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Ben Adler

is City & State’s senior editor.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

How AOC and the left reinvented NY politics

The young, diverse progressives she inspired are winning races and pushing out longtime incumbents.

Scott Stringer

Politics

Former Stringer staffers describe his demanding temperament

Two of them call it “Post-Traumatic Stringer Disorder.” Others say he’s no worse than a typical politician.

Scott Stringer

Politics

Accusation of sexual harassment against Stringer throws mayoral left lane into disarray

Jean Kim, a lobbyist and former volunteer on Stringer’s unsuccessful 2001 campaign for New York City public advocate, alleged that he subjected her to sexual harassment and abuse.

Andrew Yang

Politics

Is Andrew Yang for real?

He has skipped local elections and never held office, but he just might be the next New York City mayor.

Donald Trump

Opinion

NY Republicans surprised rioters believed their lies

They say they opposed the violent coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol, but their actions brought it about.

Max Rose

Politics

Rep. Max Rose’s unusual election night speech

The Congress member from Staten Island defends his support for Black Lives Matter.

New York City

Opinion

Bill Barr is the anarchist

The case for impeaching the U.S. attorney general, who has undermined the rule of law in New York.

New York State

Politics

Revisiting Geraldine Ferraro on the eve of Biden’s big choice

Democrats’ last female VP pick was from Queens and she gets a bad rap from political insiders.

Personality

Personality

Jamaal Bowman’s big agenda for 2021

This year’s AOC on how he beat Eliot Engel, his top policy priorities and how to pay for them.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Here’s who’s to blame for Tuesday’s disenfranchisement

Many voters never got their absentee ballots. And it’s not just the boards of elections at fault.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Hot competition for open state Legislature seats in Brooklyn

Establishment liberals face progressive insurgents in majority-minority districts.

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New York City

Personality

The most New York films about New York

Here’s what to watch during the endless bummer of COVID-19.

Patrick Lynch

Politics

Meet the men who scared de Blasio away from police reform

The average New Yorker may not know anything about unions representing NYPD officers, but they are arguably as responsible for the current state of New York City policing as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.

Bill de Blasio

Policy

New York City’s non-strategy to furloughing workers

There are political and practical impediments to immediately and temporarily trimming the New York City payroll – and perhaps tactical reasons for the de Blasio administration not to do so.

Bill de Blasio

Politics

Everyone’s mad at de Blasio’s ‘Jewish community’ gaffe for the wrong reason

The mayor misleadingly conflates all Jews with Hasidim in calling out failure to social distance.

Coronavirus

Opinion

The Republican plot to kill New Yorkers

Trump and McConnell lay the groundwork to force New York to open up too early.

Opinion

Opinion

Why Washington has failed New York

The federal government has many high-placed New Yorkers. It still failed to deliver enough aid to the state.

Coronavirus

Opinion

Upstate to New York City: Drop dead. Literally.

When it comes to lending unused ventilators, area politicians say only #upstatelivesmatter.

Coronavirus

Opinion

Conservative amateur sleuths deny New York hospital crisis

Apparently, you can tell how many ICU beds are open from across the street.