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RALPH R. ORTEGA Editor-in-chief

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH, highlighting the struggles and victories of the LGBTQ community. It’s also a time for celebration, most notably marked by New York City’s annual Pride March. However, the Manhattan procession scheduled for June 27 has sparked controversy with its recent decision to ban uniformed police, including LGBTQ cops, until 2025. Cops who’ve marched in the procession for years were upset by the move, which Mayor Bill de Blasio also called a mistake, according to The New York Times. Anyone defending the police will say that it takes courage to come out and wear a uniform within the ranks of an institution where they historically didn’t feel welcome. But don’t lose sight of the march’s original purpose: to protest abusive police tactics used against the LGBTQ community. This procession, after all, was born from the 1969 Stonewall riots. That’s why it may be best to rally behind the group’s decision, which critics of the present-day march had long called for, in addition to wanting less commercialism at the event. Heritage of Pride, the organization that runs the Pride march, cites concerns of violence towards marginalized groups, including escalating attacks on BIPOC and trans communities. “The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason,” the group says on its website. That line keeps the march in perspective. It doesn’t mean that anyone in law enforcement can’t attend the procession. You can still show pride and leave the uniform at home.

CONTENTS FIRST READ … 4 The week that was

UPSTATE MAYORS … 8 Can Democratic incumbents rebuff challenges from the left? LINDSEY BOYLAN … 12

The courage to come forward first

ALBANY POWER 100 … 18

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Chronicling the Capitol’s power structure

WINNERS & LOSERS … 54

Who was up and who was down last week Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown faces a primary opponent who says he’s not progressive enough.


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and Yang questioned over his qualifications. During a particularly tense back and forth between the front-runners, Yang accused Adams of being the subject of multiple corruption investigations, with Adams hitting back on Yang’s lack of participation in municipal elections.

“You can’t run from the city, Andrew, if you want to run the city.” – Eric Adams, in last week’s mayoral debate, to Andrew Yang New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared this the “Summer of NYC” as vaccinations continue and New Yorkers increasingly gather in person.

MAYORAL CANDIDATES DUKE IT OUT IN PERSON Democrats vying to be the next mayor of New York City faced off in a raucous debate, the second of the election cycle, and the first to be held in person. Crime and policing took center stage in the debate METRO CN

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as candidates offered differing views of how to address concerns around raising crime and calls to reform the New York City Police Department. Candidates including Andrew Yang and Ray McGuire reiterated their opposition to the defund movement, with Yang saying that the

NYPD needs to go on a recruitment drive and increase the size of the force. Yang and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, the two frontrunners, bore the brunt of the attacks during the debate, with Adams questioned over his recent support for the return of stop and frisk,

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SERVICE DISRUPTION Cyberattacks have been a costly scourge during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the latest victim of malware. A report revealed that MTA systems were infiltrated in April by suspected Chinese hackers. Although transit officials said no damage was done, the Daily News depicted the massive breach as a new kind of transit heist.

“We all know that you’ve been investigated for corruption everywhere you’ve gone.” – Andrew Yang, firing back at Adams in the debate

ADULT SURVIVORS ACT PASSES IN STATE SENATE

A follow-up to the Child Victims Act made it through the state Senate, one of several bills the chamber passed as the session draws to a close. The Adult Survivors Act is similar to the Child Victims Act – reforming statutes of limitations for sexual assault and creating a look-back window to bring cases. The Adult Survivors Act is for those who were older than 18 when they were abused. The bill has not yet passed in the Assembly. The Sexual Harassment Working Group wrote a letter blasting the Assembly for what they considered stalling this and other recently passed state Senate bills to strengthen sexual harassment laws. The state Senate also passed legislation, introduced after the Cuomo administration reportedly circulated personnel documents about Lindsey Boylan in the wake of her allegations of sexual harassment against the governor, that would outlaw the

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retaliatory release of employees’ personnel files. It still awaits a vote in the Assembly. The upper chamber also passed a slate of gun control legislation, including a 10-day waiting period and a bill that would increase the penalties for illegal gun sales and manufacturing.

OPPOSITION TO COURT OF APPEALS PICK Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced his picks to fill two empty Court of Appeals seats, nominating Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas and state Supreme Court Justice Anthony Cannataro, who is also the administrative judge for the Civil Court of New York City. They now need to

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go to the state Senate for confirmation, but opposition to Singas is brewing among progressives who don’t want to see another career prosecutor on the state’s top court. Left-wing activists are organizing a campaign to convince the state Senate to vote against her confirmation, and it seems to have begun to gain traction. State Sens. Julia Salazar, Gustavo Rivera and Jabari Brisport have already said that they oppose Singas’ nomination and would vote against her. If eight more Democrats join in opposition, they could successfully block her from the Court of Appeals. But for now, her confirmation is moving along as discussions are beginning for the special election to replace her in Nassau County.

Cuomo recently nominated Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas to the state Court of Appeals.

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Will magic mushrooms be legalized next? New York’s move to legalize recreational marijuana earlier this year signaled the state’s shifting perspective on drugs. Already, state lawmakers have introduced legislation to decriminalize psychedelics, such as psilocybin and psilocyn, in addition to decriminalizing the possession of all controlled substances. Both drug policy experts and local politicians feel that these proposals could be adopted as early as the next legislative session based on the state’s softening stance on drugs. The Food and Drug Administration has already given both psychedelics “breakthrough therapy status,” which has allowed scientists and medical professionals to study them for medicinal or psychiatric applications. New York University and Mount Sinai have psychedelic research programs. So far, clinical studies conducted across the U.S. have shown that psychedelics can be extremely effective at treating depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance use issues. “There’s been a sea change in attitudes about what not long ago was considered fringe science,” Michael Pollan, author of a best-selling book on psychedelics, “How to Change Your Mind,” told The New York Times. “Given the mental health crisis in this country, there’s great curiosity and hope about psychedelics.”

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Leading Democratic New York City mayoral candidates make a rare appearance together in-person for a 7 p.m. forum hosted by City & State, PIX11 and the 92nd Street Y.

Liberals. Moderates. Conservatives. All will join City & State for a 5 p.m. virtual event recognizing the Albany Power 100.

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A keynote address by Assembly Member Ron Kim highlights how much prominence he has gained in Albany in recent months.

State Sen. Gustavo Rivera is currently sponsoring several bills to not only decriminalize all controlled substances but to decriminalize the possession of syringes – a Class A misdemeanor in New York – and establish a program to create supervised injection sites. “These are programs that save lives, that meet people in a destigmatized way where they are,” Rivera told City & State. “That is the way that we actually deal with an addiction crisis, we cannot arrest our way out of it – and that has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt for the drug war over the last couple of decades.” While Rivera is grateful for all of the attention and support that drug reforms have received over the past year, he feels most of these efforts would most likely not have happened if white people had not been affected by the growing drug crisis that has plagued Black and brown New Yorkers for years. “I am thankful that now my colleagues are here with me and folks who may have once thought that criminalization was the only way to try to solve the problem,” Rivera said. “Now they view this with a sense of compassion, (they view) individuals who are addicted to drugs with a sense of compassion and think of options for treatment as public health solutions.” – Amanda Luz Henning Santiago

THURSDAY 6/10 The leading Democratic New York City comptroller candidates take the stage in the race’s first official debate from 7-8 p.m. on NY1.


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AFTER SERVING AS NEW YORK CITY MAYOR FOR EIGHT YEARS, BDB CAN EXPLORE SOME OF HIS OTHER PASSIONS. BY CAITLIN DORMAN

WITH ALL THE attention on the Democratic mayoral primary this month, it’s easy to forget that another momentous occasion is upon us: Bill de Blasio is about to be out of a job! Despite what Mike Bloomberg may have told you, New York City mayors are generally only allowed to serve two terms. To lend a helping hand, we came up with some suggestions for de Blasio’s new gig.

FOOD BLOGGER

Eating a Shake Shack burger and fries live at a 10 a.m. press briefing is just the beginning. So many delicious snacks await Bill if he goes down this path. We’re personally looking forward to some Nathan’s hot dog #sponsoredcontent.

HYPE MAN FOR THE NETS

In the words of his own Twitter profile, “dress for the job you want.”

GUEST CORRESPONDENT ON MSNBC What is being a lame-duck politician if not one long audition to be a talking head on cable news? Maybe they’ll even let him become a regular on “Morning Joe.”

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR AT THE PARK SLOPE YMCA

Hizzoner has pledged not to return to his infamous workout spot until the end of his tenure, but all bets are off on Jan. 1, 2022. After holding the highest office in the city, could it be time to pursue something he’s truly passionate about?

STARTING A BAND WITH DAVID PATERSON

Think of all the great songs they could write bashing Cuomo. If de Blasio wants to pick up an instrument, Dan Smith could teach him guitar too.

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A Cuomo versus de Blasio primary is a terrifying prospect, and while we’d be remiss not to include it in our list of unlikely future jobs, we are not obligated to write about it until we absolutely have to. #selfcare

UNDERSTUDY ON 'SESAME STREET' Titles like “Hizzoner” come and go, but even de Blasio admits that nicknames like “Big Bird” are forever. The role of giant yellow avian is currently taken on the show, but it never hurts to have someone waiting in the wings!


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A Q&A with New York City Chief Democracy Officer

If people care about public safety, schools, health care, this is the time for them to be tuning in.

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Are people surprised when they hear the city has a chief democracy officer? Actually, the response has been very positive. I think people are really happy that the administration and the mayor has prioritized voting and elections. We obviously have the Board of Elections, which administers the elections, but this role is really the only one that is truly votercentric and voter-focused.

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What do you think a democratic city looks like? In the rest of the country, but even here in New York, for too many years there have been barriers

in the way of making it easy to vote. Whether it’s a cumbersome voter registration process, making it hard to request an absentee ballot, not providing information in languages other than English or some of the other Voting Rights Act languages. A huge part of the ranked-choice voting campaign is making sure that information and resources are available in multiple languages, that we are working with community-based organizations and other partners to help reach New Yorkers where they are.

What priorities do you have for the $15 million voter outreach initiative? It will enable us to have a very big investment in a citywide media campaign. We are working on a robust TV, radio and print advertising campaign which will include a very significant investment in community and ethnic media. Our TV and radio ads will ultimately be available in up to 10 languages, some of the digital ads and other resources will be available in even more languages

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than that. One thing I would love to call your attention to, it’s an interactive online app that we developed with a company called RankedVote, which actually mimics the New York City ballot and helps New Yorkers practice and understand how rankedchoice voting works. That tool is available in up to 16 languages, and is on our website. I was going to ask whether this was an educational initiative about how RCV works, or if there would be getout-the-vote elements? It sounds like it’s kind of both.

Our view is that those things go hand in hand. We need to educate New Yorkers about how the system works, but a lot of New Yorkers, especially given the past 15 months we’ve had with this pandemic, have so much else on their minds that we also need to reach out directly and remind them of what’s at stake. The primary election will probably determine who the next mayor will be, it will likely determine the other citywide leaders. If people care about public safety, schools, health care, this is the time for them to be tuning in. – Natasha Ishak


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Upstate incumbent mayors face challenges from the left By Justin Sondel

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NCUMBENT MAYORS ARE facing challenges in upstate New York’s four largest cities, and with overwhelmingly Democratic enrollment in Buffalo, Rochester and Albany, the next mayor will likely be decided in the June 22 primary. (Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh is an independent.) All four cities are connected by I-90, and they have a lot in common besides holding local elections in odd years. These races are largely following a pattern found in recent Democratic primaries in New York, especially in New York City: More moderate incumbents are being challenged by opponents who say they have failed to address injustices like police brutality and income inequality. Shana Kushner Gadarian, a political science professor at Syracuse University, said these mayoral races reflect the rise of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. “I think what you’re seeing in upstate is pretty similar to what the discussion is at the national level in the Democratic Party, which is the progressive wing being more prominent than what you’ve seen in the past, and progressive Democrats running quite clearly on being progressive,” she said. In most of the races, the challengers have a steep hill to climb, with the advantages of incumbency – name recognition, fundraising, institutional support – magnified in a low turnout, off-year election cycle.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is seeking a fifth term.

One difference between the mayoral races in these upstate cities and some of the congressional races where upsets have played out, or even in the Democratic primary in New York City’s mayoral race, is that while some of the bigger national issues like police accountability and health care disparities will play a significant role in the campaigns, so too will hyperlocal issues like snow removal. Gadarian, who has hosted a virtual meetand-greet event and donated to the campaign of Syracuse Common Councilor-at-Large Michael Greene, one of the mayoral candidates, said that the issue of city sidewalk maintenance and snow removal could resonate with primary voters. A measure to expand a program to repair sidewalks and remove snow from walkways throughout the city was recently introduced by Greene and voted down by the council. “Those are the kinds of things that local politics can actually help with,” she said. With the primary almost here, candidates are out pushing their messages on issues big and small, hoping to get their supporters to the polls. BUFFALO In New York’s second-largest city, history will be made one way or another. Mayor Byron Brown, who became the first Black mayor in the city’s history with his 2005 victory, would now become the first fiveterm mayor if he is able to beat his challengers. But he will have to fend off a strong campaign from community activist India

Walton. If she or the lesser known political newcomer Le’Candice Durham, also running for the Democratic nomination, were to pull off what would be a significant upset, either would become the first woman elected to the city’s highest office. With almost 16 years as Buffalo’s top elected official, Brown’s name is universally known in town and he has a deep war chest. In the pre-primary filing, Brown reported raising $178,000 for the period and spending nearly $75,000, leaving him with almost $275,000 on hand going into the final weeks of the race. He also has the backing, financially and institutionally, of the Erie County Democratic Party and a finely tuned political apparatus, one that includes many loyal city workers who have done well under his reign. Walton has stepped up her fundraising game recently, with her pre-primary filing showing more than $38,000 spent so far this year and another $53,000 on hand. While impressive amounts for a political newcomer, they are dwarfed by Brown’s. The mayor touts his record on economic development, pointing to additions to the downtown area such as the new children’s museum and the Harborcenter hockey complex and the public amenities now available at Canalside. He also boasts of the police reforms that have been implemented in recent years, including the formation of a pilot program that partners mental health professionals with police officers when responding to mental health calls and the issuance of body cameras across the department. The mayor said Buffalo was experienc-


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But are there enough progressives in these cities to topple them?

