While You Were Out: Sept. 13, 2019

Another beautiful fall Friday in the books, CivMixers. I hope you were able to get out and enjoy some of it. There’s plenty of daylight left to do so if you haven’t.

In the news…

Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison and a $30,000 fine for her role in a sprawling college admissions scandal involving rich and famous families who funneled cash to fixers in order to get their kids into the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities.

Congress showed the breadth of its investigation into the big tech companies, making a public demand for scores of documents, including the personal emails and other communications from dozens of top executives.

Lawyers for the former F.B.I. deputy director Andrew G. McCabe, a frequent target of President Trump’s, have asked federal prosecutors whether a secret grand jury refused to indict him, which would be a sign that the government is struggling to make a case against him.

U.S. health officials are investigating low levels of a potentially dangerous contaminant in the popular heartburn medication Zantac and related drugs. But, for now, the FDA says patients can keep taking their medications.

A lawsuit by restaurant workers and a prominent restaurateur and hotelier who say Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution was restored today by a federal appeals court after a judge on a lower court dismissed it.

Ford is recalling more than 300,000 of its 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles because of a sharp seat frame edge that have caused at least 31 reports of hand injuries.

NXIVM leader Keith Raniere won’t be sentenced for his crimes until next year.

Sixty people in New York State have now been sickened by vape products, according to new statistics released by the state Department of Health.

Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who sponsored legislation to ban the sale of menthol- and other minty-flavored cigarettes, says he has gotten enough support from colleagues to ultimately have it become law.

A Stephentown man agreed to give up his firearms in what is believed to be the first such case resolved since New York’s “red flag” law took effect last month.

The temporary transfer of federal Customs and Border Protection officers from the U.S. northern border to the southern border prompted a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to introduce legislation this week that would regulate staffing at U.S.-Canada ports of entry.

The Postal Employees of Troy NY Federal Credit Union is merging into Cap Com Federal Credit Union and closing its office at 400 Broadway in Troy.

SUNY Empire State College will partner with the state Department of Labor to create a program called the Empire State Career Connector that will help shape education and training for emerging jobs and then connect people to those jobs after they completed the training or education needed.

The MTA needs to improve service through system maintenance and modernization for long-term revenue — rather than quick-fix fare hikes and job cuts, a new budget analysis from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found.

RIP Eddie Money, whose string of rock hits in the late 1970s and ’80s included “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” He died today in Los Angeles at the age of 70, succumbing to stage 4 esophageal cancer.

Freshman Staten Island Rep. Max Rose is urging his Democratic colleagues not to move forward with impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Democrat Tracy Mitrano is officially launching another challenge to Republican Rep. Tom Reed in NY-23 after losing to him by 8 percentage points in the 2018 election.

Rochester-area Democratic Rep. Joe Morelle announced support for a pair of bills designed to boost the vaccination rates for children across the country.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s department says 95-year-old David Erb, the oldest-living jockey to win a Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, has been located after going missing Thursday night.

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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