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Ralph Ortega

is City & State's Editor in Chief.

Opinion

Opinion

Editor’s note: New owners of decommissioned Staten Island Ferry need to know what they’re getting into

SNL’s Pete Davidson and Colin Jost should look at how others succeeded – and failed – at repurposing ferries and other large boats.

Opinion

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Answering the call for help after deadly Bronx high-rise fire

New Yorkers donated food, clothing and money in the wake of the Jan. 9 blaze that claimed 17 lives, including eight kids, and the relief efforts continue.

Education

Politics

Pace University navigates COVID-19, clinches national contest and looks to future

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the school across from City Hall in Lower Manhattan won the 18th annual national College Fed Challenge and enrolled its largest incoming class of first-year students.

Energy & Environment

Policy

Governors Island opens for winter and preps to lead NYC’s climate goals

Clare Newman, president and CEO of the Governors Island Trust, discusses the island’s new year-round schedule and how it plans to do climate-focused research and education in an interview with City & State.

Policy

Policy

What’s on the state Legislature’s 2022 gambling agenda?

In a Q&A, Assembly Member J. Gary Pretlow discusses mobile sports betting and new downstate casinos.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

MWBE developers aim sky high with Affirmation Tower

The creators discuss their plans for constructing the first African American-owned skyscraper in New York City.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

James Whelan wants to start converting commercial real estate into housing ASAP

The Real Estate Board of New York President discussed repurposing hotels and other properties left vacant by the pandemic.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: NYN Media kicks off reimagining with new advisory board

The go-to resource for non-profits in New York now has a panel of professionals to help guide its content amid other exciting changes.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: No MTA fare hike provides welcome relief to New Yorkers

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s decision to not raise fares for six months is especially helpful during these difficult economic times.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Bill Chong on his legacy at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

The outgoing commissioner discussed the agency’s new app, its commitment to antiracism and supporting youth through the pandemic.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: De Blasio’s latest COVID-19 vaccine mandate draws legal threat, of course!

It’s no surprise NYPD union president Pat Lynch said he would take the city to court over the requirement that all municipal employees get vaccinated.

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Editor's Note

Opinion

New MTA map goes back to the future

A New York City “subway diagram” on a trial run resembles the much-maligned Massimo Vignelli modernist design from the 1970s.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Albany gets some well-deserved love

The state capital was named the best place to live in New York by U.S. News & World Report.

Personality

Personality

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society welcomes students back to school

Melisha Jackman, the nonprofit’s executive director, discusses the first week of school and how they weathered the pandemic.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: A beloved Upper West Sider is frank about pandemic isolation

Brigitta “Brig” Ortner, a friend of local politicians and a Holocaust survivor, uses a dry sense of humor to keep up her morale.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: “Da Homeless Hero” makes a splash

How Shams DaBaron stood out among the VIPs at City & State 15th anniversary celebration.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Coordinating efforts to help Haiti after a devastating earthquake

City & State spoke with Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn on how she and others are sending aid to the island nation.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Driven by excellence for 15 years

Our staff has consistently shown why they are among the best in journalism, as we mark a major anniversary.