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Sam Mellins

is a journalist living in New York City whose reporting has appeared in The Appeal, Jacobin, THE CITY and New York Focus.

New York State


Kidney donation bill stuck in Assembly “traffic jam”

Advocates claimed the legislation could lead to 100 more donors every year, with just a $1 million annual cost for the state.

Criminal justice


A year after reforms were promised, people leaving New York jails and prisons still lack IDs

Reentering society without ID makes jobs and apartments almost impossible to get. Still, many people getting out of prison are without the essential paperwork.



Hochul promised a ‘new era of transparency.’ Here’s what that would really take.

Under Cuomo, obtaining public records was often extremely difficult. Transparency advocates have a lot of ideas for reforming the process.