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ing “something of a renaissance” before the pandemic. “I want to build that back better than before, and make sure that the prosperity that was rising in the city reaches every single neighborhood in the city of Buffalo,” Brown told City & State. But he has also faced a litany of problems. In the protests that followed George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, a septuagenarian was shoved to the ground by police as they moved to clear the remnants of a protest. The elderly man’s head bouncing off the ground sent him to the hospital for a month. When the police department first made a statement about the incident, they claimed the man, Martin Gugino, had tripped, putting out a press release before a video showing the shove was posted to the local NPR affiliate’s website. The video and the ugly fallout with the police union after officers were charged by the Erie County District

“Rhetoric, talking, making promises, it doesn’t work when you’re the incumbent, when you’re the officeholder.” – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown

Attorney made international headlines. The two officers who pushed Gugino were suspended without pay, and Brown took heat from the police union, a powerful entity in city politics, after criticizing members of the department’s emergency response team, who all resigned from the special events unit in protest of the suspensions. And before the murder of Floyd, a string of deaths during interactions with the Buffalo police drove a movement among activists and other city leaders for reforms. The city’s fiscal health is among the worst in the country, in part due to poor budgeting practices – inflated revenue projections, using spending reserves to fill budget holes – according to a financial analysis published in the National Tax Journal. The mayor noted in an interview with City & State that he urged federal officials like U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to secure money for cities suffering shortfalls because of the pandemic. However, those one-shot funds will not address the city’s underlying fiscal issues. Brown has often touted downtown development, but has been criticized for a lack of development in some of Buffalo’s economically struggling neighborhoods. And while the mayor has not been accused of any crimes, federal agents raided City Hall in 2019, taking carts of boxes with them. Walton, a registered nurse, community activist and organizer, who has compared herself to Rep. Cori Bush, the first-term member of Congress from St. Louis who excited progressives nationwide with her 2020

campaign and is also a registered nurse and organizer. A single mother of four, Walton spent last summer rallying crowds with stirring speeches on police reform, expanding affordable housing opportunities and access to health care. She challenged the mayor on his assertions that he has handled the scrutiny of the police department and the pandemic well. “I think a lot of people feel like I feel: tired – tired of waiting for real leadership,” Walton told City & State. She views Brown as vulnerable, with voter fatigue setting in, pointing to a lack of progress on some of Buffalo’s most intractable issues, like persistently high levels of poverty and segregation. “Why do we keep giving you more chances?” Walton said of Brown. “You had 16 years and our community still looks this way.” Brown defended his record on creating opportunity in the city, pointing to state investment in the Northland Workforce Training Center, a sprawling high tech manufacturing training center that graduates hundreds of students a year, about half of them people of color, with average starting salaries upward of $45,000. “Rhetoric, talking, making promises, it doesn’t work when you’re the incumbent, when you’re the officeholder,” Brown said. “People want to see the work getting done from the officeholder.” Walton and Durham must also contend with the widespread perception that Buffalo is enjoying a renaissance, a narrative that has been pushed by Brown, Gov. Andrew


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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren trails her primary opponent in the polls.

ROCHESTER The bad news just keeps coming for Mayor Lovely Warren. The two-term incumbent has had a year to forget, and when her house was raided by state police last month – part of an investigation into her estranged husband Timothy Granison, who was arrested on May 19 on gun and drug charges – it was just the latest in a long list of scandals. After news broke that state police were searching her home, Warren held an extraordinary press conference in which she recounted personal and professional hardships from what she described as her “Job year,” referencing the biblical parable, before calling into question the timing of the search and her husband’s court date the

day before the primary. Now her reelection is in peril. A WROC/ Emerson College poll conducted just after her husband’s arrest found that Warren trails her primary opponent, City Council Member Malik Evans, by 10 percentage points. Warren rode a progressive message to her historic victory in 2013, becoming the first woman mayor of Rochester. In a series of videos recently released on the city’s website in lieu of a State of the City speech, Warren touts progress on the expansion of affordable housing availability, police reforms and economic development. Like Brown, she has been under the microscope for her handling of police issues. In September 2020, an investigation authorized by the City Council found police had suppressed video from the death of Daniel Prude, a man having a mental health episode who died after police pinned him to the ground with a “spit hood” over his head, and that Warren lied when she claimed at a press conference she hadn’t learned about Prude until August when she reportedly spoke to then-Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary on the day it happened in March. In a statement at the time, Counsel to the city of Rochester Carrie Cohen blamed any mayoral misstatements on Warren being misled by Singletary. “At all times, Mayor Warren spoke based on the facts known to her at the time,” Cohen said. In the months that followed, police pepper-sprayed a handcuffed 9-year-old girl and tackled a mother to the ground and pepper-sprayed her in front of her toddler. Although Rochester recently created

Warren held an extraordinary press conference in which she recounted personal and professional hardships from what she described as her “Job year.”

a non-police mental health emergency response team, they were not dispatched to the scene. Police bodycam footage of all these incidents accompanied news stories that made their way around the globe. This all comes on top of Warren’s own legal troubles. The mayor was indicted on charges of state campaign finance violations in October for allegedly using a political action committee to exceed campaign contribution limits. Warren and her co-defendants pleaded not guilty and the mayor maintains her innocence. Despite all that, Evans is trying to unseat her without the support of Monroe County Democrats. Warren secured the local county party’s endorsement earlier this year.

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Cuomo and other city, county and state leaders, as ice rinks and hotels went up in a previously dead downtown. Brown has fended off previous challengers, but none of them were leaders of the progressive movement. Walton points to her endorsement from the Working Families Party – the first time that Brown has not received the WFP’s support – as a sign that change is afoot. Durham, a city employee who lists Brown as a role model on her campaign website, is running on a platform of making City Hall more engaged with the public, supporting community groups and development on the east side of Buffalo, a part of the city that has suffered from disinvestment for decades. Brown has been a dominant force in Western New York politics for a long time, but the political winds are shifting.


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“We really have to work to try to rebuild trust with the community,” Evans said. And that message is not only resonating with potential voters, but with donors as well. While Warren has been outspending Evans so far, the candidates pre-primary filings show that Evans has outraised Warren during the filing period, reporting $83,000 in contributions to her $75,000. Still, all but one of Warren’s large donors are sticking by her or declining to criticize her publicly. Warren’s campaign did not make the mayor available for an interview by the time of publication. Evans stressed that police accountability and reform are necessary moving forward. But he also made it clear that he believes residents in all neighborhoods need to be able to work with police to make the city safer for everyone. “We see public safety as both an economic issue as well as a social justice issue,” Evans said. “It’s an economic issue because people will not want to relocate to Rochester to start their business or maintain their business if they see that there’s crime, but also that there’s unrest between the police department and the citizens.”

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levels of government, Democrats and Republicans alike. He said that spirit is also reflected in what he called the most diverse government in Syracuse history. “Our vision is for Syracuse to be a growing city that embraces diversity and creates opportunity for all,” he said in an interview with City & State. Meanwhile, two Democrats, Greene and fellow city Councilor Khalid Bey, are competing for the Democratic line. The winner of this contest will be Walsh’s biggest obstacle to a second term in the general election. Walsh, the scion of a legendary family of Central New York Republicans, has governed as a centrist, more progressive on social issues, who is tied into the business community. Walsh’s business connections, family name and incumbency make him a formidable fundraiser. Greene, a Cornell-educated real estate executive who worked for the Port Authority of New York before returning to his home town in 2016, gained the Onondaga County Democrats’ endorsement earlier this year. While Greene has found room to work

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh touts his status as an Independent.

SYRACUSE The most complicated of the races, Syracuse will see its first independent mayor in over a century try to defend his seat. Ben Walsh, who won election on two minor party lines, the Independence and Reform parties, in 2017, has collected the signatures he needs to secure the Indepence Party line again. Walsh touted his ability to work with officials from all parties and communities, saying his status as an independent has allowed him to bring people together from all neighborhoods in the city and all

with Walsh on some issues, he believes the mayor to be too timid in his approach to economic development, criticizing the mayor for being too supportive of generous tax breaks for developers. “You’ll see from me a little bit more of an economic populism.” In response, Walsh said he has asked the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency to review its criteria for granting tax breaks in an effort to tighten restrictions on tax breaks for developers. “We’re always going to try to be supportive of businesses,” Walsh said. “But you always want to strike

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that right balance and never provide benefits that would be considered excessive.” Greene proposes to work with developers to create more affordable housing, create a community land trust – a city run organization that will buy and manage vacant and neglected property – and to reform city zoning laws. Bey, who has written several motivational books and spent time as a recording artist before being elected to the Council in 2004, told the Syracuse Post-Standard that his top priorities are providing opportunities for the chronically unemployed and improving the city’s housing stock. “I believe in the promise of the city,” he told the newspaper. “I think we have potential we haven’t even realized yet.” Two Republicans, economist Janet Burman and attorney Thomas Babilon, will fight for the GOP line, but Syracuse hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1997. ALBANY Mayor Kathy Sheehan is seeking a third term, but will have to fight for the Democratic nomination with the Rev. Valerie Faust. Sheehan, who has the backing of the Albany County Democrats, is touting her record on investments in infrastructure and parks and on police reform. “I believe that experience matters, and I also wasn’t able to accomplish things that we thought we were going to get done this year because of COVID, and I want to really see those things through, so I’ve decided that I am running again,” Sheehan told the Albany Business Review when announcing her run for reelection last year. Like other upstate mayors, Sheehan and her police department have faced scrutiny. In April, local civil rights leaders criticized the mayor and the police after a group of protestors were cleared from an encampment near a police station, resulting in a clash. At a press conference where police body cam footage was shared, Sheehan compared the protestors to the crowd that stormed the Capital on Jan. 6, comments she later apologized for. Faust is making her third bid for mayor after defeats in 2009 and 2013. She believes that she has a better shot now, because so little has changed for the better during Sheehan’s time in office, she told WAMC, the local NPR affiliate. “My stump speech and all of my concerns I used in 2009, I could still use today,” Faust told the radio station. “And that was because nothing really changed. And some things had gotten worse.” Republican radio host Alicia Purdy and comedian Greg Aidala are also running.

Justin Sondel is a freelance reporter in Buffalo.


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the Lindsey Boylan spoke out against Cuomo when he was at the height of his political power, giving other women the confidence to come forward. By Rebecca C. Lewis Photograph by Emily Assiran

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HEN LINDSEY BOYLAN drafted a series of tweets in December alleging that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed her, she had no idea what impacts her decision would ultimately have. She didn’t know whether another woman would join her in publicly sharing her own stories. “I couldn’t ask another woman to go through the most terrible experience of her life, which is kind of what it was,” Boylan told City & State with a dry laugh. In December, Cuomo was one of the most popular Democrats in the country. He had graced television screens nationwide on a daily basis at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. His popularity and approval ratings hit all-time highs, and he exuded a paternalistic sense of control those shaken by the pandemic craved. That fact was on Boylan’s mind when she tweeted on Dec. 13 about her time working in his administration from 2015 to 2018. “Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched,” Boylan wrote. Although the governor faced scrutiny at the time over allegations of bullying tactics and whether he was concealing the true number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing

homes, his many other scandals – including details around his $5 million pandemic book deal and expedited coronavirus testing for those close to him – had not yet truly broken open.“I’m in the car with my family, my husband’s driving,” Boylan said. “I don’t say a word. I just start the tweets.” She was one lone woman, saying that she had been harassed by the most powerful man in the state coming off his most popular year on record. “Those initial tweets, on some level, (were) an extremely self-destructive thing to do.” The semi-impulsive declaration opened her up to a barrage of questions from a press she wasn’t yet ready to talk to, and placed her in the crosshairs of an administration known to quickly and effectively quash opposition. Boylan said that if it was just her, a politician who ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress last year and who is currently running in a competitive race for Manhattan borough president, Cuomo might have been able move past the scandal as he has done with other political disasters like the Buffalo Billion corruption case involving some members of his administration or his handling of the Moreland Commission. As a public figure, Boylan said she knew she was “fair game” to attempt to discredit. Hours after


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her first tweet, personnel documents about Boylan were leaked to the press that painted her as a bully who left the administration under a cloud of leadership complaints. The leak was reportedly orchestrated by Cuomo and his allies. Cuomo aides also reportedly called around to former staffers in an attempt to discredit Boylan, and even drafted a letter to the same effect they never released. The administration has denied planning to discredit Boylan. It was a nightmare, and she knew it would be. At the time, rumors had spread that then-President-elect Joe Biden was considering Cuomo for U.S. attorney general. That was part of the reason Boylan chose to speak out when she did – the idea that her alleged abuser may wind up in the most powerful law enforcement position in the country seemed abhorrent to her. The other reason was another young woman who Boylan says reached out to her. Before tweeting about Cuomo’s alleged harassment, Boylan had publicly described the administration as the most toxic work environment she’d ever experienced. Boylan said the woman reached out to share her story of harassment while working for the governor. “I kind of blamed and shamed myself, but then when I heard her tell a story that had all these similar notes, I knew she wasn’t to blame,” Boylan said. She says she felt a degree of responsibility for the young woman, and a degree of guilt, for having experienced similar harassment but doing nothing to prevent it from happening to others. “Not only did I feel like I had to do something, but I also just felt like she gave me a new perspective just by telling me her story.” Thanks to that woman, Boylan realized what would eventually become common knowledge: She wasn’t the only one with allegations.

