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Rebecca C. Lewis

is the senior state politics reporter at City & State New York.

Exit interviews

Personality

Phil Boyle set his own term limits

The Long Island Republican resigned last month to lead the Suffolk County Off-Track Betting Corp.

New York State

Politics

Speculation continues about who could replace Jay Jacobs

At an informal meeting, state Democratic Committee members floated state Sen. Jessica Ramos' name - and Rep. Adriano Espaillat is in the mix too, sources say.

News & Politics

Personality

Richard Gottfried closes the book on more than half a century in office

The longest serving state legislator in New York talks about his 52 years in the Assembly as he readies for retirement

Politics

Politics

New York budget director to leave for new gig in Puerto Rico

Robert Mujica is trading in his fiscal responsibilities in New York in favor of financial oversight of Puerto Rico

Politics

Politics

Jay Jacobs responds with letter signed by over 40 county chairs

His support among the upper ranks of the state Democratic Party lacks three county chairs in New York City.

Heard Around Town

Personality

Zellnor Myrie and Diana Richardson are engaged

The state Senator and former Assembly member from Brooklyn made it official at the Somos Puerto Rico conference, sources say.

Politics

Politics

After a surprising midterm in New York, both parties consider leadership changes

Rep. Lee Zeldin is being courted for a national Republican Party role, while state Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs is fighting to keep his job, and DCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney lost his seat.

New York State Assembly

Politics

Who wants to be the new health chair?

A Dick Gottfried-sized hole will be left in the Assembly Health Committee and several members are hoping to fill it.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Hochul stands by Democratic leader Jay Jacobs, despite disappointing results

In Puerto Rico for the Somos conference, the governor also credited progressives for supporting her.

Elections

Politics

Hochul won her election, but at what cost?

Democrats may have kept hold of the governorship, but Gov. Kathy Hochul’s weak performance may have lost the party the House.

Elections

Politics

Kathy Hochul ekes out a victory in the closest governor’s race in decades

The incumbent Democrat narrowly fended off a challenge from Republican Lee Zeldin

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2022 general election

Politics

2022 New York governor’s race general election results

Plus, results for other statewide offices like comptroller, attorney general and U.S. Senate.

2022 general election

Politics

Hochul’s last-minute retreat to friendly territory

The Democratic governor has focused her last campaigning hours on shoring up enthusiasm in the bluest parts of the (supposedly) blue state.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Biden campaigns with Hochul, in deep blue New York

The president’s visit to Westchester County speaks to Democrats’ level of worry – and hope that the base will come out to vote.

Politics

Politics

On Long Island, a state Senate battleground

Nine seats are in the mix, and Republicans are looking to pick up some old seats.

Policy

Policy

The fossil fuel industry has worked hard opposing New York climate action

A new report details how energy companies have spent over $15 million in the past six years to lobby against green energy initiatives

New York State

Politics

Kathy Hochul steady in debate under pressure from Lee Zeldin

Facing lagging poll numbers and tough questions on crime, the governor held her own in lone debate.

Politics

Politics

With a renewed focus on crime, Hochul is in campaign mode at last

With ads, press conferences and announcements, the New York governor is taking ownership of public safety as her own campaign issue.

2022 congressional primaries

Politics

Mike Lawler’s congressional campaign is paying his own consulting firm

The Assembly member, who is running against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, is also a political consultant, and says he isn’t profiting from his own campaign.