While You Were Out: Jan. 24, 2020

As if there isn’t already enough to worry about, what with the warming of the planet and the impeachment trial and Megxit, here’s something REALLY terrifying…

Health officials in New York have four people under investigation for novel coronavirus who are in isolation as their cases are being tested at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the individuals are under isolation and their cases are being tested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the cases has been proven negative and three are still pending, he said.

Cuomo took to Twitter to assure New Yorkers that the current risk to their health is “low.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is “acting on the assumption” that it’s not a case of if — but when — a person in New York is diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The emergence of the mysterious coronavirus could hardly come at a worse time for China, turning its biggest holiday – Lunar New Year – into a time of deepening fear, restrictions and frustration.

House Democrats in President Trump’s impeachment tried to make the case today that he improperly obstructed Congress’ probe of his interactions with Ukraine — their final day of arguments before Republicans take up his defense against the charges.

The Democrats warned as they closed their arguments that the president will persist in abusing his power and endanger American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election.

A recording appears to capture Trump telling associates he wanted the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired while speaking at a small gathering that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman- two former business associates of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who have since been indicted in New York.

Demonstrators flooded the National Mall this morning in anticipation of a historic moment for the anti-abortion movement: the first sitting president (Trump) to address the annual March for Life in person.

The actress Rosie Perez took the witness stand at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial today to bolster the account of her friend Annabella Sciorra, who testified that Mr. Weinstein had raped her.

A collection of progressive groups in a statement criticized Democratic state Attorney General Letitia James for being open to changes to state’s cash bail law.

Two people died and authorities scrambled two save two other people trapped in the wreckage of a two vehicle crash on Route 67, law enforcement official said.

People of color are not often visiting two major attractions in the Adirondacks, and more than $330,000 in state and federal funding will go toward figuring out why — and how to change that.

Former Representative Chris Collins committed a crime that tarnished much more than his own career, involving his son, Cameron Collins, and his future father-in-law.

Nine firefighters and a 59-year-old man were injured yesterday after a large fire broke out at a beloved community center in Manhattan’s Chinatown that holds offices of the Museum of Chinese in America.

The owner of the Apropos Prom & Bridal shop has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and change her business practices after an investigation by Attorney General Letitia James’ office found that customers were left without dresses — and refunds — for their big day.

Officials at Greene County Bancorp, the holding company for the Bank of Greene County, said they reached a milestone in quarterly net income in December, topping the $5 million mark for the first time in a 130-year history.

Less than two weeks after a lawsuit was filed alleging Town of Fishkill Police Chief James Schepperly violated an officer’s freedom of speech and retaliated against him, the chief was voted out by the town board.

An Albany man who raped one woman and tried to attack a jogger in Washington Park while he was out on bail for an alleged rape in Schenectady will serve 25 years in prison, Albany County prosecutors said Friday.

The town of Colonie’s computer system shutdown more than a week ago after it was infiltrated and locked by hackers, and now town officials say it will take another two weeks before it is fully up and running – a longer time frame than officials thought initially.

Democratic Sen. James Skoufis is trying to crack down on “faithless electors” by pushing legislation that would require New York electors to vote for the winner of the state’s presidential election, or face being removed.

The head of the Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.’s vaunted Construction Fraud Task Force left her post this week after allegations surfaced that she withheld damaging evidence about a key cooperating witness in seven major bribery cases.

Pete Tomlin, the engineer that outgoing subways chief Andy Byford recruited to spearhead the wholesale resignaling of New York City’s aged subway system, is following his boss out the door.

De Blasio called Byford a “singular talent” and said he hopes Byford can be persuaded to withdraw his resignation, which was submitted yesterday.

Speaking at an unrelated event, the governor praised Byford while simultaneously defending the moves that undermined the renowned British-born transit technocrat.

Stationery seller Papyrus will shutter all of its retail stores after its parent company filed for bankruptcy.

Many ports — all along the coast of California, in parts of Europe, even in China — have found a solution to idling luxury liners. In New York, they’re still a problem, bringing 1,200 tons of toxic fumes to Brooklyn a year.

In a 50-page Financial Restructuring Board report done by New York State, the city of Syracuse was granted two million dollars to fix its paper payroll problem.

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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