I tell you, CivMixers, you really take your life into your hands when you travel on the holidays. Even a few days out like we are now…Penn Station was a ZOO!

I made it through unscathed, but only barely, which explains the rather late Tuesday round-up. But I’m here and making it happen. So, to the news…

Bomb cyclone, deep snow, high winds. The Thanksgiving holiday travel picture is not great, and it’s still not clear if the Macy’s Parade balloons will fly.

Here’s a feel good story for the holiday: The Gloversville community Thanksgiving is back on.

If you’re out and about in Saratoga tomorrow night – which, as everyone knows, is THE biggest party night of the year – keep an eye out for Snooki.

Also, look for more extravagant holiday windows along Fifth Avenue, as vacant storefronts are jazzed up with new displays.

With world leaders gathering in Madrid next week for their annual bargaining session over how to avert a climate catastrophe, the latest assessment issued by the United Nations said that greenhouse gas emissions are still rising dangerously.

The House Judiciary Committee invited President Trump’s legal team to participate in its first public impeachment hearing next week, when lawmakers plan to convene a panel of constitutional scholars to inform their debate over whether the president’s actions warrant his removal from office.

Trump couldn’t resist riffing on the House impeachment inquiry as he continued the tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey, generating holiday-season laughter at the expense of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, one of his chief antagonists in Congress.

Dough Schoen, a longtime advisor to billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, has cut ties with a Ukrainian oligarch who once made a six-figure donation to Trump’s now-defunct foundation.

The White House was briefly put on lockdown today, as fighter jets were scrambled in Washington following an airspace violation, law enforcement officials said.

First Lady Melania Trump was greeted with resounding boos by students at an opioid awareness event in Baltimore, even as her husband donated his salary for the third quarter of the year to combat the opioid crisis.

Melanie Whelan resigned from her position as chief executive officer of SoulCycle and is also vacating her position as the director on the company’s board.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by immigration advocates against Rensselaer County and several Republican officials who last summer announced plans to provide ICE with information about those who attempt to obtain drivers licenses through the state’s new Green Light Act.

One year after a violent encounter with Albany Medical Center staff led to a patient’s death, police and hospital officials continue to deny requests for information in the case.

RIP former City of Albany Police Chief Kevin Tuffey, who led the department during an often tumultuous period from 1995 to 1999. He died this afternoon in Florida at age 70.

New York and three other northeast states announced that they are appealing a judge’s decision rejecting their challenge of the Trump administration’s 2017 tax reform package that they contend unfairly targets Democratic states.

A letter backed by Democratic NY-22 Rep. Anthony Brindisi and several other New York House members raises concerns with the implementation of new criminal justice law changes that end cash bail for many charges.

Albany County officials pushed back on Comptroller Michael Conners this week, challenging his authority to interview county workers and questioning the propriety of his decision to hire a private law firm to aid in an ongoing audit of time and attendance records.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s three picks for the commission rewriting state campaign finance laws were “likely” to vote down a package implementing historic campaign finance reforms — if side issues related to minor political parties weren’t addressed, according to another appointee.

A more stringent threshold for maintaining ballot status as a political party as proposed by the public financing commission should be one that’s met by the Working Families Party, the governor said.

Cuomo said he has not had “an inappropriate conversation” with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie about votes for an investigation at the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

The governor’s office announced nearly $2 million in smart growth grants for communities in Adirondack and Catskill Parks.

The proposed location for a Costco Wholesale Club sits right on top of an existing neighborhood, and would require demolition of more than a dozen homes.

John W. Cole is set to begin a seven-year prison sentence tomorrow for felony assault after losing a last-minute bid to the state’s highest court to hear his case.

After a hearing to argue over the legality of former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio’s probation, a judge has revoked her probation and sentenced her to 180 days in jail.

New York City health officials are requiring Farmer’s Fridge and other fresh food vending machine purveyors to get permits and inspections for its machines, which dispense salads and bowls.

Photo credit: George Fazio.