While You Were Out: Jan. 3, 2020

So yesterday, I got a lovely email from a CivMixer (you know who you are!) who is a big fan of our “Rise and Shine” morning email blast, which, by the way, is completely free and fabulous and if you haven’t signed up yet to get it, you should.

Anyway, this person was very complimentary. And I was very appreciative, because getting up each and every day at the crack of dawn is hard, people. HARD.

I guess I got a little too carried away with my self congratulations, because I completely forgot to add this morning’s weather to the daily morning blast. Woops. Mea culpa.

Anyway, we had weather today. It was pretty nice, actually – overcast, but warm (for December, that is) with temperatures in the mid-40s. We’re going to get some rain this evening and through tomorrow, which will eventually start mixing with snow. Also, in the morning there will be periods of fog, so if you’re out and about be on the lookout for that.

In the news today…

President Donald Trump declared that a “reign of terror is over” as he marked the death of an Iranian general killed in a U.S. strike and as the Pentagon scrambled to reinforce the American military presence in the Middle East in preparation for reprisals.

The Trump administration did not inform U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer before the strike in Iraq against top Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, an aide told HuffPost via email.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered increased security measures across the state in response to Middle East tensions sparked by the US use of a drone strike to kill Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a terrorist figure who had been leader of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said that New Yorkers may face more subway bag checks and car stops on bridges and tunnels as officials up security in the aftermath of the deadly US airstrike.

Assemblyman Brian Kolb had been the longest-tenured legislative leader in Albany. That ended today. The Canandaigua Republican announced he will step down as Assembly minority leader after he was charged New Year’s Eve with drunk driving after his state-owned SUV crashed into a ditch near his home.

“I will not allow my own personal challenges to distract from the goals, message, and mission of the Assembly Minority Conference,” Kolb said in a statement. “With a new year and new legislative session ahead, the work of our Conference cannot be undermined or deterred in any way.”

Indicted Rudy Giuliani crony Lev Parnas is free to pass along documents and his iPhone data to the House Intelligence Committee, a judge ruled.

The man accused in last week’s Hanukkah party machete attack in Monsey, New York, has been indicted, and the number of victims in the hate crime increased to six, officials said.

A software glitch that recalled the Y2K bug, which stoked fears that computer systems around the world would crash in the year 2000, was causing parking meters in New York City to reject credit cards and prepaid parking cards.

Zachary Barrantes, 25, who has been missing since New Year’s Eve, was found alive in Thatcher Park.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said he plans to serve out his third term in office and forgo a run for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley.

Barton Jones has 18 prior convictions, including seven failures to appear in court. Richard Burton has six prior convictions and four failures to show up in court. Both men appeared in Albany County Court today — and in both cases, the legal fortunes of both men improved under the state’s new bail reforms.

Officials in central New York sought to appeal the decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to not provide further relief aid to areas affected by flooding in October.

One year to the day after the DMV office on South Pearl Street in Albany closed its doors, the building has reopened as the Albany County Board of Elections Office.

Cuomo signaled a renewed push for selling alcoholic beverages in New York movie theaters.

An Albany elementary school was placed on lockout for 20 minutes this morning as police broke up a fight at a nearby residence, officials said.

A Cohoes man was killed in a car crash just after midnight on the Northway, the State Police said.

A Malta teen was arrested after he allegedly threatened students at the Maple Avenue Middle School on social media, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office said.

Well-funded city incumbents got an additional boost this past election season from Spa City donors who funneled thousands of dollars through a state Independence Party campaign account.

A high-ranking New York City education official arrested Sunday had allegedly planned to meet in a Wisconsin hotel room for sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy, and had sexually explicit images of a student on his phone, federal prosecutors said.

Single-use plastic bags will no longer be available at the Troy Farmer’s Market beginning tomorrow – well before the March 1 deadline for eliminating single-use plastic bags statewide.

Months before debris fell from a Midtown Manhattan building and killed a woman passing by, a lawyer for the building’s owner said in a New York City administrative court that the facade didn’t pose an immediate danger, records show.

A former attorney and East Rochester town justice has pleaded guilty to grand larceny charges.

Actor Bruce Willis and his wife Emma Heming Willis have sold their country estate near Bedford Corners, N.Y., for $7.66 million, or 41 percent off its original listing price. The sale is one of the largest transactions to be recorded in Westchester in 2019.

United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides unveiled a plan for a new conservative denomination that would split from the rest of the church in an attempt to resolve a years-long dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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