Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. There’s a nice symmetry to today’s date: The 19th day of November 2019.
Unfortunately, the weather isn’t so nice.
It’s raining as I write this, and some places might be seeing rain mixed with snow. That’s not the case outside my suburban window yet, but the forecast seems to indicate the precipitation will be changing over to snow around 6 a.m., and that won’t end until sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
There are a number of winter weather advisories in effect for much of the region until mid-morning.
It will then be cloudy for the remainder of the day, according to The Weather Channel, with a high of about 40 degrees.
It’s International Men’s Day. Rapper Tyga is celebrating his 29th birthday, and sharing the day with: fashion designed Calvin Klein (76), actor Adam Driver (35), actress Jodie Foster (56), actress Meg Ryan (57), and TV show host Larry King (85).
Indira Gandhi, the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India, was born on this day in 1917. She was assassinated in October 1984.
A State Department staffer told House lawmakers last week that he believed officials in Ukraine “gradually came to understand that they were being asked to do something” in order for a hold on security assistance from the U.S. to be lifted, according to a transcript released by House Democrats last night.
…that came before the House Intelligence Committee kicks off its second week of public hearings in its impeachment inquiry today, holding five hearings with eight witnesses over three days.
The impeachment inquiry into Trump prompted a $25 million libel lawsuit by an administration official who alleges the news website Politico smeared him with faulty reporting.
NY-21 Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik’s performance during the impeaching hearings thus far has earned her GOP praise – including from the president himself – but was also a galvanizing moment for Democrats, who swarmed Stefanik’s Democratic challenger, Tedra Cobb, with social media attention and donations.
Also today: Congress is scheduled to vote on a plan to avoid another federal shutdown. The government runs out of money on Thursday night. Lawmakers agreed on the overall spending levels in the summer, but they still can’t figure out how to split up the money.
In other news…
The NYT covered a three-year undercover Newsday investigation that exposed widespread evidence that discriminatory, and potentially illegal, home-selling practices are helping to keep Long Island’s neighborhoods segregated.
All told, Newsday revealed that real estate agents treated people of color unequally 40 percent of the time compared with white people when they searched for homes on Long Island, one of the most racially segregated suburbs in the U.S.
…this is the sort of undercover work that government agencies and nonprofit groups are supposed to do to enforce fair-housing regulations meant to prevent disparate treatment based on racial and other factors.
A federal judge granted Trump “very limited relief” in his legal case aimed at preventing House Democrats from obtaining his New York state tax returns.
The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee is weighing whether to depose a whistleblower who alleged political interference in the presidential audit program, according to a source familiar with their thinking.
The White House released a note from Trump’s physician seeking to dispel speculation after he made an unannounced trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for exams over the weekend, saying he has not experienced any “chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues.”
Patrick Carlineo Jr., 55, of Addison, pleaded guilty to charges he threatened to kill Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of New York announced. He could face up to 10 years in prison and have to pay a fine of $250,000.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to gradually move the country to a government-funded health care system has further inflamed the debate over “Medicare for All,” likely ensuring the issue will play a significant role in tomorrow’s Democratic presidential debate.
Pete Buttigieg was virtually unknown when he made his first campaign visit to Iowa in February. Now the mayor of South Bend, Indiana is polling in first place in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
State AG Tish James is reportedly investigating WeWork, adding to a mounting series of problems that have turned the workspace provider from a Wall Street darling to a pariah in a matter of weeks.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not only believes that marijuana should be fully legalized, but that all drug consumption should be decriminalized as a matter of “public health.”
Tougher immigration policies aimed at controlling the country’s southern border are also making it harder to cross up north, which is taking a toll on businesses in Massena and the nearby town of Malone that relied heavily on Canadian patrons.
Video of a heated dispute involving students on the Binghamton University campus has gone viral. The incident involved students protesting Binghamton University College Republicans and Turning Point USA (TPUSA), an organization that is not chartered by the Student Association, tabled in support of gun rights.
The gathering drew a response by University Police officers, and sparked discussion among BU officials and student groups about free speech on campus and whether the university’s response to the incident was appropriate.
GOP state Sen. Fred Akshar, who represents the district where BU is located, said he is cancelling an event at BU at which he was scheduled to appear this week because the campus “has no longer become suitable for civic engagement.”
Four months after an audit found that facilities run by the state Office of Mental Health are not properly notifying family members of abuse and neglect within their walls, a second audit said that the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities also faces compliance issues.
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has more to apologize for than just his use of stop-and-frisk policing if he decides to run for president, the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, charged.
Former Gov. David Paterson said that Bloomberg, who’s weighing a Democratic bid for the White House, privately expressed regret to him over stop-and-frisk during a pair of conversations – including one that took place even before a judge ruled against the program and while Bloomberg was still mayor.
The FEC slapped de Blasio’s failed presidential campaign with new questions about its fundraising tactics — two months after he dropped out of the race.
Mayors across New York are the latest to express concerns about the bail reform and other criminal justice changes that take effect in January, saying they don’t have the resources or the money to properly carry out the new laws.
In a 9-5 vote, the Albany Common Council approved Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s proposed $179.58 million spending plan for 2020.
The Ballston Town Board has adopted a $7.9 million budget for 2020. The town will fund its general and highway operating expenses primarily through sales and mortgage tax revenues without imposing a general town tax.
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden has proposed giving 1 Monument Square to a city economic development agency to oversee the fifth attempt to develop the 1.1-acre Hudson River site in the middle of downtown.
The outgoing town Democrat on the Albany County Legislature has proposed restrictions on waste incineration countywide in order to protect Coeymans’ law before a new town administration is seated Jan. 1. (A public hearing on the Albany County Clean Air Law will be held tonight).
Republican candidate Kim Ashe-McPherson has apparently been elected to the 2nd Council District seat after affidavit and absentee ballots were counted yesterday.
Lake George teacher Eric Rosenbrock, 36, who accidentally shot his wife dead last year while cleaning his gun, avoided jail time at his sentencing yesterday.
A new boutique hotel in Albany at 8 Thurlow Terrace, which has served as a home for SUNY administration and most recently as the law offices of Deily, Mooney & Glastetter, will be named after the former Albany Argus newspaper, and house 16 guest rooms plus conference spaces, a bar and cigar room.
Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. He is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Sandra Lee stepped out alone on the red carpet for the first time since confirming her split from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The TV chef, author and former New York state first girlfriend appeared at the Smithsonian’s American Portrait Gala in DC on Sunday in a gold gown by Simin Couture.
In the wake of safety threats around the country, Proctor’s Theatre is adding more security measures.
The three top money winners in “Jeopardy!” history – Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer – will vie for a share of $1.5 million in January.
The Dunkin’ coffee chain says customers will have to do without a “double cup” for their iced drinks. A new campaign focused in Massachusetts and Rhode Island tells customers they can no longer nest their iced drinks in a second, foam cup for extra insulation as the company moves to eliminate its polystyrene cups.
If you’re flying the friendly skies Thanksgiving week, you’re going to want to give yourself plenty of time to get through the airport. TSA officials say they expect record-breaking numbers this year – probably four percent more than last year, which was the busiest yet.
Edward Snyder, who grew up in Cohoes and lives in Clifton Park, has outlived his wife, two girlfriends, and two of his four children. He still drives and lives by himself in senior apartments. Yesterday, November 18, he turned 100 years young.
Photo credit: George Fazio.