Rise and Shine: Sept. 19, 2019

Hello and welcome to Thursday, CivMixers. It’s going to be another clear and sunny day, perhaps slightly less breezy than yesterday. Winds will be “light and variable,” according to our friends at The Weather Channel.

It’s headed back down into the 40s come evening, and then – talk about a temperature swing! – into the low to mid 80s for Friday and the weekend.

But first we need to get through today. So, without further ado, let us proceed to the headlines.

In the news…

The re-election campaign of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was thrown into turmoil yesterday when a photograph surfaced of him wearing brownface makeup at a 2001 private school party.

Trudeau confirmed that he appears in the photo, and said he was “deeply sorry” for what he described as a “dumb thing to do.”

President Trump said that his administration would issue a notice of environmental violation against the city of San Francisco because of what he described as its homelessness problem.

The Fed cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point – its second cut since late July, and suggested it was prepared to move aggressively if the United States economy shows additional signs of weakening. The president was not satisfied.

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg testified before Congress about climate change and global warming, during which she submitted a prominent global warming report to lawmakers in place of giving prepared remarks. She urged lawmakers not to listen to her per se, but to “unite behind the science…and take action.”

…her remarks lasted barely a minute.

The White House reportedly plans to withdraw the nomination of Jeff Byard, Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, seven months after he was nominated to the position.

Trump signed his name on a newly constructed section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, calling it a “world-class security system” that will be virtually impenetrable.

Wall Street billionaire John Paulson is hosting a top-dollar fundraiser for Trump’s 2020 campaign while the president is in New York next week to address the United Nations.

Former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the Democratic presidential primary field in a Fox News poll, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren are closing the gap.

Powerful winds from Hurricane Humberto began hitting Bermuda as the government urged people to stay off the streets during the British territory’s close brush with the powerful Category 3 storm.

A jury yesterday heard rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (Aka Daniel Hernandez) describe getting abducted at gunpoint last year amid a dispute between rival factions of a violent street gang he joined.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is launching a statewide education campaign on the new Red Flag gun safety law.

Numerous Catholic bishops across the U.S. have become involved in controversies over their handling of clergy sexual abuse. But perhaps none is as embroiled in scandal as Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, one of the largest dioceses in the Northeast.

State health officials confirmed that an investigation is underway into a Legionnaires’ disease case concerning a resident of a Guilderland assisted living site that was the site of an outbreak earlier this year.

The state is abandoning plans for natural gas-fired turbines and a microgrid in Sheridan Hollow to power Empire State Plaza, instead opting for a slew of energy efficient and green projects to meet the sprawling downtown campus’s energy needs.

Kris Thompson, a longtime state Senate GOP aide and former chief of staff for Sen. Daphne Jordan, has filed a human rights complaint accusing the lawmaker of firing him after he declined to attend a campaign strategy meeting at a Halfmoon restaurant in July.

The Albany Episcopal Diocese bishop who vowed to continue prohibiting same-sex marriages in defiance of the church’s orders, the Rev. William H. Love, will face a disciplinary hearing, the Episcopal Church announced.

Any trials for five of the first lawsuits filed against the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese under the Child Victims Act likely won’t start until 2021.

The EPA is refusing to promise a federal limit on PFOA exposure, as requested by advocates like including Michael Hickey, the whistleblower who is widely credited with discovering the presence of the chemical in Hoosick Falls’ drinking water.

A new study suggests over 100,000 cancer cases may stem from contaminants in tap water.

Michael F. Zonsius, approved by the board of Albany County Airport Authority to be the airport’s new CFO during a meeting on Sept. 5, previously was chief financial officer for the Chicago Department of Aviation, where he managed financial operations at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

Troy police have identified the victim of Tuesday’s homicide as 19-year-old Beyonce Wint of New York City.

Troy City Council members are pushing to roll out new surveillance cameras, citing reliability issues with the current system.

A garbage fee was implemented in 2018 for city of Troy residents and many said they want the services to match what they’re paying.

The financially-troubled Johnstown School District has hired a controversial new interim superintendent. Karen Geelan will start as the superintendent next week even though she is currently employed as the superintendent of a school district in Westchester County until 2022, though she’s suspended from that post.

A woman who said she was “Victim-1” in the federal indictment against the financier Jeffrey Epstein sued the executors of his estate, saying he had abused her for three years starting when she was about 14 and struggling financially.

Mayoral candidate Rodney G. Wiltshire Jr. lost the Libertarian slot on the November ballot when paperwork accepting the new party’s nomination was not submitted, Democratic and Republican Rensselaer County Board of Elections commissioners said.

Albany police are investigating two separate robberies that occurred Tuesday night in the Center Square neighborhood.

This is the fourth year CDTA is partnering with the American Cancer Society on its “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign, which features pink buses on Capital Region streets.

Citing growing trends in the food-to-go category, Stewart’s Shops announced the closing its Hudson Falls store.

Longtime NewsChannel 13 announcer Ed Hopkins has died of pancreatic cancer. RIP.

Chris Churchill mulls the benefits of Bergen County’s ban on Sunday shopping.

A rare Dutch painting serendipitously discovered by a local collector is now on display at the Albany Institute of History and Art.

A panel of scientists issued new nutritional guidelines for children, describing in detail what they should be allowed to drink in the first years of life – basically breast milk or formula for babies, and then plain cow’s milk and water. The recommendations, among the most comprehensive and restrictive to date, may startle some parents.

Grieving fans have given sales bumps to the music of late rockers Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek of The Cars in the immediate aftermath of their recent deaths.

Colorful fall foliage is progressing, especially in New York state’s northern and western regions, according to I Love NY, the state’s tourism website.

Speaking of foliage…Now I’ve seen everything.

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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