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Justin Sondel

is a freelance reporter in Buffalo.

Interviews & Profiles


Peoples-Stokes: I’m disappointed in how America allows racism to continue

The Assembly majority leader discusses the aftermath of the Buffalo mass shooting and impact on her community.

News & Politics


Biden visits Buffalo after mass shooting to comfort a grief-stricken city

The president called the attack “domestic terrorism” in a speech and met with the families of the victims.

Campaigns & Elections


India Walton and Byron Brown debate for the last time

Buffalo voters will choose between the Democratic nominee for mayor and the incumbent who lost the primary in a highly scrutinized race that pits progressives against moderates.

Campaigns & Elections


AOC, downstate progressives help India Walton

Many Buffalo Democrats are staying on the sidelines. So the party’s mayoral nominee has gathered support elsewhere.

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.

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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.

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.