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FTER HER TWEETS about sexual harassment in December, Boylan seemed to go radio silent. She didn’t give any interviews or expand on her claims, and her allegation fizzled out of the collective consciousness. But behind the scenes, she was “forensically” putting together a timeline of events, ensuring that she had dates right and evidence to support her claims. She hired a lawyer – she said she’s spent more on legal fees than on business school – and carefully drafted her Medium post, offering up just what she felt she could back up with evidence. “I felt the onus of representing when women come forward,” Boylan said. “You feel like you have to do it right, like there’s a big responsibility.” Her essay included screenshots of contemporaneous texts and emails about the alleged harassment, and dates

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Boylan lost her long shot bid to unseat Rep. Jerry Nadler last year. She’s currently running for Manhattan borough president. Right, Boylan with her daughter Vivienne.

of specific alleged inappropriate behavior, like when she said the governor suggested they play strip poker or when she said he kissed her on the mouth without consent. “I think it’s really important that we acknowledge the fact that if Lindsey did not do that, the dam also would not have broken,” said state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, a Bronx Democrat and a frequent critic of Cuomo who also used to work for him. Boylan’s decision to elaborate on her experiences gained traction. On Feb. 24, the day her Medium post was published, another former Cuomo aide, Charlotte Bennett, retweeted the essay, adding, “For those wondering what it’s like to work for the Cuomo admin, read @LindseyBoylan’s story.” A reporter from The New York Times who saw the tweet reached out to Bennett, and she agreed to share her own story of working for Cuomo. “Seeing Lindsey’s story was a huge factor in my decision to come forward,” Bennett told The New Yorker in March. Like Boylan, she too described a sense of responsibility to come forward, both to validate Boylan and to make others feel safe enough to talk about alleged harassment as well. Soon after Bennett came Ana Liss, another former Cuomo staffer who went on the record with The Wall Street Journal.

More women, including past aides, current staffers and journalists, came forward to share their experiences. “I have such love and appreciation – ever-increasing love and appreciation – for these other women because they were like, ‘No, no, no. What she’s saying is what I experienced,’” Boylan said. Multiple outlets, including The Washington Post and New York magazine, published deeply reported pieces about the general work environment of the Cuomo administration, one many described as toxic and verbally abusive. Biaggi shared text screenshots with New York from an interaction she had with a top Cuomo adviser in which the aide told Biaggi, “You’re both full of shit and a pretty terrible person” after Biaggi wrote a critical tweet about the governor. “I was very proud of (Boylan) because I know how hard it is to speak out against that administration,” said Biaggi, who was among a small group of female lawmakers who were also famously called “fucking idiots” by another top Cuomo aide. Now, Cuomo can’t avoid the allegations. State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the claims, having already subpoenaed several women. The Assembly is conducting an impeachment inquiry into

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the harassment claims and other scandals. It’s still within the realm of possibility that the governor could be impeached, a dethroning of King Andrew that seemed unthinkable just a year ago. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without being destroyed if so many other women hadn’t come forward earlier, fighting for some other incremental change,” Boylan said. In New York, the conversation began to shift in 2019 when the state Legislature held its first hearing on sexual harassment in decades. “We normalized the conversation around harassment and abuse in a way that made people feel comfortable enough to speak about it on a regular basis instead of hiding from it,” said Biaggi, who led those hearings. They happened in large part due to the advocacy of the Sexual Harassment Working Group. Made up of past legislative staffers who have experienced or have reported sexual harassment in Albany, the group formed in 2018 to push for changes in state law to make it easier for victims to come forward and to create a more accountable Albany. By the end of the session, the state had passed landmark sexual harassment laws, including one that created a less burdensome standard for women and others to prove they faced discrimination.

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asking about her romantic life, whether she’d date an older man (Cuomo was 62) and describing his own willingness to date women in their 20s (she was 25). Before that, only a handful of Republican lawmakers had said Cuomo should resign in response to Boylan’s Medium post detailing her own account. But as more women began to come forward, more lawmakers began to call on Cuomo to resign, with others calling for impeachment. The insider said while all the scandals facing the governor were bad, the sexual harassment allegations were more “explosive” which led to the mass resignation calls. A turning point came on March 10, when the Times Union published the story of an anonymous current staffer who said Cuomo groped her last year, the most egregious of the allegations that had come to light. Within a matter of days, both of New York’s U.S. senators, most of its Democratic House delegation and state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins had called on the governor to resign. “I maybe was surprised how quickly the two senators, the New York senators, did it,” Boylan said. “And I was appreciative.” During this time, Cuomo was avoiding questions from the press. He only took questions through Zoom or conference calls where he could control who asked the questions. Cuomo repeatedly denied the allegations made against him and often would decline to answer questions by citing the ongoing investigations, giving little opportunity for reporters to attempt a follow-up. And he prevented the press from attending in-person events where he would surround himself with friends and allies who would praise him as he made sweeping new COVID-19 proclamations without scrutiny from the media. Many began to notice a relationship between an update in one of the many scandals and a new positive announcement, often around easing of pandemic restrictions. “It’s a weird dynamic in some respects, because people will say to me, ‘Oh, thanks for getting restaurants open 50%,’ like in a joking (way),” Boylan said. When he finally let the press attend events in person again on April 26, the first question Cuomo faced was about sexual harassment, posed by a capital reporter who hadn’t been allowed to ask a question in months. The scandal was not fading away, despite months of dodging and redirects. The allegations were also coming out during budget season, when the governor is traditionally at his most powerful and has immense control over the process. But it started off rocky for Cuomo when the Legislature legalized recreational marijuana outside of the budget in March. Many legalization advocates considered Cuomo to be the main roadblock to legalization,

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never willing to apply pressure on holdouts. Yet in the wake of multiple women saying he harassed them, the Legislature effectively outmaneuvered him and got their own version passed. “The governor’s presence and power is pervasive in a way that it’s very hard to do anything … with-

out the governor being involved,” Biaggi said. But the allegations had managed to weaken him in ways never before seen. “(That they) proved, I think, to a significant number of New Yorkers that he is not the all-powerful, untouchable leader that he holds himself out to be, is a remarkable,

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remarkable thing,” Biaggi said. Cuomo’s weakened position from the sexual harassment allegations and other scandals translated into the budget negotiations too. The final budget was much larger than he had originally proposed, included new tax hikes on the wealthy

that he had opposed, fully funded Foundation Aid for underserved schools after a yearslong fight, and created a large fund to provide cash payments to unemployed people not eligible for unemployment benefits, which he also opposed. Most of his priorities fell out of the final budget, leaving mobile sports betting and low-cost broadband as the two main items he championed that made it through the budget season. Although he has repeatedly praised the budget as “the most complicated and the most ambitious” in years, he signed it without the usual pomp and circumstance that usually accompanies the celebration of his budget victories. Now he’s returned to making grand announcements – the timetable for long-awaited Metro-North stations in the Bronx, a $5 million lottery to encourage people to get vaccinated, and the return of arts, culture and sports. “The voters elected the Governor to do a job and he’s doing it – passing the budget we need to get this state through the pandemic, ensuring that much-needed infrastructure projects such as East Side Access are getting done and done on time, and – most importantly – moving heaven and earth to get as many shots in arms as possible,” said Cuomo senior adviser Rich Azzopardi in an email response to a series of questions about the sexual harassment allegations, reported retaliation against Boylan and the governor’s weakened political position. “We’ll leave the palace intrigue

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HROUGH ALL THIS, though, Cuomo is still in power. While he has been held accountable to some degree in the court of public opinion, he has not yet faced any form of official penalty for his alleged actions. Investigations are ongoing, leaving the governor, his alleged victims and observers in something of a state of limbo. Boylan and some of the others view the Assembly probe as a politically motivated stalling tactic from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, buying time for Cuomo rather than simply moving forward with bringing the articles of impeachment. “That would inherently have staying power because (Cuomo) would almost certainly be impeached and convicted if it was ever brought to a vote,” the Albany insider said when asked whether the sexual harassment allegations might stick in ways previous Cuomo administration scandals did not. Everyone now is simply waiting to see what might come of James’ report. Cuomo has said he’s eager to tell his “side of the story,” and that he’s confident it will set the record straight. In the meantime, a Legislature emboldened by Cuomo’s weakened state and by their supermajorities is moving on an agenda at least partly inspired by the numerous scandals the governor is facing. More sexual harassment reforms included as part of the Sexual Harassment Working Group’s legislative priorities for the year recently made their way through the state Senate, as did legislation to reform the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the state’s embattled ethics watchdog that approved Cuomo’s controversial $5 million COVID-19 book deal. JCOPE is also notoriously slow in addressing sexual harassment complaints – it still hasn’t held a hearing on a sexual harassment complaint about former state Sen. Jeff Klein well over three years later (Klein has denied the allegations). “(These women’s) voices have taken the venom out of speaking out against the governor,” Biaggi said of the impact that his alleged victims have had in making additional legislative change possible. Boylan feels confident that Cuomo will face accountability in some way, although she wouldn’t speculate about whether that might come in the form of impeachment, a lost election or something else. But she said her words and the words of the other women, both those who have spoken publicly and those who have given private testimony, will stick to the governor. “This is not going to go away,” Boylan said. “We’re not going away.”


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N M A R C H , as he faced more calls to resign, scandal-plagued Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to paint himself as an outsider, claiming that he’s “not part of the political club.” The assertion didn’t make much sense. Since taking office in 2011, Cuomo has dominated state politics by combining an unmatched understanding of how to exert power in Albany, a no-holds-barred approach to governing and an obsession with conquering any potential rival. Since City & State launched its annual Albany Power 100 list in 2013, Cuomo has ranked No. 1 every single year. (In 2019, we even depicted Cuomo as the all-powerful supervillain Thanos.) However, for the first time in over a decade, Cuomo is not only under threat but at risk of being deposed. While he has held on, he has not been his usual formidable self following a series of sexual harassment and abuse allegations, and the opening of multiple

investigations into those and other claims of misconduct. Cuomo’s vulnerabilty has reverberated through Albany, with progressives smelling blood and Cuomo loyalists in retreat. This year’s Albany Power 100 reflects these disruptions to the state Capitol’s power structure. After much internal debate, we opted to omit from this list the women who have accused the governor of sexual assault and harassment – because while they have undoubtedly altered the status quo in Albany, they made the brave choice to come forward with their stories in pursuit of justice, not influence. The Albany Power 100 does highlight many prolific lawmakers, key commissioners, leaders of major businesses, nonprofits and labor unions, outspoken advocates and activists – and a new No. 1.


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Letitia James, left, is the state attorney general and Andrea StewartCousins, right, is the state Senate majority leader.

1 Letitia James

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Letitia James upended the status quo in Albany when she released a report in January that showed the Cuomo administration undercounted COVID-19 nursing home deaths. Then, two months later, she ordered an independent probe into sexual harassment allegations against the governor. James, who has sought to ensure the attorneys she appointed to review the complaints will do so without bias, is also investigating former

President Donald Trump, taking on the National Rifle Association and pressing for more police reforms.

2 Andrew Cuomo GOVERNOR

As coronavirus cases skyrocketed last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed steady and statesmanlike – especially as other leaders bumbled their way through the crisis. But after gaining a national audience for his daily COVID-19 briefings, Cuomo’s fortunes have turned. Investigations into sexual abuse claims,

Heastie has been overseeing the Cuomo impeachment inquiry.

obfuscation of COVID-19 nursing home deaths and other alleged misconduct have weakened the governor, who ceded to legislators on matters ranging from recreational marijuana legalization to tax hikes on the wealthy. So far, he has rebuffed calls to resign.

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recreational marijuana and hiked taxes on the wealthy. She raised eyebrows for appearing with the governor in her Yonkers district in April – and promptly called again for him to resign.

4 Carl Heastie

Andrea ASSEMBLY SPEAKER Stewart-Cousins Carl Heastie has been STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

State Sen. Andrea StewartCousins’ call for the governor to resign in response to multiple sexual harassment allegations could mark the beginning of the end of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decadelong reign. With a vetoproof majority, she has also re-established herself as a progressive leader as she boosted aid for education and undocumented immigrants, legalized

more cautious than his state Senate counterpart in pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down. The Bronx politician urged the governor to “seriously consider” his ability to lead the state, while launching impeachment proceedings whose scope has gone beyond harassment claims. The inquiry could take months, but Heastie may have the votes to impeach with support from both parties. Meanwhile, his

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5 Chuck Schumer U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

It’s Charles in charge. The senior senator from New York ascended to leadership in the U.S. Senate in January, thanks to two long-shot runoff victories in Georgia that gave Democrats 50 seats, and a tie-breaking vote by the vice president. The Brooklyn lawmaker has since teamed up with President Joe Biden to force through a $1.9 trillion relief measure, and is strategizing on a similarly sized infrastructure bill Chuck Schumer is the U.S. Senate majority leader.

Biden and Schumer delivered billions in federal funds to New York, saving the state’s budget. that would pour even more money into New York.

