Clifford Michel

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.

Federal prosecutors allege the former state senator participated in “bribery” with donor charged with scamming NYC’s public matching funds system.
Sen. Brad Hoylman wants New York to pursue a waiver to allow federal funding for long-term residential treatment, which could include innovative alternatives to incarceration.
Jail admissions keep pace with predecessor Cy Vance while bail amounts go up — prompting demands for the new district attorney to shake up the office.
A group called Homeowners for an Affordable New York is dialing voters and patching them through to their local reps.
At a vigil near stabbing victim’s Chinatown building, Asian leaders and groups demand action on mental illness and women’s safety.
One seat possibly in play is the newly drawn State Senate district currently occupied by Democrat Diane Savino.
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine wants to create a “resource center” where deliveristas and other independent contractors can work, recharge and get information on everything from wage theft to health care.
One new district in Brooklyn would be plurality Asian and another in Queens would be mostly Hispanic.
The Democrat controlled Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment released new district lines for the House of Representatives seats in New York late Sunday and they are predictably partisan.
After years of championing an independent commission for the redrawing of political districts, state leaders now say they are taking over the process, as a wide coalition of advocates clamor for more transparency.
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.
These savvy centenarians have anchored communities and weathered crises from the Great Depression to COVID. Can they withstand further uncertainty?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.