While You were Out: Dec. 10, 2019

Happy end-of-Tuesday, CivMixers. The temperature is dropping like a stone, but the skies are clearing.

If you’re heading into NYC tomorrow, (like yours truly), be prepared for a lovely “wintery mix” that could make the commute a lot slipperier than usual.

In the news today…

As expected, House Democratic leaders today formally called for President Trump’s removal from office, asserting that he “ignored and injured the interests of the Nation” in two articles of impeachment that charged him with abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

Trump responded on Twitter.

Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are both looking ahead to the Senate impeachment trial, but there is a growing divide between the two over what that trial should look like.

A small group of vulnerable House Democrats – all representing districts that Trump won in 2016 – is floating the longshot idea of censuring the president instead of impeaching him, according to multiple lawmakers familiar with the conversations. Among them is one New Yorker: NY-22 Rep. Anthony Brindisi.

A state judge has ruled that Exxon Mobil Corp. did not engage in fraud through its statements about how it accounted for the costs of climate change regulation, a win for the company and a loss for state Attorney General Tish James.

Trump has paid a total of $2 million to charity as the final part of a settlement agreement to end a lawsuit by the state attorney general’s office accusing him and his family of illegally mismanaging his charitable foundation.

Consumer advocates are breathing easier this week as new federal legislation against robocalls is on the brink of being signed into law after moving swiftly through the House and the U.S. Senate.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page sued the agency and US Department of Justice today for allegedly illegally releasing private documents involving her to the press — namely, hundreds of text messages between her and her special-agent boyfriend.

As many as six people may be dead — including a police officer, two suspects and three civilians — during an “ambush” active shooter situation at a store in Jersey City this afternoon, officials and law enforcement sources said.

A Colonie motel is just one of several named in a group of federal sex-trafficking lawsuits, alleging that major hotel and motel chains look the other way while their rooms are used by traffickers to exploit victims.

The Cuomo administration announced a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos, a chemical that is widely used in farming.

New York health officials intend to renew emergency regulations banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in the state, just days before existing regulations are set to expire without ever having been enforced.

The body of Beverly Trombley, the 77-year-old woman who vanished late last month, was found along train tracks this morning, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple confirmed. Foul play is not suspected.

An insurance claim for $85,000 to pay Quick Response for bathroom repair work it did at the Mechanicville Senior Center is being called into question by the city’s former attorney and one of its commissioners.

The Guilderland Town Board has authorized its attorney to take any legal action necessary against County Waste & Recycling to force it to stop picking up garbage in the middle of the night.

Two Saratoga Springs women admitted to charges related to leaving several animals behind in their apartment without food or water after they moved out, Saratoga County prosecutors said.

For years, two siblings have claimed that they were sexually abused by a former Greene County priest — but New York’s statute of limitations only allowed one of them to pursue legal action against their alleged abuser. That changed this week, when Ivan Morales Jr. sued 82-year-old Jeremiah Nunan under the Child Victims Act.

Activists were at the state Capitol to call on Cuomo to sign off on a long list of bills to improve the environment.

A former GE engineer who worked in Schenectady was sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets from the industrial giant.

Erie County employees have been thrust in the middle of a political and legal battle over New York’s new “Green Light Law.”

The Cuomo administration criticized plans by the state Bridge Authority to raise tolls 60 percent on the five Hudson Valley bridges it controls, saying “a toll increase of this magnitude is not warranted.”

State GOP Chair Nick Langworthy said it’s likely more Senate Republicans will announce their retirements before 2020.

Rapper Cardi B arrived for a hearing at a Queens court in her assault case wrapped in a black feathered coat with a humongous hood — and a swath of cloth dragging behind her that would put even a wedding-dress train to shame.

The axing of four dozen NYC hotel workers has caught the eye of Cuomo, who directed the state Labor Department to launch an investigation into the mass firing.

The NYC Council might sue one of its own members, Bronx Democrat Andy King, over an unpaid $15,000 fine for abusing his office and harassing staffers.

If an effort to cut down on the hundreds of thousands of birds killed yearly by accidentally ramming into buildings, the NYC Council voted 43-3 to pass legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass to be included on all new Big Apple construction.

Bad news: Albany Airport’s two dual loading bridges, which allowed passengers to use the front or back doors to enter and exit Southwest’s Boeing 737s, are going to be retired.

Bill Cosby lost his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction, as an appeals court upheld the verdict in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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