While You Were Out: Dec. 26, 2019

Are you, like me, having trouble keeping track of the days during this holiday lull, CivMixers? It’s Thursday, THURSDAY. I have to keep reminding myself.

If you’re heading out late this night and/or early tomorrow morning, be careful…Things could get a bit slippery.

In other news…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed an e-bike and e-scooter legalization bill that was passed overwhelmingly in June and would have lifted state restrictions on the electric vehicles, citing the omission of a helmet requirement and other “safety measures.”

Cuomo is dusting off plans to develop a high-speed railway linking upstate to the Big Apple, despite a litany of past plans gone awry owing to sky-high costs.

Construction of President Trump’s border wall has been slow going, in part because the Texans who own the land have to be coaxed or coerced to sell it, whether they want to or not.

Trump is speaking out against the “carnage” involving thousands of civilians in a rebel stronghold in Syria.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles are reviewing eight cases accusing disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, an official said.

Trump is blaming California’s governor for the state’s homeless crisis and threatening a federal government intervention.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reportedly spent about $120 million in digital and television ads since joining the presidential race last month.

More people did their shopping online this year during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping to push total sales higher.

The DEC is reminding you that you can recycle your Christmas trees.(Check with your local municipal government to see when pickups will begin…there are also community mulching events).

The City of Cohoes says it will begin picking up Christmas trees tomorrow – Friday, Dec. 27th.

A 14-year-old suspect in the fatal stabbing of Barnard freshman Tessa Majors was released without charges after being nabbed by cops, the NYPD’s chief of detectives said.

Capital Region BOCES was a big winner in Cuomo’s ninth annual Regional Economic Development Council contest, landing a $5 million grant it will use to build a brand new career training center.

The family of Lakhraj Premnauth, the 24-year-old city man killed in a car crash Wednesday that left three others critically injured, is planning a funeral service for Saturday, incoming City Council President John Mootooveren said.

An appeals court ruled a public employees union can sue Schenectady over the merger of the Office of the Building Inspector and Bureau of Code Enforcement after an investigation determined the city’s failure to confront code violations “directly contributed” to a March 6, 2015, fire that killed four people across the street from city hall.

A controversial contract between the city of Saratoga Springs and Greenfield to provide city EMS services to the town’s eastern district was not approved by the City Council this week, leaving town Supervisor Daniel Pemrick to seek another alternative.

For months, law enforcement officials have complained that criminal justice reforms set to take effect Jan. 1 will put an unfair burden on police and prosecutors to quickly turnover evidence to defendants. But one of the first defendants to benefit might be an Albany cop.

The members of the state Campaign Finance Reform Commission didn’t sign their oaths of office until more than four months after they were appointed, but it’s unclear if that will matter as the commission’s work is hashed out in court.

New York City has been rocked by at least four anti-Semitic attacks in two days — including hate-filled violence against two children in Williamsburg, police said.

A student at Columbia University has filed a complaint with the Department of Education alleging anti-Semitism, with lawyers representing him saying he is the first to do so under a new executive order from Trump.

The traditional fireworks that blast off the new year in Saratoga Springs, are back, but at an earlier and more family-friendly hour.

Alejandro Melendez, a 51-year-old man found dead Christmas morning in a State Street, Schenectady parking lot, was killed when he was hit by a vehicle, police said.

…Melendez’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against moderate Democrats for being “funded by billionaires” in a steadfast defense of political “purity tests,” all while neglecting to mention her own acceptance of a billionaire’s donation to her campaign: 2020 hopeful Tom Steyer.

Chelsea Clinton took a tongue-in-cheek poke at a Republican lawmaker who posted old video on Christmas night showing a falling lighting fixture nearly braining her mother Hillary during a 1992 TV interview.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is coming under fire after viewers discovered that Trump’s cameo scene in the holiday movie “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” had been cut from showings of the film on the network.

Empire State College is looking to unveil its first-ever mascot in time for SUNY’s 2020 Mascot Madness competition. But first, the SUNY school needs to choose an iconic character to represent its more than 17,000 students online and in-person across the state. Voting is underway, and will continue through Jan. 14.

Free Starbucks!!

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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