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The State of New York

Perhaps Kathy Hochul Is Not Very Good at This Whole Politics Thing

Exhibits A, B, and C: Hector LaSalle. And more news for your Friday!

February 10, 2023

NYC Asks Landlords of Unlicensed Weed Shops to Do Their Dirty Work for Them

While trying to avoid recriminalizing weed sales, the City is taking steps to crack down on new unlicensed shops.

Will Governor Hochul Go to War With Her Own Party to Save Her Judicial Nominee?

"The more the governor doubled down, the more it became an issue about the separation of powers."

The City Has No Idea What to Do With Unlicensed Weed Bodegas

At a hearing on Wednesday, the City Council wrestled with a central contradiction of the state's embrace of an equity-centered approach to weed legalization.

January 18, 2023

‘This Is Reparations’: Can New York Actually Make Legal Weed Work for People of Color?

Damian Fagon, the man in charge of making sure that the state rights some historic wrongs, is trying to find out.

December 22, 2022

Staten Island Man Whose Giant Trump Lawn Sculpture Was Mysteriously Engulfed in Flames Is Now a State Assemblymember

Sam Pirozzolo will soon be writing our state’s laws, but let’s not forget his humble beginnings.

November 9, 2022

Magical Thinking at Lee Zeldin’s ‘Victory’ Party

When the highlight of the night is an open bar, you know your candidate has fallen short.

November 9, 2022