Excelsior Newsletter

New York City

How does NYC’s budget process work?

More hearings than you’d expect.

New York City

What does the NYC Campaign Finance Board do?

Audits, public matching funds and more!

New York State

What do district leaders do?

The gateway to New York politics. Sort of.

New York City

What does the NYC comptroller do?

Oversight, oversight and more oversight.

New York City

What does the New York City Council do?

Passing laws, negotiating budgets, making land use decisions and more!

New York City

How COVID-19 has highlighted housing issues

Understanding the tenants’ rights movement.

New York City

What does New York City’s mayor do?

Sure, it’s an important job, but will there still be time for naps?

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Who is Chuck Schumer?

Get to know New York’s most powerful senator.

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How the MTA operates

Who controls New York City’s public transportation system?

Campaigns & Elections

How does ranked-choice voting work?

Some critics don’t think New Yorkers can grasp the concept.

New York State

A micro-explainer on the state’s economy

How does New York make – and spend – its money?


What is the DSA?

How the organization became a major political force.


What is the Defund the Police movement about?

Is it a viable criminal justice solution?


Why isn’t pot legal yet?

Recreational marijuana use in New York.