Rise and Shine: Sept. 11, 2019

It’s a somber morning, CivMixers.

No matter how many years pass since the attacks in Lower Manhattan and Washington, D.C. and the downing of a plane in a Pennsylvania field, we who were around to witness those horrific moments will never forget, and we will never stop remembering.

Sept. 11, 2001 marked the single deadliest terrorist attack in our history and also the deadliest incident for first responders in the U.S.

It’s hard to believe that 18 years – almost two decades now – have passed since two planes hijacked by terrorists were deliberately flown into the World Trade Center towers, toppling them to the ground.

A third plane was crashed into the Pentagon.

A fourth crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, thanks to the brave intervention of passengers and crew.

The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Many more people have died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases since that day.

There are remembrances taking place across the state and the nation today. (Here’s a list of some local events).

Flags on government buildings in New York will be flown at half staff.

A ceremony will be taking place at the 9/11 Memorial plaza at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, starting at 8:40 a.m. (It will be livestreamed here).

During the ceremony, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will be accessible to only the family members of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks. The memorial will reopen to the public at 3 p.m., but the museum will be closed all day.

Dozens of motorcycles will depart from the New York State Museum in Albany at 7:30 a.m. for the annual 9/11 anniversary ride to New York City. They will pick up riders along the way, and be greeted at the World Trade Center site by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, an avid motorcyclist himself.

The Port Authority has called off the Oculus’ annual skylight tribute to 9/11 victims due to the building’s ongoing leaks.

It’s going to be a warm day, with temperatures reaching back up into the mid-to-uppper 80s. Expect clouds in the morning, and sun in the afternoon, with high humidity and the chance of a stray thunderstorm or rain shower, according to The Weather Channel.

In other news…

President Donald Trump tweeted that he had fired national security advisor John Bolton because Bolton “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” Minutes later, Bolton, in his own tweet, said he had “offered to resign.”

A guessing game immediately began among the president’s formal and informal advisers about who still left in the president’s orbit might get Bolton’s old job.

Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeated Democrat Dan McCready in a North Carolina special election that was being closely watched for signs of weakness among GOP voters that could have spelled bad news in 2020 for Trump, who endorsed Bishop and campaigned for him.

U.S. Senate Democrats will force another vote to block Trump’s national emergency declaration as the White House faces backlash for funneling military money toward the president’s border wall.

There is widespread support among Americans — Democrats, Republicans and gun owners alike — for a number of initiatives to curb gun violence they would like to see Congress pass, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.

Consumers worried about the environment are cutting their spending on meat and bottled drinks and trying to reduce plastic waste, and this trend is set to accelerate as climate concerns mount, a global survey showed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state Department of Financial Services is taking action against the opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy benefit managers to secure $2 billion for New York consumers who have shouldered the cost of the ongoing opioid epidemic in the form of higher insurance premiums.

DFS is gathering evidence for a lawsuit that he says extends beyond the drug makers to the drug distributors and pharmacies, for what Cuomo says is system wide “fraud” that went on for decades.

Sean Spicer, who tussled with reporters over crowd sizes at the Trump inaugural and is now “Dancing with The Stars,” is trying to help Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis reclaim a congressional seat covering Staten Island and southern Brooklyn for the Republican Pary.

Following Fulton County’s lead, the Rensselaer County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed fees associated with Cuomo’s mandatory license plate exchange program. Saratoga County is up next tonight.

The Rensselaer County Legislature also unanimously passed a resolution that urges the state to ban polystyrene foam for use of food and drink containers.

A West Coast financial services company that pulled back money from thousands of employees’ bank accounts nationwide described itself as “the biggest victim, and really the only victim” of last week’s apparent collapse of Clifton Park-based MyPayrollHR.

An ambitious review of New York’s gambling landscape will take longer than initially planned, as state officials restart their search for a firm to conduct the analysis.

Cuomo announced a new Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force that will develop potential solutions and policies to address the lack of cell service in rural and remote parts of New York.

The governor raged about reports of increased fare evasion, filthy trains and worker assaults on the state-run NYC subway system.

New York City’s former mayor, Mike Bloomberg, has committed $160 million to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid a series of efforts designed to increase oversight of the industry.

Yesterday’s normally staid monthly JCOPE meeting featured a first: two women dressed in red cloaks and white bonnets stationed outside the ethics agency’s offices in downtown Albany, reading a satiric children’s book detailing the panel’s alleged failings.

Overuse and crowded at popular High Peaks locations is threatening areas of the Adirondack Park, and the state needs to do more to address the problem, according to the Adirondack Council, which issued its annual State of the Park report card this week.

The de Blasio administration is suing to block the White House from imposing a rule change that makes it easier to deny green cards and visas to immigrants seeking government financial assistance.

A secret city of Troy memo on a fatal police-involved shooting and the three years the city’s two swimming pools have been closed were two important issues that filled the debate last night among the three candidates running for mayor.

The city of Saratoga Springs’ new police chief, Shane Crooks, was sworn in last night. He promised to uphold his new duties by adhering to the words hanging on his office walls: honor, integrity and respect.

City of Rensselaer police are investigating a woman for allegedly attempting to rent the home where she lives to multiple people at the same time — and then keeping their security deposits when the deals inevitably fell through.

Two men from Brooklyn have been arrested for allegedly holding up a barbershop and forcibly stealing property from the owner and customers, Albany police said.

The Albany County Legislature wants Albany International Airport to ban the sale of single use plastic water bottles.

The sightseeing boat the Dutch Apple II crashed into the U.S.S. Slater yesterday. The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating, but it appears a combination of mechanical failure and strong winds were the cause.

The Amsterdam School District is currently struggling to transport nearly 4,000 students daily because of a shortage in bus drivers.

Dozens of former St. Clare’s Hospital employees filed suit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and the St. Clare’s Corp. over the handling of their pension fund.

The blockbuster deal to create a film studio in downtown Yonkers announced last week will feature the redevelopment of a longtime prime piece of real estate owned by one of the key investors in the project.

Last year was a good year for Capital Region tourism, and Schenectady County led the region with 10.5 percent tourism spending growth over 2017, according to new state figures.

LUMA Festival, now in its fifth year, turns downtown Binghamton into an optical illusion, an ethereal visual landscape that feels like you walked onto a “Transformers” movie set. It might be coming to Albany.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a student loan payment and also revealed how much she still owes (quite a bit) — all while attending a congressional hearing on college debt.

A new rapid Lyme disease detection test, created by Ionica Sciences at Cornell’s McGovern Center Life Sciences Incubator, could be available by late 2020.

Uber laid off 435 workers in its product and engineering teams – the company’s second round of cuts in recent months as it struggles to make money.

A New Jersey man is accused of going on a spree in two states, including doing doughnuts in his car on Trump’s Bedminster, N.J., course and sneaking into the singer Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island home.

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown was accused of sexual assault, including forcible rape, by his former trainer in a federal lawsuit filed in Florida.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are a couple in real life. And now they’re going to play three pairs on Broadway.

Photo credit: AP.

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