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Ralph R. Ortega

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Accessibility improvements hinge on congestion pricing’s return, for now

Hochul only “paused” the controversial tolling program that could fund much needed improvements, including new elevator installations to meet ADA requirements.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Opinion: A tiny plaza adds life outside the entrance to Penn Station

The centerpiece of a $65 million streetscape project proved to be a hit with New Yorkers before even opening.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Save the Keep Public Police Radio Act

The bill failed to pass the Assembly, just as the NYPD plans to go full encryption by the end of the year, leaving New Yorkers and the press in the dark.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Matos Rodríguez: ‘Our objective is to have campuses free of hate’

The City University of New York chancellor discussed what comes next after a spring of protests and how he’s working to boost enrollment.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Adams’ claim to keep ‘list in my office’ of critics unfounded

A City & State intern’s request, under the Freedom of Information Law, for the names on Adams’ supposed list turned up empty.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: MTA leadership has a WTF moment over congestion pricing delay

The governor’s rushed decision-making undermines the authority of CEO Janno Lieber and the transit system’s board.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Upper Manhattan and the Bronx are now a ‘cinema desert’

The closure of the Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas delivers a blow to the communal film experience in one of the leading movie markets of the world.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: Show nonprofits the money

A cost of living adjustment increase from the Adams administration is welcome relief for these organizations, but it’s not enough when millions are still owed because of the city’s procurement backlog.

MTA

Personality

‘We have to get ridership back:’ An argument for why congestion pricing will happen

In an interview with City & State, Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Janno Lieber discusses why the controversial tolling program will ultimately win over New Yorkers.

Editor's Note

Personality

Editor’s note: José Bayona takes a break from politics

He was a key player on Eric Adams’ first mayoral campaign who rose to become one of the highest ranking Latinos in city government.

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Heard Around Town

Politics

Bayona out at City Hall

The executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Ethnic and Community Media handed in his resignation and is leaving the Adams administration.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s note: The MTA is ready to make a deal on vacant retail space

The transit agency is negotiating with entrepreneurs to bring businesses back to the subways.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: 4/20 isn’t just for smoking this year

Tokers, already outside, can enjoy 53 car-free streets as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s early celebration of Earth Day.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Oh, by the way, OJ died

The former Buffalo Bills running back, actor and convicted felon’s death was a passing afterthought.

New York City

Personality

Meera Joshi on her 'people' approach to infrastructure

The New York City deputy mayor for operations discusses her personal approach to the job and her appointment to the MTA board.

Editor's Note

Opinion

Editor’s Note: The view of New York City from Florida isn’t pretty

A conservative relative from the Sunshine State blamed her negative perceptions of crime and the migrant influx on messaging coming from New York’s leaders.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Perception is NYC’s greatest challenge – and it’s Eric Adams’ too

The mayor, who said he knows New Yorkers aren’t happy after going through COVID-19 and the migrant influx, doubles down on promoting his agenda.