Another day in the books, CivMixers. Tomorrow is Thursday, which means only a week before Thanksgiving.
Curious on why Thanksgiving fell so “late” this year? Given by law that Thanksgiving must fall on the fourth Thursday of each November and this year, November only has four weeks. Did you also know that President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress signed a proclamation the last Thursday of the month only 19 days after Pearl Harbor? The fun facts of our history.
Here to the headlines:
In stunning testimony, U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland directly implicated President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani in a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, speaking in a public hearing before the House Intelligence Committee this morning.
Trump’s response: “This is the final word from the president of the United States. I want nothing. He said ‘What do you want, what do you want’…and now here’s my response that he gave just gave. Ready, have the cameras rolling, ‘I want nothing, that’s what I want from Ukraine,’ that’s what I said.”
The president’s press secretary later issued a statement emphasizing those points. “Ambassador Sondland’s testimony made clear that in one of the few brief phone calls he had with President Trump, the president clearly stated that he ‘wanted nothing’ from Ukraine and repeated ‘no quid pro quo over and over again,;” she said.
After three years of largely steering clear of divisive internal Democratic fights, former President Barack Obama is increasingly moving off the political sidelines and trying to play a new role: elder statesman for a party grappling with its post-Obama identity.
New uncertainty hangs over the Democratic presidential primary as 10 candidates meet on the debate stage once again tonight. No longer is there a clear front-runner. The fight for African American voters is raging. And there are growing concerns that impeachment may become a distraction from the primary.
Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned a series of racist messages and hate crimes on the Syracuse University campus, saying he’s “deeply disturbed” by the incidents.
Prince Andrew announced that he’s stepping back from public duties “for the foreseeable future” amid furor over his now-infamous interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.
The second death in New York believed to be related to vaping was confirmed today by state officials. The death was of a man in his 30s from Manhattan who had a history of vaping and e-cigarette use, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
The American Medical Association this week called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.
Car culture in NYC has already been changed by bike and bus lanes. A transportation panel in Manhattan has floated the idea of eliminating free street parking entirely.
A business-linked coalition of black churches ripped activist group Make the Road, which has been critical of the real estate industry, for not putting its mouth where its money is.
Bail bond agents in New York state will soon be held to new regulations intended to protect consumers from unscrupulous behavior identified through an investigation into the industry from the state Department of Financial Services in recent years.
The New York state tax department is sending STAR tax relief checks to homeowners who don’t pay their school property taxes.
Schenectady County and 13 other counties from around the state are suing generic drug manufacturers, alleging the firms engaged in price fixing.
A grieving mother told an Albany County judge that three to nine years isn’t enough time in prison for the teenage girl who killed her daughter.
An equipment malfunction caused lengthy traffic delays today around the state’s repaving project at the intersection of Wolf and Albany Shaker roads.
The Rev. Paul Angelicchio has taken an administrative leave from his role as pastor of St. John the Baptist Church and Transfiguration Church in Rome following the filing of a sexual abuse lawsuit, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse announced.
Student Democrats at the University at Albany condemned the actions of one of its members after an anti-Israel statement was stomped in the snow at the institution’s Podium.
Cuomo has vetoed legislation championed by environmental advocates that would create “Environmental Justice Zones.”
…he also vetoed a bill that aimed to reduce the number of birds flying into buildings.
New York is taking a look at how its first experiment with early voting went in a quiet election year. Elections officials are still reviewing data but say it appears New York City and several counties saw slightly higher turnout this year compared with 2015.
Irondequoit police say a 9th grader is responsible for a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Eastridge High School on Friday.
Public hearings are scheduled on plans to convert a former Adirondack rail corridor to a 34-mile recreational trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.
Tara Kitchen, which began selling its Moroccan food at farmers market before growing in a bricks-and-mortar restaurant in Schenectady in 2012 and another in Troy in spring 2017, is developing its third location, this time in Guilderland.
While the kids are busy writing their wish lists to Santa for the latest toys, the organization World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. released its annual report on potentially harmful toys this holiday season.
A Sharon Springs tree will be the centerpiece of the Empire State Plaza holiday celebration on Sunday, December 8. Lights will be turned on at the NYS Tree Lighting and Fireworks celebration presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York from noon to 8 p.m.
Cranberry connoisseurs at Ocean Spray are releasing new data on the cranberry sauce habits of Americans ahead of the biggest side-dish holiday of the year.
“Baby Shark Live!” is swimming into the Capital Region next year.
Photo credit: George Fazio.