While You Were Out: Sept. 12, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMix crew. If you’re preparing to settle in to watch tonight’s Democratic 2020 primary debate in Texas, I hope you’ve got your popcorn ready, because it’s looking like there could be some very interesting moments.

There are several issues pertinent to New York to watch out for during tonight’s proceedings, should you be tuning in.

If politics is not your bag, I hope you found something that sparked your interest in Stacey’s earlier post on things to do this evening around the region.

Oh, and BTW, it’s National Video Games Day.

Headlines…

The Trump administration announced the repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water.

The president today is making his first (very limited) visit to Baltimore since describing it nearly two months ago as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”

About 2,500 people have been reported missing in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, but the names have yet to be checked against those who evacuated or sought shelter, the government said.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez loudly banged a gavel to shut down ex-acting ICE director Tom Homan when he kept defending himself and his agency after she repeatedly told him that his time had expired during a contentious House hearing.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, facing potentially huge judgments for past sexual abuse by its priests and other ministers, filed for bankruptcy this morning.

At Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s direction, the Department of Financial Services pushed insurers across the state to quickly resolve claims stemming from cases filed under the Child Victims Act.

If New York is going to meet the ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals of the newly enacted Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, policymakers should work to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, according to a report released today.

Glens Falls Hospital and Albany Med announced today that they have taken the next step toward a strategic affiliation, approving the Definitive Agreement for Glens Falls Hospital to become an affiliate of Albany Med.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby and blamed the result on contaminated food.

In late July, a judge in the Bronx said in a scathing opinion that police officers claim to smell marijuana so often that it strains credulity, and she called on judges across the state to stop letting them get away with lying about it.

According to the U.S Coast Guard, an error using the ship’s transmission throttle caused the engine of the Dutch Apple II to come out of gear, allowing high winds to push the ship into the path of the USS Slater.

Calling it a misleading attempt to profit off a service provided free of charge, Attorney General Letitia James ordered a company that peddles “Me Too”-labeled sexual assault evidence kits to stop sales of its product.

Saratoga County is likely to join Fulton and Rensselaer counties in condemning the Cuomo administration’s plans to charge a $25 fee for the new license plates the state will start issuing in April.

…apparently this is now officially “Plate Gate.”

Union College President David Harris this week outlined the college’s new strategic plan as he formally welcomed Union College’s newest freshmen class.

Friends and co-workers of the long-time horse ambulance driver at Saratoga Race Course, Frank J. Fodera, were at the track to say goodbye to the 64-year-old as his funeral procession took him on a final tour of the track.

Several Guilderland businesses near Carman Plaza were closed this morning for a reported gas leak.

Indicted WMY Republican Rep. Christopher Collins said he’s unsure if he’ll seek re-election to the seat he’s held since 2013, but he’s confident he’ll win if he does.

Child care programs in New York will soon need to follow new food guidelines for preventing and responding to potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.

Pioneer Bank appears to be in a major financial bind, the result of being exposed to a major, multi-million dollar fraud scheme.

While some neighbors brace to fight plans to supersize Harlem’s storied Lenox Terrace apartments, one notable tenant — former Gov. David Paterson — is linking arms with the landlord and its lobbyists.

State Sen. Brian Benjamin this morning announced he is exploring a run for the post of NYC comptroller in 2021. The move by Benjamin comes nearly a year after his Senate colleague, Brooklyn Demorat Kevin Parker, formed a campaign committee to run for the job.

State Sen. Shelley Mayer wants to close a loophole in the state’s voyeurism laws.

An EnCon officer pulled over a vehicle in Homer because it had an ATV strapped to its roof. The driver got ticketed for an unsecured load and driving an overloaded vehicle.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos did some kayaking on the Buffalo River.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Una Gandbhir ordered that the Sarah Palin case file be sealed from the public, following the revelation earlier this week that Todd Palin filed for divorce following 31 years of marriage to the erstwhile Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate.

Hillary Clinton “found” her lost emails at the Venice Biennale.

The 47th annual Adirondack Balloon Festival will be held from Sept. 19 to 22 in Glens Falls.

Mind. Blown.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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