While You Were Out: Sept. 24, 2019

As Tuesday winds down, the big news is taking place at the federal level. Jumping right in to what you need to know here, CivMixers….

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly is planning to put a resolution on the House floor tomorrow to address the Ukraine scandal.

…Apparently she wants to act before Thursday, when acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is scheduled to appear before House Intelligence Committee, in hopes of pressuring him to reveal the details of the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump.

After months of caution, Pelosi has become convinced that Trump’s reported actions, and his administration’s refusal to share details about the matter with Congress, left the House no alternative but to move forward with an impeachment inquiry.

Pelosi is going to make a statement on this issue at 5 p.m., following meetings with congressional leadership and her caucus.

The rising furor has heightened interest in how the impeachment process works. Here’s what you need to know.

A number of New York Democratic House members – Antonio Delgado, Joe Morelle, Tom Suozzi and Sean Patrick Maloney – jumped on the impeachment bandwagon.

Trump, meanwhile, said he would release the transcript of his July phone call with the Ukrainian president in an effort to quell the controversy over whether he pressed for Kiev to investigate a political rival.

Trump took center stage at the U.N. General Assembly to deliver a strong defense of nationalism while exhorting the world to act against Iran’s “bloodlust” and rising aggression.

Fox News apologized to teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg after conservative commentator Michael Knowles referred to her as “mentally ill” on the air, calling his statement “disgraceful.”

The Democratic governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will work together to form a regional policy plan for vaping products and marijuana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The largest group of children of firefighters killed on Sept. 11 or from related diseases joined the FDNY today.

Hudson Valley Community College’s faculty union is locked in a dispute with the college’s administration over the installation of surveillance cameras in some labs and classrooms over the summer, primarily in the science wing.

The National Weather Service in Albany says that barring the discovery of a video it will be impossible to determine if a gray cone-shaped cloud photographed in Johnstown Monday was a tornado.

Sportsmen joined Republican WNY state Sen. Robert G. Ortt at a news conference yesterday at the Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club in Pendleton to blast Democratic bills that would make gun raffles illegal.

More than $41 million worth of state tax refunds were stopped by the state comptroller’s office due to questionable filings, according to a letter sent to the Department of Taxation and Finance.

Albany Medical Center nurses who are members of the New York State Nurses Association will picket tomorrow in response to what they say are unsafe staffing levels.

Teachers and staff at Mechanicville schools kicked off the school year with a “ceremony of hope” as part of incoming Superintendent Bruce Potter’s plan to transform the district’s culture and improve morale among employees who say tension had long been brewing over the previous administration’s top-down approach.

A man who was arrested in July after he was caught with 179 pounds of marijuana on the Northway will serve a year in jail.

The Healthcare Association of New York State’s first ever opioid summit took place in Saratoga Springs.

Federal law enforcement officials have revived a criminal investigation of a Greene County town’s use of more than $5 million in government aid that was obtained following a series of devastating storms in 2011 and 2012.

Once a convent and school, St. Casimir’s on Sheridan Avenue in Albany is now a space for the homeless, hungry and poor. A ribbon cutting ceremony his afternoon culminated a $10 million project from Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, IPH.

Two people are dead after a massive house explosion in the Ontario County Town of Richmond.

RIP Robert Bennett, who served six governors at the Executive Mansion, beginning at age 23 in 1953, as a butler and valet. He died on Sept. 12 of heart failure after a short time in the Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital t the age of 89.

Francis P. Melfe, the former Schenectady priest targeted in multiple child sex abuse claims, died at the age of 91 and was buried this morning at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Albany after a private funeral service.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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