Good morning, CivMixers. We have reached the middle of the week, Wednesday, and the best I can say about today’s forecast is that it looks completely ordinary for early December.
A little sun, some clouds, temperatures in the mid-30s. After all the ups and downs and stuff falling from the sky we’ve had of late, a little ordinary is just fine with me.
Like I said yesterday, though, if you’re heading south it’s a different story. Expect occasional snow through mid-to-late morning.
A wintry mix overnight was expected to turn to snow by the morning commute. Up to two inches may accumulate by 11 a.m. in parts of the city, Long Island, Westchester County, northeastern New Jersey and southern Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service.
Today is the birthday of the Libertarian Party in the U.S., which was formed in 1971. It’s also the day (in 1980) that “Magnum P.I.” starring Tom Selleck premiered on CBS, which was a seminal moment in TV history for some of us Gen-Xers and boomers.
On this day in 1981, heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali’s fought his 61st and last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick.
The UN General Assembly has declared today International Mountain Day, which aims to draw attention to the important roles that mountainous regions play in water and food supply.
On a less serious note, it’s National App Day.
Actress Hailee Steinfeld turns 23 today. Wrestler Rey Mysterio Jr. is 45. Bassist Nikki Sixx is 61. Pop singer Jermaine Jackson is 65. Actress Rita Moreno is 88. Rapper Mos Def is 46, and actress Mo’Nique is 52.
In the headlines…
A majority of voters now oppose impeaching and ousting President Trump from office, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday – the same day Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against the commander in chief.
Trump mocked the Democratic impeachment effort as he sought to rally supporters yesterday in the key swing state of Pennsylvania, calling the process “impeachment lite” and promising it would lead to his reelection in 2020.
House Democrats and the White House agreed on a sweeping new North American free-trade deal that is intended to rewrite the rules of commerce between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Two gunmen in Jersey City who sparked chaos in a residential neighborhood when they exchanged gunfire with police in an hours-long shootout “targeted” the Jewish grocery store at the center of the melee, the city’s mayor said.
The police-detective son of former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik reportedly helped fatally shoot the cop-killing suspects the Jersey City rampage.
Trump plans to sign an executive order today targeting what he sees as anti-Semitism on college campuses by threatening to withhold federal money from educational institutions that fail to combat discrimination, three administration officials said.
Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana mayor and Democratic 2020 contender, released the names of nine clients, ranging from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to the retail giant Best Buy, that he advised while employed as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company – a period of his life that has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks.
Businessman Andrew Yang has qualified to participate in next week’s Democratic presidential debate.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to ensure that absentee ballots match the ones used on Election Day and guarantee that simplified absentee ballot applications created in 2010 are used in school district elections.
A whistleblower and an attorney representing victims of sexual assault by priests say the Catholic Church continues to cover up abuse in several dioceses across the state, including in Albany.
Tired of tractor-trailer trucks shaking their homes’ foundations and speeding through their narrow streets, South Troy residents are launching a letter-writing campaign to get Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin to sign off on agreement needed to get the $10 million South Troy Industrial Road project completed.
Thousands of people will gather in Saratoga Springs for one of the biggest First Night celebrations in the Northeast. But there won’t be any fireworks, which are being replaced by a multimedia display.
The MTA is battling it out with Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns over the transit agency’s federally registered trademark “if you see something, say something,” which Kearns employed in his opposition to the new Green Light Law.
A developer looking to turn a crumbling industrial relic into an apartment complex won approval from the Saratoga County IDA, which voted in favor of a 30-year, PILOT agreement for Victory Mills, a former paper mill on the banks of Fish Creek, along the eastern edge of the county.
Portions of Troy are under a boil water advisory after a water main break in the city on Monday night.
A man from Troy was caught bringing a loaded handgun to the Albany International Airport.
Activists are sounding the alarm in Schenectady County. They want the legislature to step up protections for renters.
Albany Democrats have made it clear they will not be satisfied with their new majority in the Senate. They’re looking to retiring GOP Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer’s 61st District in the Buffalo area as an opportunity to expand their edge, and stand ready to spend their considerable resources to claim it.
The number of vaping-related lung illnesses reported to health officials has now reached 200 cases in New York, a fact that could complicate the intense debate at the statehouse over Cuomo’s push to legalize the adult use of marijuana.
The head of a search committee that interviewed five candidates applying to become Niagara County public information officer said he will recommend Kevin C. Schuler, who pleaded guilty to two felonies in the Buffalo Billion bribery scandal last year.
A charter bus that left Schenectady has crashed on a highway in Maine after the driver fell asleep and went off the road.
A former General Electric engineer pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to steal trade secrets from GE as his partner in crime was sentenced to one year time served for his role in the elaborate intellectual property crime.
A Schenectady man faces charges in connection with his alleged visit to a Siena College student townhouse to collect a drug debt, according to Colonie Town Police.
The estate of one of the victims killed in last year’s limousine crash is suing two state agencies it says have denied it public records it seeks as it pursues a civil lawsuit.
Advocates and elected officials celebrated upcoming changes to the state’s bail and discovery rules during a rally on the steps of City Hall yesterday for Human Rights Day.
The de Blasio administration paid the consulting firm McKinsey & Company $27.5 million for a report about violence at the city’s Rikers Island jail complex that was allegedly filled with false data, according to a new investigative article by ProPublica.
The MTA’s internal overhaul will get underway next week with the reassignment of more than 400 staffers to the newly-minted “MTA Construction and Development” agency.
A non-profit called “Homes for the Homeless” is booting tenants — including a 99-year-old Holocaust survivor — from its senior citizen housing complex in Manhattan, right around the holidays.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his estranged wife Judith Nathan settled their contentious divorce.
…The couple have resolved all their differences and financial squabbles, according to an emailed statement from Bernard E. Clair, Mrs. Giuliani’s lawyer, and they “intend to remain friends in the years to come.”
For the past three months, Trumpworld has been both abuzz and baffled by Christianné Allen, a little-known, 20-year-old Instagram personality who became Rudy Giuliani’s director of communications in September.
Local “American Idol” alum Madison VanDenburg is bringing the holiday spirit to Clifton Park with a caroling concert at Mohawk Chevrolet. VanDenburg’s concert is slated for tomorrow night, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the dealership at 400 Clifton Park Center Road.
New York City will host a concert in February to mark the 80th anniversary of Oklahoma native Woody Guthrie’s classic song, “This Land Is Your Land.”
The winner and new champion of the fifth annual Downtown Schenectady Chili Chowdown: Mad Jack Brewing Co. at The Van Dyck.
This is worth a read. We should all be so lucky.
Photo credit: George Fazio.