While You Were Out: Feb. 14, 2020

It’s still Valentine’s Day – on a Friday, no less, which means good luck trying to get a seat at any of the area’s more upscale locales.

If you’re in the market for a life partner and enjoy the political life, perhaps consider these elected officials, who are currently on the market.

President Donald Trump ignored his attorney general’s public request to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, saying he had the legal right to ask the agency to intervene in a criminal case, but he’s so far “chosen not to.”

Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter.

Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director and a frequent target of Trump, will not face charges in an investigation into whether he lied to investigators about a media leak, his defense team said.

Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits involving Trump, was convicted of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism for saying the country won’t elect Democrat Pete Buttigieg president because he’s been “kissing his husband” on stage after debates.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has overtaken former Vice President Joe Biden in a new poll of likely Florida voters in the state’s presidential primary with 27.3 percent support, up 10 points from a similar survey last month, while the former veep secured just under 25.9 percent.

Days after dropping his presidential bid, Andew Yang — who’s been rumored as a potential New York City mayoral candidate — said he thinks the Big Apple should adopt a universal basic income.

Coronavirus fears sparked a lockdown of eight planes this morning at Heathrow Airport — including a flight from California — after passengers complained they were suffering from symptoms.

Chinese medical workers at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic are often becoming its victims, partly because of government missteps and logistical hurdles.

The U.S. now has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced.

Former Republican Rep. Chris Gibson will be the 12th president of Siena College, returning to his alma mater as the first non-friar to lead the school.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a campaign to promote a measure meant to eliminate cost differences in products and services aimed at women versus the cost of similar products for men. The effort is meant to end the so-called “pink tax.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who failed to gain traction during a brief presidential campaign of his own, reportedly will endorse U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic nomination.

Mary Sullivan was elected to a full 4-year term this week as the president of the Civil Service Employees Association. She is the first woman from local government to hold the job.

Two members of the Queens state Senate delegation – state Sens. Joseph Addabbo and Toby Ann Stavisky – say they are open to a compromise plan that would eliminate cash bail but give judges discretion to send people to jail.

An ad campaign launched today by the New York State United Teachers union will push for a tax increase for wealthy people in the state in order to add more spending for school aid and education. The ad is part of a half-million dollar buy.

A New York City duo with property in Thurman may be on the hook for more than $1.5 million in fines — and could be required to dismantle their rental lodge—after the Adirondack Park Agency cited them with numerous alleged violations dating back to 2017.

Cuomo pocket-vetoed a bill that would strip a popular property tax abatement from condominium and cooperative homeowners in larger buildings that failed to pay building service workers prevailing wage.

State Attorney General Letitia James has backed a measure that would legalize paid surrogacy, making her the latest high-ranking state official to endorse the proposal.

A man who was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death of a Wilton man last year was sentenced on a separate immigration-related charge.

A woman claims the late Rick James, who pioneered the punk-funk music craze in the 1970s, raped her in a Buffalo group home when she was 15 years old.

Former state Assemblyman Joe Errigo’s court appearance on fraud charges was adjourned for 30 days due to health reasons – he recently fell at his home and broke his collarbone.

The dog pack at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is growing. The department graduated six new canine teams today, four of which will be replacing dogs that have retired to their handler’s homes.

Cooper Hewitt Chief Caroline Baumann resigned as director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan following an investigation into how she procured her wedding dress and the space for the ceremony.

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna have been buried in a scenic Newport Beach, California graveyard, according to reports — and new photos purport to show their final resting place.

Stewart’s is going to be offering a new vegan treat – a non-dairy, pint-sized “frozen dessert” that will be offered in mint cookie crumble flavor.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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