6 Joe Biden PRESIDENT

President Joe Biden advised his old friend Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign if sexual harassment and abuse allegations are confirmed true through an investigation. Biden’s administration has emphasized that the women who accused Cuomo of misconduct should be heard and respected. If that’s a mixed bag for the governor, the White House has been

billion in aid for the state. Regardless, DiNapoli is still concerned about sales tax revenue, which fell 3.9% in the first quarter this year as the state reopens.

helping New York as a whole with the $1.9 trillion relief package delivering billions of dollars to the state, and a pending infrastructure plan that could fund badly needed upgrades and investments.

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Michael Gianaris

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STATE SENATE DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADER

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa has stood by the governor’s side as the state navigated the earliest stages of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic as well as the severe economic slowdown it brought to New York. While cases are plummeting and the state is reopening, DeRosa has turned to defending her boss as he faces the toughest stretch of his decade-long tenure. Despite the rough period, DeRosa continues to be the governor’s top point person in pushing his agenda in Albany and throughout the state.

8 Thomas DiNapoli STATE COMPTROLLER

The coronavirus pandemic ballooned the state’s budget gap to $15 billion in January, thanks to state tax receipts that were $2.8 billion below 2019 levels. But the economy slowly rebounded, and Thomas DiNapoli revealed that receipts were $1.7 billion higher than estimated earlier this year while the government kicked in $23

When all the ballots were counted for last year’s election, it soon became clear that a blue wave had created a Democratic supermajority in the state Senate. Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, who also heads up the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, helps run a conference that now can threaten to override any veto. His conference has demanded tax hikes on the wealthy, unemployment benefits for undocumented immigrants and more school aid in the state budget. The Queens senator was also an early voice calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign following sexual harassment allegations.

10 Crystal Peoples-Stokes ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER

Crystal Peoples-Stokes reached a career milestone in March when the state legalized recreational marijuana after her almost decade-long campaign to decriminalize it. The Buffalo lawmaker struck the deal

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conference notched several major budget victories such as; an excluded workers fund to aid undocumented immigrants, increased school aid and funding for COVID-19 recovery and relief.

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that steers 40% of pot revenue to communities impacted by the drug war, and added a provision to the budget requiring nursing homes to increase staffing. She’s a key voice in the governor’s impeachment inquiry, having co-written a letter against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s immediate resignation.

Betty Rosa is the state Education Department commissioner.

number that represents the expense of both treating COVID-19 patients, and delaying non-essential surgeries and medical procedures. Acknowledging the looming crisis, the state dropped $600 million in cuts to health care spending from the budget – which hasn’t deterred Raske from pushing for more federal aid.

11 Betty Rosa COMMISSIONER STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

12 Elizabeth Garvey ACTING COUNSEL TO THE GOVERNOR

Beth Harvey is a key defender of Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he faces intense scrutiny over his alleged workplace misconduct, and counting of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. Garvey reportedly clashed with

15 George Gresham PRESIDENT 1199SEIU nursing home operators over vaccine shipments in March, and defended the governor from sexual harassment allegations made by multiple current and former aides. She has also looked into the legal questions surrounding a possible mandate requiring college students to receive shots, and expanded the eligibility of vaccines to state prisoners.

tuition support and operating aid for SUNY while freezing tuition rates. Securing hazard pay for teaching hospital staff, and reopening campuses by the fall with a vaccine mandate in place for students are among his current challenges.

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Jim Malatras

PRESIDENT GREATER NEW YORK HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

CHANCELLOR STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

The longtime aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was appointed to lead the state’s large public university system last summer after serving on the governor’s COVID-19 task force. Jim Malatras leveraged his Cuomo ties to ensure more

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In the year-plus since the pandemic first began ravaging New York, Kenneth Raske has sought to reduce the financial burdens state hospitals racked up through the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. Raske has estimated the coronavirusdriven cost to hospitals could reach $25 billion – a

Last year, George Gresham clashed with state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker for the lack of personal protective equipment available for nurses and health care workers during the pandemic. Gresham has successfully pressed for safe staffing legislation which ensures hospitals and nursing homes maintain enough workers to properly care for patients. His next big challenge may involve convincing reluctant union members to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

16 Michael Dowling PRESIDENT AND CEO NORTHWELL HEALTH

As the pace of new COVID-19 cases slowed down, Northwell Health took steps to address the longterm repercussions of the

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Former Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa has brought stability to the state Education Department since becoming its third commissioner in the past two years. Since Rosa’s interim title was removed, she’s wrestled with the U.S. Department of Education, which denied a request to postpone state testing for grades three through eight. She also became an advocate for emphasizing diversity and inclusion instruction in school curricula.


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pandemic. Under Michael Dowling’s leadership, Northwell Health opened a traumatic stress center for health care workers, and launched a nationwide gun violence prevention initiative. The longtime leader of the major hospital system has also served as a trusted adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo through the worst of the public health crisis.

institutions – to battle the deadly public health threat. But in recent months, the efforts of Zucker and the Cuomo administration have come into question. Reports that political considerations trumped the assessments of agency experts, and evidence that Cuomo insiders had priority access to state-provided COVID-19 testing both drew criticism.

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COVID-19 spikes and severe teacher shortages. When New York City altered the two-case rule to keep schools open longer, Mulgrew urged the state Department of Health to override it. His union is also putting its muscle behind a number of New York City candidates this cycle.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been positively giddy lately, and not only because his term is wrapping up. After being bullied by the governor for his entire two terms, the lame-duck mayor rebuked his former Howard Zucker is the state health commissioner.

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19 Kathy Hochul LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

There was no shortage of palace intrigue during the Ides of March this year. For a brief moment that month – when stories about the governor’s harassment allegations further broke – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul profiles appeared in droves, complete with insiders speculating what a Hochul governorship would look like. Hochul insisted that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s accusers will be taken seriously, and has been ducking questions while allies quietly made known she would run next year if Cuomo were to resign.

20 Michael Mulgrew PRESIDENT UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

The powerful teachers’ union leader has played a key role in setting school safety protocols throughout the pandemic. Michael Mulgrew has been instrumental in negotiating a hybrid learning system amid multiple

Ever since he took office over a decade ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has exerted maximum control over the state budget. In 2016, the governor brought on Robert Mujica, a savvy former state Senate Republican staffer who has brought invaluable experience and insight as he assists in drafting and negotiating the annual spending plan. However, as the political winds shifted this year, state legislators have clawed back some budget power – most notably by raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest residents.

22 Pat Foye CHAIR AND CEO METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

It seemed all but certain that the MTA’s pandemic-crushed fiscal outlook for 2021 would mean devastating cuts, but the prospects for Pat Foye’s agency are now looking up thanks to a $6 billion infusion from the American Rescue Plan. The long-sought relief will allow Foye to call off a wage freeze and most service cuts. It also means he can turn his attention back to a $54 billion capital investment plan – something he says was made possible by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newfound goodwill toward the agency.

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When the coronavirus pandemic hit New York, Dr. Howard Zucker relied on his impressive training and experience – at the White House, the World Health Organization and leading health care and academic

friend’s alleged workplace behavior as “grotesque” and “perverse,” and said he should resign to “save lives.” He’s even subtly entertained a long-shot gubernatorial bid next year, and has been reopening schools and iconic tourist destinations in the meantime.


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allowed offices to increase capacity to 75% starting mid-May after she warned the real estate sector was in “deep trouble” during the pandemic. Wylde has plenty of other short and long-term concerns about the city’s future. She wants more police to make commuting safer after a spate of subway crimes, and worries that companies could threaten to leave due to higher taxes.

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23 Rick Cotton EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY

After surviving one of the state’s earliest known bouts of COVID-19, Rick Cotton has steered the Port Authority out of $3 billion in losses over a two-year period due to travel shutdowns. Delta’s Terminal 4 expansion at John F. Kennedy International Airport will be scaled back, and air travel is only at

around 40% of pre-pandemic levels. Bridge traffic has rebounded nicely, restoration of the George Washington Bridge continues and Stewart Airport is adding more nonstop flights for suburban travelers.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand may finally be gaining headway on her longstanding campaign to reduce sexual assault in the armed forces by getting Republicans to sign on to her legislation that would take such cases out of the chain of command. The state’s junior senator is also backing the White House’s infrastructure plan, as well as measures to cut prescription drug costs and lower the threshold for Medicare buy-ins to age 50. She also plans to secure $175 million for towns impacted by Indian Point’s closure.

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DiFiore is the state’s top judge, and she has a plan to restructure the courts.

27 Janet DiFiore CHIEF JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS AND THE STATE OF NEW YORK

Janet DiFiore has leaned into her influence as the state’s top judge to address systemic issues that have only become more urgent during the coronavirus pandemic. Her latest effort would amend the state constitution to allow for a restructuring of the court system. The goal? Boosting diversity in the courts, and addressing issues of accessibility and institutional racism. With two openings on the state Court of Appeals, she’ll soon be welcoming a pair of new associate judges to the state’s highest court.

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Senate supermajority, then mobilized against a proposed pied-à-terre tax citing its potential adverse effects on members. Kyle Bragg has since focused on organizing airport workers for a fair contract, and has questioned a legislative effort to let gig workers collectively bargain but still not be classified as employees. Bragg has also held off on calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid sexual harassment allegations, giving the governor some breathing room.

26 Kyle Bragg PRESIDENT 32BJ SEIU

The large building services workers union 32BJ SEIU celebrated the Democrats’ new state

Donna Frescatore STATE MEDICAID DIRECTOR

Lawmakers were initially dismayed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal reduced hospital budgets by 1% while extending the open enrollment period on its health care marketplace to March 31. In response,

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29 Mario Cilento PRESIDENT NEW YORK STATE AFL-CIO

Organized labor scored a slew of victories during budget season, including higher taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents, child care funding, paid leave for vaccinations and COBRA assistance. But Mario Cilento’s members continue to face existential threats as union membership shrank for the third year straight, unemployment remains above the national average and the debate over how gig workers should be classified rages after Uber’s victories in California.

30 Liz Krueger CHAIR NEW YORK STATE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

State Sen. Liz Krueger managed an impressive one-two legislative punch in March when the governor signed her landmark recreational marijuana legalization bill without major concessions. The governor also passed a $212 billion

Young requested waivers for students taking the annual Regents exams. state budget endorsed by Krueger which includes new taxes on the wealthy and aid for undocumented immigrants. Now the Manhattan senator has her eye on overhauling state ethics laws after complaints about the governor’s alleged mishandling of nursing home data, and workplace sexual misconduct have continued to resonate.

planning a return to inperson instruction this fall, $26 million in state budget cuts were restored and CUNY’s York College unveiled a 7,500-seat stadium plan. Recently, Matos Rodríguez faced a setback when CUNY trustees scrapped a $3 million consultant contract he planned to use for assistance with the reopening.

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Flushing, Queens, Assembly Member Ron Kim’s pushback against the governor’s alleged bullying marked a turning point in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stranglehold on the state. When Cuomo allegedly threatened to “destroy” Kim if he didn’t issue a statement defending the administration amid fallout over nursing home deaths, Kim went on both CNN and ABC’s “The View” to describe the governor’s alleged abusive behavior. His appearance encouraged former aide Lindsey Boylan to come forward with her own experience involving Cuomo.

CHANCELLOR NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF REGENTS

Students hoping to get out of taking annual Regents exams will have to buckle up after the feds denied Lester Young’s request for a

waiver. Young, who became chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents in January, argued that there was no way to standardize assessments because of the range of instruction formats students experienced during the pandemic. He is making his mark by asking schools to prioritize diversity and inclusion in their teaching and support systems.

34 Gary LaBarbera PRESIDENT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL OF GREATER NEW YORK

Longtime NYC labor leader Gary LaBarbera took the reins of the state building and construction trades union in January after former president James Cahill was indicted on racketeering and fraud charges last year in October. LaBarbera, who is serving simultaneously

32 Félix Matos Rodríguez CHANCELLOR CUNY

The nation’s largest urban public university system laid off 400 adjunct professors and froze a 2% faculty pay bump last year. But better times appear to be on the horizon: Félix Matos Rodríguez is

Félix Matos Rodríguez is the chancellor of CUNY.

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Donna Frescatore helped restore $415 million in funds. The state stretched the open enrollment period for a second time to May 15, and aims to expand postpartum coverage from 60 days to one year. After four decades in state government, Frescatore is set to retire in August.

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PARTNER THE PARKSIDE GROUP

Last year, the Parkside Group helped progressives seize a supermajority in the state Senate. This spring, Evan Stavisky and his colleagues went all in on mobile sports betting, which the state ultimately legalized at brick-andmortar sportsbook locations. Stavisky has also shown a keen interest in how several city races play out, including putting James Gennaro in position to return to the New York City Council. His advice to candidates: Cozy up to receiving labor endorsements.

Jessica Ramos & Carmen De La Rosa STATE SENATOR; ASSEMBLY MEMBER

State Sen. Jessica Ramos has emerged as a force in Albany as the chair of the Labor Committee, while Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa is looking for a change of scenery as she runs for the New York City Council. But if De La Rosa departs Albany, she’ll have ended things on a high note. The legislative duo teamed up to pass one of the biggest bills this year – a $2.1 billion fund to assist undocumented immigrants in New York who missed out on unemployment insurance and relief funds.

Suri Kasirer PRESIDENT KASIRER

The state’s top-earning lobbying firm collected roughly $14.2 million last year in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtually unchanged from its 2019 earnings. That’s because Suri Kasirer represented an array of clients seeking state aid and tax relief. This includes three private health systems, and major real estate developers like TF Cornerstone, The Related Companies and SL Green Realty as well as hotel and restaurant associations battered from shutdowns and battling to reopen.

