Rise and Shine: Sept. 3, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers, welcome to fall! Welcome to sweaters and hot drinks and apple cider doughnuts and Halloween and CHRISTMAS IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER WHO HAS THEIR SHOPPING DONE???!!!

And it’s going to be partly sunny, 80 degrees with 73 percent humidity, according to The Weather Channel.

So, no matter what the calendar says, we’ve still got some summer lingering about – and most Capital Region kids won’t go back to school until tomorrow or Friday. It is, however, definitely time for most of us to get back to work after a three-day holiday weekend. I hope you enjoyed yours.

Oh, and by the way: The struggle is real.

And enjoy this sun while you can, because The Farmer’s Almanac says we’re in for a wild ride this winter.

On to the headlines…

Hurricane Dorian hovered over the northwestern Bahamas, killing at least five people, wiping out thousands of homes, forcing many into a makeshift shelter and leaving an entire island without power. The powerful storm was expected to near Florida late today.

“The window to prepare is closing,” tweeted Peter Gaynor, acting director of FEMA. “If you are on Florida’s east coast, finish preparing & evacuate if local officials tell you to. Don’t tough it out — get out!”

The storm is impacting air travel across the U.S.

President Trump monitored Hurricane Dorian from a golf cart at his club in Virginia, calling for regular updates from an aide trailing him around the course. His Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida has been boarded up in anticipation of the storm.

Trump last night blasted ABC News for the network’s reporting on his claims that Dorian was expected to impact Alabama.

People people from all corners of the globe have started to ban together to help those living in the Bahamas get the supplies and necessities they’ll surely need in the aftermath of the destructive storm.

There’s going to be a Brexit showdown in the London today.

Harvard freshman Ismail B. Ajjawi, who U.S. border officials turned away ten days ago, arrived on campus yesterday in time for the start of classes today.

House Democrats will reportedly prioritize a congressional inquiry into Trump’s alleged role in hush-money payments to silence two women who say they had affairs with Trump before he took office.

It has been little more than a year since New Jersey legalized sports betting, but the home of The Sopranos and Bruce Springsteen is already poised to overtake Nevada as the sports betting capital of the US, experts say.

The Coast Guard said last night that a total of 25 bodies have been located from the tragic dive boat fire off the coast of Southern California.

Seven people between the ages of 15 and 57 were killed Saturday during another mass shooting in Texas. An additional 22 were injured, including a toddler.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, two of the leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination, made the case for muscular new gun control proposals, but differed on whether it was possible to reach compromise with congressional Republicans.

Tenant activists in Rochester want rent control, and thanks to a new law passed in Albany, they might be able to get it.

…and speaking of real estate, the sale of luxury apartments in Manhattan has come back down to earth after soaring like a Midtown skyscraper as buyers rushed to beat a looming July 1 tax increase.

Sept. 11 first responders and state pols are pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill granting better pension benefits to public employees disabled following Ground Zero rescue and recovery work.

Just 34 percent of public school superintendents say their community’s preschool needs are being met by existing public and private programs, according to a statewide survey conducted in August by the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio spent a mere seven hours — less than one full workday — at City Hall during the month he launched his bid for the White House, records reviewed by The NY Post show.

A private beach club in Queens closed its playground during the Labor Day weekend after anti-Semitic and racist graffiti were scrawled on the property in what authorities are investigating as a hate crime.

Proponents of a controversial new law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses are hoping the state will clarify its implementation plan in advance of the policy taking effect in December.

The Massachusetts House and Senate are planning to hold a joint hearing on two bills that would let immigrants living in the state illegally get driver’s licenses.

State Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan today will unveil legislation to safeguard state DMV employees who yield to federal immigration law over conflicting state law known as the “Green Light Law,” which he says condones illegal immigration.

Surveillance video shows the moment a masked gunman opened fire at NYPD officers on a Brooklyn street early Monday morning, touching off a wild shootout with cops that ended in the shooter’s death.

It was a very good summer for NYRA at Saratoga.

NYRA said that the season was well-attended, with paid attendance at the track at 1,056,053, the fifth straight year that the race course drew more than a million fans. The amount bet on the races also broke records.

During the final race of the meet, a horse collapsed and had to be euthanized on the track. According to the state Gaming Commission database, the horse’s name was “Borough Boy,” and it was the 13th horse to die during Saratoga.

WTEN reported will be among 171 Nexstar stations across the country that will now start their daily broadcasts with the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

A West Point cadet candidate is dead after a fall while cliff diving in Greene County.

As schools around the Capital Region return this week, drivers are reminded it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus.

Police in Colonie are trying to identify a man who allegedly stole about $150 worth of kids clothing from Carter’s – a store at Colonie Center.

If you were up north and trying to get home yesterday afternoon, this caused a bit of an issue.

A video of Albany police officers forcibly removing a woman from her car Sunday night and one of them hitting her multiple times is being shared widely on Facebook.

Albany County legislators are considering putting a term limit on their posts – as well as those of the county executive and comptroller, and will potentially vote on this measure – Local Law “T” Sept. 9.

Texting while walking is not good sidewalk etiquette, but apparently it’s not terribly deadly – yet.

After explosive devices were discovered near a Labor Day parade in New Jersey, the event was called off.

J’ouvert, the daybreak celebration of Caribbean culture traditionally held in Brooklyn before the West Indian American Day Parade, went off without a hitch, though police presence was high after four people were shot and two – including a Cuomo aide – were killed in 2016.

Panicked travelers abandoned carry-on bags and scrambled for the exits at a Newark Liberty International Airport terminal on Monday night, just as the busy three-day Labor Day weekend was drawing to a close.

Comedian Kevin Hart suffered back injuries in a car crash over the weekend and underwent surgery. His wife says he’s going to be “just fine.”

RIP former Republican Sen. William J. Larkin Jr., who represented his Hudson Valley district in the state Legislature for 40 years, and has died at the age of 91.

Also RIP to former New York and Onondaga County GOP chairman J. Patrick Barrett, who died after a battle with leukemia, a close friend said. He was 82.

“Senator Larkin led by example every day of his life and was an inspiration to me and countless others who wanted nothing more than to serve the people of this great state and nation,” Cuomo said in a statement.

A motorcyclist was airlifted to Albany Med, after crashing into the side of a pick-up truck in Lake George.

Having declared her candidacy for another term as Mayor of the City of Saratoga Springs in the upcoming November 2019 election, Mayor Meg Kelly sat down to review her first term.

The New York State Fair broke an all-time attendance record for the fourth year in a row. (U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was there for the fair’s final day).

The last major aviation safety measure stemming from the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 – a federal effort to keep bad pilots out of passenger airplane cockpits – is finally starting to move forward.

Hancock Shaker Village’s fall and winter schedule includes everything from musical performances and dinners to yoga with goats and the venue’s 22nd annual country fair.

This happened.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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