While You Were Out: Feb. 10, 2020

I am about to embark on a dangerous experiment: Trying to post a (rather early) afternoon wrap while riding on Amtrak.

Where are my fellow Amtrak regulars? When the WiFi works it’s a VERY GOOD day, amiright? When it refuses to cooperate…just ugh. Can’t someone make this better? How about reliable WiFi – and cell service! – before we focus on high-speed trains, though a faster trip from Albany to NYC isn’t something I would turn down. No sir.

Anyway, to the headlines thus far today, assuming the WiFi gods are with me…

President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal that includes a familiar list of deep cuts to student loan assistance, affordable housing efforts, food stamps and Medicaid, reflecting Trump’s election-year effort to continue shrinking the federal safety net.

More than two weeks after China locked down a major city to stop a dangerous viral outbreak, one of the world’s largest economies remains largely idle.

The New York State Department of Health just learned of another negative coronavirus test result, which brings the statewide total of samples that have come back negative up to 22.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Letitia James announced that they have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over the Trusted Traveler Program ban.

The U.S. Attorney for New York’s Western District said that New York’s Green Light law is preventing federal agencies from accessing important information at some of the busiest ports of entry along the nation’s northern border.

A resolution that would urge Congress to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency was introduced by Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Felix Ortiz.

Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Republican Rep. Tom Reed “sought after and supported” the mandate issued last week by the Trump administration that prohibits New York residents from applying for or renewing Nexus and other Trusted Traveler program passes.

First Lady Melania Trump cited the influence of “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus as she asked spouses of the nation’s governors to address cyberassault in their states.

The state Senate’s one-house budget resolution will include a boost in aid to municipalities funding for local governments — an increase that’s being proposed as Cuomo has called to keep the spending flat.

State lawmakers have reintroduced past measures in the Senate and the Assembly to decriminalize sex work.

A poll supported by labor unions across the state, including NYSUT, revealed overwhelming support by New Yorkers to increase taxes on the ultra-wealthy. More here.

Adirondack conservationists met at the State Capitol today to seek legislation that would protect the Adirondack Park’s forests, waters and wildlife.

Republicans in the Albany County Legislature are calling for the repeal or revision of the recently passed bail reform laws.

State legislators are floating a bill this session that would allow liquor-infused ice cream, building on the state’s previous authorization of beer- and cider-infused frozen treats in 2018, and wine-infused ice cream a decade prior.

A friend of Jessica Mann, a key accuser in the Harvey Weinstein rape trial, said on the stand that Mann had described the Hollywood producer as her “spiritual soul mate” and that she had never said he had raped her.

Troy police and child protective services workers have opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a 6-year-old child found unconscious in a bath tub.

Voters will decide who should fill the vacant House district seat in Western New York (NY-27) on April 28, Cuomo declared today. The same date will also serve as the special election to fill multiple seats in the state Senate and Assembly.

Hudson Valley Democratic state Sen. James Skoufis is sponsoring a bill that would permanently move us one-time zone ahead to Atlantic Standard Time.James Skoufis

The NYPD lieutenant wounded when a gunman shot up a Bronx station-house was released from the hospital to cheers from throngs of his fellow Finest.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took some heat from one of his famous predecessors over his handling of crime in the city — with Rudy Giuliani saying he is badgered on the streets by New Yorkers begging him to run again for his old office.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea ripped the department’s sergeants’ union for tweets declaring “war” on de Blasio following the shootings of two on-duty cops.

The power outages that have plagued the North Country in recent days amid snow and ice may get slightly worse before they get better.

A person is dead after a rollover on the Thruway during rush hour this morning. The crash happened around 7:45, just before Exit 22 in Bethlehem.

The painting of a thoroughbred that hung in Marylou Whitney’s Kentucky living room for decades has sold for $3.1 million.

The new host of WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” Dave Lombardo, if you weren’t already aware, is a very interesting person. Need proof? Click here.

There’s still time to take advantage of Clean Out Your Computer Day. If you need advice on that click here.

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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