While You Were Out: Feb. 6, 2020

There’s still a winter weather advisory in effect until midnight, with light rain and freezing drizzle making the roads a slick mess. Take all necessary precautions.

In the news…

DNC Chair (and Buffalo native) Tom Perez called for a “recanvass” of the results of the Iowa caucuses, saying it was needed to “assure public confidence” after three days of technical issues and delays.

In a one-hour speech at the White House addressing his acquittal, President Donald Trump cheered NY-21 Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik and slammed New York’s Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Trump denounced the “evil” and “corrupt” Democrats who impeached him as he claimed vindication following his acquittal in a Senate trial and expressed deep resentment at the investigations that have marked his presidency.

In the wake of the Senate acquitting Trump in an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals including former Vice President Joe Biden, Republican senators are pressing ahead with their probes into the finances of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

The Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that New Yorkers would be frozen out from registering for “trusted traveler” programs due to the Green Light Law took state officials by surprise.

If New York amends the law to grant federal officials access to those records, enrollment would be restored, a Homeland Security official said. That seems unlikely.

…Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office called the move an act of political retaliation from Trump’s administration and suggested legal action would be taken.

A senior Chinese official has ordered the authorities in the city of Wuhan to immediately round up all residents who have been infected with the coronavirus and place them in isolation, quarantine or designated hospitals.

A whistleblowing Chinese doctor who tried to raise the alarm about the coronavirus outbreak has died, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has confirmed.

Boeing and American safety officials refused to cooperate with a new inquiry by Dutch lawmakers into a deadly crash near Amsterdam in 2009 that had striking parallels with two more recent accidents involving the manufacturer’s 737 Max.

A personal friendship between MyPayrollHR CEO Michael Mann and a Pioneer Bank executive is a central focus in two lawsuits filed against the Capital Region-based financial institution, both claiming Pioneer did not alert other banks of suspicious activity in Mann’s accounts while they were in a joint agreement to loan him millions of dollars.

An associate of Mann pleaded guilty this week to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting he worked with Mann to defraud two finance companies out of nearly $13 million during a six-year long scheme, according to federal prosecutors.

A law giving interactive fantasy sports sites the right to operate in the state was declared unconstitutional by a New York Supreme Court Judge.

In the winter and spring of 2018, storms left over 300,000 people without power. The Public Service Commission announced that the fuel providers for those left in the dark would pay a $10.5 million settlement.

The Capital District Transportation Authority served 16.5 million customers in 2019, CEO Carm Basile said during the authority’s “State of the CDTA” event this morning.

Joyce Mitchell, who was locked up for helping two convicted killers escape from prison in 2015, was released today – a few days ahead of schedule.

Scientists at GE Global Research in Niskayuna were awarded a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office to develop new more powerful inverters that can support larger amounts of solar electricity being put onto the electrical grid.

Skyline Coffee Co., open for about 11 months next to the Madison Theatre in Albany, will close after business on Sunday, Feb. 16, according to a sign at the shop.

Rotterdam’s Jene Luciani, author of the best selling “Bra Book” series and former Today Show contributor will appear on E! News’ “Daily Pop” at noon tomorrow.

Mayor Bill de Blasio used a “save our city” theme for his seventh State of the City speech, even though he has been running the place for six-plus years.

Assemblyman David Buchwald pledged that if he’s elected to Congress to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Westchester Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey he would back a national version of the SAFE Act.

A nationwide ban on flavored, cartridge-based e-cigarette products took effect today.

Asked if she thought she would be asked to run as VP on the 2020 Democratic ticket, Hillary Clinton said it’s “not going to happen,” but she wouldn’t rule out saying yes, either.

One million children in the United States deal with a peanut allergy. Now, a new, first-of-its-kind treatment has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The pill medication has been approved for children ages 4 to 17.

Bacon lovers rejoice, a breakfast version of Wendy’s Baconator burger is coming.

Dead & Company announced a summer tour that will include an Aug. 3 stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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