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Ralph R. Ortega

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Transparency is needed more than ever as the crisis at Rikers Island continues.

The New York City Department of Correction’s decision to limit access to body cam videos was a mistake.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Interborough Express comes up short

The $5.5 billion light rail service proposed by Gov. Kathy Hochul leaves out the Bronx, where residents need the additional service just as much as New Yorkers in Brooklyn and Queens.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Looking back at Giuliani’s rise and fall

Ken Frydman, the former New York City mayor’s 1993 campaign press secretary and consultant on a new CNN documentary series about Giuliani, discusses what happened to "America’s Mayor."

Marijuana

Policy

How to buy weed legally in New York

The first dispensary selling recreational use marijuana in the state has opened in Manhattan. Here’s everything you need to know.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: It’s time to sign the Grieving Families Act into law

It would replace New York’s current wrongful death law that leaves people unable to seek meaningful compensation after the loss of a loved one who had little or no financial worth, particularly impacting people of color.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: On Penn Station, it’s time to dream big again

New York has never had a problem constructing both public and private development projects on a massive scale to last the ages.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Adult Survivors Act needs all the attention it can get

The law opens a one-year lookback window for survivors to come forward with legal claims against their alleged abusers.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor's note: Turkey giveaways are as important as ever

Rising costs mean more constituents will be hoping for a free bird this year.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor's note: Oprah’s endorsement of Fetterman should remind Hochul she’s got celebs on her side too

After hosting get-out-the vote rallies with big name Democrats, Gov. Kathy Hochul might also want to tout that she’s got some Hollywood star power supporting her campaign.

Editor's Note

Policy

Editor’s Note: ‘Trick-or-Streets’ received frightful and ill-timed pushback

While some New Yorkers are fed up with the city’s open streets program, their frustrations should have been kept out of a children’s night of fun and frights.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: NYC’s High Line is once again a “lifeline”

The former elevated railroad bed that once delivered goods and supplies to the west side of lower Manhattan is now providing a vital link to the struggling Hudson Yards.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Rebuilt bridge to Manhattan’s Waterside Plaza is a win for access

An ADA-compliant pedestrian span will replace an old bridge across FDR Drive as part of a $1.6 billion life sciences hub project.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: New York City’s beloved newsstands are holding on for dear life

Between a new program converting the stands into delivery worker hubs and the loyalty of customers, this icon of city life is evolving to stick around.

Personality

Regional Plan Association chief on 100 years of shaping NY’s urban planning

Tom Wright details the RPA’s work over the years as it unveils a new exhibit of its regional plans at Grand Central Terminal.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: Moving MSG could be a winner for New York City

Opening up Penn Station to let in light would be a good thing for commuters – and potentially the Knicks.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Missing the 9/11 Tribute Museum

The museum’s location in lower Manhattan was closed just about a month before this year’s observance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Personality

Personality

Julie Menin on expanding Wi-Fi to NYCHA residents

The New York City Council member also discusses the detection of arsenic in the water at the Jacob Riis Houses and cuts to the Department of Education budget in an interview with City & State.