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Rebecca C. Lewis

is deputy state politics reporter at City & State.

Criminal justice

Policy

A budget fight over Clean Slate begins

The governor expressed support for the bill but introduced her own version with a major change.

New York State

Politics

Letitia James drops ‘final’ edition of Cuomo tapes

The state attorney general released a trove of videos, transcripts and other materials from her sexual harassment probe of the ex-governor.

Housing

Policy

Hochul proposes 421-a 2.0

The governor said she would replace the controversial tax abatement with something better, but its bones are the same

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Who wants to run for governor as a Republican in 2022?

The race appears up in the air with months to go before the June primary.

Budget

Policy

The New York executive budget by the numbers

Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed the largest state spending plan in history in her first budget proposal.

Marijuana

Policy

Hundreds of New York towns opt out of pot

Many communities not allowing marijuana sales are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Housing

Policy

New tenant protections remain elusive as evictions return

The state failed to approved the Good Cause Eviction bill before the eviction moratorium ends tomorrow.

New York State

Politics

Suozzi demands AG investigation into Hochul’s travel habits

The Congress member argues that the governor is flouting her own calls for improved ethics

Health Care

Policy

How New York could cover its 1 million uninsured residents

A new report models several options – other than the New York Health Act – that the state could take to expand health care access.

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Personality

Personality

Mary Bassett on her challenging first month in office

In a Q&A, the state health commissioner talked about tackling the omicron variant and what she wants to accomplish after the pandemic.

New York State

Politics

What Hochul left out of her State of the State address

The parts of the governor’s agenda that she didn’t include in her speech may speak volumes about her priorities for this year.

New York State

Politics

A first look at Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2022 State of the State

From green energy to ethics reform, here are the highlights from the legislative agenda the governor is outlining today.

Criminal justice

Policy

New data proves bail reform both worked and failed, depending on who you ask

Supporters and opponents of bail reform in dueling press conferences point to a year worth of data released by the state to support their arguments.

New York State

Politics

4 key takeaways from the Independent Redistricting Commission’s latest maps

Dueling plans by Republicans and Democrats hint at how the final lines might shape up.

New York State

Politics

In a win for gerrymandering, New York redistricting commission submits two sets of partisan maps

The state’s Independent Redistricting Commission failed to agree on one proposal to send to the Legislature.

Policy

Policy

New York hospitals see significant upticks in COVID-19 admissions

Gov. Kathy Hochul has urged calm and said the state is not in the same situation as earlier in the pandemic.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Racial justice is coming to a New York City ballot near you

The Racial Justice Commission convened by the mayor this year has approved three ballot proposals for next year.

Health Care

Policy

New York hits another day of record COVID cases

The state broke its single-day case-count record for the fourth consecutive day amid omicron’s rip.