Steve Farbman


In 2013, Steve Farbman was approached by his friend Tom Allon with an opportunity to invest in City & State. The two had worked together more than a decade earlier when Steve was CEO of News Communications, a publisher of 23 weekly newspapers and Tom was the publisher of its Manhattan-based properties.

Previous to that Steve was chief operating officer at American Lawyer Media, where he spent more than 15 years managing a variety of properties, including newspapers, magazines, books, newsletters and live events. Since 2003, Steve has owned and serves as CEO of Touchpoint Media, a custom content and marketing agency serving clients ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to amateur sports associations. Throughout his career Steve has leaned on his journalism degree from The George Washington University to successfully balance the content and creative aspects of publishing with the marketing and business elements.

After raising their two children in Chappaqua, Steve and his wife, Eileen, recently moved back to Manhattan.

Tom Allon


Tom Allon, a native of the upper West Side of Manhattan, is the president and publisher of City & State, a company he founded a decade ago.

Tom has over three decades of experience in New York’s media world, both on the publishing and editorial side of the business. He started his career in 1986 as the editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper, The West Side Spirit, which won a number of awards for investigative reporting during his tenure. He then became the publisher and vice president of a public media company, News Communications, which owned 23 publications in the metropolitan area and Washington, D.C. He was involved in the creation of the daily Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, which became the inspiration for City & State. He also spent a decade building a private media company, Manhattan Media, which owned AVENUE magazine, Dan’s Papers, New York Family, five weekly newspapers in Manhattan and City & State.

In 2013, after a brief foray into politics, he privatized City & State with partner Steve Farbman and has now led the company’s expansion around the state and into Pennsylvania. Tom has also been an educator, first as an English and journalism teacher at his alma mater, Stuyvesant High School, in the mid-1980s and then more recently as an adjunct professor of journalism at Hunter College.

Tom, a graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, lives in Brooklyn Heights and is the proud father of three millennial children.