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Annie McDonough

is a tech and policy reporter at City & State.

Policy

Policy

Finger Lakes cryptomining operation is inconsistent with climate law, state finds

Citing “tripled facility emissions,” the state Department of Environmental Conservation denied an air permit renewal for Greenidge Generation, a former coal plant near Seneca Lake.

Housing

Policy

Why are rent stabilized tenants getting rent hikes?

New York City has a housing affordability crisis. So why are 2 million rent stabilized tenants getting a rent increase?

New York City

Politics

Dissenting City Council members’ projects were funded after all

City & State originally reported that members who voted against the budget were stripped of some funding for pet projects. Turns out they were just stripped of credit.

Politics

Hochul and Suozzi get heated at final Democratic gubernatorial debate

Days away from the start of early voting, Suozzi and Williams also joined forces to take aim at Hochul’s record

New York City

Politics

Who’s who in Eric Adams’ administration

Here’s who the new mayor is appointing jobs to in City Hall.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Punishment? Council members didn’t get credit for additional discretionary funds in NYC budget

Seven members had their names pulled from a $41.6 million pot Speaker Adrienne Adams has for pet projects.

New York City

Politics

Mayor Eric Adams and City Council strike $101 billion budget deal

Citing funding for some of the City Council’s priorities, Speaker Adrienne Adams called the deal an “unprecedented outcome”

New York City

Politics

Republican lawsuit against noncitizen voting law begins

The case will likely hinge on whether the guarantee of the right to vote to citizens is viewed as a floor or a ceiling.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

A Q&A with New York City Council LGBTQ Caucus Co-Chairs Tiffany Cabán and Crystal Hudson

The two council members talk about why the group’s diversity is a strength, and what they want to see from the Adams administration.

Politics

New York City Council District 3 celebrates 30 years of LGBTQ representation

The four out gay council members who have occupied the seat during the past three decades say they’re focused on the work that lies ahead.

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Policy

Policy

After passage of bitcoin mining moratorium, advocates push Hochul for action

The moratorium bill was revived to pass early Friday morning, despite aggressive lobbying by the crypto industry.

Policy

Policy

NYC municipal employees still call for hybrid work in the face of City Hall’s email

“I’m too tired to be really angry about it anymore,” one worker said of the mandatory in-office work policy.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Monique Chandler-Waterman talks Albany priorities and her next election

The winner of the 58th Assembly District special election is set to be sworn in next week, but she’ll have to win next month’s primary if she wants to keep serving in 2023.

gun control

Policy

SCOTUS could soon overturn New York’s gun law. Here how the state could respond.

The Supreme Court has New York’s gun license law in its crosshairs, and some legal experts said a rash of mass shootings isn’t likely to sway the conservative majority.

Budget

Policy

What to know about New York City budget negotiations

A little more than a month before the budget deadline, the City Council is still pushing for more funding for affordable housing, neighborhood health centers and safe streets.

Coronavirus

Politics

Eric Adams isn’t following his own COVID-19 guidance

The mayor isn’t reimplementing a mask mandate amid a surge in cases despite the city’s own alert system recommending it.

News & Politics

Politics

Injury rates surge at Amazon’s New York facilities

Amazon warehouses nationwide saw a spike in injuries in 2021, but the increase is even more stark in New York.

Coronavirus

Politics

Booster shot uptake lags amid COVID-19 wave

In New York City and beyond, booster shot rates are still a fraction of the vaccination rate.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Former NYC jails boss advocates for federal takeover of Rikers Island

Vincent Schiraldi: “If my son or daughter were incarcerated or worked at Rikers Island, I'd want a receivership.”