While You Were Out: Feb. 17, 2020

Some headlines to report on this Presidents’ Day, which was on the slow side from a news perspective…

More than 300 American cruise ship passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were being quarantined at military bases in California and Texas today after arriving from Japan on charter flights overnight.

Federal prosecutors are weighing new charges against associates of Rudy Giuliani in connection with a company that paid him $500,000, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The freeze for New York residents in registering for trusted traveler programs could have a “federal way to overcome it,” U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, while expressing support for New York’s lawsuit to challenge the freeze.

Veterans stood today with Schumer in Albany to call on the Trump administration to expand the list of Agent Orange-linked conditions that are eligible for federal health benefits.

The controversy surrounding New York’s new cashless bail law could be defused as part of the state budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a radio interview on AM 970.

The state Assembly unveiled a budget proposal for New York’s public college and university system that is meant to boost funding and reject further tuition increases.

Home goods retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work, a nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is a convicted sex offender and served 16 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old, wants more access to his 8-year-old son’s NYC school, and other parents are not pleased.

The Albany Police Department’s denial of access to body camera footage under a section of state Civil Rights Law, known as 50-a emphasizes need to change the law altogether, advocates say.

A plan by the Capital District Transportation Authority to increase parking rates at the Rensselaer Rail Station was criticized by the Empire State Passengers Association, which said the boost in price would discourage train use and “work against state efforts to improve the environment.”

The towns of Berlin and Petersburgh are poised to make final decisions on the cleanup and permanent closure of a polluted landfill that the state had allowed to sit idle for two decades until extremely high levels of a man-made toxic compound were discovered there in 2016.

Ravena Village trustee Nancy J. Warner filed a police report with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday after finding that two campaign signs for herself and her husband had been defaced with profanities.

Democrat Jordan Lesser, a longtime aide to Ithaca Democratic Assemblywoman Barbara, announced a campaign for the seat she will vacate at the end of the year.

Shots were fired in downtown Troy this afternoon, sending at least one bullet through the front window of a local guitar shop.

State Sen. Jim Tedisco is pushing AG Tish James for an update in the St. Clare’s pension investigation, but thus far hasn’t made much progress.

Is the Andrew Yang for NYC Mayor idea real, or just a flash in the pan? Either way, it has the city’s political class chattering.

A group of concerned citizens, afflicted students, and environmental experts will demand the immediate closure of Dunn Mine and Landfill at a press conference next weekend.

In an effort to reduce damage caused by an excess of crows, the city of Amsterdam is launching a management project that aims to disperse the winter roost of approximately 18,000 of the birds.

The Governor’s IPA, which is brewed by Swiftwater Brewing Company in Rochester, started as a joke and became an internet sensation. It’s made with 100 percent New York-grown ingredients obtained from farms across upstate.

Several members of the famed 1980 U.S. Olympic figure skating team are arriving in the Capital Region to take part in Lake Placid’s 40th anniversary celebration of the Olympic Winter Games.

This explains a lot.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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