While You Were Out: Nov. 8, 2019

Holy frigid temperatures, CivMixers!

Things are going to warm up this weekend, but then take a turn for the worse next week. Tomorrow and Sunday we’re in for some sunshine, though we won’t be seeing anything remotely like the balmy temperatures we enjoyed not too terribly long ago.

I hope you had a productive Friday. I, for one, am glad this one is almost over. Let’s take a look at those headlines…

John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, knows about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to the Ukraine pressure campaign that House impeachment investigators have not yet been informed about, his lawyer told lawmakers today.

Trump said he had not yet agreed to roll back any of the tariffs he had imposed on China and that, if a deal is reached, he would not eliminate all of the levies he’s placed on $360 billion worth of goods.

A divided U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Steven Menashi, a top aide to Trump, for a federal appeals court post, despite complaints from lawmakers about his refusal to answer questions about his record at the Education Department and the White House.

Trump says he’s weighing an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow.

About 1,500 students who attended two art institutes that were part of the sudden collapse of a career-school chain this year will have their federal loans canceled, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said.

As former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg moves toward running for president, his friends, former advisors and big Wall Street donors say they love the idea of a President Bloomberg, but they have a hard time seeing him surviving a leftward-lurching Democratic primary with a win.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Erie County Clerk Michael “Mickey” Kearns, who sought to prevent New York from granting driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the state illegally, saying he does not have legal standing to challenge the law.

The court also denied Kearns’ motion for a preliminary injunction, which would have prevented the law from taking effect in December. Kearns, in a press conference this afternoon, fought back, saying the judge “punted” her responsibilities in failing to determine whether the Green Light Law is constitutional.

There have been 165 patients in New York reporting what are believed to be illnesses linked to vaping usage, the state Department of Health announced. An illnesses believed to be linked to vaping has also resulted in at least one death.

U.S. health officials announced a breakthrough into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a “very strong culprit” – vitamin E acetate, which was previously found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many of those who got sick.

New Yorkers will help pay Connecticut tolls without ever driving to, or from, Connecticut, if Gov. Ned Lamont has his way.

Construction for the cashless toll system on the New York State Thruway has begun.

Motorists are advised to watch for lane closures on the northbound Adirondack Northway from around Exit 13 to Exit 16 in Saratoga County tomorrow between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. to allow the New York State Department of Transportation to perform pavement repairs.

The supervisor of the small Greene County town of Prattsville and the owner of a mobile-home park there were indicted on federal criminal charges that accuse them of conspiring to fraudulently siphon thousands of dollars in federal storm aid that had been intended to rebuild the community following a devastating 2011 flood.

Democrat John Mannion will launch a second bid for a state Senate seat in the Syracuse area he narrowly lost last year to Republican Bob Antonacci, who is arepped down after he won a state Supreme Court judgeship this past Tuesday.

Child Victims Act advocates called for more action by the Albany diocese today following the latest lawsuit filed against Bishop Howard Hubbard. This comes as the bishops of New York State prepare to meet with Pope Francis next week in Rome.

A special prosecutor says he asked a judge to dismiss charges against Clay Gustave, the coordinator of the city’s Community Police Review Board, because the description police gave to justify stopping Gustave’s car for reckless driving did not match the scenario that unfolded on a police video.

Responding to growing concerns about overuse of the delicate Adirondack High Peaks region, the state DEC has appointed a special counsel to develop solutions for dealing with the crowds that have been coming to that mountainous area.

The Democratic-led state Legislature next Tuesday will hold a public hearing on the MTA’s $51.5 billion capital plan.

The New York Power Authority is working with Puerto Rico’s main utility, PREPA, to rebuild the island’s electricity grid in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which hit in 2017 but has left a lasting impact.

Warren County will receive $675,000 in state grant money to support interventions intended to bring down the region’s high cancer rates.

A bus driver and four children needed medical care after a school bus slid off a rural road and hit a tree, according to the Columbia County sheriff’s office.

In the latest sign of worker activism in tech companies and start-ups, a group of employees at the struggling office-space giant WeWork are calling on management to treat workers humanely as the company prepares to lay off thousands, and to give workers a say in corporate decisions and policies.

A federal judge in Buffalo sided with an arbitration panel that earlier this year said the Seneca Nation of Indians wrongly withheld at least $255 million in casino revenue payments to New York state.

The Montgomery County SPCA says they are no longer accepting applications to adopt the dogs found neglected in a home on Route 30 in the town of Florida, capping the number at 100.

Megyn Kelly launched her news comeback today with an exclusive interview with a former ABC News producer who was accused of leaking the Amy Robach “hot mic” clip— but who tearfully denies doing so.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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