While You Were Out: Nov. 5, 2019

This Election Day Tuesday is not yet over, CivMixers. Have you voted yet? No? Well, the polls are open until 9 p.m., and we will still be here when you get back.

Also, something I missed earlier: Today is National Doughnut Day. (Not sure how that one slipped past me). There’s still time to celebrate that, too. HEY! You could kill two birds with one stone, go out and cast a ballot and then reward yourself with a doughnut! Brilliant.

It’s also Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, which is an annual commemoration observed on this day – primarily in the United Kingdom.

There was plenty of non-election news taking place today. So let’s get to it….

A cold blast is expected to descend on the East Coast by the end of this week, bringing unusually early fall snow to the Ohio Valley, upstate New York and Vermont.

Sixty-two percent of people who approve of the job President Trump is doing say that there would be nothing the commander in chief could do to shake their support, according to a Monmouth University poll out today.

Trump trashed New York’s plan to release almost 900 prisoners from Rikers Island before Christmas and blamed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio of “killing our cities.”

The trial of Roger Stone, the flamboyant former confidant of Trump, kicked off today amid a host of medical issues involving both the defendant and a spectator.

A critical witness in the impeachment inquiry offered Congress substantial new testimony this week, revealing that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country likely would not receive American military aid unless it publicly committed to investigations Trump wanted.

State health officials say nearly all New Yorkers won’t see health care premium increases through the marketplace set up by former President Barack Obama’s signature health law.

The nine women and children slaughtered in Mexico yesterday were part of a Mormon community with ties to the alleged sex-cult NXIVM.

A grand jury has voted to indict two men who were arrested in last week’s killing of Allyzibeth Lamont, whose body was found in a marshy area near the Northway.

It’s not just outgoing NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill who’s worried about criminal-justice reform unraveling the department’s hard-won crime-fighting gains — his newly appointed successor, Dermot Shea, said the reforms weigh heavily on the minds of top brass across the department.

De Blasio ripped a bill proposed by Queens state Sen. Jessica Ramos that would prohibit the Big Apple from the capping its number of street-vendor permits, saying it would pave the way to “chaos here.”

The attorney for Nauman Hussain, the Wilton man facing charges related to the Schoharie limo crash last fall, says there was nothing illegal about his client pretending to be his father during his interactions with a state DOT investigator who was trying to get his company into compliance with state vehicle regulations.

National Grid announced that Dean Seavers, the head of its U.S. business unit that includes its gas and electric operations in New York and other states, is stepping down immediately for “personal reasons.”

A car chase that started in Albany this morning ended with a high-end muscle car wrecked on a busy street in Schenectady.

The city of Troy codes official who had a five count indictment against him thrown out after a city judge ruled the state attorney general’s office’s case was factually and legally insufficient is preparing to sue the attorney general’s office and the State Police.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that requires death certificates in cases of opioid overdose to specify which opioid was involved in the death.

Cuomo said his administration is considering spending cuts or further budgetary maneuvers to address a $3 billion or $4 billion Medicaid shortfall for the state fiscal year ending March 31.

Cuomo wants to spend more than $50 million a year on new police officers, even though the transit agency is facing a financial crisis. Opponents say the system is already overly policed.

The governor said he is not pushing to end fusion voting, as questions surrounding the future of fusion voting are being considered by a commission that has been tasked with creating a state public campaign finance system

Bronx Democratic Assemblyman Michael Blake has a habit of skipping votes in Albany, but don’t tell the students enrolled in his urban studies seminar at NYU — where attendance is mandatory.

The top black police official in New York City, Benjamin Tucker, went to Gracie Mansion on Sunday expecting the mayor to ask him to take the reins of the nation’s largest police force, but he got passed over for a second time in favor of another white police commissioner.

A Massachusetts judge says the state’s ban on the sale of vaping products can’t be enforced on medical marijuana products.

ABC bosses are battling to deal with the fallout from comments made by “Good Morning America” reporter Amy Robach, who was caught on a hot mic claiming network brass scrapped her interview with a Jeffrey Epstein accuser to appease the royal family.

A robust increase in sales tax revenue along with payments from del Lago Resort & Casino are credited with reducing Seneca County’s proposed 2020 tax rate, despite an increase in the general fund.

Nestlé has initiated a recall of several of its chocolate chip cookie-related products in New York and nationwide because they may contain pieces of food-grade rubber.

A group of college students in Alaska can now pay their parking ticket using peanut butter and jelly.

This is kinda fun.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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