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Chris Smith

  1. city politic
    Who Will Take Round Two of the Charter-School Debate in Albany This Year?Pro-charter-school allies won big last year, but Albany’s dynamics have changed just enough to make that less certain.
  2. the daily show without jon stewart
    Why Jon Stewart Is Leaving The Daily Show, and What He’ll Do Next“I’ve been doing this too long. Honestly, it’s breaking me. I’m broken.”
  3. city politic
    Is the Akai Gurley Indictment a Makeup Call for the Eric Garner Case? “The guy who deserved to get indicted didn’t, and the guy who screwed up probably will.”
  4. city politic
    Thanks to Booming Tax Revenue, de Blasio Thinks He Can Have It Both WaysWith his latest budget proposal, the mayor is trying to prove he can advance a progressive agenda while keeping the city’s economy strong.
  5. city politic
    The Political Jockeying That Got Carl Heastie Elected Assembly SpeakerThe election to replace Sheldon Silver was full of master maneuvers, and all roads seem to lead back to Mayor de Blasio and New York City.
  6. city politic
    New York’s Next Great Political Battle Will Be a Railyard in QueensDe Blasio’s Sunnyside yards plan was the boldest proposal in his State of the City speech. Let the fighting with Albany begin.
  7. What to Expect From Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City Speech on TuesdayThe mayor has a lot to be proud of and a few messes worth addressing. 
  8. city politic
    Can Bratton’s New Policing Plans Heal the City’s Wounds?He is quietly trying to repair community-NYPD relations while keeping crime down. 
  9. city politic
    Sheldon Silver’s Epic Fall Ushers in a New Era in AlbanyDespite his desperate attempt to cling to power, the speaker will soon step down.
  10. city politic
    Sheldon Silver’s Arrest Is Huge, But Preet Bharara Is Waging an Even Bigger CaseHe seems to be headed toward a confrontation with the governor.
  11. the city politic
    Tallying the Damage From Sheldon Silver’s ArrestThe effects are enormous and already rippling through Albany and the state.
  12. city politic
    Introducing Cuomo 2.0The governor’s State of the State introduced an energized agenda for New York. He wouldn’t mind if the rest of the nation were watching, too.
  13. city politic
    Why De Blasio’s Great Poll Numbers Actually Hint at a ProblemThere’s good news and bad news to be found in recent surveys.
  14. the city politic
    Is de Blasio’s Perceived Weakness an Advantage?Some of his collegial style is philosophical, some of it strategically pragmatic.
  15. the city politic
    Bratton Still Opposes Making Chokeholds IllegalThe NYPD’s new inspector released its first report on Monday.
  16. The Story of Mario Cuomo, As Told by New York MagazineRead six classic pieces on Cuomo from the archives, plus two stories by Cuomo himself.
  17. the city politic
    Mario Cuomo, 1932–2015The former governor of New York died today. Chris Smith remembers his career.
  18. the city politic
    For de Blasio and the NYPD, Mere Boos Are ProgressThe mayor’s efforts to lower the volume in his standoff with the NYPD may be working. 
  19. the city politic
    De Blasio and Bratton’s Critical RelationshipThe tragedy in Bed-Stuy highlighted the high-wire act that came to define de Blasio’s first year in City Hall.
  20. city politic
    Can de Blasio Unite New York in the Wake of the Cop Killings?“What is needed is trust.”
  21. the city politic
    Can Bratton Heal de Blasio’s Worsening Relationship With the NYPD?The department’s anger at the mayor is real — even among the cops who know he had nothing to do with Saturday’s fatal shooting.
  22. Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Is (Political) Arts and ScienceA surprising win for the governor’s liberal critics.
  23. city politic
    De Blasio Has Been Lucky — and Good — in His Handling of the Garner AftermathWait, was that him on This Week offering a 2016 agenda? 
  24. With Call for NYPD Retraining, de Blasio Tries to Please Police and ProtestersHe’s walking a fine political line between being seen as wisely tolerant and indulging disorder.
  25. city politic
    The Garner Decision Puts Mayor De Blasio in a Tight CornerHe must somehow advocate for calm — and understanding — with both the public and the NYPD.
  26. city politic
    NYPD Shooting Death Tests de Blasio The mayor and NYPD Commissioner Bratton are thrown into a tricky balancing act.
  27. city politic
    Why Has the NYPD Been Airing So Many Grievances in the Press Lately?Maybe all the noise is an indication of how hard it is to enforce a political agenda and the laws at the same time.
  28. city politic
    How Cuomo Played the Working Families PartyThe left-leaning party trusted the governor’s promises. Maybe they shouldn’t have.
  29. early and often
    Andrew Cuomo’s Next Campaign Is Just Getting StartedThe battle for how New York will be governed starts after Election Day.
  30. city politic
    De Blasio’s Fight to Control the Media NarrativeHis reaction to a Post headline also reveals the mayor’s sore spots. 
  31. in conversation
    Jon Stewart on His Directorial Debut RosewaterWhat do you do after years spent turning a show into an American comic institution? If you’re this comedian, you might spend a summer making a movie about torture.
  32. vintage
    A Very Young Jon Stewart’s 1994 Interview With New York MagazineTwenty years ago, he was just a young comic with an MTV talk show.
  33. city politic
    Andrew Cuomo and the Politics of an Ebola ScareThe difference in political styles has been on full display.
  34. the city politic
    New York’s Ebola Response Gets Political Will de Blasio and Cuomo fight the virus, or one another? 
  35. city politic
    Has de Blasio Launched a New Era of Law Enforcement?The new “Mobility Initiative” might jump-start the mayor’s goal of healing community-police relations.
  36. the city politic
    Andrew Cuomo and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad YearIn an otherwise fruitful governorship.
  37. early and often
    Grimes-McConnell Debate Not Quite a Game-ChangerThe Democratic challenger got a bit looser, but ultimately stuck to her script.
  38. Charter-School Advocates Shift Tactics in Their Battle With de Blasio How they plan to put the mayor on the defensive.
  39. the sports section
    Derek Jeter’s Already Launching His Media EmpireOh, the irony.
  40. the sports section
    Derek Jeter Can’t Go Home AgainIn his final game at Yankee Stadium, a last bit of life-giving naïveté for the fans.
  41. city politic
    Cuomo and Christie Flex Together on TerrorismAn oddly reassuring ritual.
  42. Derek Jeter Opens the Door.The retiring legend offers a photographer access to his private world—the first project in a new career that is all about control.
  43. Andrew Cuomo’s Ugly VictoryThe past three months have generated a lowlight reel for the governor that won’t go away as quickly as he’d like. 
  44. Besides Pre-K, What Is de Blasio’s Education Plan?The answer has been, well, slow to develop.
  45. Can de Blasio Be Both a Man of the People and ‘the Man’?The fallout from a chokehold death raises this question ever more urgently for the mayor.
  46. The Heat Is on for Cuomo — But Also for BhararaThe governor is enduring political embarrassment at a bad time. But the US Attorney has set up some high expectations.
  47. city politic
    Andrew Cuomo’s Needless HeadacheEveryone knew the Moreland Commission wasn’t truly independent. The governor should have just said so.
  48. Eric Garner’s Death Tests de Blasio’s Fledgling Relationship With the NYPDCops are watching the mayor’s reaction closely.
  49. city politic
    De Blasio Is Learning He’s Never InvisibleBut what’s the right amount of transparency?
  50. city politic
    Can Mayor de Blasio Tame Rikers Island? To do so, he’ll have to grapple with a certain fearsome union.
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