While You Were Out: Oct. 9, 2019

Just dropping by for a quick check of what’s in the news as Wednesday starts to wind down, CivMixers. Hope all is well on your end. Let’s get to it…

Former Vice President Joe Biden said for the first time today that President Trump should be impeached — and that the commander-in-chief “has indicted himself” and believes the entire US government can be used for his own political and personal needs.

Trump responded on Twitter: “So pathetic to see Sleepy Joe Biden, who with his son, Hunter, and to the detriment of the American Taxpayer, has ripped off at least two countries for millions of dollars, calling for my impeachment – and I did nothing wrong. Joe’s Failing Campaign gave him no other choice!”

Facebook refused to take down an ad from the Trump campaign that promoted unsubstantiated accusations about Biden. Facebook said the ad, which has been viewed 5 million times on the site, did not violate its policies.

Turkey launched airstrikes and fired artillery across its border into northeastern Syria today to open a military operation aimed at flushing out an American-backed militia, Turkish and Syrian officials said.

Large swaths of central and Northern California are without electricity as the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, has been cutting power as a precaution against sparking wildfires.

American Airlines announced this morning that its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8’s will return to service January 16th.

This is a real headline: “Newly single Gov. Cuomo makes cringeworthy ‘foreplay’ comment while touting upstate economic development.”

“There’s a concept in life called foreplay,” said Cuomo, relating the story of how Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon made a hard push for state funding to revitalize the area, instead of slowly wooing him.

The former manager of a Mavis Discount Tire outlet told investigators last month that the Saratoga Springs auto shop had falsified invoices and failed to perform critical brake work on the stretch limousine that crashed in Schoharie last year, killing 20 people.

A new lawsuit filed by the family of one of the Schoharie limo crash victims is seeking damages not only from the Wilton company that owned the stretch Ford Excursion involved in the disaster, but also from a wealthy Pakistani businessman.

Cuomo has directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to sue the International Joint Commission for mismanagement of Lake Ontario water levels.

The AARP is pushing Cuomo to lower prescription drug prices and cited new data that shows one in five New Yorkers stopped taking their medication because they simply couldn’t afford it.

A federal judge has denied several parties attempts to get involved in ongoing litigation regarding the legality of New York’s new Green Light Law.

Republican mayoral candidate Thomas Reale quit the race today, clearing the way for a showdown between Mayor Patrick Madden and Rodney Wiltshire, the man who tried to defeat the incumbent in June’s Democratic primary.

The campaign arm of the state Senate Republicans have $250,984 in cash on hand, according to a finance report made available following a state Senate primary in Western New York to replace former Sen. Cathy Young.

Police say a contractor has died after being pinned beneath a piece of equipment he was servicing at an upstate New York medical device plant.

The Capitol Gondola project is moving forward.

RIP Sgt. Francis S. Currey, one of the last living World War II Medal of Honor recipients, who died yesterday at the age of 94.

An April trial date has been set for attorney Michael Avenatti to face charges that he ripped off his star client, Stormy Daniels.

The US Department of Agriculture expanded a chicken recall issued about two weeks ago for products that could be contaminated with listeria. Stores in New York where these products were sold include Aldi and Weis. Pennsylvania Weis, Giant, and Redners. The original recall included products sold at Target and Trader Joe’s.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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