While You Were Out: Nov. 7, 2019

The weather is making news as we wrap things up this early November Thursday. Another reminder to be careful out on the roads tonight, CivMixers. There could be accumulations of an inch or more of slushy mess (depending on your elevation) before the precipitation wraps things up later tonight – around 10 or 11 p.m.

And then it’s going to be very cold – like down into the 20s. So, in other words, it’s going to freeze. Good times.

Dress warm. And take precautions.

In non-weather headlines…

A New York judge ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to an array of charities to resolve a lawsuit alleging he misused his own charitable foundation to further his political and business interests.

In the ruling, Justice Saliann Scarpulla found that Trump had “breached his fiduciary duty” by using the foundation to further his political career.

As the Trump administration in its early days tried to push through hardline immigration policies, it appeared to calculate their possible impact on the 2020 presidential race while rejecting national security warnings from U.S. diplomats, according to State Department memos made public today.

Former national security adviser John Bolton failed to show up for an interview with impeachment investigators today, making it unlikely that he will provide any testimony to the House about Trump’s handling of Ukraine.

Vice President Mike Pence stood in for Trump to get his boss’ name on the Republican primary ballot in New Hampshire today.

Ahead of Veterans’ Day, Reps. Antonio Delgado, a Democrat, and Elise Stefanik, a Republican, announced a new effort to secure federal funding for New York veterans’ cemeteries.

Juul Labs said it will halt sales of its best-selling, mint-flavored electronic cigarettes as it struggles to survive a nationwide backlash against vaping.

Comic Amy Schumer will be the celebrity in attendance for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s annual birthday bash fundraiser, according to an email sent to supporters by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign.

State officials recently wrote down more than $1 billion in economic development investments on several high-tech projects across upstate New York, including the solar-panel factory in Buffalo operated by Tesla Inc., documents show.

A zinger from the NYT editorial board: “There’s an old saw in politics: When you don’t want to fix a problem, appoint a commission. Unfortunately, the Public Campaign Financing Commission appears poised to make election problems worse.”

State Sen. David Carlucci, a Rockland County Democrat, introduced legislation that would establish a three-digit state hotline to help individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts.

All charges related to a traffic stop in August were dropped against Clay Gustave in criminal court this morning. At the time of the incident, he worked for Albany’s Community Police Review Board.

A Duanesburg woman is facing misdemeanor charges in connection the discovery of 14 dogs that were seized from a home in the neighboring town of Florida, State Police said.

The late Mayor Karen Johnson’s estate is donating $2.5 million to five not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions in the city.

The IRS released the federal tax rates and income brackets for 2020. The seven tax rates remain unchanged, while the income limits have been adjusted for inflation.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged a Long Island-based company with illegally importing and selling Chinese-made surveillance and security equipment with “known cybersecurity vulnerability” to U.S. government agencies as passing it it off as US-made.

The Brooklyn district attorney, Eric Gonzalez, publicly released a blacklist of NYPD officers who says he will no longer call them as witnesses because he has determined they are not credible.

When bay scallop season opened on Monday, the baymen of Long Island brought bad news: Most of the adult scallops in Peconic Bay were dead.

State Senate Republicans are pushing back against the bail reform law set to go into effect in January. They are planning to introduce new legislation aimed to protect victims.

Modern crooner Michael Buble is bringing his 2020 North American tour through Albany. The “Feeling Good” and “Home” singer will perform at the Times Union Center on March 22, 2020.

Moe’s Southwest Grill across from the University at Albany (1206 Western Ave.) will be serving customers by the end of the year.

CVS Health will close 22 “underperforming” drugstores early next year in addition to the 46 stores it shuttered earlier this year, the company said today in a regulatory filing.

Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger’s well-received book for kids is being brought to the stage by Atlantic Theater Company’s Atlantic for Kids program early next year for a limited run from February 22-March 15.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she plans to beat back a primary challenge from a centrist Democrat City Council member by showing she can “kick ass” at her job.

A CBS News employee has lost her job following reports that she may have been involved in the leak of video that showed ABC’s Amy Robach complaining that her bosses didn’t run a story about a Jeffrey Epstein accuser.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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