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Clifford covers Staten Island for THE CITY. He previously covered politics for the Staten Island Advance. His reporting has appeared in Gothamist, the Amsterdam News, Politico New York and Gotham Gazette.

Tombs Teardown Threatens Lower Manhattan Art Installations

Community members are holding a rally against the Manhattan Detention Center being torn down –– along with public art –– in order to make way for a new borough-based jail.

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New York’s 100-Year-Old Businesses Offer Lessons in Survival

These savvy centenarians have anchored communities and weathered crises from the Great Depression to COVID. Can they withstand further uncertainty?

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In Sweeping ‘State of the State,’ Hochul Sets Stage for Governor Campaign

From transit linking Brooklyn and Queens to incentives to keep health care workers on the job to green-building overhauls, speech highlights roads to recovery.

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Hochul in the Middle: Governor Watches Left and Right While Charting 2022 Election Path

With the primary for governor and the next legislative session running simultaneously, progressives and moderates alike will be working to derail frontrunner Gov. Kathy Hochul as she navigates an expected barrage of left-leaning bills.

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Divided Redistricting Commission Stalemates, Sends Dueling Lines to Legislature

The new 10-member commission was meant to wrestle control of the election map-making process from party control, but they failed again to reach a consensus.

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Meet Your City Council: Learn More About NYC’s New Lawmakers

THE CITY surveyed incoming and recently arrived City Council members to learn about their priorities for their district, their first-term goals and more. What you don’t know about your new representative might surprise you.

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Letitia James Easily Clears Democratic Competitors From Attorney General’s Race

There’s no point of running a "hopeless race," political experts say. So the five Democrats who would have been competing against the incumbent have said their good-byes since she bowed out of the contest for governor.

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How Letitia James’ Governor’s Race Exit Shakes Up New York Politics Again

"Her heart just wasn’t in it," said one longtime supporter of the attorney general, whose challenge to Gov. Kathy Hochul was put within reach by her own role in toppling Andrew Cuomo. The announcement upends the contests for both governor and AG.

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MAP: See How Your Neighborhood Voted in the 2021 Election for New York City Mayor

The official results certified by the Board of Elections show where Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa saw their strongest centers of support — and where voters didn’t bother to show up. Voters were more enthusiastic for Bill de Blasio in 2013, the numbers indicate.

Andrew Cuomo’s Smear Team: His Brother and Top Advisers, Transcripts Reveal

When the governor got hit with sexual harassment allegations, CNN host Chris Cuomo and current and former gubernatorial aides quietly crafted a plan to discredit accusers, according to newly released interviews, emails and text messages.