While You Were Out: Feb. 19, 2020

While we’re waiting for former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg to make his debut on the national presidential debate stage, here are some non-debate headlines to consider…

Hillary Clinton has swatted down the notion of serving as Bloomberg’s running mate in the 2020 presidential race.

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it was possible the crowded Democratic primary race was headed toward a contentious convention fight and downplayed the political dangers of a scenario many party leaders are dreading.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he doesn’t plan to divulge additional information about his health, months after suffering a heart attack on the campaign trail and subsequently pledging to release “comprehensive” medical records.

Ignoring appeals from his attorney general to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, President Trump renewed his attacks on the agency on today, demanding “JUSTICE” for himself and all future presidents.

Trump is expected to name Richard Grenell, the American ambassador to Germany, to be the acting director of national intelligence.

While the Legislature is out of town for a week for its mid-winter break, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking to re-frame the budget debate on his own terms.

The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will visit the Rensselaer County jail tomorrow amid the standoff between Cuomo and the White House over the Green Light Law and trusted traveler program access for New Yorkers.

Cuomo said getting legalization of adult use of marijuana done in the budget is a “top priority” and he’s going to “give it my all” to get it done.

Cuomo warned Democrats that Trump won’t be easy to defeat, pointing to his rising public approval ratings post-impeachment, saying that defeating the president is “easier said than done.”

As state lawmakers debate whether to legalize mobile sports betting in the Empire State, New Yorkers wagered $837 million on sporting events in New Jersey last year, according to an industry-funded study released this week.

The jury in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial began its second day of deliberations by asking to review testimony and other evidence related to a former production assistant on “Project Runway,” who said that the producer had forced oral sex on her in 2006.

A third teenager was arrested and charged today in the murder of Tessa Majors, an 18-year-old Barnard College student who was stabbed during a mugging last December in Morningside Park in northern Manhattan.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student Yeming Shen made a garbled 911 call six hours before his roommate found him dead from the flu, but the system used to track emergency calls from cellphones could not pinpoint his location.

The Albany Common Council is expected to consider a change to its zoning code tomorrow that would place limits on where blood plasma collection centers could open in the city.

University at Albany students following a micro impeachment trial roiling their own campus say the parallels to the recently concluded impeachment proceedings of Trump are hard to ignore.

State Police said that the cause of a fire that destroyed a Livingston bus company’s garage last weekend and displaced several people living nearby is still being investigated.

Community Care Physicians patients may have had some of their private information compromised.

The Hells Angels will benefit from the city of Troy’s removal of urban eyesores, as bidding has opened to knock down the derelict building on the north side of the motorcycle clubhouse property in the gritty North Central neighborhood.

The impact of Interstate 787 and access to the Albany waterfront will be the focus of 3tarchitects’ Scott Townsend during his presentation at the next Albany Roundtable, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Ave., Albany.

A new study finds that New York and New Jersey are losing more residents than any other states.

Work has started on the site that will make room for a massive Amazon warehouse in Orange County in the Hudson Valley.

A 1980 Lake Placid Olympics exhibit filled with authentic memorabilia, is on display at the Guilderland Public Library on Western Avenue.

The New York Film Festival has a new director.

Ryan Newman was released from a Florida hospital today, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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