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Zach Williams

is senior state politics reporter at City & State.

New York State

Politics

Cuomo impeachment: ‘They’re going to have to pull him out’

The three-term governor has weeks to plot his political survival, and he’s not planning to go anywhere quietly.

Albany Agenda

Politics

Where the electoral map could really change in 2022

Ongoing hearings are highlighting where the Independent Redistricting Commission could undo existing gerrymanders.

Health Care

Policy

COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ join the ranks of disabled Americans

On the anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a new wave of people with disabilities are adjusting to their new normals.

New York State

Politics

A timeline of Cuomo’s fight for political survival

It’s been a heck of a few months in state politics since a fateful Feb. 10 meeting between the governor’s aides and state lawmakers.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

The Democrats who want to take on Stefanik

A former speed skater is the latest candidate to jump in the race against the rising MAGA star.

New York State

Politics

Rochester’s newly united legislative delegation

Five new members of the state Senate and Assembly have passed bills in Albany while avoiding the divisions of local politics.

New York State

Politics

Battery Park City residents rebel against Cuomo’s planned memorial

Residents of Battery Park City are rebelling against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his plans to convert a slice of Rockefeller Park into a memorial to essential workers and the sacrifices they have made during the coronavirus pandemic.

Politics

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky is running for Nassau County district attorney

An upcoming election for Nassau County district attorney is not just about finding a replacement for it will also test whether Republicans can roll back Democratic gains on Long Island by painting Democrats as soft on crime.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

India Walton on her history-making campaign

Four-term Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown appeared to be a lock for reelection, but he made the crucial strategic error of ignoring a viable primary challenger before it was too late.

Transportation

Policy

The governor’s plan to reinvent Penn Station might need some rethinking

New York City has changed a lot over the past century, but its commuter rail network remains fundamentally the same.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

How practical socialism helped India Walton win

Hard work and an emphasis on local issues means Buffalo could have its first female mayor.

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New York State

Politics

2021 Democratic upstate mayoral primary results

Insurgents show strength in Buffalo and Rochester while incumbent can declare victory in Albany.

New York City

Politics

Who has gotten ticker tape parades up Broadway

The U.S. women’s soccer team will receive a ticker tape parade down Manhattan’s Broadway on Wednesday, the 207th such parade in New York City history. Past honorees have included pianists, hunters, aviators, astronauts and a few controversial figures.

New York State

Politics

Bills to watch in the final week of the 2021 legislative session

A lot of big proposals remain up in the air as June 10 approaches.

New York State

Politics

It sure is hard to watch Assembly committee meetings online

City & State recorded them on a busy day this week to help Speaker Carl Heastie up his digital game.

Energy & Environment

Policy

Legislative progress on climate change divides political left

Groups like the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America say Albany Democrats are not doing enough to promote renewable energy.

New York State

Politics

The curious tale of the Holocaust education bill

A seemingly benign bill is having an awful lot of trouble getting through the New York Assembly this year.

Budget

Policy

Legislation to watch in the final weeks of the 2021 session

A dozen outstanding bills remain on criminal justice reforms, single-payer health care and more.

Energy & Environment

Policy

New York carbon tax proposal fizzles

The Assembly sponsor of the Climate and Community Investment Act says another year or so is needed to rally support.