John DeFrancisco

John DeFrancisco, the underdog

State Sen. John DeFrancisco: The underdog

New York State Senate

All the times people have been outraged by state Sen. Marty Golden

Brooklyn Republican state Sen. Marty Golden's staffer comparing pro-gun control students to Nazis is just the latest.

Donald Trump

Trump’s dwindling supply of personal lawyers

President Donald Trump is struggling to attract and retain legal talent.

Kathy Hochul

Kathy Hochul says there’s something women need to realize

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on her political rivals – like Rep. Chris Collins and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams – and the challenges facing women in politics.

Giambra thinks New Yorkers are tired of the two major parties

Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, a Republican, is planning to run for governor on the Reform Party line. In a Q&A with City & State, he talked about his plans to fix infrastructure, legalize recreational marijuana, reform campaign finance and more.

Andrew Cuomo

School officials want an extra $1.6 billion. Cuomo offered $769 million.

New York's state budget is due soon, and funding for education remains unresolved. City & State spoke with state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about the funding levels she would like to see for New York's schools and the governor's less generous proposal, as well as as what her department is doing to protect the rights of transgender students. 

Cynthia Nixon

First lady rumble: Sandra Lee vs. Christine Marinoni

Cynthia Nixon's candidacy for governor puts her wife, Christine Marinoni, in the spotlight. Here's how Marinoni compares to Sandra Lee, the closest thing New York currently has to a first lady.

Cynthia Nixon

Updated: 5 things to know about Cynthia Nixon

The actress and activist is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary.

Charles Schumer

The Irishest officials in New York

New York may not be as Irish as it once was, but the community still produces plenty of political leaders. To get a sense of who’s leading the way, we reached out to Ray O’Hanlon, the editor of The Irish Echo, the country’s oldest Irish-American newspaper, who spoke about U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Pete King, Rep. Kathleen Rice, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and more.

Betty Rosa on school aid, armed guards and equity in education

New York state Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa calls for more funding for education and weighs in on armed guards in schools.

Marcos Crespo

Birthright: How Marcos Crespo was shaped by his heritage

The son of a Puerto Rican mother and an undocumented Peruvian immigrant father, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo has risen to become one of the most influential Latino lawmakers in New York, chairman of the Bronx Democratic Party and the Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. City & State’s Frank G. Runyeon spoke with the assemblyman just after his return from an “eventful” trip to Israel where young protesters threw eggs at him.

Nydia Velázquez

Rep. Nydia Velázquez on leading the way for Latinas

Rep. Nydia Velázquez has spent her career as a trailblazer for Puerto Ricans and other Latinas, and has made Puerto Rico one of her major issues. She spoke with City & State’s Rebecca C. Lewis about how her background has influenced her, and about the current state of Puerto Rico as it continues to recover from two hurricanes.

Ruben Diaz Jr.

Rubén Díaz Jr. on New York’s responsibility to Puerto Rico

Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. discusses New York’s responsibility to Puerto Rico.

Andrew Cuomo

‘The beauty of the budget’ with Robert Mujica

After two decades crunching budget numbers at the Capitol, state Budget Director Robert Mujica is facing what he called the state’s most challenging budget in years.

New York pols and their biggest celebrity team-ups

New York politicians are always dragging celebrities out to rallies, fundraisers and press conferences to draw some attention. In honor of red carpet season, here are some of the best examples, including Billy Joel, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson and more.

Anthony Weiner

The best New York political films

With the Academy Awards coming up, we compiled a list of the best films about politics in New York, including "Citizen Kane," "Gangs of New York" and "Serpico."