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Rebecca C. Lewis

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

Albany Agenda

Politics

BOE mails paper checks to state legislative candidates, delaying matching funds

Rather than electronically depositing funds in campaigns’ accounts, the state Board of Elections sent paper checks worth tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates.

Celebs

Personality

Mark Ruffalo is obsessed with NY politics

The Hulk takes his cues from a former Ithaca Assembly member, will show up at the Capitol to talk about fracking and wanted you to “Leave It Blank” for Palestine.

News & Politics

Politics

Climate advocates plan to spend against incumbents blocking NY HEAT Act

The Spring Street Climate Political Fund is targeting Assembly Members Didi Barrett and Michael Benedetto, who are facing left-wing primary challengers.

Albany Agenda

Politics

First $3.6 million in New York campaign matching funds headed out the door

Three dozen candidates were part of the first disbursement of public campaign cash approved last week

Albany Agenda

Policy

Legislators and formerly incarcerated mothers rally for sentencing reform bills

State Sens. Julia Salazar and Jeremy Cooney joined advocates to push for a trio of bills that would reduce excessive prison sentences.

Politics

Politics

How the state budget could protect New York Democrats in November

Provisions on affordable housing, retail theft, squatters and more may help respond to Republican attacks.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Heastie visits incumbents facing left-wing primary challenges

In recent weeks, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has hosted in-district events with Assembly Members Didi Barrett, Michael Benedetto and Stefani Zinerman – who are all fighting off primary challenges backed by the WFP or DSA.

News & Politics

Politics

Appellate court agrees that state ethics commission is unconstitutional

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sued the Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government to prevent it from investigating his $5 million book deal.

Albany Agenda

Policy

Judge tosses abortion rights measure from November ballot

Democrats had been pushing the state constitutional amendment that would protect abortion rights and other civil rights

Albany Agenda

Personality

SUNY chancellor John King talks budget wins and campus protests

The head of the state’s public university system discussed the police response to pro-Palestinian protest encampments and the fate of SUNY Downstate.

Albany Agenda

Politics

Here’s where the Leave It Blank campaign did best in New York City

In some Assembly districts in Brooklyn and Queens, a third of voters cast blank ballots in the Democratic presidential primary.

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Albany Agenda

Politics

New York state Legislature 2024 races to watch

Here are some of the challenges, swing districts and open seats to keep an eye on.

News & Politics

Politics

State AG demands answers about Meta AI chatbot’s false accusations

Letitia James sent a letter to the Facebook parent company after City & State reported that the chatbot was making up sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers.

Albany Agenda

Politics

Meta AI falsely claims lawmakers were accused of sexual harassment

The new AI chatbot in Facebook Messenger provides detailed information about the sexual harassment allegations against state legislators. The only problem: none of it is true.

Albany Agenda

Updated Politics

Crickets from Building Trades Council on New York’s housing deal

The construction unions were absent from an event with Gov. Kathy Hochul celebrating labor wins in the state budget.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Hochul: No plans to send National Guard to college protests in NY

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state stands ready to assist the NYPD if they ask, but she doesn’t believe the National Guard is currently necessary.

Albany Agenda

Policy

The biggest issues left out of the state budget

The NY HEAT Act could still be passed before the end of session, though higher taxes on the wealthy are likely dead.

Albany Agenda

Policy

All the details of Albany’s final housing deal

‘Good cause’ eviction protections, a replacement for 421-a and tweaks to rent-stabilization all made it into this year’s state budget.

New York State

Politics

Gov. Kathy Hochul hits new polling lows

A new Siena College poll shows New Yorkers aren’t happy with the governor, or congestion pricing.

Albany Agenda

Policy

What’s in and out of the state budget

The state Legislature finished approving the state’s $237 billion state budget on Saturday.