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Ralph Ortega

is City & State's Editor in Chief.

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.

15th Anniversary

Personality

Fernando Ferrer talks about the nature of power

The former Bronx borough president weighed in on City & State’s lists and New York’s biggest political players of the past five years.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: De Blasio’s free vaccine money a hit while Cuomo is down

Who knew the mayor’s idea to offer a financial incentive in the fight against COVID-19 would get picked up by President Joe Biden.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: What shadows the milestone of traveling to space

COVID-19 and homelessness are among the unresolved issues that left a space geek unimpressed when Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos blasted into space last week.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: A Kmart loved by punks and bohemians closes

The department store’s Astor Place location did what no one thought possible: It made its mark on the neighborhood.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

The company improving internet access in NYC’s airports and tunnels

Boingo CEO Mike Finley discusses connecting JFK and LaGuardia to 5G service.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: Why ticker tape parades are so important in New York

Last week’s procession in honor of essential workers proves that this long-standing tradition should last.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Rep. Carolyn Maloney wants more paid leave for federal employees

The Congress member’s Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act would impact 2.7 million workers.

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Announcements

Opinion

City & State gets a new look

The go-to source for policy-driven coverage and analysis of New York City and state politics unveils its new website.

Small Business

Personality

Bill pending Cuomo’s signature requires mandated savings plans for small-business employees

Employers with at least 10 workers would be required to offer the Secure Choice Program if the measure is signed into law.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: As HIV stigmas fade away, Pride marks progress

In the 1990s, my father discovered he was HIV positive and had unintentionally infected my mother. This is the first time I’ve ever written about this. 

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: Remembering a beloved political player and consultant

Peter Krokondelas, who passed away on May 29 at age 52, was known and well-liked throughout his long career.

Campaigns & Elections

Opinion

City & State hosts NYC mayoral forum on June 7

Several contenders in the Democratic primary attend a live event also sponsored by the 92nd Street Y and PIX11.

Opinion

Opinion

Editor’s note: New series focuses on most competitive NYC races

City & State, the 92nd Street Y and PIX11 are hosting forums on the elections for mayor, comptroller and Manhattan borough president.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Watch the May 25 NYC comptroller forum here

The 92nd Street Y, City & State New York and PIX11 partnered to bring the candidates together for a discussion that will inform New Yorkers as they decide this important contest.

Opinion

Opinion

Editor’s note: A jarring subway attack

Sending more police officers underground may help straphangers feel safer to return to their routines.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Unions see boost in interest during COVID-19

A Q&A with District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido on Cuomo’s scandals and his union’s mayoral endorsement.