While You Were Out: Sept. 23, 2019

It has been a day and then some, CivMixers. So sorry for the delayed post. I’m going to be quick about some updates of stories that made headlines today while I was otherwise engaged, and get back to you with our regular scheduling bright and early tomorrow morning.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg made international news with her message for world leaders at the United Nations: “We’ll be watching you.”

Speaking at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, she added: “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you”

Video of Swedish teen crossing paths with President Trump following her forceful speech quickly went viral across social media.

Though the pace of action on climate change has been slow, roughly 60 countries announced efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, several asset fund managers said they would aim to get to a net-zero portfolio of investments by the same year, and dozens of businesses said they would aim to abide by the Paris Agreement targets.

Trump denied that he had withheld security aid from Ukraine in an effort to pressure its president to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, even as he defended his attempt to enlist a foreign leader to dig up dirt on an adversary.

Democrats moved assertively to increase political pressure on the White House and congressional Republicans to furnish documentation about explosive allegations that Trump sought to pressure the Ukrainian president to help produce damaging information on Biden.

The DNC announced it would demand a slight increase in the polling and fund-raising thresholds that presidential candidates must meet in order to qualify for the party’s November primary debate, a move that may once again shrink the field of participating candidates.

The Manhattan DA’s office accused Trump and his lawyers of trying to invent a “new presidential ‘tax return’ privilege” by arguing that Mr. Trump should not have to comply with a subpoena seeking eight years of his personal and corporate returns.

Michael Mann, the 49-year-old owner of the now-shuttered Clifton Park company, MyPayrollHR, has been charged with using fake companies to fraudulently obtain up to $70 million in loans and lines of credit.

After a violent week in Troy that included a homicide, the police chief and the mayor are holding a community meeting tonight at Knickerbacker Middle School on 7th Avenue.

A Bronx man was killed and his 5-year-old daughter was injured early today after he apparently jumped in front of a subway train while holding onto the girl, the police said.

Thanks to a steady flow of attacks and injuries from wild and exotic animals in captivity, the DEC wants to expand its list of so-called dangerous animals.

Albany leaders unveiled a new stretch of New Scotland Avenue they say will serve as a model for business districts throughout the city.

Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late Rep. Maurice Hinchey, kicked off her bid for the state Senate seat held by Republican incumbent George Amedore.

The Lake George science teacher who was facing second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of his wife took a plea deal today in Saratoga County Court.

The former owner of Valued Homes in South Glens Falls, who was charged with stealing from dozens of buyers of modular homes throughout the state, pleaded guilty today.

Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn, a Schenectady native who rose to lead the Roman Catholic Church’s response the wave of child sexual abuse scandals in the early 2000s, died Sunday at the age of 86, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis said. The cause of death was not immediately available.

Saratoga Springs has a new downtown parking garage.

The ban on flavored e-liquids is in effect, but it gives vape shops until October 4 to clear their inventory.

The 19-year-old Middleburgh woman accused of driving drunk and killing her friend in a crash pleaded guilty and faces up to nine years in prison.

The TV Academy is apologizing for using a photo of a living composer – 75-year-old conductor Leonard Slatkin – instead of the image of the late Andre Previn during an Emmy’s memoriam segment.

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