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Shantel Destra

is an associate state politics reporter at City & State New York.

What needs to change at Rikers? Everything.

We asked more than a dozen criminal justice experts. They urged staying the course on borough-based jails—and many called for a federal takeover of Rikers in the meantime.


New York Wants to Build 800K Housing Units in 10 Years. How Do You Do That?

Gov. Kathy Hochul has pledged to address the state’s housing crisis in the 2023 legislative session. Experts weigh in on the ways she could accomplish her goal.


New York Governor's Race is Closest in Decades

Incumbent Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, eked out a victory against Republican challenger Lee Zeldin. She also became the first woman elected as governor of the state.