Well, CivMixers, the weather is dominating the local headlines as we head into the tail end of this Monday.
For most of the Capital Region, there’s a winter weather advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 10 a.m. tomorrow. In other areas of the state, (basically, the further north you go), there’s a winter storm warning with significant snow accumulation in the forecast.
If you are planing to venture out later, take precautions. And definitely leave yourself some extra time to get where you’re going tomorrow morning, as it looks like there will definitely be some precipitation falling in the form or rain or snow – or both! – right around the peak commuting hours.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement urging New Yorkers to prepare for difficult driving conditions and heavy snow as a cold front is forecasted to impact some areas of the state.
Travel could be very difficult across northern portions of the Capital Region, and throughout Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, and Western New York as snow and cold temperatures will likely impact the evening commute tonight and the morning commute tomorrow in these areas.
In other news…
President Trump kicked off the opening ceremony for the city’s 100th annual Veterans Day Parade at Madison Square Park today before a sea of flag-waving patriots took to Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.
Trump gave a speech that was met with some claps and cheers as he thanked veterans for their service. But raucous boos and chants jeering the president could also be heard throughout.
A federal judge dismissed Trump’s lawsuit to prevent the House Ways and Means Committee from utilizing a recently passed New York law providing the panel an avenue to pursue his state tax returns. More here.
Long Island Rep. Peter King announced early this morning that he will not seek a 15th term in Congress, adding his name to a growing list of Republicans heading for the exits in a difficult political period.
King is the longest-serving GOP member of New York’s congressional delegation and he joins a long list of Republicans who are not seeking re-election.
King said he wanted to have more “flexibility” to spend time with his children and grandchildren, but conceded that the toxic political environment in Washington and the uncertainties of a coming impeachment proceeding against Trump had underscored his sense that it was time to leave.
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to set a sentencing date for next month for former Trump campaign official Rick Gates.
Hong Kong police shot an apparently unarmed protester today, fueling outrage among pro-democracy activists on a day of violent clashes. In a separate incident, a man was set on fire during an argument about the demonstrations that have roiled the city.
Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature, making him the most consequential Democratic governor in the nation in 2020.
Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country’s new president.
Entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic candidate Andrew Yang is shifting his message, hiring more experienced political hands and spending big as he tries to expand his support in early caucus and primary states.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is being criticized for calling the murder of a Washington Post columnist “a mistake” and comparing it to the death of a pedestrian struck by one of the company’s autonomous vehicles. He later said he regretted his comments.
Michael Bloomberg is running at 4 percent nationally as he teases a presidential bid, showing that he’s well known — but widely disliked — by the Democratic electorate, according to a new poll. No contender is viewed more negatively by Democrats than the billionaire former New York City mayor.
Cuomo today signed more than a dozen bills intended to bolster resources for both active and retired military service members.
Cuomo today said “we have a lot of work to do on the relationship between the NYPD and the community,” which is something he hope the next commissioner attends to.
A New York City judge has determined that plaintiffs in Child Victims Act cases can remain anonymous, prompting a sigh of relief from filers and lawyers across the state who called the legal dispute an attempt to silence survivors.
Over 500 advocates rallied in front of the Broadway Junction subway stop to protest the arrest of a woman being placed in cuffs for selling churros at the Brooklyn subway station that has now been viewed millions of times, and led to outrage about the way she was treated by NYPD officers.
Christina Henderson, a current legislative assistant for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and former staffer for outgoing At-large councilmember David Grosso, has announced her independent candidacy for an At-large seat on the D.C. Council.
An open forum will take place Wednesday at UAlbany after video of an arrest by campus police last Tuesday sparked concerns among students.
The New York Department of Financial Services is investigating Goldman Sachs for possible sex discrimination in the way it sets credit limits.
The cities of Watervliet and Troy are launching a study of the Congress Street Bridge that aims to transform the communities’ relationship with the 49-year-old structure by finding ways to make it a welcoming gateway for each city.
Niskayuna Supervisor Yasmine Syed, who last week was re-elected to her second term in office, believes the late “October surprise” political maneuver conducted by the Schenectady County Democratic Committee affected the race for supervisor.
City police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person who fired a gun early yesterday morning inside a Saratoga Springs bar and live music venue.
The train involved in a deadly crash in the town of Ballston was an Amtrak train that hit a car, killing 73-year-old Timothy Smith. That’s according to Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo.
So you think you know veteran Capital Region defense attorney Terence “Terry” Kindlon? Think again.
The Black Crowes will bring their reunion tour to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, Live Nation has announced.
Photo credit of Albany Veterans Day Parade: George Fazio.