While You Were Out: Nov. 6, 2019

A busy, busy Wednesday with lots of ground to cover, CivMixers.

But before I forget, it’s also National Stress Awareness Day, so if you haven’t done any self care today, now is the time to do so.

Headlines…

Donald Trump will be the first president to kick off New York City’s Veterans Day Parade next Monday, the White House announced.

House Democrats will launch a major new phase of their impeachment inquiry next week with public hearings that will feature three State Department officials who have testified about their concerns about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

The hearings will kick off next Wednesday, with testimony from William B. Taylor Jr., the top American envoy in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a top State Department official. On Friday, the Intelligence Committee will hear from Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former American ambassador to Ukraine.

After he and his legal team fought off numerous subpoenas, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will testify against Trump’s longtime political advisor and confidante Roger Stone, prosecutors said.

Candidates participating in the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate in Georgia on Nov. 20 will each be asked a balanced number of questions, event hosts MSNBC and The Washington Post announced.

Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The measure would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of so-called “animal crushing” videos illegal, and also make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime.

A Manhattan federal court judge has vacated a Trump administration rule that would allow health care workers to deny care based on their religious or moral beliefs.

Sandra Bullock and Ellen DeGeneres are suing over false advertising and the unauthorized use of their names and likenesses to endorse products — a “right of publicity” claim.

American workers were less efficient in the July-September quarter, pushing down productivity for the first time since late 2015.

Airbnb plans to conduct a comprehensive review of every property listed on its platform as part of a series of initiatives to give customers “peace of mind,” Brian Chesky, the company’s chief executive, announced.

Daniel Cameron, a former legal counsel for Senator Mitch McConnell, won his race for attorney general of Kentucky, making him the first black person to be elected to the office in the state.

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez is feeling hopeful for 2020 after a Democrat unseated an unpopular Republican governor in deep-red Kentucky and his party claimed both chambers in the Virginia legislature for the first time in decades.

A local high school football coach who was sidelined by a drunken driving arrest was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge after prosecutors said they determined the alcohol breath test he allegedly failed would not have been admissible as evidence.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was at the Desmond Hotel this morning, touting the fact that construction on the Northway between Exits 3 and 5 is nearing completion.

…The governor and other officials then cruised across the flyover in a vintage automobile that used to carry Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

…at that event, the governor penned the Capitol press corps on a flatbed truck.

Loree K. Sutton, a retired Army brigadier general and former NYC commissioner, announced her candidacy for mayor in 2021.

Big bucks from liberal billionaire investor George Soros wasn’t enough to tip the scales in favor of Democrat Shani Curry Mitchell in her quest to unseat the incumbent Monroe County District Attorney, Republican Sandra Doorley.

Many strategies came into play in the boisterous race for Troy mayor, capped by yesterday’s victory by incumbent Patrick Madden — including timing and political perceptions.

Multiple law enforcement agencies conducted “court authorized activities” at Buffalo City Hall according to a spokesperson for the FBI.

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, a Republican, won the race for the 57th State Senate District seat vacated by former GOP Sen. Cathy Young, defeating Democrat Austin Morgan, a 22-year-old Cornell University graduate.

Michael Stammel, Republican chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature, became mayor-elect of the city of Rensselaer last night — creating the unique situation of having o

Mandy Patinkin, and actor whose hit television, film and Broadway big names, will be performing at Schenectady’s Proctors Theatre in January.

Republican state Sen. James Seward will take time off after the cancer he contracted in 2016 has recurred, his office said today in a statement.

Former Rep. Clauida Tenney has been added to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program, giving her “on the radar” status a month after she announced her plans to win back the NY-22 seat she lost a year ago.

Republicans winning top town government seats is nothing new in Saratoga County. But this year, two sets of Republicans, those in Ballston and Milton, won their seats by running as Democrats.

MacKenzie-Childs, which designs and manufactures popular furnishings, dinnerware, kitchenware and other items, is moving its distribution, warehouse and shipping operations to a new site in Oswego County.

Democrats maintained their stronghold in the Albany County Legislature, picking up two seats from Republican-represented districts in yesterday’s elections.

The national tour of “Frozen,” which is opening at Proctor’s this Sunday, is an enormous undertaking.

A federal appeals court ordered a civil rights lawsuit filed as a result of the decade-old ballot fraud case back to U.S. District Court in Albany today to be heard, setting up a potential trial.

The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will hold a workshop exploring the economic impact of cannabis from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at SUNY Adirondack Wilton, 696 U.S. Route 9, in Gansevoort.

The Oneida Indian Nation plans to open a multimillion-dollar tourist attraction in Sylvan Beach with slots and an indoor/outdoor dining venue.

A memorial for sporano Jessye Norman, who died Sept. 30 at 74, will be held at the Met on Nov. 24, the company said.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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