While You Were Out: Oct. 17, 2019

Hope you all weathered the weather (see what I did there?) and are enjoying the remaining hours of this Thursday workday, CivMixers. An early cutoff for my this afternoon…here’s some of what’s making news thus far:

In honor of the late Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, passed away early this morning at the age of 68, his office at the Capitol and seat on the House Oversight and Reform Committee were draped in black.

Manhattan Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney has temporarily taken over Cummings’ key role in the House impeachment inquiry.

…she’s now the most senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee after the death of Cummings and will take over as acting chairwoman.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told reporters that the release of military aid to Ukraine this summer was linked in part to White House demands that Ukraine’s government investigate what he called corruption by Democrats in the 2016 American presidential campaign.

President Trump will host next year’s Group of 7 meeting next June at Trump Doral, his luxury resort near Miami – a move sure to alarm ethics watchdogs and administration critics.

U.S. Senators are vowing to move forward with sanctions legislation against Turkey despite Vice President Pence’s announcement that Ankara has agreed to a cease-fire in Syria.

Britain and the EU agreed on a Brexit deal, setting the stage for a fateful showdown in the British Parliament, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces an uphill struggle to marshal enough votes for his plan after three years of anguished, politically corrosive debate.

What appears to be a legislative oversight could have a significant negative impact on the budgets of dozens of towns and villages in Erie County and Nassau County.

A bill aimed at curtailing expenses related to out-of-pocket emergency medical charges was signed into law today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Michael Mann, the CEO of the Clifton Park payroll company MyPayrollHR that abruptly shut down last month amid allegations of bank fraud, is continuing to work with federal prosecutors to help them better understand how the scheme unfolded.

Holding a special election to fill the seat vacated by former Republican Rep. Chris Collins on the same day as the state’s presidential primary would give a Democratic candidate an “unfair advantage” in the race, according to state GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy.

Angel Garcia, a defrocked deacon who was convicted in 2014 of two counts of sexually abusing his goddaughter and then avoided serving a five-year prison sentence, will remain free at least until next week despite the wishes of the district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s willingness to take him into custody.

Juul Labs announced it would temporarily halt online sales of flavored e-cigarettes like mango, products the company had already stopped distributing to retail stores as public outrage mounted over the soaring rate of teenage vaping.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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