While You Were Out: Sept. 25, 2019

Another whirlwind day of non-stop news is coming to an end, CivMixers. My head is still spinning as Thursday comes to a close…and there’s still a number of hours yet for a headline or two to drop.

I’ll be watching for that. In the meantime, here’s what’s going on…

President Trump repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine for cooperation with his political agenda in a July 25 call, urging his counterpart to start corruption investigations while stressing the United States’ role in military assistance for Kiev.

The Trump administration is pushing a proposal to drastically increase fees for immigrants appealing deportation cases or legally attempting to get judges to reconsider their claims in court.

The U.S. Senate voted to block Trump’s national emergency declaration over the southern border for the second time.

…But the 54-to-41 vote, in which 11 Republicans joined Democrats to break with the president over his signature domestic priority, fell short of the margin that would be needed to overcome a presidential veto, ensuring Trump can continue to redirect military funding to build a barrier on the southwestern border.

New York state filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over a directive issued by the agency last year that allowed its officers to more easily arrest undocumented immigrants at state courthouses.

U.S. stocks rebounded from an early slide this afternoon after encouraging housing data and remarks by Trump indicating a trade deal with China could happen soon put investors in a buying mood.

Employers remain the main source of health insurance in the U.S., covering about 153 million people. But premiums and deductibles are pushing employer-based coverage increasingly out of reach, according to a new analysis released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The chief executive of Juul has quit. The e-cigarette startup is under siege as criticism over its role in youth vaping mounts. It is the target of federal investigations.

Juul also has a new marketing strategy: It will suspend all TV, print and digital ads and will stop some of its lobbying efforts.

GlobalFoundries, which employs 3,000 people at its Fab 8 computer chip factory in Malta, is planning to go public by selling off a minority stake of the company in an initial public offering by 2022, CEO Tom Caulfield told The Wall Street Journal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of Merryl Tisch, who’s been serving as vice chair of the SUNY board since March 2018, to replace H. Carl McCall as SUNY board chair. McCall announced his retirement back in April.

Cuomo also appointed Cesar Perales, who has served as New York’s Secretary of State, the board’s vice chair. Perales was appointed a member of the SUNY board of trustees on June 21.

Cachet Financial Services, the California company embroiled in the collapse of MyPayrollHR, has filed suit against the Clifton Park payroll firm and its owner, Michael Mann, claiming the defendants “illegally and fraudulently manipulated” Cachet’s software files to pull off a $26 million electronic heist.

After a five-year fight, the state Thruway Authority and the Seneca Nation of Indians announced an agreement to begin work to the three-mile stretch of the Thruway that runs through the Cattaraugus Territory. The work will begin tomorrow to repair the dilapidated road between exit 57A and exit 58.

A demonstration took place outside Albany Medical Center today as nurses are calling for their first contract since voting to unionize a year ago.

Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont today announced a strategic partnership between their two states to develop a uniform regional approach to policies on e-cigarettes and legal cannabis.

Cuomo weighed in on the impeachment inquiry of Trump, calling it a “constitutional obligation” that Congress should carry out.

Utica Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi said he’s taking a “cautious approach” on impeachment.

A Pittsburgh-based company that makes biodiesel systems took first place in the 76West Clean Energy Competition, where awards are given to innovative green energy companies.

New York’s top judge, Janet DiFiore, has called for a comprehensive restructuring of the state’s court system, the latest attempt to simplify a labyrinth that features 11 different trial court venues.

Is acid rain returning to the Adirondacks? Environmentalists say that’s a possibility in light of an Environmental Protection Agency denial this week of a petition by New York state to crack down on coal plant emissions in the Midwest.

The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market won first place nationally and first place in the Northeast region in people’s-choice voting sponsored by the National Farmland Trust. According to the trust, the Troy market received more than 1,000 votes, about 100 more than its closest competitor in both regional and national voting.

Police, state troopers and Department of Transportation officials were called to the Imperial Motel in Schenectady this morning after a bus driver found a woman’s body when he went to do a check of the seats.

A former nun, who nearly 30 years ago was found to have defrauded a group of anesthesiologists, is being accused of draining nearly $1 million from an Albany dentist’s bank accounts.

White people in New York City report smoking marijuana at a higher rate than black and Latinx city residents, though the vast majority of people arrested for low-level marijuana-related crimes are people of color, a new study by the city Department of Health revealed.

Empty retail space in the Big Apple doubled over the last 10 years, according to a troubling new study by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The state Thruway Authority believes it can save a few hundred million dollars on its debt costs for the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge — and the market’s low interest rates are to thank.

A third of Gotham residents ages 18 to 25 smoke, vape or otherwise ingest cannabis, according to the first-ever report on marijuana use by the city’s Health Department.

A survey found St. John Fisher, a college in Rochester, has the best on-campus dining in the state – beating out the CIA(!).

NOTE: One of our contributors took this cool photo, and I cannot for the life of me remember which one…someone please remind me! Thanks.

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