Rise and Shine, Oct. 23, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers, and I’m getting a late start – for me, anyway. I could give you the whole “dog ate my WiFi” song and dance. But let’s just say: I’m up, you’re up, let’s do this Tuesday thing together, shall we?

It’s going to be mostly cloud and dry, today, but very humid – like 90 percent humidity, according to The Weather Channel. The temperatures will maybe get just a hair above 60 degrees.

It’s National Medical Assistants Day AND National Paralegal Day AND National Boston Cream Pie Day. I endorse all of these. Apparently, it’s also National Croc Day and Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day, neither of which I can get behind. Sorry.

Film producer Trevor Engelson, who is most famous for being Duchess Meghan Markle’s ex-husband, turns 42 today. He shares his birthday with TV host Johnny Carson (72), actor Ryan Reynolds (42), country music singer Dwight Yoakam (62), movie director Ang Lee (63) and musician “Weird Al” Yankovic (58). Talk about an ecelectic bunch!

On this day in 1981, the US national debt hit $1 trillion for the first time, and in 2001 on this day, Apple released the iPod – remember THAT???

In the news on this day…

The top American diplomat in Ukraine told impeachment investigators how multiple senior administration officials told him that President Trump blocked security aid to Ukraine and refused to meet the country’s leader until he agreed to publicly pledge to investigate Trump’s political rivals.

With skating season kicking off at Central Park’s two rinks, those returning to the ice may notice a lot less of something that was conspicuous in the past: Donald Trump’s name.

The police in eastern England have opened a murder investigation after the bodies of 39 people were found in a truck in an industrial park in the early hours this morning.

October is National Domestic Violence Month and Democrats on Capitol Hill have renewed their push to renew and extend the Violence Against Women Act.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for president has rebounded, and now stands at its widest margin since April, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to use a legislative maneuver to force a Senate vote to bolster states like New York in their efforts to blunt the cost of Congress capping the so-called SALT deduction in the Republican tax law of 2017.

Constituents, friends and other mourners are set to gather at a historically black college in Baltimore to honor the life of Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings in the first of a series of planned services.

Long Island Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice is asking the New York committee that oversees lawyers to disbar Rudy Giuliani for his involvement in the Ukraine issue.

Two associates of Giuliani are to be arraigned today in federal court in Manhattan on charges they used straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions to politicians and committees to advance their business interests.

The West Point cadet who vanished from the military campus with a rifle last week has been identified as 20-year-old Kade Kurita, the school said.

….The body of Kurita, of Gardena, California, was found at 9:47 p.m. last night on the military academy’s grounds. His cause of death is under investigation, but foul play isn’t suspected.

An NYPD police officer fatally shot a suspect, who was armed and naked, during a gunfight early morning inside a Harlem apartment building.

Activists rallied outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York City office yesterday to urge him to sign a bill that would expand access to addiction treatment for low-income New Yorkers.

The state’s highest court has upheld the Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to build a road near the Hudson River in the Adirondacks that will eventually be part of a new snowmobile route in the vast forest preserve.

Democratic state Sen. Neil Breslin plans to introduce new legislation to require board of elections to put early voting sites in the larger communities in each county.

State lawmakers are considering legislation to restrict ambiguous rules and costly towing fees at private parking lots.

The Saratoga Springs School District partnered last night with Saratoga Hospital and other community partners to educate parents, teachers and community members about the dangers of vaping.

Another school district in the Capital Region is dealing with the report of a threat. Police say they got reports that a student at Waterford-Halfmoon High School made threats to bring a gun to school today, and they will increase their presence there though the threat is unfounded.

Attorneys representing the family of one of the victims of the deadly Schoharie limo crash say it’s highly unusual for a criminal case to be aired out in the open, with motions, correspondence, and discovery documents shared with the media and public.

Yet another lawsuit has been filed against Prestige Limousine operator Nauman Hussain.

Physical evidence from last year’s limousine crash is consistent with the driver having tried to apply the brakes, even though they apparently failed, according to a brake expert hired by police.

State Republicans are pushing the governor to call a special election for the NY-27 seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Collins.

NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams cracked the door open to a possible mayoral bid – not in 2021, but perhaps sometime further down the road – during an hour-long debate as he campaigns for reelection.

Though their rally drew big crowds last weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders have seen an unexpected backlash from some public housing leaders, who said the Sanders campaign did little to include in the event the roughly 6,000 residents of Queensbridge Houses, the housing project across the street from where the event was held.

After a spate of cyclist deaths, NYC is calibrating some signals to give bikes priority for green lights. Drivers say the change worsens traffic.

Two NYC police unions have amped up their campaigns against a November ballot question that would expand the powers of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, sending tweets and letters to members urging them to vote “no” on the measure.

UAlbany unveiled a tool to assist local school superintendents in determining whether to call a snow day.

Union College in Schenectady is looking to “transcend disciplinary boundaries” and “reimagine the curriculum” as college officials roll out a new five-year strategic plan.

Con Edison’s electric ratepayers are set to pay millions for work the company did on New York City’s subway system under a proposal endorsed by the utility and regulators.

A California marketing executive and author is returning to federal court in Boston today to be sentenced for her role in a college admissions bribery scheme.

Music artist and actress Queen Latifah was among the honorees recognized by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.

A proposed bill in Massachusetts would make it illegal to call someone a b***h in the Bay State.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has been indicted on criminal charges involving a third woman accusing him of sexual misconduct.

The Palace Theatre will be a stop this coming March for “MasterChef Junior” Live, a 40-date national tour featuring culinary competitions among past 8- to 13-year-old contestants on the popular Fox cooking show “MasterChef Junior.”

Five Guys will open in Malta Nov. 14, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce to follow at 10:030 a.m. Nov. 24. The restaurant is owned by Savita and Tejraj Hada (RSVT Holding, LLC), and will be their 22nd Five Guys. They opened the first in Niskayuna in July 2005.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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