While You Were Out: Oct. 29, 2019

Sorry for the late post, CivMixers. It has been an EPIC day. One of those “I can’t get out of my own way” days.

It was also another hefty news day, which included – but was not limited to – the following headlines…

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, testified on Capitol Hill today in the impeachment inquiry, after the president smeared him as a “Never Trumper.”

More than a dozen relatives of Boeing 737 MAX crash victims confronted the airline’s chief executive on Capitol Hill today, with one demanding he look them in the eye and apologize.

Trump reportedly will take in an MMA bout Saturday night at Madison Square Garden — and stay in the city into Marathon Sunday, potentially putting Midtown traffic into a chokehold.

State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs is pushing a proposal that would essentially neuter almost all third parties, crippling one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s biggest political nemeses – the Working Families Party – but also potentially helping conservatives.

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton is, at 39, trying to figure out what her own life looks like. One thing is clear: She’s not running for Congress.

Rep. Greg Walden, the top Republican on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, will retire at the end of this Congress — the latest sign that Republicans see a struggle to retake the House in 2020.

Schoharie County Judge George Bartlett III rejected limousine company operator Nauman Hussain’s request that he throw out manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges a grand jury filed against Hussain after one of his limos crashed in Schoharie, killing 20, last year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on hand today for a major step in the LaGuardia Airport restoration as Delta celebrates the opening of its first new concourse. It is part of the $3.9 billion terminal built at LaGuardia to replace terminals C and D.

Of 13 recommendations made last year in an audit by the state Office of the Comptroller, the village has been able to fully implement only two because officials are still trying to unravel years of what the state called “faulty accounting.”

Housing Works, a nonprofit organization created in 1990 to find housing for homeless people who had H.I.V., found itself in an unusual position today as workers planned a walkout to protest their employers resistance to their bid to form a union.

The Albany Empire and five other Arena Football League franchises are closing local business operations, the Times Union has learned, but the league has yet to determine whether it will suspend operations completely.

New York Racing Association President & CEO David O’Rourke told state regulators that he wants to stick with the reduced five-day-a-week racing schedule at the race course that debuted this summer, stretching the 40-day meet beyond seven weeks.

Republican mayoral candidate Tom Reale said Rensselaer County Republican leaders – led by County Executive Steve McLaughlin – verbally abused him and threatened to not carry petitions for the GOP’s state Senate candidates if he didn’t quit the mayoral race earlier this month.

A Colonie police car was involved in a crash with another car at the intersection of Watervliet Shaker Road and New Loudon Road this morning.

The Sand Lake town supervisor asked a State Police sergeant to confront a disgruntled 86-year-old landowner who was blanketing the town with Freedom of Information requests and attending public meetings, saying in a personal email to the trooper “is there any way you can keep him out of Town Hall?”

New York’s top court suspended Northport Village Justice Paul Senzer with pay, pending its review of whether he should be removed from the bench entirely.

Assembly Health Committee Chair Dick Gottfried held a hearing today about the effects of a potential ban on tackle football for youth football.

A 15-year-old East Greenbush student was charged today with multiple felonies after State Police said he hacked in to the school district’s website.

As the number of cases filed under the state’s Child Victims Act inches toward 1,000, lawmakers and advocates are calling for other states to also expand protections for survivors of sexual abuse.

Advocates hope a new report released this week by the New York Civil Liberties Union will provide more fuel to the push to end solitary confinement in state prisons.

A former soldier from Nepal has climbed the world’s 14 highest peaks in just over six months, smashing the previous record by over 7 years.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk likely wouldn’t advocate for the electric-car maker’s 2016 acquisition of the solar-panel company SolarCity if he could go back in time, he said in a June deposition.

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, a stroke survivor, has a bill that would help ensure that EMS is trained to identify the most severe cases of stroke in the field and then transport patients to “the right place at the right time” – even if it’s not necessarily the closest hospital.

Negative advertising has overtaken what had been a quiet race for Onondaga County Executive. With just a week to go before Election Day, the rhetoric on both sides of the race has intensified.

In a major shift for the organization, the NCAA will allow athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses.

There are ghost tours galore available this Halloween season in the Capital Region.

City & State’s latest “40 Under 40” list is out.

Woah. This takedown of the storied Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn by Pete Wells of the NYT is nothing short of savage.

…The review has sparked a chorus of consensus online from other unsatisfied diners who agree the lauded steak icon, which opened in 1887, is no longer worth the long waits and seismic bills.

Photo credit: Silvia Lilly.

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