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Justin Sondel

is a freelance reporter in Buffalo.

New York State


Upstate incumbent mayors face challenges from the left

Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany all have races to watch on June 22.

Crystal Peoples-Stokes


Crystal Peoples-Stokes is on the precipice of her biggest achievement

How the first woman, and first African American, to serve as Assembly majority leader fought for equitable marijuana legalization.

New York State


Has Trump made upstate great again?

Outside its urban centers, much of New York voted heavily for Donald Trump. But the president hasn’t fulfilled his promise to fix the rural and Rust Belt economy.

New York State


Can a Trump-loving upstater bring back the New York GOP?

Nick Langworthy got what he wanted. Now what will he do with the Republican Party?

Chris Collins


Chris Collins’ office entryway campaign

The indicted congressman has been even harder to reach than usual, but many voters didn’t mind.

Marcus Molinaro


Is Marc Molinaro the next George Pataki?

Marc Molinaro is an appealing GOP candidate who is strikingly similar to New York’s last Republican governor. But George Pataki never had to contend with President Donald Trump.

New York State


Cuomo banned fracking. But is he still vulnerable on natural gas pipelines?

Cynthia Nixon tries to ride the environmentalist tide that propelled Zephyr Teachout in 2014.

Andrew Cuomo


Why upstate Democrats like lefty candidates

In recent Democratic primaries, rural parts of New York state have been the most likely to embrace left-leaning insurgent candidates such as 2014 gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential bid - and Cynthia Nixon's 2018 candidacy for governor.

John DeFrancisco


John DeFrancisco, the underdog

State Sen. John DeFrancisco: The underdog

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