Rise and Shine: Nov. 1, 2019

Welcome to November, CivMixers! It’s Friday…finally. But first: What a wild and crazy night!

I’m speaking, of course, about the weather. (Where did your mind go?) That WIND! As expected, it resulted in some power outages across the state, which made for a very spooky Halloween indeed.

The situation was not limited to New York. States up and down the eastern seaboard got hit pretty hard.

The high wind warning remains in effect locally until about 6 p.m. this evening – there could be gusts of up to 60 mph – so it’s recommended that you stay out of forested areas and away from trees, generally speaking, for fear of getting hit by falling limbs.

A young trick-or-treater in Westchester County was left with broken bones after a tree fell on top of her, neighbors said, amid powerful winds that came as part of the Halloween storm.

There’s also a flood warning in effect for Schenectady, Fulton, Herkimer, and Montgomery counties until about 8:30 a.m.

Occasional rain is expected to end early this morning, and there should be some sunshine throughout the day, with temperatures hitting 50 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.

Meanwhile, we’re in a brand new month, as mentioned. And what does that mean? Well, we have officially entered the holiday shopping season. I know because I was in Target yesterday and they were switching everything over from Halloween to Christmas. Yup. Ready or not, Christmas is coming.

In the headlines…

President Donald Trump says he will be leaving New York in favor of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida at the conclusion of his White House tenure.

The Queens native penned a series of tweets about his departure from Trump Tower after reports said he filed documents to change his primary residence to Palm Beach, Florida. He said he’ll always “cherish” New York, but feels he has been treated “very badly” by NYC and state leaders and pays too much in taxes.

In late September, Trump officially changed his primary residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Fla., according to documents filed with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Melania Trump, the first lady, also changed her residence to Palm Beach in an identical document.

Ultimately, the president said, his decision to ditch the Empire State is “the best for all concerned.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reaction, also delivered via Twitter? “Good riddance. It’s not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway…He’s all yours, Florida.”

Meanwhile, in Trump’s current hometown of D.C., a bitterly divided House voted to endorse the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into the president, in a historic action that set up a critical new public phase of the investigation and underscored the political polarization that serves as its backdrop.

No Republicans and only two Democrats broke ranks in the impeachment process vote – a sign that the inquiry is likely to remain a highly partisan affair.

Timothy Morrison, a senior National Security Council aide, confirmed a key episode at the center of the impeachment inquiry, testifying that a top diplomat working with Trump told him that a package of military assistance for Ukraine would not be released until the country committed to investigations the president sought.

Days after the Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and his heir apparent were killed in back-to-back attacks by U.S. forces in northern Syria, the group broke its silence to confirm their deaths, announce a new leader and warn America: “Do not be happy.”

Paula White, a televangelist based in Florida and personal pastor to Trump whom he has known since 2002, has joined the Trump administration in an official capacity. She will work in the Office of Public Liaison, which oversee outreach to groups and coalitions organizing key parts of the president’s base.

Former President Barack Obama this week made a rare foray into the cultural conversation this week, objecting to the prevalence of “call-out culture” and “wokeness” during an interview about youth activism at the Obama Foundation summit.

Former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind released a video promoting his “showdown” next week with Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez in Brooklyn federal court, where the freshman lawmaker will explain to a judge why she blocks people on Twitter.

One of the last few chain establishments in the South End of Albany will not renew its lease come December. The McDonald’s at Madison Avenue and South Pearl Street will shutter after its lease with the Albany Housing Authority expires Dec. 14.

Albany police are investigating a shooting in the city last night that sent a 19-year-old male to the hospital.

The massive S. A. Dunn construction debris landfill has emerged as an election issue in the Rensselaer city mayor’s race. And along with that has come the question of whether hidden political contributions from limited liability corporations have too much influence, even in a small city like this.

Shelters of Saratoga has issued the season’s first Code Blue alert for this weekend. The alert, issued whenever temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below with wind chill factored in, will be in place from Friday through Sunday.

Siena College this week became the first institution in the state to be authorized to certify educators to teach K-12 computer science.

In an open letter to the NYC Council and its speaker, Corey Johnson, more than 100 current and former (mostly anonymous) employees are calling for sweeping changes that better protect the well-being and safety of those who work for the legislative body.

In the wake of controversy over NYC’s public monuments, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that his cultural affairs commissioner, Tom Finkelpearl, would be departing after five years in the position, an announcement that took arts institutions by surprise.

Early voting in NYC schools has turned halls of learning into halls of chaos while garnering low turnout and leaving furious city parents demanding an end to the policy.

A Brooklyn federal judge warned NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere that his case is “not over,” after the disgraced guru appeared to question why he was there.

An NYPD chief claimed the department had no idea that the German porn star who got a private tour of police headquarters’ most intimate areas was, in fact, a porn star — even though punching her name into Google and Bing lists her PornHub page as the top result.

Robert Neulander, a prominent Central New York doctor convicted in 2015 of killing his wife in their suburban home, will get a new trial, the state’s highest court ruled, thanks to revelations that a juror who had voted to convict him had exchanged 7,000 text messages with family and friends during the original three-week trial.

A recently-filed ethics complaint alleges Democratic NY-19 Rep. Antonio Delgado has violated House rules regarding the use of congressional funds with a television commercial released earlier this month.

Capital Region Democratic Rep. Paul Tonko was on the House floor yesterday urging Congress to act on a package of limo safety bills.

State Police will release more details today about Allyzibeth Lamont, a missing woman from Gloversville who was found dead approximately 30 miles away in Malta, and two people who have been arrested on murder charges.

If you are planning to visit an open house on Saturday based on information you see on Zillow, call the listing agent ahead of time to make sure the time on the web site is correct.

As clocks tick toward the end of daylight saving time, many sleep scientists and circadian biologists are pushing for a permanent ban because of potential ill effects on human health.

The Capital District YMCA released new details about its forthcoming Park South health and wellness center in Albany.

The Roosevelt Baths in the middle of the Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, which has been open since 1935, has received a 21st century upgrade.

Saratoga Springs police are asking residents to be alert following a spate of home burglaries that occurred on the city’s west side Wednesday.

A woman who admitted to setting fires that left damage at The Daily Gazette offices back in 2016 was sentenced to just under two years in prison.

If it’s approved by the Common Council, Microsoft would be headed to the city as part of the Syracuse Surge initiative.

Coco, the dog who went on an unexpected trip from Albany to Rotterdam after being stuck in the grill of a car, is recovering after the first of several scheduled surgeries.

Cuba Gooding Jr. was arraigned yesterday on new charges related to a third alleged sex abuse victim as Manhattan prosecutors revealed that more women have come forward with claims against the actor.

“Babe” actor James Cromwell was arrested yesterday during a PETA protest at Texas A&M University.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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