Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Serving constituents during the coronavirus outbreak

There is lots to do, from making phone calls to protecting consumers to passing legislation.

Gustavo Rivera

Personality

Gustavo Rivera on coronavirus and Cuomo

The state senator warns of overreach as Cuomo pushes to pass an early budget.

Coronavirus

Politics

Lawmakers and advocates call on the state to halt evictions

Many argue that evictions during this public health crisis could lead to more people contracting the coronavirus.

New York State

Policy

Heastie’s weakening hand on bail reform

Fair or not, the political winds are blowing in favor of changing the recently implemented criminal justice reforms.

Chris Collins

Politics

State Sen. Chris Jacobs is the GOP’s pick to replace Collins

There’s still a special election, but the odds are in Jacobs’ favor.

Marijuana

Policy

Fight over marijuana tax revenue ramps up again for budget season

How to spend marijuana money will likely be the most difficult debate during legalization negotiations.

Albany

Politics

The GOP’s lucky breaks in Albany in early 2020

Republicans are finding some political openings at the start of the state legislative session.

New York State

Politics

Are the Assembly and state Senate working together?

The early days of the 2020 legislative session has featured limited coordination between the chambers.

Velmanette Montgomery

Politics

Brooklyn state Senate race may be broader referendum

State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery’s retirement sets up a new type of battle between the old guard and leftists.

New York State Senate

Policy

State Senate reforms voting reforms

Emphasizing unity, but also willingness to revise, Democrats passed automatic voter registration and adjusted early voting implementation.

New York City

Policy

Setting the Agenda: Previewing Albany’s 2020 session

Heading into the new decade New York lawmakers will debate on everything from plastic bags to sex work.

Hiram Monserrate

Politics

Monserrate’s Senate defenders: Where are they now?

Of Hiram Monserrate's defenders, most went to prison. Others are running for office.

New York City Council

Personality

What comes next for MWBEs?

Four New York state and city officials discuss their thoughts on how to boost minority women-owned business enterprises.

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