While You Were Out: Oct. 24, 2019

Happy almost-Friday, CivMix crew. OK. So maybe that’s a little optimistic. But a girl can dream. And while I’m thinking of the weekend, let’s get to some headlines…

The body of Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died last week at age 68, lay in state at the National Statuary Hall in the US Capitol — the first African American lawmaker accorded that honor.

Cummings was hailed as the “North Star” for fellow House Democrats as congressional leaders and colleagues paid tribute to him at a Capitol ceremony.

U.S. Senate Republicans planned to introduce a resolution condemning the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, offering a symbolic objection to the investigation a day after Republicans in the House stormed a secure room in the Capitol to disrupt it.

Former President Jimmy Carter — the oldest living ex-US president — was released today from the hospital where he was treated after fracturing his pelvis in a recent fall.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking state regulators to consider revoking the license of National Grid after the governor accused the utility of trying to extort the state to support a new natural gas pipeline.

Cuomo slammed the MTA after it was revealed in a recent report by the agency’s inspector general that some LIRR foremen raked in thousands of dollars in overtime pay for hours they did not work.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed the FDA to “immediately” issue regulations on the use and sale of popular hemp-based cannabidiol products, a flourishing new industry in upstate New York.

A new law signed by Cuomo that codifies a federal prohibition on non-profit corporations engaging in political campaigns and was championed as a backstop against Trump is being panned by his political opponents as a meaningless gesture aimed at the president.

Cuomo also signed a package of bills to make election ballots easier to read and to allow voters to be better informed about the content of ballots. The Voter Friendly Ballot Act requires boards of election to create a ballot layout that is straightforward and simple to read.

A coalition of groups backing criminal justice law changes are urging state lawmakers to back a bill that would allow for the release of prison inmates who are age 55 or older and have served more than 15 years in prison.

Deputy Albany County Executive Phil Calderone is the new CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority, succeeding John O’Donnell, who will retire.

Kat Sullivan, the alleged rape victim who has been extensively targeted by state ethics regulators ­for failing to register as a lobbyist, has filed a lawsuit arguing that she never conducted lobby work and that the law under which she’s being pursued is unconstitutional.

Town of Bethlehem police are investigating the theft of valuables from several vehicles that were parked Wednesday at the Elm Avenue Town Park.

In a petition that carries more than 100 signatures, downtown Saratoga Springs employees are asking that the City Council reserve a number of parking spots in which they can park for free in the yet-to-be constructed $16 million, 610 space garage.

A state court disbarred local lawyer Philip G. Ackerman today, ending his legal career in the state after determining he did not cooperate with a state investigation of complaints by clients who said he neglected their cases.

LG Kathy Hochul, who does not – to the chagrin of her staff – understand the word “tired,” keeps an exhausting schedule, but to what end?

The state’s Commission on Public Finance met on Long Island this week and voted to reverse itself on how to implement a system of campaign finance reform.

Marissa Hoechstetter, a survivor of sexual abuse, wants to help unseat Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance — and have his successor focus on the office’s sex crimes unit.

Cuomo today appointed 19 members to a new commission that will oversee the creation of a statue honoring Mother Cabrini.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he doesn’t “understand how on earth” a German porn star got deep inside sensitive areas of NYPD headquarters, as an NYPD boss vowed to find answers.

De Blasio joined the calls for embattled Councilman Andy King to resign, following a blistering report that found The Bronx politician self-dealt, mistreated his staff and retaliated against witnesses who testified against him.

The NYPD said an officer shot during a struggle with an armed man in Manhattan early Wednesday morning was injured by the suspect, not police gunfire.

The Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency is warning local veterans about a scam call that is hitting the Capital Region.

Some feel good news.

Riding the seemingly never-ending wave of interest in pop culture and comic books, the 10th biannual Saratoga Comic Con will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Saratoga City Center.

In honor of National Bologna Day, I present to you this mashup of the governor using his favorite word.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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