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The second-largest lobbying firm in the state moved its office to a new commercial space on Pearl Street last year, and expanded its practice in January by hiring four new lobbyists ahead of the legislative session. David Weinraub helped health care clients like the Healthcare Association of New York State, and several major hospital systems weather through the coronavirus pandemic. However, lawmakers rolled back on immunity protections from COVID-related lawsuits enacted last year.

Even though lobbying has gone virtual during the coronavirus pandemic, Giorgio DeRosa and Emily Giske feel just as at ease on the marbled floors of the Capitol as in Albany’s Zoom rooms. Giske predicted correctly that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer of New York would pass a stimulus package delivering billions in aid to help the state. DeRosa also helped clients successfully push for legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, which will also expunge criminal convictions for possession in the state.

40 Alessandra Biaggi STATE SENATOR

Bronx state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi is one of the leading lawmakers exposing Albany’s toxic work culture. She hasn’t shied away from rebuking Gov. Andrew Cuomo for shielding nursing home death records and his alleged handsy behavior toward staff. She has also shamed the governor’s aides for allegedly sending her abusive texts. Biaggi has gotten to know her way around the Capitol, and corralled support for a budget with progressive priorities like higher taxes for the wealthy and more support for immigrants.

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Neal Kwatra

James Whelan

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As the coronavirus pandemic hammered the hospitality industry, Neal Kwatra, a consultant for the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, has lobbied New York City to require City Council approval for any new hotel construction to preserve union jobs. He’s also advocated for police reform with the New York Immigration Coalition, pushed to expand offshore wind and has been weighing in on the crowded field seeking to replace New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The real estate industry’s influence in Albany seemed on the wane after legislators passed rent regulations in 2019, but James Whelan knows when to pick his battles. The sector avoided a new tax on second homes in the new state budget, and the pandemic’s prolonged effects convinced lawmakers to provide relief to landlords and tenants who couldn’t pay rent arrears. Whelan also pressed for another extension on eviction moratoriums throughout the summer.

State Attorney General Letitia James meant business when she nominated Joon Kim and Anne Clark to lead an independent inquiry into the sexual misconduct allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor wanted a powersharing arrangement with James and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore over the appointment. Instead, James gave Kim, a former federal prosecutor, and Clark, an employment lawyer, broad powers to investigate Cuomo’s alleged workplace misdeeds.

44 Linda Lacewell SUPERINTENDENT STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

Neal Kwatra is the founder and CEO of Metropolitan Public Strategies.

Linda Lacewell is one of the most powerful figures in the Cuomo administration simply because she runs the state Department of Financial Services, which regulates New York’s insurance and banking industries. She’s also one of the governor’s most trusted advisers, having worked with him in various capacities since he was attorney general. Yet, her proximity to power has cut both ways, as she

has become entangled in the administration’s controversial rewriting of a health department report on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.

45 Harold Iselin & Samir NeJame SHAREHOLDERS GREENBERG TRAURIG

Greenberg Traurig has been the go-to firm for an array of health care and insurance-related interests, but Harold Iselin, Samir NeJame and the rest of their colleagues’ biggest victory this session may have been the legalization of adultuse cannabis. Iselin is the managing shareholder of the top-10 lobbying firm’s Albany office, and is co-chair of its government law and policy practice. NeJame also heads the firm’s state government law and policy practice.

46 Jay Jacobs CHAIRMAN NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

When the governor faced calls for impeachment amid multiple allegations that he harassed female aides, Jay Jacobs mounted a strong defense. He said Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s alleged bullying behavior in Albany was “hardball” politics, and lawmakers should hold off on calling for his resignation until investigations are

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completed. Cuomo has stuck around, and Jacobs has since turned his attention to criticizing left-wing candidates launching primaries to unseat veterans like Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

47 Andrew Pallotta PRESIDENT NYSUT

Education leaders had their best budget season in years when state lawmakers approved $29.5 billion in school aid – a $3 billion increase from 2020. Andrew Pallotta called the funding a “major victory.” Now he’s asking the Legislature to allow for early retirement incentives for public employees. He also wants the governor to waive teacher evaluations and standardized testing requirements this year, and is urging the state to strengthen COVID testing

for anticipated school reopenings this fall.

48 Eric Gertler PRESIDENT AND CEO EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT

Plans to erect the “PENN 15” tower may have gone limp in the state budget deal, but Eric Gertler and the state’s development arm have high hopes for refurbishing the Penn Station transit hub and Midtown West. Gertler also has his hands in revitalizing Niagara Falls and catalyzing Buffalo’s life sciences industry, as well as diversifying the film industry and investing $2.3 million in companies to

New York’s nurses had been demanding health care facilities to develop plans for minimum staffing requirements well before the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated a nursing shortage. But recently, Pat Kane and Judy SheridanGonzalez cheered a move by state lawmakers to split their long-sought “safe staffing” legislation to focus on hospitals and nursing homes separately, which have now passed both houses but have not been signed by the governor. The New York State Nurses Association also backed the recently passed workplace protections bill known as the NY HERO Act.

50 Heather Briccetti PRESIDENT AND CEO THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE

Heather Briccetti opposed new taxes on corporations and top earners included in the state budget, which she said could hurt businesses and encourage New Yorkers to leave. She pointed to a survey sponsored by the Business Council of New York State that found 80% of upstate

Briccetti has argued against new taxes on corporations.

CEOs agree that economic conditions have worsened since the pandemic, and only 40% expressed hope for a recovery. Briccetti is also worried about unemployment insurance rates that escalated by $200 per employee in some cases.

51 Gustavo Rivera & Richard Gottfried CHAIRS STATE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEES

The state Legislature’s health committee chairs, Bronx state Sen. Gustavo Rivera and Manhattan Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, are behind a push that could finally bring a single-payer health care system to the state. Rivera - whose bill ensuring safe staffing at nursing homes and hospitals passed the Legislature argued that a single-payer system would reduce health care costs for families. Gottfried, who introduced the bill in 1992, might finally have the votes to do it now that it has been unveiled as part of progressive Democrats’ “Compassionate New York” agenda.

52 Richard Maroko PRESIDENT NEW YORK HOTEL AND MOTEL TRADES COUNCIL

Rich Maroko’s track record as a fierce negotiator has positioned him well to lead the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council during this perilous period for both the hospitality industry and its workers. An estimated 20% of hotels in New York City closed, with a similar fallout being felt statewide. Maroko has been a steadfast advocate through it all,

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PRESIDENT HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE

Wayne Spence

PRESIDENT TRANSIT WORKERS UNION LOCAL 100

Riders have slowly returned to the subway, exceeding 2 million a day for the first time in a year. The MTA has cut 4,000 jobs during the pandemic, and Tony Utano believes that fewer workers on the job could affect subway safety and reliability. An MTA survey found that 87% of straphangers had concerns about safety, and Utano has urged for more cops in stations after a spate of attacks against MTA employees.

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Long Island Assembly Member Charles Lavine has long positioned himself as a crusader against government corruption and malfeasance – and now all eyes are on his committee as he oversees an impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The wide-ranging probe is exploring allegations of sexual misconduct, misuse of government resources, a cover-up of COVID-19 nursing home deaths and construction flaws on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge – and all could result in toppling Cuomo from power.

Like many in the health care sector, Bea Grause has had a lot on her plate during the pandemic. As she continues to lead the state’s hospitals through dire fiscal straits, Grause successfully advocated against the governor’s proposed 1% reduction in Medicaid rates. Grause, who serves on the state’s vaccine distribution task force, is also working to permanently expand telehealth access in the state.

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Wayne Spence isn’t opposed to having workers return to the office – as long as it’s determined to be a safe course of action. He has sought to protect his members during the pandemic by demanding state buildings to have stricter air filtration standards, suing for longer paid sick leave for workers and questioning why some employees were told to come back to regional offices despite a nine-month telework arrangement. Spence has also fought against the closure of three prisons.

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DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FOR GOV. ANDREW CUOMO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has managed to hold onto power so far despite succumbing to the so-called thirdterm curse, and much of his resilience can be attributed to his persistence and political savvy. But if he’s going to survive multiples investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct and obfuscation of nursing home deaths attributable to COVID-19, he’ll need a big assist from the experienced attorneys he recently hired; Elkan Abramowitz of Morvillo Abramowitz and Rita Glavin, who recently left Seward & Kissel.

PRESIDENT PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FEDERATION

Mary Sullivan PRESIDENT CSEA

Bea Grause is the president of Healthcare Association of New York State.

Mary Sullivan was furious last spring when the state suspended 2% of raises for public workers, many of whom are essential workers. Now, those employees will finally receive last year’s raises after the state budget restored $600 million in back pay. But Sullivan, who was elected Civil Service Employees Association president in February 2020, wasn’t happy about a provision that cut 200 beds for inpatient mental health services treatment for workers.

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Mike Elmendorf PRESIDENT AND CEO ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF NEW YORK STATE

Mike Elmendorf had a lot to smile about when the state approved over $6 billion in spending for its transportation capital program last month; the move followed two Department of Transportation reports that showed significant deterioration of the quality of the state’s roadways. Elmendorf is less thrilled about the NY HERO Act, which he said could burden workplaces with expensive safety protocols. He also mentioned that the legalization of recreational marijuana could increase liability costs at construction sites.

pushed for a pied-à-terre tax, an audit of the 421a program and a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for college students.

61 Todd Kaminsky STATE SENATOR

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, the former federal prosecutor known for convicting former state Sen. Pedro Espada and former Rep. Michael Grimm, joined his Long Island Democratic colleagues in calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down until the attorney general’s investigation is finished. Kaminsky has focused on cleaning up Nassau County by backing a $3 billion bond package for green buildings, extending sewers and rebuilding shorelines. He also called for a ban on miniature plastic shampoo and lotion bottles from hotels. With a likely opening, Kaminsky could jump into the race for Nassau County district attorney.

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Brad Hoylman

Julia Salazar, Jabari Brisport, Phara Souffrant Forrest, Zohran Mamdani & Marcela Mitaynes

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In 2018, a little-known state Senate candidate named Julia Salazar ran with the backing of the Democratic Socialists of America, and upset a veteran Brooklyn lawmaker to win a seat in the state Legislature. Two years later, the DSA backed a small group of candidates – Salazar and Jabari Brisport for state Senate, and Assembly candidates Phara Souffrant Forrest, Zohran Mamdani

Todd Kaminsky is a state senator.

and Marcela Mitaynes – who ultimately were elected. Since then, they’ve joined other progressive lawmakers – including DSA members Jessica GonzálezRojas and Emily Gallagher in the Assembly – to win a tax hike on the wealthiest New Yorkers while pushing for tenant protections, singlepayer health care and other far-left measures.

63 Robert Jackson STATE SENATOR

Before he was elected to serve in the New York City Council and then in the state Senate, Robert Jackson was a key force behind the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit that ultimately required increased school aid for New York City. As an elected official, the Manhattan lawmaker has put pressure on the state to live up to that court-ordered mandate. In a long-awaited

victory for Jackson, the state Legislature finally succeeded in meeting those funding levels this spring.

64 Rick Ostroff PRESIDENT AND CEO OSTROFF ASSOCIATES

After having worked in politics for more than three decades, Albany-based lobbyist Rick Ostroff has established deep roots in the Capital Region. Ostroff sought to convince the governor to boost capacity at gyms and recreation centers as the pandemic’s threat waned last summer. This spring, Ostroff and his wife pledged a $25,000 challenge grant to Feed Albany, the second-largest one-time donation in the nonprofit’s history. Among his clients are FedEx, Binghamton University and Everytown for Gun Safety.

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James Capalino CEO CAPALINO

James Capalino kept his multi-purpose government affairs operation humming during the coronavirus pandemic. His firm brought in $9.9 million in New York City lobbying compensation last year – only $2 million less than in 2019 – thanks to a Rolodex of clients that includes Related Companies, Airbnb, Uber, NRG and the Metropolitan Opera. His firm is also a top-10 lobbying shop on the state level.

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candidates this cycle – but he’s not a fan of matching funds, which he says uses taxpayer money for “vanity projects.” Other clients include the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Genting New York and Charter Communications.

state budget forecasts, and the myriad of scandals enveloping the governor. She also went toe-to-toe with influential pols like Democratic state Sen. Liz Krueger and Republican Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin.

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Camille JosephGoldman

HOST “CAPITAL TONIGHT”

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT FOR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS

Susan Arbetter took over hosting duties of “Capital Tonight” in 2019 from longtime host Liz Benjamin – and hasn’t looked back since. The Spectrum News host has made the program a must-watch hour of compelling interviews of the Capital Region’s most fascinating characters. She has used her show to guide viewers through complicated

Sean Doolan and his law firm operate a lobbying outfit that’s perennially ranked in the top 10 in New York. Among his many lobbying clients are health care providers and insurance companies, which Hinman Straub has been advocating for as they’ve been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Its client list has also included Con Edison and the University of Rochester.

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70 Dennis Trainor VICE PRESIDENT CWA DISTRICT 1

Dennis Trainor and other labor leaders paid for a “thank you” ad this month aimed towards legislators for adding more funding for school aid, broadband and excluded workers to the state budget. But the CWA vice president isn’t resting on his laurels. He advocated for new health and safety protections in the workplace, which the Legislature passed through the NY Hero Act, and pushed for the addition of minimum staffing levels at nursing homes and hospitals.

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Patrick Jenkins

Yuh-Line Niou

PRESIDENT PATRICK B. JENKINS & ASSOCIATES

The Queens-based political consultant has always had a lot of irons in the fire. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, Patrick Jenkins has been consulting with the Real Estate Board of New York on job creation to help bolster the recovery. Jenkins is working with a slew of

Following a distinguished career in government – working for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former Rep. Anthony Weiner and on the campaigns of President Barack Obama – Camille JosephGoldman made a successful transition to the private sector while capitalizing on

her relationship with key government and political figures across New York. The Charter Communications vice president also serves on the board of the National Action Network and the Citizens Budget Commission.

