Rise and Shine: Oct. 22, 2019

Hello, CivMixers! It’s Tuesday.

We’re in store for some rain today, according to The National Weather Channel, with clouds early and then off and on showers turning into some steadier precipitation by evening. There’s a 100 percent chance of rain tonight. So bring those raincoats and umbrellas if you’re heading out.

Temperatures during the day will be just shy of 60 degrees.

It’s National Nut Day and International Stuttering Awareness Day.

Rapper Shaggy – remember him? – is turning 51 today. He shares his Libra birthday with actors Jeff Goldblum (67) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (44), French actress Catherine Deneuve (76) and pianist Franz Liszt, who lived from 1811 to 1886.

The Cuban Missile Crisis started on this day in history in 1962 when JFK told Americans spy planes had discovered Soviet Missile bases in Cuba, and that these missile bases when complete would be able to launch missiles capable of striking a number of US cities – something he did not feel he could allow.

In today’s news…

House Democrats have resigned themselves to the likelihood that impeachment proceedings against President Trump will extend into the Christmas season, as they plan a series of public hearings intended to make the simplest and most devastating possible public case in favor of removing him from office.

Trump called on fellow Republicans to “get tougher and fight” against the quickly moving House impeachment inquiry as Democrats blocked a GOP bid to censure Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, a leader of the impeachment inquiry.

North Country Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik turned down an invitation from White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to participate in a retreat at Camp David this past weekend, where the main topic was likely to be impeachment defense.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was headed to a second term yesterday after an often ugly campaign that became a referendum on his character and on his authenticity as an earnest standard-bearer for liberalism.

Pacific Gas & Electric warned that it would likely cut power temporarily to hundreds of thousands of customers in Northern California by tomorrow night for the second time in two weeks.

Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful Andrew Yang said the high-stakes tests required for entry into New York City’s elite public high schools should not be the only requirement for admission.

In new court documents, the Schoharie County DA argues there is no reason that manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges against Nauman Hussain in the Schoharie limo crash case should be dismissed — highlighting new evidence that Hussain repeatedly ignored pleas by others that the 31-foot stretch Excursion involved in the crash that killed 20 people last October was unsafe.

Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr., who faced criticism for his office’s handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case, is now being accused of showing leniency toward another well-connected sex offender: Robert Hadden, a Manhattan gynecologist who sexually abused his patients but avoided prison time and received the lowest sex offender status.

One of the two women Cuba Gooding Jr. is charged with groping sued the actor yesterday, saying he pinched her buttocks at the nightclub where she worked and that he repeatedly tried to touch her again even as she pleaded with him to stop.

Berkshire Bank expects to lose up to $12 million due to “fraudulent activity” on the part of a borrower —apparently Michael Mann, the CEO of shuttered former Clifton Park company MyPayrollHR.

Mario P. Chiarello, 67, a town of Bethlehem Democratic Committee member, is accused of stealing highway superintendent candidate John “Tiger” Anastasi’s campaign signs.

A 17-year-old city resident who is not being identified due to his age was charged with making a terroristic threat after allegedly posting on Facebook on Sunday that there would be a shooting at Albany High School. Police say the threat was not credible.

A portion of Central Avenue was closed last night while firefighters battled a blaze inside an abandoned former school building. Traffic was diverted onto side roads.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a joint statement with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to fight back against the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of rules that allow states to regulate pollution in local bodies of water.

Cuomo and his dog, Captain, celebrated big wins from the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on Twitter Sunday — even though the Jets actually played last night.

Cuomo (without Captain) attended a recent Buffalo Bills home game.

What’s expected to be a hotly contested Republican primary in NY-27 is already getting some outside attention from the Club for Growth Super PAC, which is airing an ad attacking the front runner, state Sen. Chris Jacobs.

Students in good academic standing at Hudson Valley Community College will be guaranteed entry to University at Albany after completing two years at the Troy community college, according to a new initiative announced by officials of both institutions.

The city, county and state officials have a message for truckers driving through South Pearl Street near the Ezra Prentice Homes in Albany: Stay away if you can.

The findings of a first-of-its-kind air quality study were released in Albany’s South End neighborhood, and found truck pollutants on South Pearl Street at Ezra Prentice homes to be higher than elsewhere in the community.

Police in two different counties Saturday had to break up massive – and unrelated – parties that involved state University at Albany students on homecoming weekend.

An out-of-control party involving 1,000 people ended with a trashed house in Columbia County. Investigators say the venue was an Airbnb.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after bullets were found inside a second-grade classroom in Ravena.

A group of Rensselaer citizens aligned to address environmental, health and quality of life issues associated with the Dunn Construction and Demolition Landfill, which sits adjacent to a school, said DEC efforts to control the site have come too late.

Christine Rossi’s death came as a shock to many of her co-workers at the Daily Gazette after police say she was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Saturday morning.

New York’s relationship with its top trading partner, Canada, could soon get an overhaul as negotiations over the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement between House Democrats and the Trump administration advance despite the impeachment inquiry.

Happy the elephant may get a special visitor at The Bronx Zoo — the judge who is set to decide whether she should be moved to a sanctuary.

NYPD cops and civilian mental-health workers will respond to 911 calls about emotionally disturbed people as part of a $37 million plan NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday.

A NYC panel narrowly approved the first Central Park monument dedicated to women, despite criticism the statue wrongly links three suffragettes at opposite ends of the movement.

A state judge has allowed Massachusetts’ four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products to stand as a legal challenge makes its way through the courts.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy is seeking to pull back the curtain on his Smart Cities initiative following mounting lawmaker questions over costs, transparency, security protocols and the overall scope of the effort.

The famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be making its way to New York City from Orange County this year.

A New Jersey seminary has pledged to spend $27 million on scholarships and other initiatives to address its historical ties to slavery, in what appears to be the biggest effort of its kind.

Billed as a photo contest in which you could win $500, Transit Workers Union Local 100 wants to see what amounts to the trashiest subway cars that New York City riders encounter.

More parents have pleaded guilty in the ongoing college admissions scandal.

Shalane Flanagan, 38, one of the most decorated distance runners in American history, announced via Instagram that she is retiring from professional running.

Abortion has been decriminalized and same-sex marriage is to be legalised in Northern Ireland.

Comic book and pop culture fans will flock to the Spa City this coming weekend for Saratoga Comic Con.

Now’s your chance to own a piece of the iconic former Spa City Diner.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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