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Annie McDonough

is a tech and policy reporter at City & State.

Transportation

Policy

We watched 18 hours of congestion pricing hearings so you don’t have to

Public speakers had concerns about charging too much, but much public testimony landed in the tolling program’s favor.

Campaign Confidential

Politics

Justin Brannan is running for speaker, did you hear?

The son of Bay Ridge has laid the foundation for a competitive campaign for City Council speaker.

Education

Policy

Get vaccinated or go home, NYC tells school employees

Several teachers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, but Mayor Bill de Blasio says the mandate is working.

Transportation

Policy

NYC and taxi drivers have very different ideas for how to tackle medallion debt

The city is sticking with its grant program despite scathing criticism from taxi drivers who say it’s not nearly enough to give them relief.

News & Politics

Politics

Food delivery workers won new protections in New York City. Can the state keep up?

The historic legislation guaranteed ride-hailing drivers and delivery workers minimum pay, but statewide reforms are harder to come by.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Taxi drivers call for debt relief at City Hall protest

A medallion owner said the city’s current plan isn’t enough to help drivers like him out of underwater loans.

Ask the Experts

Policy

New York City is weighing a major expansion of voting rights. Here’s what you need to know.

Roughly 900,000 immigrants would be allowed to vote in municipal elections under a bill being considered in the City Council, but the mayor’s office doesn’t yet back it.

Labor

Politics

What will it take for Amazon workers to unionize?

The e-commerce behemoth is a formidable opponent to labor organizers, even in a union town like New York City.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

The fight for abortion rights in New York is not over

State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi on why the state still has work to do on making abortions accessible.

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Energy & Environment

Policy

How New York can prepare for flooding

A summer of extreme weather continued this week, as Hurricane Ida blew through the state, leading to at least 9 deaths in New York City.

Education

Policy

NYC schools and health officials push in-person learning, despite calls for remote option

Here are the key points for why kids are still returning to class, despite concerns members of the New York City Council had during an education committee hearing Wednesday.

Transportation

Policy

The MTA isn’t budging on ending shared Access-A-Ride trips

Users want solo rides to resume because of the pandemic, but the MTA claims a driver shortage makes that impossible.

Education

Policy

How students will rely on the vaccinated to stay safe

Most kids aren’t eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, which leaves their protection up to those around them.

15th Anniversary

Politics

New York’s resilient media industry

Experts weigh in on the future of news and City & State’s role in the local landscape.

Personality

Personality

COVID-19 technology is failing us

Albert Fox Cahn on the failures of contact tracing apps, vaccine passports and why an analog approach to fighting the pandemic is sometimes best.

Policy

Policy

Ride-hailing companies getting better on accessibility

But the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has stricter requirements in place this year.

New York State

Politics

How will the Hochul transition work?

There are still a lot of questions about her accession and what happens to Cuomo next, but history may offer some clues.

Politics

Politics

How the Cuomo administration sought to undermine Lindsey Boylan

A detailed guide to what the governor’s aides did in the days after Boylan said she was sexually harassed, according to the AG’s report.