ASSEMBLY MEMBER

Camille JosephGoldman is a vice president at Charter Communications.

Ever since she was elected to the state Assembly in 2016, Yuh-Line Niou has represented change. She ran as a reformer, and won seat of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was convicted of public corruption. She’s among a younger, more progressive

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cohort of legislators who are shifting New York politics to the left. She is also a part of a small but growing number of Asian Americans in the state Legislature – and she’s speaking out loudly against anti-Asian hate crimes.

72 Jefrey Pollock FOUNDING PARTNER AND PRESIDENT GLOBAL STRATEGY GROUP

As a member of the governor’s inner sanctum, Jef Pollock, the nation’s preeminent Democratic pollster, had a yeoman’s task of tracking Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity when his handling of nursing home records and a series of sexual harassment allegations broke. Pollock helped steer Cuomo as his poll numbers slid, calmly brushing off talk of primary challenges while the governor solidified his base in the Black community. Cuomo’s numbers among Democrats suggest he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

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NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY; AARP NEW YORK

CHIEF OF STAFF AND MAJORITY COUNSEL STATE SENATE

As the top attorney for Senate Democrats, Shontell Smith has a “difficult and rewarding” job corralling the disparate interests of a diverse conference. But the newly formed Democratic supermajority has made running the Legislature’s upper chamber a little easier for her. So far this session, she has worked on a number of previously intractable issues when Republicans controlled the chamber. This includes ending long-term

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solitary confinement and election-related reforms.

74 Beth Finkel STATE DIRECTOR AARP NEW YORK

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed just how unprepared nursing homes were for an outbreak – and how much more the AARP needs to advocate for seniors. Accordingly, Beth Finkel has demanded more accountability from facilities and more transparency from the Cuomo administration over records. Fortunately, the state budget included a 70% floor on direct spending for nursing home residents, and expanded telehealth services. It also included a $15-per-month high-speed Internet mandate that will help low-income New Yorkers, including seniors.

Beth Finkel is the state director of AARP New York.

Director Rich Bamberger has plenty of experience in government and in media.

75 Maggie Moran & Rich Bamberger MANAGING PARTNER; MANAGING DIRECTOR KIVVIT Kivvit is a one-stop shop for clients seeking political and government consulting services, with seasoned professionals providing everything from advocacy on issues to branding and crisis communications. The company has offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston and Miami – as well as New Jersey, where Managing Partner Maggie Moran has deep ties, and New York, where Managing

76 Gil Quiniones PRESIDENT AND CEO NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY

When Indian Point Energy Center turned off its last nuclear reactor on April 30, energy leaders stepped in to keep the lights on

Smith is working on ending long-term solitary confinement.

everywhere else. Gas plants will pick up the slack, but Gil Quiniones wants to replace peaker plants with renewable energy sources and battery storage. Quiniones also promoted local efforts to reduce carbon emissions, such as installing solar panels on UAlbany buildings and a new transmission line between Marcy and New Scotland.

77 LouAnn Ciccone SECRETARY TO THE SPEAKER AND POLICY ADVISOR NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY When Carl Heastie became Assembly Speaker in 2015, he knew enough to keep much of the chamber’s experienced senior staff in place, including then-legal aide and Brooklyn native LouAnn Ciccone. Ciccone has proven to be an adept policy wonk, and became the first woman to hold the position of secretary of program and policy. She

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manages 100 employees, helps steer state budget negotiations and has advanced several women’s health issues.

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Redesign Team, which had the difficult task of curbing spending before federal aid arrived. This year, the Assembly Ways and Means Committee was able to set aside more funding for schools, small businesses and child care.

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For the past six years, Blake Washington has occupied a key role in shaping New York’s roughly $200 billion annual budget, as well as projects and programs dotted around the state. Last year, Washington joined the governor’s Medicaid Eric Linzer is the president and CEO of the New York Health Plan Association.

PRESIDENT AND CEO NEW YORK HEALTH PLAN ASSOCIATION

Health insurers took it on the chin last summer when state insurance companies tried to raise premiums to 12% before regulators

rejected the request. But New York Health Plan chief Eric Linzer has found a more willing audience in Albany this year through embracing telehealth services, opposing increased taxes on health insurance and delaying a Medicaid carve-out for prescription drugs that treat HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Linzer’s next battle will be over a single-payer-style health care bill.

misconduct. Doorley may see Manhattan drop out of the statewide district attorneys association if a progressive candidate wins the crowded primary in June.

80 Sochie Nnaemeka STATE DIRECTOR WORKING FAMILIES PARTY

The Working Families Party survived its greatest threat last November when it cleared a higher threshold of votes the governor imposed in order to stay on the ballot in future elections. Sochie Nnaemeka and her party proceeded to shiv Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his sexual misconduct allegations, and cheer the Legislature’s hike taxes on the wealthy to pay for education and health care programs – a long-standing policy cornerstone – in the state budget.

81 Sandra Doorley PRESIDENT DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

New York’s district attorneys have pushed for more money from the state to prosecute repeat offenders, assist in gun-related charges and fund online training. Now Sandra Doorley and state prosecutors have new concerns about enforcing drugged driving after the state legalized recreational marijuana, and a proposed special investigatory commission on prosecutorial

82 Sonia Ossorio PRESIDENT NOW-NYC

The National Organization for Women had been one of the governor’s strongest allies as they endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2018 primary against Cynthia Nixon. But the spate of sexual harassment allegations were too much for Sonia Ossorio, who first called for an independent inquiry into the accusations in February before demanding Cuomo resign from office following a female aide’s recounting of how the governor allegedly groped her at the Executive Mansion.

83 Ken Riddett PRESIDENT RIDDETT ASSOCIATES

Ken Riddett has drawn on his expensive experience as a town justice and state Senate counsel to inform clients about what state legislators are looking for as a lobbyist. These days he’s repping a slew of sports world clients, including Major League Baseball,

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From left, Jose Lopez, Arlenis Morel and Theo Oshiro

the National Basketball Association, FanDuel and DraftKings, who were no doubt thrilled when the state legalized mobile sports betting as part of the state budget. He’s also been a goto lobbyist for the influential New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

84 Helene Weinstein

MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK

CHAIR ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

Southern Brooklyn Assembly Member Helene Weinstein could have called it a day after playing an instrumental role in shaping the state’s $212 billion budget, complete with new taxes on the ultrarich and a historic increase on education. Weinstein has also backed a bill barring debt collectors from seizing

federal stimulus payments, and is examining how the state can pay back a $4 billion federal loan for unemployment costs so employers aren’t burdened further.

85 Jose Lopez, Arlenis Morel & Theo Oshiro CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK

After Deborah Axt and Javier Valdés announced their resignations after nearly a decade as leaders of the progressive grassroots advocacy nonprofit Make the Road New York, the triumvirate of Jose Lopez, Arlenis Morel and Theo Oshiro were promoted in April to succeed them. Lopez previously served as Make the Road’s deputy director and co-director of

organizing, while Morel was chief of staff and Oshiro bolstered health policy and fundraising efforts.

86 Rebecca Bailin CAMPAIGN MANAGER INVEST IN OUR NEW YORK COALITION

This month, Rebecca Bailin will wrap up her campaign to raise taxes on wealthy New Yorkers – and she can consider her mission accomplished. In April, the state Legislature reached a deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a tax hike making New York City’s millionaires subject to the country’s highest personal income tax rate while generating an estimated $4.3 billion annually. Bailin previously spent eight years at Riders Alliance, spearheading the Fair Fares campaign

to provide discounted MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers.

87 Carlo Scissura PRESIDENT AND CEO NEW YORK BUILDING CONGRESS

New housing construction in New York City fell by 4,600 units to about 20,000 last year, the lowest level since 2015. It’s no wonder Carlo Scissura is cheering for the city’s reopening this spring and summer – including the resumption of $17 billion in city capital projects. Scissura is equally excited about the potential of billions of dollars in federal infrastructure spending the state would use to get Hudson River tunnel upgrades. He calls the program “the most critical infrastructure project in the United States.”

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Hazel Dukes PRESIDENT NAACP NEW YORK STATE CONFERENCE

When the governor needed to salvage his reputation and shore up support among Democratic voters, he dialed Hazel Dukes. In early March, the longtime civil rights leader called demands for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation “premature,” and urged for a “fair hearing of the facts” before making any decision on his future in office. Two weeks later, Dukes appeared with Cuomo at a Black church in Harlem, and called him her “son” – a crucial part of the effort that

seems to have stanched Cuomo’s bleeding in the polls.

89 Jesse McKinley ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF THE NEW YORK TIMES

Every elected official leaves office eventually – and in New York, it’s often under a cloud of scandal. As Albany bureau chief for the paper of record, Jesse McKinley is documenting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s slow-motion downfall – and his efforts to retain power despite multiple allegations of misconduct. In recent months, McKinley has dug up details on the Cuomo administration’s efforts to

hide COVID-19 nursing home deaths, exposed special access Cuomo insiders had to coronavirus tests and broke the news of Charlotte Bennett’s allegations of sexual harassment against the governor.

90 Matthew Cohen PRESIDENT AND CEO LONG ISLAND ASSOCIATION

Matthew Cohen has big shoes to fill as the new leader of the Long Island Association, the preeminent business group covering Suffolk and Nassau counties. Cohen was named to the association’s top post in Tonio Burgos is the CEO of TBA.

May, replacing Kevin Law, an experienced political player who is departing after a decade for a position with a real estate company. Yet Cohen has plenty of experience himself, including nearly a decade handling LIA’s government affairs and communications and stints with U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Long Island Power Authority.

91 Steve Bellone SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Steve Bellone has serious influence as the longtime leader of Suffolk County — one of the largest counties in the state — that has a population hovering at around 1.5 million. His centrist politics have served him well during the pandemic, as he’s led bipartisan calls for federal support and personal protective equipment. Speculation continues about Bellone’s political potential as a gubernatorial candidate, but for now, he seems focused on beefing up local vaccination efforts and securing his county’s budget.

92 Tonio Burgos & John Charlson CEO; ALBANY DIRECTOR TBA

Tonio Burgos and John Charlson, formerly known as Tonio Burgos Associates, are steady presences at the state Capitol. They’ve represented a multitude of renewable energy industry clients, as well as more established natural gas companies. Other companies on their resume include American Airlines, Montefiore Medical Center and Pfizer. Burgos also retained his post last year with another fouryear term as a Democratic

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Leecia Eve, left, is the vice president of public policy at Verizon, and Mike Durant, right, is the president and CEO of Food Industry Alliance of New York State.

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National Committee member for his home state of New Jersey.

93 Anthony “Skip” Piscitelli COUNSELOR AND SENIOR ADVISOR CMW STRATEGIES

Skip Piscitelli has brought more than 30 years of New York City know-how to CMW Strategies. He has served as state legislative affairs director in the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations, as senior counsel to the Senate Majority Leader and as a partner at Wilson Elser. Piscitelli’s lobbying firm, formerly known as Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz, represents an array of clients in the transportation, health care, real estate and cultural sectors, including many of

the city’s iconic museums and theaters.

94 Leecia Eve VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC POLICY VERIZON

Former attorney general candidate and ex-Cuomo aide Leecia Eve has taken on a meaty role at Verizon, where she’s been a liaison to lawmakers while also serving as a New York commissioner at the Port Authority. The Port Authority is projected to lose $3 billion by March

2022, but an infusion of infrastructure cash could be coming from Congress. Verizon has fewer cash flow worries, having dumped Yahoo and AOL for $5 billion.

95 Patrick Purcell Jr. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GREATER NEW YORK LECET AND NEW YORK STATE LECET Building workers suffered along with the real estate industry last year after construction activity plummeted to its lowest level

Piscitelli has worked in the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations.

in a decade. But New York’s reopening this spring, pent-up demand for new housing and a backlog of capital projects all have Patrick Purcell Jr., a leader of the LaborersEmployers Cooperation and Education Trust, and others on the team encouraged that construction will bounce back this year. The recovery has been an uneven one, as the country only added 266,000 jobs in April.

96 Mike Durant PRESIDENT AND CEO FOOD INDUSTRY ALLIANCE OF NEW YORK STATE

As the leader of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State since 2018, Mike Durant has been advocating for companies in the grocery industry, including

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E.J. McMahon, left, and Bill Hammond, right, are both senior fellows at Empire Center for Public Policy.

97 E.J. McMahon & Bill Hammond SENIOR FELLOW AND FOUNDER; SENIOR FELLOW EMPIRE CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY E.J. McMahon and Bill Hammond, who comprise Albany’s favorite wonky buddy-cop duo, aren’t afraid to throw down on Twitter with fact-backed arguments. McMahon called this year’s budget a “mid-2020s fiscal disaster in the making” due to lavish spending and a

tax hike on upper-echelon residents while noting how many people are fleeing the state. Hammond tracked New York’s nursing home death statistics for months, and sued the state Department of Health to release its data.

98 Rob Ortt STATE SENATE MINORITY LEADER

State Sen. Rob Ortt, who represents Niagara Falls, was something of a legislative Cassandra when he warned against the continuation of the governor’s emergency powers and failure to provide state tax breaks for pandemic unemployment. Ortt also decried a $2.1 billion budget expenditure on undocumented immigrants that he wanted for veterans or small business relief programs. Also, he claimed that newly proposed fees on fossil fuel companies will more than double the gas tax.

