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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.

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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.

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Eric Adams Wavers on Bail Beef-Up Pledge, Demands Judges Use Their Muscle

The mayor-elect, appearing on ABC’s "The View," told Whoopi Goldberg a meeting with a bail bill architect convinced him it’s possible to lock up dangerous offenders without an Albany roll-back of reforms.

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Brian Benjamin Backer Indicted for Alleged Attempt to Bilk City Campaign Matching Fund System

Following a money trail first exposed by THE CITY, federal prosecutors allege Harlem real estate player Gerald Migdol secretly paid for others’ donations to the comptroller campaign of New York’s now lieutenant governor.

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It’s Swan Song Time for Embattled Brooklyn Democratic Party Boss, Politicians Say

Rep. Nydia Velazquez and other top borough elected officials called for Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn to quit her party post after the leader’s husband publicly recited a vulgar, sexist song lyric. They said the incident marked the latest sign of a "toxic" reign.

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Chinese Voters Came Out in Force for the GOP in NYC, Shaking Up Politics

From Sunset Park in Brooklyn to Elmhurst and Flushing in Queens, frustrations over Democratic stances on schools and crime helped mobilize votes for Republican Curtis Sliwa for mayor and conservative Council candidates.

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Cuomo Sparred With Investigators Over Meaning of ‘Girlfriend,’ ‘Date’ — and ‘Butt’

Newly released transcripts offer a glimpse into the governor’s defiant, Clintonesque defense as probers grilled him about sexual harassment allegations. Meanwhile, 10 women testified about their experience with his administration.

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GOP Gains in City Council Powered by Heated Voter Turnout and Discontent

The minority party rises up to as many as seven seats and threatening rising-star Democratic Brooklyn Councilmember Justin Brannan.

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City Council Adds Historic Number of Women to Its Ranks as Republicans Gain

New York City’s legislative branch will be packed with newcomers in 2022 and will have its first female majority. Meanwhile, the GOP gained at least one more Council seat.

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Fossella Thanks ‘President Trump’ in Staten Island Borough President Comeback Win

The Republican ex-rep’s win came in the only highly competitive boroughwide or citywide race as most New Yorkers elected their beeps, comptroller and public advocate with little drama. Meanwhile, Alvin Bragg made history to become Manhattan’s first Black district attorney.