While You Were Out: Jan. 15, 2020

Yet again, impeachment news is at the top of the list of “things of note that happened today.” I imagine that might be the case for some time…

The voted 228 to 193 to send the U.S. Senate two articles of impeachment against President Trump, appointing seven Democrats – including two New Yorkers, Jerry Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries – to prosecute the case and initiating only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.

Trump signed an initial trade deal with China, bringing the first chapter of a protracted and economically damaging fight with one of the world’s largest economies to a close.

Trump’s re-election team has tapped NY-21 Rep. Elise Stefanik to serve as an honorary campaign chair for New York, along with Reps. Peter King, Tom Reed, and Lee Zeldin, New York City Councilman Joe Borelli; and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson.

Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona said that she’s taking time off from her congressional duties to seek treatment for alcohol dependence after a “serious” fall last week.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a 2020 presidential contender, found himself on the defensive in an appearance today on “The View,” getting grilled over non-disclosure agreements barring former employees from speaking out about the alleged sexist environment at his media company.

Add an interview with the New York Times editorial board to the presidential campaign stops Bloomberg is bypassing on his route to seeking the Democratic nomination. (He’s one of three candidates to do so).

Bloomberg wasn’t on the Democratic debate stage last night, but his Twitter feed generated plenty of attention as his staffers tweeted increasingly odd “Bloomberg Facts” while his rivals argued on the issues.

New evidence shows Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused and trafficked hundreds of young women and girls on his private Caribbean island, some as recently as 2018, significantly expanding the scope of his alleged conduct, a top law enforcement official said in a lawsuit filed today.

Dozens of state lawmakers, along with Capital Region district attorneys and sheriffs, gathered to talk about the new criminal justice reforms this morning. They’re calling the changes “a great threat to public safety.”

Former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said he supports bail reform, but it “should have allowed for more judicial discretion to ensure public safety, particularly as some more serious crimes will still result in the release of defendants.”

State lawmakers introduced a bill that would create a legal right to a lawyer for New York residents who are facing deportation.

After a contentious back-and-forth between the prosecution and the defense, a judge sent Paul Barbaritano back to Albany County jail without bail to wait for his murder trial in the death of a woman last summer.

New York state says it’s seeing more reported cases of influenza so far this season than in recent years.

The federal judge responsible for sentencing former WNY Republican Rep. Chris Collins has some questions before he makes his final decision.

Republican Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor thinks there’s a bias in the media slanted toward the left and that local news options in the Hudson Valley are lacking. So, he took the step recently of starting his own news site.

With the governor silent on charter schools in his State of the State address, parents and operators are worried he is abandoning them as the largely successful privately-run but publicly funded schools seek to expand in New York.

A West Point cadet wanted his favorite adult film star to be his date at the academy’s winter banquet – so he launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1,200 for her travel fare and hotel stay.

The indictment against accused murderers Georgios Kakavelos and James Duffy, who are charged in the death of a 22-year-old restaurant worker from Gloversville, reveals that she was likely killed on the night she went missing in Johnstown before being dumped in a shallow grave at Northway Exit 13S in Malta.

The controversial comedian Louis C.K., who for the past year and a half has been attempting to rehabilitate an image and performing career damaged when he was among the men named as part of the #MeToo movement, will perform at The Egg at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. (Be forewarned: There are rules to follow if you’re interested in attending).

U.S. Figure Skating begins its Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Albany tomorrow. This regional qualifying event takes place at the Times Union Center January 16 through 19.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 presidential candidate, has nothing but enthusiasm for the idea of Cardi B. entering the political arena.

Meghan Markle may soon be hit with another bombshell amid Megxit — her estranged dad will likely be a key witness against her in an upcoming court case, legal papers reveal.

Gary Dake, president of Stewart’s Shops, will work two upcoming Friday shifts at local stores this month to thank customers in person for taking part in Stewart’s holiday charity drive.

Weightlifters, strength trainers, hikers, cardio junkies, elite competitors, and couch potatoes alike will be at the Siena College athletic complex this weekend for a “Fitness Expo.”

Nestle Toll House is introducing two new edible cookie dough flavors, Funfetti and Fudge Brownie Batter.

The top-selling distilled spirit in the country is Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which knocked Smirnoff vodka off its decade-long reign at the top of the chart, according to the International Wine and Spirits Record.

Legendary band Steely Dan alongside Steve Winwood announced their Earth After Hours summer tour is coming to SPAC this summer. Tickets for the June 30th concert go on sale on January 25th at 10:00 a.m.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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