Author Archive

Jon Lentz

is City & State’s former editor-in-chief.

New York City

Politics

Organized labor’s new generation of political directors

A diverse group of staffers are delivering for New York’s top unions.

Policy

Why the life sciences leave people of color behind

And how COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement could mark a turning point.

Personality

How NYC is trying to prevent a second wave

Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi on school reopenings, hyperlocal targeting and pandemic politics.

Personality

Personality

New podcast targets Latinos ahead of 2020 elections

HITN’s “Estudio DC” features interviews with members of Congress and other experts.

Politics

Who's driving the Black Lives Matter discussion?

Democratic and Republican elected officials are driving the Black Lives Matter discussion online.

New York State

Politics

Buffeted by crises, will New York regain its footing?

First Read readers expect the city and state to rebound, but with major changes.

Bill de Blasio

Politics

Poll: 1 in 10 political insiders approve of de Blasio

Only 11% of subscribers and readers of City & State’s First Read email approved of the job that Mayor de Blasio is doing in mid-June, according to a new survey conducted by Honan Strategy Group.

New York State

Politics

New York political leaders who downplayed the coronavirus threat

Early on, these key government officials gave advice that was way too optimistic.

Donovan Richards

Personality

How Superstorm Sandy helped prepare NYC for the coronavirus

A Q&A with New York City Councilman Donovan Richards

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

How New York’s building trades are adapting to COVID-19

Organized labor secured a prevailing wage expansion, but with a 2022 start date.

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Policy

How NYC could increase social distancing to combat coronavirus

Responding to the governor’s criticism of people gathering in parks despite the spread of coronavirus, New York City Council members offer solutions.

New York City

Politics

Who are the New York City Council’s most prolific lawmakers?

Some lawmakers pass lots of bills, some at least try and some don’t bother.

New York City

Politics

What’s my New York City Council member’s attendance record?

Some lawmakers make a point of showing up. Others skip a lot of meetings.

MTA

Politics

The pros and cons of the MTA’s capital plan

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released the broad strokes of its next five year Capital Program this week. At $51.5 billion, the 2020-2024 plan is the MTA’s most expensive to date, and about $20 billion more expensive than the previous one. In this week’s “Ask the Experts” feature, we looked at the initial proposal and what it means for New York’s beleaguered transit systems.

New York City

Opinion

A tale of two Ruben Diazes

A decade ago, the Bronx BP killed a mall project at the Kingsbridge Armory. Now, critics say he’s too close to developers.

New York City

Opinion

The enduring legacy of James Zadroga

The struggle to get government to acknowledge the health effects of 9/11.

New York State

Opinion

Frances Perkins and the lessons for today’s labor movement

A century ago, the worker rights advocate launched a game-changing career in government.