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Rebecca C. Lewis

is the senior state politics reporter at City & State New York.


As local laws fall, leaders call for statewide ‘good cause’ eviction legislation

In a letter to state leaders shared exclusively with City & State, dozens of local leaders pushed for the tenant protections.

Advocacy groups


Will Hochul come around on supervised injection sites?

The governor didn’t talk much about addiction services in her State of the State, but advocates are pushing her to allow more facilities for medically supervised injection of illegal drugs.

Criminal justice


Debating the impacts of bail reform

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Latrice Walker and former Queens prosecutor James Quinn discussed law changes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Friday.


Hochul dedicates $35 million in state money for abortion access

As the Supreme Court moves toward reversing Roe v. Wade, the governor is working to make New York an access state.


County officials call on Hochul to support increased wages for home care workers

40 offices for the aging across the state sent a letter to Gov. Hochul asking she help pass the Fair Pay for Home Care Act


New York City

A coyote, a reporter and a state budget

A coyote, a reporter and a state budget: Recapping the top political news in New York this week


Claudia Tenney

Giffords-endorsed Anthony Brindisi has a 100 percent rating from the NRA

Assemblyman and congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi recently was endorsed by Giffords, the gun safety group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as part of its “campaign to elect gun safety champions.” But Brindisi, an upstate Democrat, has a 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association.


Cynthia Nixon

Nixon's challenge, Vance investigated and Kushner's false filings

In this week's headlines, Cynthia Nixon jumped into the gubernatorial race, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to review Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s decision not to prosecute Harvey Weinstein, and Jared Kushner's company is under scrutiny for falsely reporting having no rent-controlled tenants.


Everything you need to know about NYC’s top 10 lobbyists

In 2017, the list of the top 10 New York City lobbyists had a few shakeups from years past. Kasirer took the No. 1 spot by compensation, previously held by Capalino+Company, which dropped to No. 2. Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz is a new addition to the list, knocking off Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, who had appeared on the list every year since 2012.


Percoco's verdict, Slaughter's death and gun control rallies

In this week's headlines, former senior Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco was found guilty, longtime Rochester-area Rep. Louise Slaughter died, and politicians joined students in a walkout to speak out against gun violence.


Corruption conviction hits close to Cuomo


A new schools chancellor, squabbling on guns and a deadlocked jury

In this week's headlines, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio named Richard Carranza his new schools chancellor, state legislators clashed over gun legislation and the jurors in the Percoco corruption trial failed to reach a verdict.


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.


Carval-NO, Percoco jury begins deliberations and no budging on guns

In this week's headlines, Alberto Carvalho backed out of the New York City school chancellor job, closing arguments were made in the Percoco trial, and state senators clashed over gun measures in Albany.


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."