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Lee Zeldin

ASSEMBLY MINORITY LEADER

MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Will Barclay doesn’t have a lot of sway over the budget or which bills come to the floor, but he has raised the possibility of impeachment over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing home records. Barclay encouraged impeachment of the governor a month before the rest of Albany considered it and pressured Democrats when Cuomo’s harassment allegations became public. Barclay’s priorities for the rest of session include impeachment, criminal justice and boosting Republican gubernatorial candidates for the 2022 race.

The next gubernatorial election in New York isn’t until 2022, but with Gov. Andrew Cuomo facing the worst crises of his three terms in office, Rep. Lee Zeldin is out campaigning early to become the Republican standard-bearer for the statewide office. But while Zeldin has been gaining support from GOP county leaders, it’s unclear how the Trump loyalist might win over moderates and independents in a state that’s been solidly blue for years.

Zeldin has support from several county leaders in his bid for governor.

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suppliers, wholesalers, supermarket chains and smaller convenience stores and independent shops. During the coronavirus pandemic, he has grappled with shortages, pushed for vaccine access for grocery workers and criticized new state workplace protections as too onerous. The Pataki administration veteran previously was state director for the National Federation for Independent Business.


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Notice of Qual. of MLC ASSET MANAGEMENT US LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 4/9/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 3/30/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 90 State St. Albany, NY 12207. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of KIJUNG KIM, DDS, PLLC. Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 04/14/2021. New York County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to KIJUNG KIM, DDS, PLLC, 215 East 96th Street, Suite 18J, New York, NY 10128. P u r p o s e : D e n t i s t r y. Notice of Formation of Odehyee, LLC filed with NYS Dept. Of State on March 30, 2021. Office: NY County. NYS Dept. Of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYS Dept. Of State shall mail copy of process to LLC: 99 Wall Street, #2273 NY, NY 10005. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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Notice of Formation of GREAT SUN USA LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 04/30/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be s e r ve d S S N Y m a i l process to 235 BRAGG STREET, 1FL BROOKLYN, N E W YO R K , 112 2 9 . Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of DYLAN ENTERPRISES LLC. Ar ts . O f Org. filed with SSNY on 05/06/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 40 WALL STREET, 53RD FLOOR N E W YO R K , N E W YO R K , 1 0 0 0 5 . A ny lawful purpose. Notice of Form. of 376 MAC DONOUGH LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with S SN Y on 0 5/0 4/2 1 . Office location: Kings SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 376 MAC DONOUGH ST B R O O K LY N , NE W YO R K , 112 3 3 . Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of 1 FARRAGUT LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 05/0 6/21. O f fice location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served S SN Y mail proces s to 60-06 39TH AVE WOODSIDE, NEW YORK, 11377. Any lawful p u r p o s e .

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NOTICE OF FORMATION of TUNGSTEN ARCHITECTURE PLLC. Arts. of Org filed with SSNY on 3/10/21. Office location: KINGS SSNY desg. As agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1205 65th Street Unit C, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Purpose: Architecture.


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SURROGATE’S COURT OF THE COUNTY OF NEW YORK 31 Chambers Street New York, NY 10007 (646) 386-5800 NOTICE TO CITED PARTIES You have been served with a citation for a matter that is scheduled to be heard at a New York County Surrogate’s Court calendar. Please be advised that pursuant to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Orders and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks’ Administrative Orders now in effect in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this court is serving the public and court users primarily through virtual or electronic appearances; in-person appearances are limited at this time. The citation that you have received contains a return date. Please do not appear in the courthouse on that date. The following choices are available to you: - If you do not object to the relief requested, you do not need to contact the court or do anything else. - If you do object to the relief sought on the citation, you or your lawyer must send a document to the court signed by you or your lawyer indicating that: 1. You object to the relief or you are requesting discovery; OR 2. You are requesting the opportunity to appear in person or by using Skype for Business or by telephone conference; OR 3. You are requesting an adjournment to consult with or retain counsel. Your written response must be received by the court three (3) business days before the return date and must include either an email address or telephone number, or both, where you or your lawyer can be reached during business hours. Your communication to the court may be sent by email to: Probate_General@ nycourts.gov or by mail addressed to the Probate Department of this court at the address listed above. The attorney for the petitioner must be copied in your communication. If your written communication to the court indicates that you would like to proceed as described in choice number 1 above, your case may be referred to a court attorney-referee for a conference. The case will be adjourned to a future date, if you request the opportunity to appear in person or be electronic means or to consult or retain counsel (choices number 2 and 3). If you do not contact the court by the date on the citation, the record will reflect that you do not object to the relief requested. If an attorney plans to appear on your behalf, he or she must file a Notice of Appearance. This Notice may be filed by mail addressed to the Probate Department of this Court at the address listed above or through the e-filing system (NYSCEF), at www.nycourts.gov.efile. If you have questions about responding to the citation, you may contact the Probate Department at Probate_General@nycourts.gov. Please note that court staff are prohibited from giving legal advice but they are available to answer any question regarding procedure.

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Application for Authority of CARE-N-HOME LLC f ile d with the S e c y. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/8/2021. Formed in PA 3/14/2013. Office loc.: NY County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business loc. and address SSNY shall mail copy of process is c/o Starla Smith, 273 Montgomery Ave., Ste. 205, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Cert. of Organization filed with the Secy. of State, PA Dept. of State, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations, P.O. Box 8722, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y. 291 SIXTH LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/06/2021. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Rahul Sabarwal and Prachi Mishra, 80 Riverside Blvd., #32A, NY, NY 10069. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of BES Sales of Armonk, LLC. Arts of Org filed with Sec. of State of NY on 5/12/21. Office Location: Westchester Count y. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and mail process to: c/o the LLC, 4218 Amboy Rd. SI, NY 10308. Purpose: any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of WING KING WEALTH LLC. Ar ts . of Org. filed with SSNY on 04/29/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 1107 FIF TH AVENUE #PH NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10128. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of YB 555 LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 05/06/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 585 STATE ROUTE 31 BRIDGEPORT, NEW YORK, 13030. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of RUTWAY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/5/21. Office location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of any process against LLC to 375 Cumberland St., 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11238 . Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of PIONEER PROJECTS 87 LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 05/04/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 141 FLUSHING AVENUE # 1314 BROOKLYN, NEW YO R K , 1 1 2 0 5 . A ny lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of NOR THE RN LIGHTS A P A R T M E N T S LLC. Auth. filed with S S N Y on 0 4/14/2 1 . Of fice location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 2/26/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 152 WEST 57TH ST., 12TH FL. NY, NEW YORK, 10019. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS . Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Qual. of MAC INTE R NATIONAL TR ADE , LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY o n 4/2 6/2 1 . O f f i c e location: Kings. LLC formed in NJ on 11/18/05. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 132 FAIRFIELD ROAD FAIRFIELD, NEW JERSEY, 07004. Arts. of Org. filed with NJ SOS. Townsend Bldg. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of TYPE 1 BODY LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/19/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 301 Broadway Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Qual. of GEREL REALTY LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 2/23/21. Of fice location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 2/10/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: C/O Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP Attn: Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Esq 444 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY, 10022. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of HAPPY HULET TS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 12/23/20. Office location: Orange SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 9 Darlene Dr Goshen, NY, 10924. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of HEALING MANHATTAN LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/2/21. Of fice location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 747 10th Ave Apt 12l New York, NY, 10019.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of J. A . MCNULT Y MANAGEMENT, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/2/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 596 Union Ave Apt 3L Brooklyn, N Y, 11211 . Any law ful purpose. Notice of Qual. of K I N G L E T R D L LC . Auth. filed with SSNY on 3/30/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 2/18/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. S SN Y mail proces s to:1202 Lexington Ave #292 New York, NY, 10028. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose.

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NOTICE OF PROCEEDING AND SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA ROWAN COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION 20 CVD 1957 KEVIN VAN NORMAN,

) ) VS. ) ) THEADOREA LOUISE NORMAN, ) TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is for absolute divorce. You are required to make defense to such pleading not later than 30th day of June, 2021, and upon your failure to do so the party seeking relief against you will apply to the Court for the relief herein sought. You are entitled to attend any hearing affecting your rights. This is a new case. This the 31st day of May, 2021. Notice of Formation of D+B St. James LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/12/21. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 20 95 Broadway, Ste. 404, NY, NY 10023, principal business address. Purpose: all law ful purposes . Notice of Formation of Brooklyn Cast Iron, LLC filed with SSNY on January 1, 2021. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 150 74th Street #1F, Brooklyn NY 11209. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of NEW STAR GARDEN LLC. Ar ts . O f Org. filed with SSNY on 04/28/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 3266 BROAD ST PORT HENRY, NE W YO R K , 12 974 . Any law ful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of E&J Property Holdings, LLC, a Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) with offices located in Westchester County, for the purpose of any lawful act or activity under the Limited Liability Company Law. The Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of the State of New York (SSNY) on April 19, 2021. SSNY is the agent designated to receive service of process on behalf of the LLC. SSNY shall mail a copy of such service of process to Jose DaSilva, 821 Ridge Street, Peekskill, New York 10566

LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM Notice of Formation of JAL Consulting Enterprises LLC filed with SSNY on March 5, 2021. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 61 Jane Street, 19G, NY, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of SUNSHINE KITCHENS NY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/13/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 1749 NE Miami Ct Unit 514 Miami, FL, 33132. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Qual of EWB-II, LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 05/10/2021. O f f ice location: N Y County. LLC formed in CA on 03/03/2008. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: East West Bank Attn: Lisa Kim, 135 N. Los Robles Ave., 7th Fl, Pasadena, CA 91101. Address required to be maintained in CA: 135 N. Los Robles Ave., 7th FL, Pasadena CA 91101. Cert of Formation filed with CA Sec. of State, 1500 11th St # 3, Sacramento, CA 95814 . Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qual. of STOCKBRIDGE MUSIC GROUP, LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 05/14/2020. Office loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 05/07/2020. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, C/O Jordan Woldenberg, 11 Chicken Valley Road, Old Brookville, NY 11545. Address required to be maintained in DE: Registered Agents, Inc., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St., Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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Notice of Formation of URCENI, LLC filed with SSNY on April 16, 2021. Office: NY Bronx County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 1500 Thieriot Ave #D9, Bronx, NY 10460. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qual. of WASSERMAN MUSIC, LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 4/26/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 7/29/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 10900 Wilshire Blvd #1200 Los Angeles, CA, 90024. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of WAYFLYER FINANCIAL LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/7/20. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O C T Corporation System 28 Liberty St New York, NY, 10005.Any lawful purpose Notice of Formation of TINY TOT PARTIES LLC. Ar ts . O f Org. filed with SSNY on 05/13/21.Office location: Richmond SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 11 East Raleigh Ave Staten Island, New York, 10310. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of PLAZA IMPORTS, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/11/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be s e r ve d S S N Y m a i l process to 2740 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Any law ful purpose.

Public Notice T-Mobile Northeast LLC, a Delaware limited liability company proposes an antenna and equipment modification atop existing buildings in New York City at: 122-05 Smith St (Queens); 166-25 Powells Cove Blvd (Queens); 2432 Matthews Ave (the Bronx); 111B 11th Ave (Manhattan); 74 0 Broadway (Manhattan); 149 East 72nd St (Manhattan); 900 Park Ave (Manhattan); 419 East 81st St (Manhattan) and 124-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd (Queens). Additionally, T-MOBILE proposes the same at 188 Tower Rd in West Harrison, Westchester County, NY. In accordance with the National Historic Preser vation Act of 1966, as amended and the 2005 Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Review Under the National Preservation Act; Final Rule, T-MOBILE is hereby notifying the public of the proposed undertaking and soliciting comments on Historic Properties which may be affected by the proposed undertaking. Accordingly, if you would like to provide sp e c i f ic information regarding potential effects that the proposed undertaking might have to properties that are listed on or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and located within ½ mile of the above address, please submit the property’s address and your comments to: C harl e s C h e run d o l o Consulting, Inc. at 976 Tabor Road, Suite 1, Morris Plains, NJ 07950 or via email at tcns@ cherundoloconsulting. com . Notice of Formation of THAI MEE KIN 88 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/26/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 4516 44TH ST APT 4G SUNNYSIDE, NY, 11104.Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of PLAZA AUTO GROUP, LLC. Ar ts . O f Org. filed with SSNY on 5/11/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 2740 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of G-Speed LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 03/15/2021. Office Location: Westchester, NY. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process t o : 3 3 9 Ta r r y t ow n Road #1019 Elmsford, NY 10523 . Purpose: any law ful purpose.

Notice of Qualification of Buddha Jones, LLC. Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/3/21. Organized California 11/9/2004. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Foumberg, Juneja, Rocher & Co., 16311 Ventura Blvd #1180, Encino, CA 91436. Principal of fice: 1741 Ivar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Authorized officer at such address: Alex Padilla. Purpose: any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of 6 GIFFORDS REALTY LLC. Ar ts . O f Org. filed with SSNY on 3/16/21.Office location: Richmond SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 6 Giffords Ln Staten Island, NY, 10308. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of EOLAS LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/18/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O Harris St. Laurent & Wechsler Llp Attn: Andrew St. Laurent 40 Wall Street 53rd Floor New York, NY, 10005.Any lawful purpose.


