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Shantel Destra

is an associate state politics reporter at City & State New York.

New York State

Politics

Five big takeaways from the new Assembly draft map

While it’s been a long, bumpy road, the Independent Redistricting Commission’s new map is the beginning of the end to this year’s redistricting mess.

MTA

Policy

Can Hochul help the MTA avoid its impending financial crisis?

Experts agree the governor and state lawmakers need to step in to provide aid to the transportation agency heading into the next legislative session.

Policy

Policy

Post-election, it’s veto season for Kathy Hochul

The New York governor has vetoed 39 bills aimed at creating commissions and task forces because of their financial impact.

Exit interviews

Personality

Sue Serino advises governing by listening

After losing a competitive reelection campaign against her colleague, Serino acknowledged the impact of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

News & Politics

Politics

How Trump 2024 could be radioactive for New York Republicans

Republican electeds run the gambit in their support for Trump’s presidential ambitions, but experts agree they should steer clear from the former president’s campaign launch.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Alessandra Biaggi gave up her state Senate seat. She has no regrets.

After an unsuccessful run for Congress, Biaggi will attend Harvard Divinity School. Will she run for office again? “Probably yes.”

2022 general election

Politics

Sean Patrick Maloney’s long fall

After a controversial decision to seek reelection in the 17th Congressional district, the DCCC chair will end his decade in Congress.

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

2022 general election

Politics

2022 New York state legislative general election results

After a chaotic redistricting process, Republicans have their sights set on gaining seats in the Democratic-controlled state Legislature.

Politics

Politics

5 things to watch in the final days of the race for New York governor

Gov. Kathy Hochul and Rep. Lee Zeldin are using everything from endorsements to prioritizing crime heading into the final days until Election Day.

Personality

Personality

Joe Pinion on why he won’t be counted out in the race against Schumer

The odds are against the conservative TV host as he vies for a seat in the U.S. Senate – but Pinion, the first Black, major party candidate for Senate in New York, remains steadfast in his campaign efforts to unseat Chuck Schumer.

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New York State

Politics

As lawmakers prepare for Somos, how is Hochul’s relationship with Puerto Rico?

The governor hasn’t had much of a chance to make connections of her own, and lawmakers and experts have ideas for how she can go beyond the status quo.

News & Politics

Politics

Hudson Valley Republicans are framing the fentanyl crisis as a border issue. Experts say that’s inaccurate.

Tying the opioid epidemic to sanctuary policies may be an effective political strategy, but calling them the main driver of the opioid crisis is false.

News & Politics

Politics

Wait – did Hochul just say she wants to lift the NYC charter school cap?

The moment came and went quickly during a packed gubernatorial debate, but it was definitely a yes. Several lawmakers and teachers unions have expressed disapproval of the governor’s apparent position.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Hochul and Brown announce shooting memorial the day after courts halt gun control law

The governor and Buffalo mayor’s announcement of the memorial for the ten victims of the tragic Buffalo supermarket shooting comes right after a judge’s decision to stop a concealed carry law in churches.

2022 general election

Politics

Will Rep. Pat Ryan’s abortion strategy be enough to secure a win in NY-18?

The newly elected Congress member is in a fair position to beat Colin Schmitt. But pocketbook issues, including inflation and the economy, are also top of mind for voters.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Health care coalition rallying against Lee Zeldin on abortion rights stance

In an open letter, health care professionals and advocates urge New Yorkers to elect a governor committed to protecting the right to choose. They claim Zeldin fails to fit that mold.