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Rebecca C. Lewis

is deputy state politics reporter at City & State.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

New York’s election-related ballot questions are stirring up some debate

Voters will decide whether to change the redistricting process again and whether to allow people to register to vote on Election Day among other questions.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

David Imamura gives us the redistricting tea

No it’s not a failure that the Independent Redistricting Commission is divided along partisan lines or if the Legislature throws out the maps, he thanks you very much.

New York State

Politics

Which Cuomo loyalists were booted from office – and which ones remain?

During Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first 45 days in office, she promised to remove the former governor’s allies from state government.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Jay Jacobs backs Hochul after giving Cuomo a “heads-up”

The state Democratic Party chair throws his support behind the governor to discourage primary challengers.

Criminal justice

Policy

How the population at Rikers Island can be reduced now

Here are the avenues Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can immediately pursue to release more inmates, according to lawmakers and advocates.

Energy & Environment

Policy

Schumer faces pressure over climate change

Advocates want to create a polluters climate fund, but a similar measure can’t even pass in New York.

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News & Politics

Politics

Letitia James and the great non-campaign, campaign speech

The state attorney general won’t say if she’s running for governor, but a speech to business leaders sure sounded like she might

Criminal justice

Policy

What does criminal justice reform look like to Kathy Hochul?

The governor has reservations about “defund the police” that her No. 2, Brian Benjamin, doesn’t seem to share.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Rep. Antonio Delgado walks an ideological tightrope to reelection

He has avoided hot-button issues and focused on local problems to avoid alienating his rural district.

New York State

Politics

State inspector general resigns

Letizia Tagliafierro has left the job without explanation amid criticisms over an ethics investigation

New York State

Policy

Takeaways from New York’s (competing!) redistricting draft maps

Failing to find common ground, the Independent Redistricting Commission released different plans along partisan lines.