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Zach Williams

is senior state politics reporter at City & State.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Which Democrats are running for lieutenant governor?

A multi-candidate field is taking shape ahead of the June primary election.

New York State

Politics

Hochul addresses Benjamin resignation: “It was very unfortunate”

The governor has made moves to protect herself from the political fallout from the downfall of her former lieutenant governor, who has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

News & Politics

Politics

Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigns following federal indictment

The Harlem Democrat pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple corruption charges related to his 2021 campaign for New York City comptroller.

New York State

Politics

Brian Benjamin’s ethical controversies

The lieutenant governor has been accused of stretching the rules as a state senator and candidate for New York City comptroller.

Politics

Politics

Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin arrested

Prosecutors say he was involved in a bribery conspiracy as a state senator.

New York State

Politics

After passing a late state budget, Democrats of all types blow off steam at Caucus Weekend

The final state budget exacerbated tensions within the party that followed them to their annual gathering in Albany.

New York State

Politics

After passing a late state budget, Democrats of all types blow off steam at Caucus Weekend

The final state budget exacerbated tensions within the party that followed them to their annual gathering in Albany.

Budget

Policy

Big Ugly release signals state budget season is (finally) ending

Albany Democrats are still voting on budget bills one week past the April 1 deadline.

Budget

Policy

What’s in or out of the 2022 state budget?

Albany Democrats are getting ready to vote on their final budget bills.

News & Politics

Politics

A timeline of Andrew Cuomo’s comeback attempt

The former governor is still trying to be politically relevant after resigning amid multiple scandals last year.

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Budget

Policy

Winners & Losers of the 2022 state budget

The new spending plan brought defeats and victories. Here’s where everyone landed.

Budget

Policy

The (late) 2022 state budget by the numbers

Here is what sticks out in the $220 billion spending plan announced by Albany Democrats.

Budget

Policy

Gov. Kathy Hochul announces new state budget deal a week late

The $220 billion deal includes several wins for Gov. Kathy Hochul in her first budget season as governor.

Budget

Policy

In closed door deal on child care, undocumented New York children are left out

The $5 billion child care expansion proposed in the state budget is historic, but the possible exclusion is a setback for the political left.

New York State

Politics

Brian Benjamin’s ethics problems are the last thing Hochul 2022 needs

The lieutenant governor is attracting controversy just as things start to get serious in the gubernatorial primary.

New York State

Politics

COVID-19 is back in City Hall and the Capitol, but that hasn’t changed the public health strategy

Elected leaders continue to tout the vaccine and boosters as New York’s primary COVID-19 strategy, resisting new restrictions.

Budget

Policy

Bills stadium opponents are blitzing legislative overtime

Advocacy groups and elected officials are pushing legislators to keep $600 million in state support out of a final state budget despite efforts by Gov. Kathy Hochul to move the deal forward.

Policy

Policy

Kendra’s Law hangs in the balance with little recent discussion among Albany Democrats

State lawmakers might approve a state budget early next week that would make it easier to force people to get mental health treatment.

Criminal justice

Policy

Why corporate America is betting on getting Clean Slate into the state budget

Progressive activists and business leaders say the economy would benefit from making it easier to seal criminal records for formerly incarcerated people.