While You Were Out: Oct. 15, 2019

Tuesday is coming to a close, CivMixers, but if you’re a political junkie the fun of the day is yet to come, as we gear up for the biggest presidential debate in U.S. history.

Twelve candidates will be facing off from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern in Westerville, Ohio. You can watch it on nytimes.com, The New York Times’s app, CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN.com.

The candidates will have 75 seconds for initial answers and 45 seconds for rebuttals. There will be no opening statements. The moderators are CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett and The Times’s National editor, Marc Lacey.

The candidates will likely be pressed on a number of hot button issues currently facing the Trump White House since their last meeting – including the president’s pressuring Ukraine to probe former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as the latest developments in Syria.

The three frontrunners – Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – will have a chance to answer recent doubts about their campaigns, while nine other candidates get a new shot at the political spotlight in hopes of rising or at least remaining relevant.

In the headlines…

Hours after Hunter Biden’s interview aired today, President Trump said former VP Biden’s son “was really bad” on TV — adding that “now Sleepy Joe has real problems!”

House Democrats are gauging support for a vote to formally authorize the impeachment inquiry as another official testified today in the deepening probe of Trump’s efforts to have Ukraine investigate Joe Biden.

A majority of New York state voters believe Congress should conduct an impeachment investigation, according to a Siena poll released today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo used the “n-word” during a live radio interview while discussing derogatory comments about Italian-Americans.

Cuomo quoted the racist term which is spelled out in a New York Times article entitled “How Italians Became ‘White'” that was published on Saturday.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who are both black, took different stances on Cuomo’s comments, with Heastie saying he was not offended while Williams said it was an example of white privilege.

…and Cuomo wasn’t alone in dropping the n-word. Actress Gina Rodriguez, former star of “Jane the Virgin,” recorded herself saying the slur while getting her makeup done.

State lawmakers will be holding roundtable meetings to look into the issue of Foundation Aid.

About 100 union members and protestors rallied this morning in front of a future Amazon warehouse in Schodack, demanding the company stop using out-of-area workers to develop the site.

The latest episode of the TU’s “NXIVM on Trial” podcast pulls back the curtain on life inside the shadowy organization with a whistleblower and a cult expert.

The four new borough-based jails being proposed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to replace Rikers Island have been significantly slashed in height by an average of nine stories to help secure key City Council support ahead of Thursday’s vote.

The family at the center of the Schoharie limousine crash appears to trying to sell the ramshackle Crest Inn Suites motel in Gansevoort for an astonishing $1 million.

A new interactive database unveiled by SUNY pulls the salaries of recent SUNY graduates in nearly every major offered across its 64 campuses, aiming to help students make informed decisions about their education and career path.

As of now, Cuomo is not planning to appoint two of the recommended members to the Capital Program Review Board, potentially leaving the door open for the MTA’s capital plan to be approved by just two people — one of whom is the governor himself.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson next month will headline a fundraiser for the New York Republican Committee.

The New York State Nurses Association claims in a federal lawsuit filed today that nurses recruited from the Philippines are required to pay the hospital up to $20,000 in “placement fees” if they resign or are fired within their first three years of employment.

The state Public Campaign Finance Commission set out its agenda for the rest of the calendar year and will issue its final report on Wednesday, Nov. 27, which is the day before Thanksgiving.

Democratic congressional candidate Ritchie Torres was endorsed by The Arena PAC in the crowded primary for the 15th district House seat.

Gregory Rodriguez, 22, a college student from Queens, is one of the nearly 1,300 people in the United States who have become seriously ill because of vaping. Like him, about 70 percent are young men. And also like him, many vaped THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

A body of a man believed to be homeless was found under a New York City manhole cover, baffling police.

A former Big Apple human rights lawyer was shot and killed on the tiny Pacific island where she was the acting attorney general — with friends saying that she was planning to return soon to the US.

TV actress Felicity Huffman reported to prison today to begin serving a 14-day sentence for her role in the national college admissions bribery scandal.

Fourteen women have come forward to accuse the actor Cuba Gooding Jr. of unwanted sexual advances and groping, dating back nearly two decades, prosecutors said.

The 11th annual Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival will have an international theme, allowing those in attendance to try different wine and cuisines from around the world. Money raised from the event will go to non-profit organizations such as the Palace Theatre and the Albany Institute of History and Art.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined negotiators at the bargaining table, an indication that a deal may be near to end a monthlong strike by the United Auto Workers union that has paralyzed the company’s factories.

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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