As I wrap things up on this Wednesday, the House is continuing its six-hour impeachment debate, which will be followed by what is expected to be a party-line vote.

A long day of debate, parliamentary tactics and numerous votes leading up to a penultimate yes or no on articles of impeachment kicked off this morning with Republican motions to adjourn and strip the chairman of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees of their leadership positions.

House Republicans defended Trump and attacked Democrats during the debate over impeachment rules, with Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin asserting there was no evidence that the president did anything wrong.

Three vulnerable freshman New York Democrats – Reps. Antonio Delgado, Anthony Brindisi and Max Rose – will be casting votes on the president’s fate, and GOP leaders believe support for impeachment will lead to defeat — and a rare Republican success in an increasingly blue state — next year.

A judge tossed the $20 million mortgage fraud case against Paul Manafort on the grounds of double jeopardy — delivering a blow to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who sought to ensure Manafort would remain behind bars if President Trump issues a pardon.

…Manafort’s lawyers argued that the state charges covered the same conduct for which he had already been tried. Justice Maxwell Wiley of the State Supreme Court agreed, ruling that the indictment violated state and federal laws against double jeopardy, which say that a defendant may not be tried twice for the same crime.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to create a commission to investigate the potential benefits of importing prescription drugs from Canada, he announced today as part of a package of proposals aimed at lowering drug prices for New Yorkers.

Telemarketers who knowingly make calls during declared states of emergency will be banned from doing so in New York, under a new law signed by Cuomo today.

Rensselaer and Schenectady city schools are among 26 to benefit from a $15 million state grant set aside to expand access to high-quality pre-kindergarten throughout the state, Cuomo announced.

During the first week the Green Light Law has gone into effect, motor vehicle departments across the state have seen a spike in license applications. The new law allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, and many county clerks said there offices have been slightly busier this week — all but one. (Rensselaer).

Cuomo has signed legislation that gives local municipalities to have more power in the fight against zombie properties.

Comedian Colin Quinn says what he tries to do with “Wrong Side of History,” the new evening of comedy, musings and observations that he brings to The Egg in Albany on Saturday, is to balance a fresh take on serious issues facing the nation as a result of the Trump presidency with plenty of non-Trump material.

Skidmore College has named Marc C. Conner, provost of Washington and Lee University, as its eighth president.

Citizens group Saratoga Unites and nonprofit Sustainable Saratoga are leading an effort to encourage city restaurants to end the use of Styrofoam – a message that appears to have already resonated with most city restaurateurs who are moving to eliminate the use of the plastics.

Carter Conboy, one of the largest law firms in the Capital Region, will close its doors early next year after close to 100 years in business.

Southwest Airlines flights to and from Albany International Airport will be affected by the airline’s decision to remove the troubled Boeing 737 Max aircraft from its fleet until at least April.

Police are hunting for a third suspect in the killing of Beyonce Wint, the 19-year-old gunned down Sept. 17 on a street in Lansingburgh, according to police and an indictment filed against one of the defendants accused of the killing.

Construction contractors in New York and across the country are generally optimistic about the industry’s 2020 outlook, according to a survey from the Associated General Contractors of America.

Workers finished installing scaffolding this morning around the Midtown building where a piece of falling facade killed a prominent architect — and said the structure was in dire straits long before the fatal accident.

MTA board members voted today to approve the agency’s $18 billion proposed budget — including 500 additional cops.

A long-anticipated Department of Investigation report found that while NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration did not violate the law, it did interfere with its own education department’s probe into the yeshivas.

Falling ice in Columbus Circle left a pedestrian with a head injury this morning, officials said.

Cellphones around the New York region began buzzing with an emergency alert from the National Weather Service at 3:30 p.m. today: “Snow Squall Warning til 4:15 p.m. EST. Sudden whiteouts. Icy Roads. Slow Down!”

An attorney who represented the wife of former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato in the couple’s high-profile divorce has sued several judges and law firms, including Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, accusing them of defaming him and driving a wedge between him and his former client.

Manhattan federal Judge Paul Engelmayer sentenced the hip-hop provocateur Tekashi 6ix9ine to two years behind bars Wednesday, despite prosecutors pushing for a lower sentence and lauding his “extraordinary” cooperation against his former associates in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

Apex Entertainment, a 57,000-square-foot entertainment and dining destination, opened today in Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. It takes over the space that was the similarly themed Lucky Strike Social, which closed over the summer after three years. Its menu features a $20 pretzel.

Photo credit: George Fazio.