Lee Harris co-founded New York Focus and currently works part-time on strategy and development as contributing editor. She is also a staff reporter at The American Prospect, where her reporting focuses on climate, finance, and labor, and her work has appeared in outlets like The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. She was editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper at the University of Chicago from 2019 to 2020.
The New York Power Authority manages resources built half a century ago. But a plan to make it the vanguard of clean energy could be hamstrung by labor-environmentalist divisions.
Big banks and venture capital firms have flirted with the residential energy market for years. Ithaca is giving these lenders a shot with theirs.
A new poll suggests a missing economic message is contributing to an unexpectedly close governor’s race.
Maloney’s announcement that he will exit his old district for a slightly safer seat alarmed Democrats—and rang a familiar bell back home.
A rift grew among birth advocates as progressive legislators asked them to compromise with the governor – or risk a veto.
A proposed gas ban has pitted ConEd against big oil, real estate lobbyists, and other investor-owned utilities.
New York is seen as a model - but it also shows the challenges of green public-private partnerships
The structure of state government, with its centralized power and few ethical checks, invites scandal after scandal.
Farms in New York have used a form of legal arbitrage to shield their manure management practices from scrutiny.
DSA organized against a fracked-gas plant in Astoria. Now Schumer is getting involved.
A top energy executive, whose firm is designing pro-gas talking points, has a seat at the table charting the state’s path to decarbonization.
Chemical industry lobbyists are aggressively fighting a bill that would ban the use of toxic flame retardants—including by placing stories in local news outlets with quotes from a tenant organizer who says she didn’t speak to them.
Governor Cuomo just approved the largest budget in New York history — and it has virtually no new funding to help meet the goals in New York’s landmark climate law.
Can New York meet its emissions goals if it green-lights more fossil fuel infrastructure? A proposal to rebuild a fracked-gas plant will set the precedent.
The major provisions of New York’s 2021 budget.
State lawmakers and workers’ rights advocates warned that burdensome proof-of-employment requirements may mean the funds go unspent.
He committed three years ago to supporting safe injection sites for drug users — then reversed course, activists say. Now, they see a new chance to pressure the embattled governor.
State withholds have left harm reduction providers undersupplied, and informal overdose prevention networks are struggling to fill the gap.
Democratic leadership appointed David Friedfel, the top state policy analyst at the Citizens Budget Commission, to a key staff position in budget negotiations.
New York isn’t following through on guidance expanding take-home treatment to reduce Covid-19 spread, advocates say. Many patients must wait in line for treatment as many as six times a week.