While You Were Out: Jan. 10, 2020

Friday. Enough said. Don’t know about you, but I’m wiped. Right. Out.

Headlines…

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi alerted lawmakers that she would move next week to transmit articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate and prompt a historic trial over charges that the president abused his office and obstructed Congress.

The Trump administration rebuffed demands from Iraq’s prime minister to begin planning for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq, and announced a new wave of sanctions on Iran.

Economists called a slowdown in wage growth disappointing as the U.S. government reported the latest jobs figures today, even as the unemployment rate stayed at a 50-year low.

The House passed legislation that would require the clean-up of pervasive chemical pollutants, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that have contaminated drinking water and soil in many New York communities and around the country.

Prince Charles has reportedly threatened to cut off Prince Harry’s cash flow if he and Meghan step away from the royal family completely.

Trump has weighed in on the “Megxit” scandal, — saying he felt “sad” that Harry and Meghan decided to step back from their royal roles.

Harry will follow Meghan back to Canada as soon as possible after she fled across the Atlantic to be with Archie having left him with their nanny and her best friend following their Christmas break.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s massive campaign apparatus and an army of some 500 staffers will march on through the general election in November even if he loses the Democratic nomination, shifting their efforts toward working to elect whomever the party selects to face Trump.

Bloomberg has secured office space for his presidential campaign on Harlem’s 125th Street, according to his campaign and the space’s landlord.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raking in campaign cash, but so far is not spreading the wealth to the House’s Democratic campaign committee — and that’s vexing her fellow Dems.

The convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein donated a total of $850,000 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and top administrators were aware of the gifts for years, according to a report released today by a law firm hired by the university to investigate its ties to the disgraced financier.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears to be betting that climate change is on the minds of enough New Yorkers that they’ll approve a $3 billion Environmental bond act in November, assuming the Legislature gives the go-ahead.

The artist commissioned to paint Cuomo’s nautically-themed third-term poster tried to encourage the pol to “pare” the painting back and find other monsters for the much-mocked piece.

For the second time in two years, Cuomo is proposing that many elected officials across New York make their income tax returns public.

State lawmakers are looking to drastically scale back a pair of outer borough subsidy programs that became huge points of contention during Amazon’s attempted move to Queens.

While the roadway has remained lit by street lamps, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’s towers, cables and supports have been dark since Nov. 11…the Thruway is blaming the builder.

When she died last summer, socialite, philanthropist and horse-racing enthusiast Marylou Whitney left $17,200,000 to her children, homes to two employees and the rest of her vast fortune to her husband, John Hendrickson, according to a copy of her will filed last month in surrogates court.

An Albany County Department of Public Works employee is accused of shooting a nail gun into a co-worker’s arm.

A video Schenectady police released today of a November police shooting shows the officer jumping out of the way of a fleeing car before firing a shot that went through the driver’s side window.

The Empire State Plaza ice rink will be closed tomorrow and Sunday this weekend due to the warm and rainy weather forecast.

Brooklyn Tech High School has become the latest scene of a city hate crime — with someone scrawling a swastika and the words “KILL ALL JEWZ” on a wall, police said.

A Manhattan federal court judge today upheld the conviction of a Nine Trey Gangsta Blood put behind bars by Tekashi 6ix9ine — saying jurors found the rainbow-haired rapper credible.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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