While You Were Out: Oct. 23, 2019

A lot of D.C. news in the roundup this evening, CivMixers. I’m not sure what’s going on down there in our nation’s capitol there days, but it’s a little off the hook…read on for details:

Republicans briefly brought the Democrat-led impeachment investigation to a halt today when around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official.

The day after the most damning testimony yet about Trump’s pressure campaign to enlist Ukraine to smear his political rivals, House Republicans stormed into the secure office suite where impeachment investigators have been conducting private interviews and refused to leave.

A federal appeals panel today expressed skepticism that Trump had a right to block state prosecutors in Manhattan from enforcing a subpoena that sought his personal and corporate tax returns for the last eight years.

Trump said he will lift sanctions on Turkey after the NATO ally agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria and he defended his decision to withdraw American troops, saying the U.S. should not be the world’s policeman.

The state and Erie County attorneys made oral arguments in federal court today in Buffalo regarding a challenge to New York’s new Green Light Law.

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns, who brought the suit, wants the courts to stop the law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses from taking effect, but the judge overseeing the case stopped well short of that.

Former Exxon Mobil CEO, chairman and onetime U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to testify during a three-week trial in Manhattan Supreme Court, Exxon lawyer Theodore Wells said.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his company’s complex policies involving false information in political advertisements during a congressional hearing.

Newly released court documents show that officials at the state DOT knew as far back as the spring of 2016 that the Hussain family, now at the center of the deadly Schoharie crash, were trying to operate their Wilton limousine company before it was properly licensed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again indicated he is considering April 28 as the date for a special election to fill the NY-27 seat held by disgraced former Rep. Chris Collins in Congress.

A student at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk high school was being interviewed by authorities today about a hateful message scrawled on a bathroom wall.

Students and staff at the Heatly School on Green Island were asked to “shelter in place” today while police investigated a possible threat.

New York and five other states reached a settlement with pharmaceutical distributor Reckitt Benckiser Group after the firm was accused of improperly marketing a drug that led to misuse using of state Medicaid funds, Attorney General Letitia James’s office announced.

LG Kathy Hochul addressed the 4th annual Campus Sexual Assault Seminar at the State Police Academy in Albany, hailing the success of the state’s “Enough Is Enough” initiative, but also suggesting it might not be enough.

A New York woman and her son are accused of pirating Dish Network satellite broadcasts, then re-transmitting and selling those broadcasts to customers across the country.

A high-ranking neuroscientist at the state Health Department’s Wadsworth Center is scheduled to plead guilty on Oct. 31 to charges in a federal complaint that accused him of concealing his receipt of money and a car from a European company that provided neurotechnology equipment to the research lab.

Joined by multiple local elected officials, employees at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Delmar worried about their health insurance benefits picketed outside their employer.

The missing West Point cadet found dead on the military academy’s grounds reportedly hinted on Snapchat that he planned to commit suicide.

MTA police officers who patrol the subways and commuter rail lines would be required to wear body cameras under legislation introduced in the state Senate.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore last night became the first judge to receive the Columbia Business School’s Deming Cup, an award usually reserved for leaders in the private sector. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on hand for the event.

The personal information of a sitting president of the United States cannot be secured through a state grand jury subpoena, lawyers for Trump told a panel of judges in an argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit yesterday.

Brooklyn will be home to a new Wegmans this weekend. (AND THE CAPITAL REGION CAN’T GET ONE…HOW IS THIS FAIR?)

Captain John Hoague-Rivette, 11, lost his battle with brain cancer today.

Paul Smith’s College is jumping on the esports bandwagon. The only four-year college in New York’s Adirondack Mountains has received a $100,000 donation to fund the creation of an on-campus training and competition space for esports.

The odors bothering students, teachers and staff at Rensselaer City Schools yesterday was the result of erosion from recent rains at the Dunn Landfill, according to Rensselaer Mayor Rich Mooney.

A sweeping overhaul of the state’s bail system set to take effect in January is causing some concerns. Critics say suspects could be allowed to roam free and return to the scene of a crime – even if it’s your own home.

Buffalo is among the top ten cities in the country where children are found to have elevated lead levels in their blood.

Google said that it had achieved a long-sought breakthrough called “quantum supremacy,” which could allow new kinds of computers to do calculations at speeds that are inconceivable with today’s technology.

New York State is recognizing outdoorswomen who love to hunt and fish or are just getting into the sport for the first time.

Has anybody seen a moose? If you have, the DEC would like you to report it to them. This will be very helpful for them to gather information on the population and health of the moose here in New York.

State health officials are reporting another 17 confirmed or probable cases of vaping-associated lung injury to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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