While You Were Out: Oct. 11, 2019

Are you ready for the long weekend, CivMixers? We sure are. As we end the first full week of October, we’re at mid-peak according to the state’s foilage tracker. Make sure to take advantage of the weather this weekend, as the mercury will remain in the mid 60s during the day before dropping to the low 40s in the evening.

In the news…

A federal appeals court ruled that President Donald Trump’s financial records must be turned over to the House of Representatives.

Marie Yovanovitch, who was recalled as the American ambassador to Ukraine, testified to impeachment investigators that a top State Department official told her that Trump had pushed for her removal for months even though the department believed she had “done nothing wrong.”

Gordon Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, has agreed to comply with a House subpoena and testify next week, despite the State Department’s instruction to him not to appear before lawmakers.

One month after the MyPayrollHR fiasco led to direct deposits being reversed in thousands of peoples’ bank accounts nationwide, the president of the financial institution that signed off on millions of dollars of loans for the troubled company is making his first public comment.

Next Tuesday will be the biggest presidential primary debate in history. Twelve Democratic candidates will be stuffed on stage with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts again at the center.

Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election has generally been seen as two separate, unrelated tracks: hacking Democratic emails and sending provocative tweets. But a new study suggests the tactics were likely intertwined.

New York State will become the first state to require the disclosure of ingredients in tampons and other menstrual products.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and her husband sold their 3,400-square-foot ranch in the city’s Buckingham Pond neighborhood this week for $425,000.

…The Sheehans, who have one child in college, wanted to move into a smaller home. They bought an old rowhouse at 18 First St. in January 2018 and did extensive renovations before moving in last week.

Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado has raised more than $2 million this year as he prepares for a 2020 re-election fight in New York’s competitive 19th District.

Republican North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik told a crowd of about 40 people at the Johnstown Senior Center that she supports Trump and is against his impeachment, but also disagrees with him on a number of issues.

A brief car chase from Albany to Rensselaer ended with a 46-year-old man’s arrest yesterday after police said they caught him in a stolen car.

Police are investigating a string of church burglaries in Greene County.

Homeowners with property damage from flooding along Lake Ontario this year can apply for financial assistance from the state.

A fast-moving fire that sent flames shooting 15 feet in the air gutted a vacant home in Schenectady that fire officials now say must be torn down because of the damage.

Hakki Akdeniz built a pizza chain and has 3.5 million followers on Instagram. But he was once homeless, and returned to the streets this week to leave fresh hot boxes of pizza at the sites where four homeless men were recently killed.

Randy Santos, 24, who is accused of fatally bludgeoning four fellow homeless men and seriously injuring a fifth has been indicted in connection with the Chinatown rampage, prosecutors announced today in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a Rotterdam Democrat, has asked the state Comptroller’s Office to investigate the collapse of the intermunicipal garbage disposal agreement between Montgomery and Fulton counties.

Actor Chazz Palminteri apologized to Bill de Blasio during a heated, live radio exchange for calling the NYC mayor’s wife a racist for nixing Italian American icon Mother Frances Cabrini in the “She Built NYC” competition to build statues of historic women.

NBC News arranged settlements and nondisclosure agreements with Matt Lauer victims for years, Ronan Farrow claimed in a new interview.

KFC is adding Kentucky Fried Chicken Wings to its menu.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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