Well, CivMixers, it looks like the worst is over as far as the snow is concerned. It wasn’t TOO bad, all things considered. And it didn’t put a damper on what turned out to be a pretty busy news day…

As the House moves toward impeachment, President Trump penned a 6-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasting her and other Democrats for what he calls “an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power…unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.”

Trump is reportedly considering a mix of White House lawyers and some of the president’s most aggressive defenders serving in the House to play a larger role in his defense.

The House passed a $1.4 trillion spending package to fund several federal agencies through the end of the next fiscal year, avoiding a government shutdown just days before government funding was set to expire at midnight Friday.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to compel the Trump administration to turn over records related to a pair of executive orders the president signed in 2017, including a directive that would eliminate two government regulations for each new one imposed.

Cuomo has proposed a ban on the distribution and use of expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, single-use food containers by Jan. 1, 2022.

The governor said county clerks who refuse to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, as required by the Green Light Law, “cannot choose which laws they like and which they will disregard” and so should resign.

The United States Customs and Border Protection agency is voicing concerns about the Green Light Law, saying it could be “detrimental” to public safety.

In a rare public vote on a controversial manner, the members New York’s embattled ethics commission – JCOPE – rejected a “self-assessment” proposal to examine their internal operations, as well as that of the state inspector general’s office.

Kat Sullivan, an alleged rape victim who for the past 18 months has been the subject of an investigation by JCOPE, this morning hijacked its monthly meeting by staging a protest that included singing a rewrite of “Let It Go” that called for the panel’s dissolution.

Republican state Sen. Richard Funke, of the Rochester area, has joined the line of GOP incumbents in the state Senate who will not seek re-election in 2020, announcing his decision in a video posted on YouTube.

Seagrams’ heiress Clare Bronfman could be looking at more prison time than she expected for her crimes in the sprawling NXIVM case.

Joyce Mitchell, the prison seamstress who helped two killer escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora four years ago, could be out of prison by Feb. 8 after being given credit for good behavior.

State Sen. Peter Harckham suggested a series of tolls “all along” New York’s border with Connecticut — on Interstate 684, the Hutchinson River Parkway south of Greenwich, on local routes in Lewisboro and Pound Ridge, and anywhere else along the border.

Slick road conditions are likely to blame for a serious crash this afternoon on River Road in Bethlehem in which a fuel truck hit a sedan head on.

The murder arraignment for a man accused of killing a 3-year-old boy in Troy has been delayed for 45 days.

The Washington County community of Argyle is in mourning after the town highway superintendent was killed this morning in a crash on Route 40.

Cuomo today announced the state Environmental Facilities Corporation has awarded more than $416 million through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program to municipalities for infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality.

The Shenendehowa Central School District Board of Education and administration are getting a head start on making contact with local elected officials who will advocate to the state for the district’s needs for the upcoming school year.

Erica Tishman, 60, a prominent Manhattan architect with degrees from Harvard and Princeton, was tragically killed by a falling piece of building facade.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out a new $100 million-a-year plan that aims to end street homelessness in New York — claiming the city will entice outdoor sleepers to come inside by providing friendlier shelter spaces and more apartments.

The state Comptroller has determined the Johnstown Highway Department can’t account for nearly $50,000 worth of gasoline pumped between 2018 and May 2019 — and Town Council member Timothy Rizzo said he wants the issue investigated by the state police.

Photo credit: George Fazio.