Good morning, CivMixers. It’s Wednesday already. We’re speeding toward that three-day, last-hurrah-for-summer weekend.
It’s going to be cloudy this morning, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. There’s a 60 percent chance we’ll see precipitation, according to The Weather Channel. It will be humid, with highs in the low 80s.
In the headlines…
As a major storm heads for Puerto Rico, the Department of Homeland Security and its Federal Emergency Management Agency said they will move $271 million in funds to support President Trump’s border enforcement efforts.
Deutsche Bank AG confirmed that it has tax returns requested by U.S. lawmakers seeking financial information for Trump and his family. Whose returns are those? That’s still a secret.
The Sackler family would give up ownership of Purdue Pharma, the company blamed for much of the opioid epidemic, and pay $3 billion of their own money under terms of a settlement proposal to resolve thousands of federal and state lawsuits.
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, who initially was to reject $20 million in immediate aid funding pledged by world leaders at the G7 summit to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest, now says he’ll consider accepting aid if French President Emmanuel Macron apologizes.
A former top Federal Reserve official implied that the central bank should consider allowing Trump’s trade war to hurt his 2020 election chances – an assertion that drew a firestorm of criticism and a rare pushback from the Fed itself.
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein escaped injury when he crashed his 2017 Jeep in Westchester County, law enforcement sources said. (He told cops he swerved to avoid hitting a deer).
Eco-activist Greta Thunberg, 16, is expected to arrive in New York City today – two weeks after she set sail on a zero-carbon boat from the English coastline – as part of her campaign to pressure politicians to put climate change at the top of their agendas.
Attorneys for both Jeffrey Epstein and his accusers implored a Manhattan judge to launch his own investigation into the late pedophile’s suicide death.
Republican Rep. Tom Reed is asking U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the state’s lack of action in repairing a crumbling three-mile stretch of the Thruway on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Erie and Chautauqua counties.
Cuomo said he was as puzzled as anyone by Trump’s Saturday morning tweet pledging to help build the Second Avenue Subway — so he put in a call to US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. Details of their chat aren’t yet available.
It doesn’t look like either of New York’s 2020 Democratic presidential contenders – NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – will make the cut for the next primary debate.
Democrat Adam Biggs has a 28-vote lead over Kathleen Donovan after yesterday’s special election for a City Council seat, the Albany Board of Elections said. (Absentee ballots will be counted this morning).
The Scolite site won’t be used to ship gravel from South Troy after the city Zoning Board unanimously rejected a request by Mayor Patrick Madden’s administration for a zoning variance.
The city insists the refurbished South Troy Pool will open this summer — even as Labor Day weekend looms and the first day of school for city kids arrives Sept. 5.
“American Idol” finalist Madison VanDenburg will perform at an event today hosted by Jeff LaMountain, a Republican candidate for the Albany County Legislature. Both insist this has nothing to do with politics, but rather is to help kids.
On Sept. 1, Hannaford Supermarkets will begin offering six weeks of fully paid parental leave to qualifying part-and full-time employees during the first 12 months following the birth, adoption or legal placement of a child.
The priest who died by suicide after allegedly trying to prove former Bishop Howard Hubbard violated his vow of celibacy with other priests is among the nearly two dozen Albany diocese clergy members accused of sexual abuse.
The burglar who bungled a break-in of a pizza parlor by getting stuck in an air duct in 2011 was convicted again for burglary in Schenectady County Court, County District Attorney Robert M. Carney said.
Legislation introduced by GOP state Sen. Pam Helming would make school supplies tax-exempt for one week each year beginning the Tuesday before Labor Day.
Cuomo showed off the new Kosciuszko Bridge, as officials revealed there will be a light show with a New York-themed soundtrack on the eve of its Thursday opening.
New York State Troopers have released the results of their Operation Hardhat campaign, during which they issued 136 tickets.
Some say the new rent laws are already starting to have a negative effect on the downstate real estate development market.
Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi says he wants to know if Spectrum cable violated a consumer fraud settlement with New York with its move to block some customers from receiving the new ACC Network.
Some 474 days after former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted — for the second time — of peddling his office’s influence in exchange for millions in kickbacks, he remains a free man.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple met with members of the St. Clare’s pensioner committee, offering assistance as they continue to fight for their pensions.
An internal affairs’ captain for the Troy police force relied on the findings of a renowned crash reconstruction expert when he issued a report last year concluding that a patrol sergeant lied to investigators to conceal that he used his car to force a DWI suspect’s vehicle off the road before fatally shooting the man.
The deadline for employers to provide anti-harassment training to New York State employees is coming up in October.
Frajees Grill cut the ribbon on its new Lark Street Mediterranean restaurant that focuses on fresh, locally sources ingredients.
It may look scarier than it actually is but the safety of parasailing, along with kayaking, has drawn the attention of Lake George Park Commission members who oversee activities on the lake.
Officials are working to address traffic concerns over proposed new apartment buildings on Rapp Road next to Crossgates Mall in Guilderland.
A Vanity Fair article on Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk paints a disturbing picture of the SolarCity deal with broken promises regarding job creation that extend to the factory in Buffalo.
SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio has been chosen to co-chair economic development efforts in the Mohawk Valley region. She replaces another college president — Fulton Montgomery Community College’s Dustin Swanger, who is retiring.
Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man from Broadalbin after he called dispatchers and told them he would “probably find a deputy, and kill them and take their gun, and go on a killing spree.”
The Hyde Collection recently announced that Laura Bradigan, a Saratoga Springs resident, has been named director of development.
Eric Garner’s relatives asked a court to force New York City’s mayor and police commissioner to answer questions under oath as the family seeks to pull back the curtain on the investigation into his 2014 chokehold death.
An Uber drive picked up the teenager at a Sweet 16 party on Long Island and intended to sexually assault her, prosecutors said, but she escaped and he has been charged with two counts of felony kidnapping, as well as child endangerment and unlawful imprisonment.
Popeyes announced it had sold out of its supremely popular chicken sandwiches and will temporarily suspend production of the sandwich until further notice. (Is this just some sort of weird viral marketing strategy?)
Mattel is honoring Rosa Parks and Sally Ride with their very own Barbie dolls.
The toy company unveiled the new dolls for Women’s Equality Day, as part of its Inspiring Women Series.
Photo credit: George Fazio.