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Ralph R. Ortega

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: ‘Get stuff done’ delivers for Juneteenth

It looks like Mayor Eric Adams’ determination helped create a paid holiday in celebration of Juneteenth for all municipal employees for the first time in city history.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Celebrating My Comrade magazine’s place in New York history

Drag queen Linda Simpson founded the publication in 1987, leading the charge for “Gay Lib” as the AIDS crisis was unfolding.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: A call for saving the medallions along the Avenue of the Americas

There were once 300 medallions with the national seals of countries in the Western Hemisphere, but now only a handful remain, rusted and neglected.

Personality

Personality

A new group to help Times Square emerge from COVID-19 pandemic

A Q&A with Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris about the Midtown BID Coalition and what’s being done to connect homeless people with services.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: City & State New York and PIX11 to co-moderate lieutenant governor Democratic primary debate

The event, presented in partnership with the Coro New York Leadership Center and hosted by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, will be livestreamed on June 1.

News & Politics

Politics

City & State event highlights efforts to help MWBEs

The annual Diversity Summit gathered stakeholders to discuss how to improve the competitive procurement process.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: ¡Ay caramba! There’s no easy way of saying ‘gerrymandering’ in Spanish

This dirty word from politics has no easy translation for Spanish-speaking voters, who along with the rest of the electorate need more education on the redistricting process.

Opinion

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Leave Delgado’s ethnicity alone

Debating what a person thinks about their own ethnic background is offensive.

Personality

Personality

City & State’s long shot suggestions for New York City casinos

A board will eventually decide where to place three downstate gambling sites, but we’re not waiting for them.

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Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Q&A: The Black Car Fund’s push to secure benefits for drivers

The nonprofit wants legislation renewed that added dental exams, cleanings and vision coverage for its members.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Delivering on cryptocurrency’s supposed social good

Elected officials need more education about bitcoin before promoting it as a way of benefiting New Yorkers.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Fighting for the wage protections of NY’s construction workers

City & State caught up with Kevin Elkins, political action director at the New York City District Council of Carpenters, about the union’s successful resistance to a tax incentive for real estate developers.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Making a case for how New York can reach its climate goals

As state Climate Action Council hearings solicit public input statewide, National Grid New York President Rudy Wynter discusses a new report where the company details ways the state can reach its ambitious climate goals.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: NYC heroes who ended day of nightmare deserve thanks

From the straphangers that helped one another to the security camera technician who said he identified the gunman, New Yorkers came together to protect their own.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Vacant NYC stores need tenants who want to be there

The expectation that some businesses will return to the brick-and-mortar locations they vacated during the pandemic is not realistic.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: New York Nonprofit Media returns with in-person events

BoardCon attendees were excited to collaborate again after two years away due to the pandemic.

Personality

Personality

The New York political ‘Star Trek’ cameos we want to see

There’s no reason Stacey Abrams has to be the only political figure in the spotlight.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Eric Adams needs his own ad targeting New Yorkers who’ve fled to Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is campaigning on disgruntled New Yorkers. Adams should remind them of what the best city in the world has to offer.