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Aaron Short

is a New York-based political reporter.

Andrew Cuomo

Politics

How Donald Trump almost ran against Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A cadre of New York Republicans wanted the mogul to run for governor in 2014.

Julie Menin

Personality

Julie Menin’s political future

DA or BP? Local leaders, pundits predict where she might go once the census is over.

New York City

Policy

Why rabbis can’t contain the measles outbreak

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities are ground zero for the measles epidemic, even though their religious and political leadership urges vaccination. It’s a sign that the political power of rabbis in Hasidic communities is diminishing.

New York State

Politics

An Irish lament: The fading of Hibernian political power

New York has the most Irish-Americans of any major city in the country, but their political clout reached an unheralded nadir last year after state Senator Marty Golden and Representatives Joe Crowley and Dan Donovan were swept from power by challengers.

Bill de Blasio

Opinion

How Bill de Blasio seeking the national spotlight backfires

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts in seeking the national spotlight often backfire, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo is better at looking like he’s doing his day job.

Cyrus Vance

Policy

Cy Vance's blind spot

It’s hard to prosecute sexual assault allegations – and critics aren’t sure if the Manhattan DA really wants to.

Julia Salazar

Politics

Why voters ignored the flood of bad press about Julia Salazar

Politics is different in the Trump era and foibles are forgivable.

New York State

Opinion

The West Wingnuts

Embarrassingly incompetent New Yorkers are dominating the national political debate.

Andrew Cuomo

Politics

The Women’s Equality Party is more of a casual get-together

If there were ever a moment suited to a political party serving women, it would be now. But New York's Women’s Equality Party was founded in July 2014 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo allies to rally – or, critics contend, to confuse – female voters in his Democratic primary race against Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout.

New York City

Policy

Why did Cy Vance give Weinstein special treatment?

When Harvey Weinstein was arrested on sexual assault charges, he got to turn himself in, his bail was set at a pre-negotiated amount he could easily afford, and he wasn’t held in jail overnight. So why did Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance give him special treatment?

New York City

Policy

The sharing economy is New York’s hottest political war right now

New York City and state officials are duking it out over Uber and Airbnb.

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Politics

Bill de Blasio

Shola Olatoye’s long goodbye

Why NYCHA chairwoman Shola Olatoye resigned when she did.

Andrew Cuomo

Opinion

Percoco's trial could actually be disastrous for Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo may need to relinquish some of his control over New York’s ethics commission and consider personnel changes in light of the trial of Joe Percoco. Or the next thing he loses may be more than a few points in the polls.

Politics

Bill de Blasio

The Shola must go on

Why de Blasio is standing by embattled NYCHA chief Shola Olatoye.

Opinion

Opinion

Cuomo vs. de Blasio: The gubernatorial primary we deserve

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Politics

Band Leader: A Q&A With Willie Colón

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