While You Were Out: Sept. 30, 2019

As Monday draws to a close, there is a lot of news being made at the federal, state and local levels, CivMixers. So, let’s jump right in, shall we?

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP-controlled Senate “would have no choice” but to take up impeachment if the House Democrat-led inquiry ultimately leads to President Donald Trump.

Trump wondered whether Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff should be arrested for treason, a crime punishable by death, for misrepresenting his words at a congressional hearing last week.

The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, a former NYC mayor, for documents as part of its impeachment inquiry into the president.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was among administration officials who listened in on the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a senior State Department official said – a disclosure that ties the State Department more closely to the House impeachment inquiry.

WNY Republican Rep. Chris Collins submitted his resignation today ahead of his expected guilty plea tomorrow to federal charges in an insider trading case, according to the House Speaker’s office and court documents.

New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy wants the governor to call a special election to fill the House seat vacated by Collins so residents there do not lose out on representation for the next year.

A ninth woman has come forward to allege she was groped by former Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said over the weekend that he is considering a presidential run in 2020 as an independent.

A federal judge has thrown out New York state’s challenge to a federal tax law enacted by Congress nearly two years ago to cap the amount taxpayers can deduct in state and local taxes, a move that’s been harshly criticized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo issued a statement saying there is “no doubt in my mind” that the Trump administration’s “unfair tax policy targets New York and other blue states,” and suggesting an appeal might be in the cards.

Bronx Police Officer Brian Mulkeen was killed by friendly fire from fellow cops as he wrestled an ex-con for control of his service weapon, according to the NYPD and police sources.

Mulkeen gave up a high-paying financial job to serve his community as a police officer, according to a friend’s emotional online remembrance.

The Mavis Discount Tire in Saratoga Springs is increasingly being pulled into the Schoharie limo crash case as the one-year anniversary of the disaster, which killed 20 people, approaches.

The NYPD is taking no chances when it comes to the premiere of the new “Joker” film, which has already drummed up fears of movie-theater violence, directing all the city’s precincts to provide police coverage at Big Apple theaters showing the movie, law enforcement sources told The NY Post.

The state Senate is expected to hold hearings next month on repealing Law 50-a, which shields disciplinary records of police, firefighter and corrections officers.

Democrat Karen Smythe over the weekend launched her second bid for a state Senate seat in the Hudson Valley held by Republican Sen. Sue Serino.

REI, a chain beloved of campers and other outdoors recreation aficionados, has signaled its interest in developing the former Sears location at the south end of Colonie Center into its newest retail location.

More than seven months after a severe sepsis infection nearly killed him, Josh Woodward is still dealing with complications and facing another surgery. He and his wife are weighing whether to have his leg removed below the knee due to a wound in his right heel.

State Attorney General Letitia James filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirming New York’s support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Defying the NCAA, California opened the way today for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers and other sponsors, just like the pros.

CVS is the latest retailer to halt sales of popular heartburn treatment Zantac and the store generic version after warnings by U.S. health regulators.

The city of Watervliet could be on the verge of being removed from the state’s list of communities facing fiscal stress after dropping from the highest level of stress three years ago, city officials said.

Salty’s Pub & Bistro in Halfmoon, a seafood-themed mainstay of southern Saratoga County since the mid-1970s, is closed. The final day of service was yesterday, according to chef-owner John Marzilli.

The City of Albany is conducting a study to make improvements to Lark Street, which includes adding temporary curb extensions from Sunday, September 29 – Sunday, October 6.

Stewart’s Shops has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Voorheesville over the construction of a new store where Smith’s Tavern stood.

A new 80-foot downtown mural is celebrating Troy’s long history.

Optimism is good for your health.

It’s a big TV week.

New research in the Journal of Health Economics reveals something unexpected about allergies: U.S. cities experiencing unusually high pollen counts also experience lower rates of reported violent crime.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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