As Monday comes to a close, it’s time to prepare to do your civic duty and get out to vote in local elections tomorrow.

Why? Well, because we put the “CIV” in CivMix, and it’s important to make yourself heard. I know there aren’t any “sexy” statewide contests – all that action is taking place next year. However, there are a number of heated local races worth watching. More on that here, here, here, here and here.

Meanwhile, political experts are watching whether the wave of enthusiastic Democrats who propelled the party to major legislative gains last year will show up at the polls again.

The nine days of early voting, which took place for the first time in New York this year, throws a bit of a wrench into the works as far as predictions go regarding turnout. According to the state Board of Elections, 256,251 voters cast early ballots through Sunday.

In the headlines…

The whistleblower who raised alarms about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and touched off the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans, the person’s lawyer says. But the president says that’s not good enough.

Zephyr Teachout, the liberal law professor who unsuccessfully challenged Cuomo in a 2014 Democratic primary, announced her support of Jamaal Bowman, who is challenging Rep. Eliot Engel from the left.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has settled a lawsuit with former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind — sparing her from having to testify in federal court Tuesday over why she blocked him on Twitter.

A fire destroyed an abandoned mansion in Lansingburgh this morning and forced authorities to close the Troy-Waterford Bridge while firefighters tried to limit the spread of the flames.

Under a new law that took effect this month, toddlers now have to be placed in rear-facing car seats.

A payday may finally be coming for hundreds or even thousands of current and former employees of Stewart’s Shops who say the company deprived them of pay they were entitled to.

A thoroughbred named “Covfefe” after Trump’s confounding neologism that stumped the internet came home a winner Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park in Southern California.’

DJ Pauly D, best known for his GTL antics (gym-tan-laundry, if you don’t know already) on the MTV show “Jersey Shore,” will be coming inland to perform at Gaffney’s in Saratoga Springs this coming weekend.

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah will bring his “Loud and Clear” tour to the Times Union Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Live Nation has announced.

The Greenwich Journal and Salem Press newspaper in Washington County, one of the oldest continuously published newspapers in the country, is planning to stop publishing after the death of owner Craig Phalen at only 44 on Oct. 21.

Photo credit: George Fazio.