While You Were Out: Feb. 11, 2020

While we’re waiting for the results out of New Hampshire – assuming there are no Iowa-like complications in the Granite State – some interesting developments regarding the fight between the White House and the Cuomo administration over New York’s so-called Green Light Law, which enables undocumented individuals to obtain a standard driver’s license tops the late breaking news of the day…

The Trump administration drafted a slew of plans to consider not only circumventing state laws limiting the Department of Homeland Security’s access to driver records, but to retaliate against states that are refusing to provide the information they seek, according to government documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The story published by BuzzFeed Monday was deemed a “smoking gun” and a “bombshell” by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A grand jury in Chicago has revived the criminal case against the actor Jussie Smollett, indicting him today on charges that he staged a hate crime attack on himself. The indictment came 11 months after prosecutors dropped similar charges against him.

A key prosecutor has resigned, and another withdrew from the case of Roger J. Stone Jr. after senior law enforcement officials intervened in their sentencing recommendation.

….This came after federal prosecutors asked a judge to sentence Stone to seven to nine years in prison for trying to sabotage a congressional investigation that threatened Trump and the president criticized their recommendation on Twitter as “horrible and very unfair.”

A recording of Mike Bloomberg in 2015 offering an unflinching defense of stop-and-frisk policing circulated widely on social media today, signaling that the former New York City mayor is about to face more intensive scrutiny as he rises in the polls as a Democratic presidential candidate.

The World Health Organization proposed an official name for the illness caused by the new coronavirus: COVID-19. The acronym stands for coronavirus disease 2019, as the illness was first detected toward the end of last year.

Republican state Sen. Robert Ortt is calling for a Senate investigation of the New York State Police’s unusual involvement in a controversial lobbying investigation of Child Victims Act activist Kat Sullivan.

Ortt is dropping out of the NY-27 race and will focus on seeking re-election to his current Senate seat.

Spectrum’s local cable TV customers can request a credit on their next bill after a massive outage left millions of customers across upstate New York and New England without service for hours over the weekend.

State Police said they found 50 pounds of marijuana and arrested three man after a car chase that started near the Canadian border and ended in northern Saratoga County.

Bravo’s Andy Cohen joined advocates in Albany for a round table discussion on surrogacy.

A judge paved the way for the lawyer of convicted double-murderer Edward “Ted” Mero to subpoena Albany County DA Davis Soares and the staffers to testify about a former prosecutor on the Mero case who was also doing side work for Cheryl Coleman, Mero’s defense attorney.

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment is holding a public hearing next week – on Feb. 18 – on the 40 megawatt Hecate Albany solar farm that developers want to build on 436 acres in the town of Coeymans.

Harvey Weinstein wanted to testify in his own defense at his rape trial, but his lawyers won’t let him.

The lack of proper notification and unclear language appear to be some of the reasons why Albany County lawmakers will have to redo their new 5-cent paper bag tax, which was supposed to take effect March 1 but is now delayed.

The Albany County public defender’s office has filed a motion seeking to force a Cohoes city judge to recuse himself from a case in which he set bail for a defendant in a low-level criminal case after issuing an order challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new bail statutes.

Police, along with state and Rensselaer County health officials, are investigating the death of an RPI student whose body was found yesterday in the City Station apartments.

A shoplifting ring is targeting high-end cosmetics and other health and beauty items sold in grocery stores in Bethlehem.

The Albany County Legislature unanimously approved hiring Kevin O’Connor as the county’s part-time director of economic development without a clearly established salary.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Empire State Plaza today to draw attention to addiction and the need to support treatment as part of Stand Up for Recovery Day.

Two downstate lawmakers are teaming up with two major organizations to push for a state law that would require people to buckle up in the back seat of the car.

A local couple and their real estate agent will be featured on tonight’s episode of “House Hunters” at 7:30 p.m. EST on HGTV.

The father of a former student at Sarah Lawrence College in New York has officially been charged in connection with an alleged sex cult he is accused of running out of his daughter’s dorm room.

Fans of Skidmore College’s Division III men’s and women’s basketball teams will get to decide on a new name for Stewart’s Shops’ Mint Chip ice cream during the Big Green Scream Doubleheader on Saturday February 15.

Cuomo is encouraging New Yorkers to grab their fishing poles and head for the water on the first Free Fishing Weekend of 2020.

WTF, Vermont!!??

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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