadium the Carrier Dome even once in its football media guide for the 2019 season – part of a systemic effort to eradicate the name of the company from the program’s literature.

A Queensbury doctor who was vacationing with his family in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada was called on to treat a man attacked by a wolf.

The death of an inmate at the Schenectady County Jail appears to have been drug-related.

Seven of the 10 highest-paid municipal employees in the eight-county Capital Region during the 2018-19 fiscal year worked for Schenectady County, the Empire Center for Public Policy noted.

After a commercial truck again struck a low railroad bridge over Glenridge Road this week, state Sen. James Tedisco is asking the state Department of Transportation to at least improve signage.

RIP former Colony Town Clerk Elizabeth A. DelTorto, who was one of the most familiar faces in the area’s largest town, and known for her kindness and passion for politics. She died Monday of undisclosed health problems at the age of 61.

A woman fishing on Lake Champlain with her husband caught a fish that appeared to have two mouths.

Talk about controversial…Ranch dressing will be part of the National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival.

More on the chicken sandwich war.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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