While You Were Out: Oct. 2, 2019

We’re over the hump and the weekend in just over the horizon, CivMixers. Hang in there. Here are some headlines to tide you over as the day comes to a close…

A whistleblower who raised concerns about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine spoke to staffers on the House Intelligence Committee before filing the formal complaint.

House Democrats said today that they plan to subpoena the White House by Friday if it did not comply with broad requests for documents related to Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating a leading political rival, and any attempt by the administration to conceal his actions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged he was on the July phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president that’s at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. But Pompeo continued to push back against what he said was Democrats’ “bullying and intimidation.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was hospitalized and treated for an artery blockage and is canceling his events for the coming days, a campaign official said.

Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer convicted of murder for fatally shooting her unarmed neighbor in his apartment, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

An Alabama man has become the 17th person to die in the nationwide vape-related epidemic.

A federal report on the limousine crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie almost a year ago says some of the passengers might have survived if they had been wearing seat belts — safety devices that were in many cases out of reach of the 17 people riding in the back of the 2006 Ford Excursion.

The NTSB called for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require lap and shoulder belts for each passenger seat on all new vehicles modified to be used as limousines.

Almost a year to the day of the deadly limo crash in Schoharie, limo company operator Nauman Hussain was back in court, and a judge moved his trial date from January 6 to March 9.

The Niagara County Judge assigned to hear the lawsuit filed against The Public Finance Reform Commission has suddenly recused himself.

A multi-state lawsuit backed by New York challenging the Trump administration’s effort to change ozone emissions standards has been upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Attorney General Letitia James announced.

Louise Carroll, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, said at a Crain’s housing forum that the Rent Guidelines Board might grant the owners of the city’s roughly one-million stabilized apartments larger annual rent increases in coming years.

Over the last several days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pushed a proposal that would directly appoint himself, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the top leaders in the state Senate and Assembly to a little-known board to consider the MTA’s capital plan.

State officials declared that New York is on track to meet its goal to end the AIDS epidemic in the state by 2020.

The backlash against Rensselaer County’s decision not to put an early voting site in Troy now includes a legislative response from Democratic state Sen. Neil Breslin, who has proposed legislation requiring counties put at least one of their early voting sites in the most populous municipality of the county.

The Saratoga Springs 2017 charter that failed by 10 votes will be back on the 2020 ballot, with revisions.

A broken headlight prompted troopers to pull over a car today that was carrying $37,400 in fake $100 bills, State Police said.

As alcohol-related deaths outpace those from opioid use, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy is eyeing a 2 a.m. closing time for bars in the county instead of 4 a.m.

The final piece of the Legoland New York Resort is in place — the opening date. The 150-acre theme park in Goshen will open July 4, 2020.

Customers who use Spectrum to get their cable and internet can expect to see a bigger bill. The company confirms some rates for its Spectrum TV Select silver and gold plans and will be going up.

A Central New York man, touted as a success story after leaving federal prison on a gang conviction, was arrested early today following a woman home from a Syracuse strip club.

Crossgates Mall’s large Forever 21 store is on a map of locations it could potentially close after the fashion retailer filed for bankruptcy earlier this week.

Preparations are underway for the local premiere of James Franco’s ‘The Pretenders’ on Saturday.

The widow of an NYPD cop killed by friendly fire in February told The NY Post in a tearful interview after another similar tragedy this week that the department must address “trigger-happy” officers.

The opera star Plácido Domingo resigned from his position as general director of Los Angeles Opera, a company that he helped found, and withdrew from his upcoming performances there amid allegations that he had sexually harassed multiple women over several decades.

A vintage World War II plane crashed shortly after takeoff, erupted into flames and killed people on board at Bradley International Airport, just outside of Hartford, Connecticut, authorities said.

The New York State DMV, along with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee announced free child seat inspections and assistance during October.

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Achtyl, who was recently convicted of assaulting a man at a Buffalo Bills game in 2017, has turned in his resignation.

The College of New Rochelle has a 15.6-acre campus with tree-lined paths and a 19th-century castle and it’s just 20 miles from New York City. It’s for sale. But is it worth $50 million?

RIP Ming, the Bengal tiger who was raised in a Harlem apartment until he was relocated to an Ohio animal sanctuary.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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