Republished with permission from the Legislative Gazette Gov. Andrew Cuomo defeated Republican challenger Marc Molinaro to secure a third term. He’s the first governor to do so since George Pataki in 2006. It appeared in the days prior to the election that Cuomo was losing his lead, but on Election […]

Students of Lisa Phillips’ fall 2015 Literature of Journalism class were asked to interview everyday working people about their jobs, and frame the first-person commentaries in the style of Studs Terkel’s book “Working, People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.” Subjects […]

March 4, 2014 Parents, students and lawmakers are demanding equal funding for New York’s charter schools, sounding off against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to charge rent, and recent revocation of co-locations for three city charters. Proponents of charter schools are enthusiastic over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s program […]

  April 01, 2013 With endangered species’ conservation in mind, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a partnership with environmental groups to help protect the Hudson River during the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson worked with the Governor’s Office to minimize the environmental impacts of the […]

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“They like a place nobody knows,” the blond-haired clerk with gauged earlobes said. She sat in a small hardwood-floored sneaker shop called Memes on Great Jones Street in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo. She summed-up the world of sneaker collectors: “They like a shoe nobody has.” Sneaker collectors, known as […]

The Springtown Truss Bridge is an enchanting place. The view of the Wallkill River from the bridge makes you feel like you are in one of those famous Hudson Valley River paintings from the 1800s. The river cuts through the temperate New Paltz forest. Trees curl over the river banks […]

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill in early February that will, this summer, ban smoking in 1,700 city parks and along 14 miles of city beaches in New York City.  The ban also includes marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas such as Times Square.  While these city laws may not directly […]

Should a mosque be built just two blocks north of Ground Zero? Supporters cite their constitutional rights to build and pray, and claim that those against it are ignorant to the meaning of the religion of Islam. Opponents believe it is an unethical, insensitive operation, that will cause emotional distress […]

Flight 43. Delayed for one hour. I double check the screen to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. It’s 3:05 p.m. and my flight from JFK Airport to Orlando, Fla. isn’t leaving until 5 p.m. Rinnnngggg. “Hi, Chelle!” mom said. “Mom, my flight is delayed for an hour,” I said […]

Matt and I are chain smoking cigarettes on the walk back from the Museum of Modern Art. It’s this game we play to see who finishes their pack first. Matt’s a good friend of mine. He’s always a little cryptic but manages to get his point across in the end. […]