While You Were Out: Dec. 2, 2019

Snow, snow and more snow. That pretty much sums up this first Monday in December, CivMix crew.

Apparently, it’s a record-breaking storm. Yee-haw.

Twenty-seven inches!!!

It was a good time to stay home and buy things online, apparently. Online marketing firm Adobe forecast that online sales this Cyber Monday would top $9.4 billion, up nearly 19 percent from last year.

(Worth noting: With online shopping surging and another holiday season unfolding, customers’ mounting frustration and anger over stolen packages are driving many to take creative and even extreme measures to keep items out of the hands of thieves).

The city of Albany’s parking rules and regulations go into effect tomorrow night. All cars must be on the EVEN side of the road by 8 p.m. The cars must switch to the ODD side on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

a state of emergency has been declared in several other counties. Officials ask you to please stay off the roads unless you absolutely must travel.

Tow truck drivers are working overtime.

Ten random facts about snow.

In the headlines…

The U.S. Supreme Court’s first Second Amendment case in nearly a decade may not result in a ruling of any particular consequence, judging from questioning at arguments today that focused largely on whether the repeal of a New York City law made the case challenging it moot.

President Trump fired back at former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who claimed in a new interview she feels “crushed” by his criticism while defending her relationship and anti-Trump texts with an agent.

House Republicans plan to argue Trump was acting on “genuine and reasonable” skepticism of Ukraine and “valid” concerns about possible corruption involving Americans, not political self-interest, when he pressed for investigations of his Democratic rivals, according to a draft of a report laying out their impeachment defense.

A year after controversy ensued over her red Christmas tree display, First Lady Melania Trump unveiled more traditional decorations to kick off the 2019 holiday season.

Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced he was dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, just one day after former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak shut down his campaign.

Jeffrey Epstein’s secret communications with attorney Alan Dershowitz — who helped secure the pedophile’s controversial 2008 plea deal — could be made public, it was revealed in court today.

With more and more New Yorkers working in the “gig economy,” state lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session will be jockeying to offer bills that will give these workers, who include Uber and Lyft drivers, benefits like unemployment and workers compensation insurance as well as minimum wage protections.

A new law signed by the governor will allow New Yorkers to opt out of pesky phone calls from telemarketers.

Dermot Shea was sworn in by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio as the city’s top cop this morning — officially becoming the 44th Police Commissioner of the New York Police Department.

NYC kids and their parents will have to wait until this evening for de Blasio to rule on a potential snow day tomorrow.

The Campaign Finance Reform Commission formally released a report detailing its recommendations last night, setting the stage for yet another December filled with hypothesizing about the prospects for a special session.

Associated Press reporting found a deluge of lawsuits could surpass anything the nation’s clergy sexual abuse crisis has seen before, with potentially more than 5,000 new cases and payouts topping $4 billion.

The first Child Victims Act lawsuit filed in Saratoga County alleges that an elementary school teacher in the Shenendehowa Central School District abused an unnamed boy for seven years in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Capital Region is proving to be the biggest source of customers for the closest marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts.

The snowstorm won’t stop the Troy City School District from holding a referendum tomorrow on a $56 million school building improvement program, district officials said.

New York’s chief fiscal officer, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, wants Gov. Andrew Cuomo to quickly provide more information about potential cuts to the Medicaid program, which the governor’s office recently put on the table to deal with a $4 billion cost overrun.

It has been four years since Town Councilman Fred “Fritz” Drumm was reported missing from his home on Burgoyne Road, and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department wants the public to know there’s still a substantial reward for information leading to his whereabouts.

The Albany Parking Authority recently joined the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the City of Albany officials to unveil new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on top of the Riverfront Garage and express a long-term commitment to sustainability and support of carbon-free transportation.

A nine-year-old suffered minor injuries after a plow truck struck the vehicle the child was riding in yesterday afternoon, Warren County Sheriff deputies said.

Colonie Police along with Albany County Sheriff’s Office say they are searching for Beverly A. Trombley, age 77.

This is cool, if you have a few minutes to spare.

The plan to renovate Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, has gotten a makeover itself. Officials with the center and orchestra unveiled a $550 million plan that represents a fresh start for the project.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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