While You Were Out: Jan. 14, 2020

Early out for me on this Tuesday, CivMixers. Here’s the news you should know thus far today:

From record heat to a “significant” snow storm – all within the span of a single week. #Upstateweather. More here.

Big developments on the impeachment front: After weeks of delay and strategizing, the U.S. House is planning to vote tomorrow to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate to start the trial on removing him from office.

…The proceeding will be only the third time an American president has been put on trial in the U.S. Senate.

One of the first agreements of the state legislative session coalesced today with a deal announced to bolster limousine safety.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan endorsed former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination for president.

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has thrown his support behind Joe Biden’s presidential bid, touting what he said was the former vice president’s ability to defeat Trump in November and unify the country once in office.

James F. Lyman, the former executive director of one of the state’s largest law enforcement unions, has filed a petition seeking to compel the union to turn over records related to his abrupt termination in 2016.

A Washington County jury awarded more than $4.8 million to the family of a Granville woman who was killed by a drunken driver in 2015, her lawyers said.

Ray McGuire, a longtime Citigroup executive, is being encouraged by allies in the business community to run for mayor of New York.

Federal prosecutors have recommended that former WNY Republican Rep. Chris Collins be sentenced to nearly five years in prison — the maximum prison sentence — for his role in an insider trading case that led to his arrest and eventual downfall in Congress.

Cuomo is proposing to tweak the state coat of arms, asking lawmakers to support adding “e pluribus unum” — Latin for “out of many, one” — to the image at the center of the state flag and official seal.

Long before an avalanche of allegations against Harvey Weinstein set off a global reckoning over sexual harassment, his attorney, Donna Rotunno, was steadily building a career as a criminal lawyer in Chicago with an unusual specialty: defending men accused of sex crimes.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office says New York is once again paying much more in federal taxes than it receives in federal spending.

The Board of the Regents this week moved to approve learning standards for computer science and digital fluency for K-12 schools.

A new state law requiring political parties to offer a presidential candidate and garner nearly three times as many votes than previously needed to maintain their statewide ballot line is facing a legal challenge by the newest political party: The Serve America Movement (SAM) Party.

A woman who was held at Albany County jail for three months last year has filed a federal lawsuit against the county and the correction officer who she claims sexually abused her at the facility.

A Selkirk man who grossly neglected his dog, leaving the malnourished pooch in a plastic bag outside his home under the belief that she was dead, was sentenced to eight months in jail.

An off-duty Secret Service agent shot and killed a dog that he told the police had charged at him while he was walking in Brooklyn on Monday night, officials said.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be in the nation’s capital tomorrow testifying at a House Budget Committee hearing about the importance of federal investments in state and local governments, particularly during recessions.

Meghan Markle was not involved in yesterday’s historic Megxit summit because she felt it “wasn’t necessary,” it was revealed today.

Upstate New York’s Beekman Boys, a former city-dwelling couple who moved to an expansive farm and launched a lifestyle brand, announced that they will be launching a collaboration with the hit Netflix comedy series “Schitt’s Creek” — a show about a wealthy family forced by circumstances to move to a small rural community.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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