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Notice of Form. of ESCAPE CLAUSE, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 05/12/21. Office l o c a t i o n: O n o n d a g a SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. S SN Y mail proces s to 3986 Jordan Rd Skaneateles, NY, 13152. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of NOSTRAND ONE, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/11/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be s e r ve d S S N Y m a i l process to 2740 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of JE LLIO WOR LD, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/20/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be s e r ve d S S N Y m a i l process to 239 Java St Brooklyn, NY, 11222. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of NOSTR AND THR E E , LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/11/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be s e r ve d S S N Y m a i l process to 2740 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Qual. of JIANG AND FAMILY LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 4/22/21. Office location: New York . LLC formed in NJ on 4/12/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 36 Windmere Ct Whippany, NJ, 07981. Arts. of Org. filed with NJ DOS P.O. Box 300, Trenton, NJ 08625. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of NOSTRAND TWO, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/11/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be s e r ve d S S N Y m a i l process to 2740 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of JOHNSTOWN HOMES USA LLC. Arts.Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/22/14. Office location: Fulton S S N Y de sg . As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 4200 State Hwy 30 Amsterdam, NY, 12010. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of KR ENVIRONMENTAL LLC. Ar ts . of Org. filed with SSNY on 03/1/21. Office location: Ontario SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 110 Genesee St Ste 390a Auburn, NY, 13021. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of NY 139 LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/25/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 9500 NW 108th, Av. Miami, FL, 33178. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of AFH613 LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/17/20.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1634 E 3rd St Brooklyn, NY, 11230. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of AV-RH MANAGER LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/17/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be s e r ve d S S N Y m a i l process to ATTN: Jeffrey M. Schwartz Esq. 444 Madison Ave, 6th Floor New York, NY, 10022. Any law ful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of BROOK LYN 5511 MANAGEMENT LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/2/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 278 44th St Brooklyn, NY, 11232. Any lawful p u r p o s e . Notice of Formation of CDJJ LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/22/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 280 Park Ave South, Apt 22m New York, NY, 10010. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation o f CY B E R MONKEYWORKS, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/20/21. Office location: Orange SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 160 Union Corners Rd Unit B Warwick, NY, 10990. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of DB ART CURATORIAL PRODUCTION, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/7/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 310 East Shore Rd Ste 311 Great Neck , NY, 11023.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of DK LANDMARK LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/20/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 15 Hudson Yards Unit 37 New York, NY, 10001 .Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of DUFFIELD VENTURE LLC . Ar ts . O f Org. filed with SSNY on 5/5/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 62 Saint Felix St., Apt 1 Brooklyn, NY, 11217. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Form. of EMPIRE COLD SMOKING LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/12/21. Office location: Chenango. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process agains t it may b e s e r ve d . S S N Y mail process to 145 Cosen Rd Oxford, NY, 13830. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation o f E M PI R E S TAT E DISPATCH LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/29/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 4814 16 Ave, 2nd Fl. Brooklyn, NY, 11219. Any lawful purpose. Form of notice for onpremises license. Notice is hereby given that a license, number (pending) for beer, wine, and liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, wine, and liquor at retail in a RW 341 under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 110 WEST 40TH ST NEW YORK, NY 10018 for on premises consumption. 40TH STREET HOSPITALITY LLC

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Notice of Formation of 90 CHARLES ST, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/20/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be s e r ve d S S N Y m a i l process to 14 Dunham Place 8 Brooklyn, NY, 11249. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation o f 1 9 3 R AY M O N D PLACE, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 04/19/21.Office location: Richmond SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 355 Tillman Street Staten Island, New York, 10314. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 314 ROGERS AVENUE,LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 06/30/09. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to P.O. Box 1333 Bowling Green Stat., NY, 10006. Any lawful p u r p o s e . Notice of Formation of 1821 WHITE PLAINS RD LLC. Arts .Of Org. filed with SSNY on 01/4/21. Office location: Bronx SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 1821 White Plains Rd Bronx, NY, 10462. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of SLB Ventures LLC filed with SSNY on May 4th 2021. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 38 Delancey Street Apt 5C New York NY 10002. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of Odycco LLC, filed with SSNY on May 14, 2021. Office: Bronx County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Odycco LLC 1026 E 222ND St. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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Form of notice for onpremises license. Notice is hereby given that a license, number (pending) for beer, wine, and liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, wine, and liquor at retail in a T W 34 4 under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 110 WEST 40TH ST NEW YORK, NY 10018 for on premises consumption. 40TH STREET HOSPITALITY LLC Notice of Formation of Weathers’ Realty Group, LLC Articles of Organization filed with SSNY on April 9, 2021. NY Office: Kings County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Keturah Clark-Wearhers, 1043 E 57th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11234 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of VSPOT PRODUCT, LLC filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on _3/30/2021. Office location: 741 Madison Ave nu e , N ew Yo r k County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 741 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065 Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Leadership Growth C o l l a b o r a t i ve L L C . Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/06/2021. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/ her is: 1178 Broadway, 3rd Floor #1215; New York, NY 10001. The principal business address of the LLC is: 1178 Broadway, 3rd Floor #1215; New York, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful act or activity LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM


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Notice is hereby given that a license, number pending, for beer, liquor and wine, has been applied for by Rock 1 SE Table, L .L .C. and Tourbillon1 LLC d/b/a Caffe Lodi to sell beer, liquor and wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law at 1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111 for on premises consumption. Rock 1 SE Table, L.L.C. and Tourbillon1 LLC d/b/a Caffe Lodi Notice of Formation of Ocean NY 1 LLC – Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/10/20. Office location: NY Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP, Attn Daniella Zelefsky, 360 Lexington Ave, 13th Fl, NY, NY 10017. Duration: p e r p e t u al . Pr in c ip al office: 132 Nassau St, NY NY 10038. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y. PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to modify an existing facility (new tip heights 68.4’ & 70.5 & 71.6) on the building at 253 E. 52 nd St, New York, NY (20210605). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856809-1202) (1012 Industrial Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential ef fects on historic proper ties. Notice of Formation of NEW SOUTHTOWN ACQUISITION, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/24/21. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 30 Hudson Yards, 72nd Fl., NY, NY 10001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y.

Notice of Qual. of ICG STRATEGIC EQUITY IV GP LP. Auth. filed with SSNY on 2/12/21. Office location: New York. LP formed in DE on 5/29/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: c/o Corporate Creations, 600 Mamaroneck Ave, # 400, Harrison, NY 10528 . Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 132-40 159TH STREET LENDER LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/16/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 90 State Street, Ste 700 Box 10, Albany, NY 12207.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of ICG STRATEGIC EQUITY FUND IV LP. Auth. filed with SSNY on 2/12/21. Office location: New York. LP formed in DE on 5/29/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: c/o Corporate Creations, 600 Mamaroneck Ave, # 400, Harrison, NY 10528 . Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of LADY DI ELEGANCE LIMITE D LIAB ILIT Y CO M PAN Y filed with SSNY on April 12, 2021. Of fice: NY County. United States C orp oration Agents , Inc. 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228 designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: United States C orp oration Agents , Inc. 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228 . Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Public Notice T-Mobile Northeast LLC proposes an antenna and equipment upgrade within the copula of an existing 126.3’ building at 350 Bernardsville Rd (Mallinckrodt Convent) in Mendham, Morris County, NJ. T-MOBILE also proposes an antenna and equipment installation atop an existing 205’ building at 40 Claremont Ave in M anhat t an , New York Cit y, NY. In accordance with the National Historic Preser vation Act of 1966, as amended and the 2005 Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Review Under the National Preservation Act; Final Rule, T-MOBILE is hereby notifying the public of the proposed undertaking and soliciting comments on Historic Properties which may be affected by the proposed undertaking. Accordingly, if you would like to provide sp e ci f ic information regarding potential effects that the proposed undertaking might have to properties that are listed on or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and located within ½ mile of the above address, please submit the property’s address and your comments to: C harl e s C h e run d o l o Consulting, Inc. at 976 Tabor Road, Suite 1, Morris Plains, NJ 07950 or via email at tcns@ cherundoloconsulting. c o m .

NOTICE OF FORMATION of Bubbles & Bites LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/18/2020. Location: New Yo r k . SSNY designated as agent for service of process on LLC. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Bubbles & Bites LLC 727 Pennsylvania Avenue, Box 405, New York, NY 11207. Purpose: Any law ful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of MADISON PARK PLACE ACQUISITION, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/24/21. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 30 Hudson Yards, 72nd Fl., NY, NY 10001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y. Notice of Qualification of NYMM F&B MANAGEMENT, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/25/21. O f f ice location: N Y Count y. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/30/21. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Union Square Hospitality Group, LLC, 853 Broadway, 17th Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 241 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y.

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Notice of Auction Sale is herein given that Citiwide Self Storage located at 45-55 Pearson Street, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101 will take place on WWW. STORAGETREASURES. COM Sale by competitive bidding starting on June 28, 2021 and end on July 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to satisfy unpaid rent and charges on the following accounts: #3P01-Michael Cagle: several boxes, 1-small barbeque grill, 3-light fixtures, several luggage, several plastic bags. #5R28-Alfredo Villamar: several boxes, several b a g s , s h o e b oxe s , suitcases, 1 - c h a i r, 2-picture frames. # 5 T 2 0 - A l f r e d o Villamar: several bags/ boxes, miscellaneous clothes on hangers, 1-hand truck, 2- hats. #8J25-Robert Pastore: several boxes, 6-plastic bags, 1-leather bag , 1 - guitar c as e . The contents of each unit will be sold as a lot and all items must be removed from the premises within 72 hours. Owners may redeem their goods by paying all rent and charges due at any time before the sale. All sales are held “with reserve”. Owner reserves the right to cancel sale at any time.

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CITY & STATE NEW YORK MANAGEMENT & PUBLISHING Publisher & General Manager Tom Allon tallon@ cityandstateny.com, Vice President of Operations Jasmin Freeman, Comptroller David Pirozzi, Business & Operations Manager Patrea Patterson, Administrative Assistant Lauren Mauro

Who was up and who was down last week

LOSERS

CREATIVE Art Director Andrew Horton, Senior Graphic Designer Alex Law, Graphic Designer Aaron Aniton, Photo Researcher Michelle Steinhauser DIGITAL Digital Director Michael Filippi, Digital Marketing Manager Caitlin Dorman, Digital Strategist Isabel Beebe

MICHAEL BENEDETTO The Assembly Education Committee chair has a curious take on legislative oversight. If the state Education Department says things are A-OK, then why not take them at their word because they’re, like, really learned? That was his reasoning for holding up a bill to examine how much students are learning about the Holocaust. As it turned out, someone was listening and the whole episode came to light.

THE BEST OF THE REST

THE REST OF THE WORST

GARY LABARBERA

RAFAIL PORTNOY

The past year has been a little rocky for the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council, but Gary LaBarbera got a major win for the union when the state Legislature passed a wage theft bill that would make contractors more liable when subcontractors stiff employees.

ZELLNOR MYRIE

His bill allowing civil lawsuits to be filed against gun manufacturers was passed by the state Senate. Maybe if Assembly Member Pat Fahy, the bill’s other sponsor, can get the body to pass the bill, she’ll find herself in the Winners Circle soon.

MTA Chief Technology Officer Rafail Portnoy had a tough week after it was revealed that hackers got into the transit system’s computers. Now the unenviable task begins of fortifying the agency’s safeguards, and ensuring the hackers can’t continue their attacks.

ADVERTISING Vice President of Advertising Jim Katocin jkatocin@ cityandstateny.com, Account/Business Development Executive Scott Augustine saugustine@cityandstateny. com, Vice President, Advertising and Client Relations Danielle Koza dkoza@cityandstateny.com, Sales Associate Cydney McQuillan-Grace cydney@ cityandstateny.com, Sales Assistant Zimam Alemenew, Sales Assistant Garth McKee, Legal Advertising Associate Sean Medal EVENTS events@cityandstateny.com Sales Director Lissa Blake, Events Manager Alexis Arsenault, Event Coordinator Amanda Cortez ADVISORY BOARD Chair Sheryl Huggins Salomon Board members Sayu Bhojwani, Gregg Bishop, David Jones, Maite Junco, Andrew Kirtzman, Tara L. Martin, Mike Nieves, Juanita Scarlett, Larry Scott Blackmon, Lupe Todd-Medina, Ashwin Vasan, Trip Yang

Vol. 10 Issue 22 June 7, 2021 It ain't just NYC Upstate mayoral races to watch

Lindsey Boylan won't be silenced

SUZANNE SILVERSTEIN

The state Court of Appeals has ruled that New York City has every right to put homeless shelters in rich and poor neighborhoods alike. Too bad for Suzanne Silverstein and the merry band of NIMBYs she leads as president of the West 58th Street Coalition.

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MARGARET CHIN & GALE BREWER New York City’s back: Broadway, movie theaters and summer camps are all opening up. But for weeks, the city remained mum on whether senior centers were being revived as well, to the chagrin of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Margaret Chin. But the mayor finally gave the OK to let older adults head back to centers for in-person activities.

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The New York City Democratic mayoral primary had its first in-person debate and there was a clear winner: the mute button, when these events were virtual. We truly did not know what we had until we lost it. Speaking of things that are looking better in retrospect, Bill de Blasio got to have some more fun. While his potential successors were forced to squabble on TV, he got to share decreasing COVID-19 statistics, publicly proclaim his love for Big Bird and tweet about basketball.

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Thank you, Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, for championing New Yorkers during the pandemic. Now, we need you and your fellow state senators to step up yet again. Too many hard-working New Yorkers have no easy way to save for their future. We need to make it easier to start saving—particularly for private-sector workers of color, who too often lack access to an employerprovided retirement program. Luckily, there’s one simple way to give every worker a path to save for retirement—strengthening the Secure Choice Savings Program. Workers deserve the option to save directly from their paychecks, regardless of who they work for. Secure Choice is good for workers, good for small businesses, and good for taxpayers. That means it’s good for all of us.

We urge the State Senate to strengthen the New York Secure Choice Savings Program by passing S.5395-A Savino today. Help workers build a more secure future.

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