While You Were Out: Nov. 18, 2019

Rain and snow. Rain and snow. Rain and snow.

That’s what’s coming our way this Monday evening, CivMixers, though, as usual, what you’re going to experience largely depends on where you live. The estimated accumulation will be about an inch. But things are going to be messy and slippery etc. through tomorrow morning.

In the news…

President Trump said he will “strongly consider” providing written testimony to House impeachment investigators – a surprise announcement that comes a day after top Democrats invited him to defend himself in the face of accusations that he committed bribery by allegedly using foreign policy as way to help his 2020 reelection bid.

Impeachment investigators are exploring whether Trump lied in his written answers to Robert Mueller during the Russia investigation, a lawyer for the House told a federal appeals court today, raising the prospect of bringing an additional basis for a Senate trial over whether to remove the president.

House Republicans requested that Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who has repeatedly found himself drawn into the impeachment inquiry, tell them what he knows about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

The Capital Region’s first Costco is being proposed for 16.5 acres of land at the Rapp Road entrance to Crossgates Mall off Western Avenue, according to a Guilderland town zoning official. The 16.5 acre site would include a 158,000-square-foot store.

Two recently filed lawsuits, including one in Albany, appear to be the first Child Victims Act lawsuits that name a state entity – state Office of Children and Family Services – as a defendant.

Attention Turkey Day football fans: The NFL has swapped starting times for two games on Thanksgiving weekend, moving Oakland at Kansas City into the 4:25 p.m. doubleheader slot, and inserting Cleveland at Pittsburgh into the 1 p.m. window.

The nascent NY-17 congressional campaign of Democrat Allison Fine today released a video highlighting her candidacy and biography. Fine is a former national chairwoman of NARAL Pro-Choice America, but she acknowledges in the video voters may have not heard of her until now.

The secret behind that viral churro-seller video: A grass-roots criminal justice organization, Decolonize This Place, which has become a clearinghouse for videos of police behavior on the subway.

The state pension fund in the second quarter posted a modest 1.16 percent rate of return in the second quarter of the state’s fiscal year, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced.

Businesses surveyed by Unshackle Upstate reported their main concerns heading into the 2020 legislative session are, in a way, evergreen: Taxes, mandates and state spending.

The Saratoga Polo Association has lost its bid to stop foreclosure proceedings.

A potential Democratic candidate for retiring Long Island Republican Rep. Pete King’s seat, Liuba Grechen Shirley, announced on Twitter today that she’s expecting her third child and won’t be running for Congress next year.

The man state police believe struck and killed a Broadalbin woman, whose body was found by a passerby off Route 30 yesterday morning, has been taken into custody. Derrick H. Carlisle, of Northville, was arrested after a traffic stop last night in Pennsylvania – nearly 300 miles south of the the crash scene.

…Police also identified the woman killed as 46-year-old Andria M. Berger, of Broadalbin.

Jeremy Kappell, a former Chief Meteorologist at WHEC in Rochester who was fired from his position after an apparent on-air slip-up, is now suing Mayor Lovely Warren, claiming “interference with a business relationship, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress.”

The Saratoga County court house was packed with victims looking to speak out today at the sentencing of the woman that swindled them out of $1 million for the purchase of or down payments on pre-fab homes.

One year to the day after he shot and killed his wife while he packed for a hunting trip, a Lake George science teacher, Eric Rosenbrock, was sentenced to five years probation.

Industry insiders in New York are regrouping to salvage a hemp extract bill that’s been languishing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk since it was passed last summer.

A lawsuit charging that NYC sold 400 taxi medallions under false pretenses about their worth and then breached its contract by letting ride-hail operators enter the market and undermine medallion values has been certified as a class-action suit.

A tractor-trailer loaded with lumber was struck by a train last night in Delanson. The driver of the truck was taken to Ellis Hospital for evaluation, according to information available at the scene. The accident happened at about 8 p.m. at the Cole Road crossing between Route 7 and Route 395.

Animal advocates in Tompkins County are investigating the discovery of more than 300 guinea pigs, rats, mice and gerbils that were found dumped at two locations over the weekend.

Onondaga County Legislator and former television anchor Julie Abbott-Kenan, 46, has been arrested for criminal mischief.

Kudos to Phil Bayly, who retired from WNYT in 2017, has authored a book — “Murder on Skis.” This is Bayly’s first novel and is set at a fictional ski resort area in Montana where JC Snow, a local TV reporter who grew up in Saratoga County, investigates a strange sequence of deaths at Grizzly Mountain.

Chick-fil-A announced that it’s introducing a more focused approach to causes it supports and has decided to stop giving to two companies that have received criticism from LGBTQ advocates, including the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian athletes.

The racket Serena Williams broke in her chaotic United States Open final against Naomi Osaka in 2018 has become an unusual piece of sports memorabilia.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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