Joseph Spector, Rochester D and C

Joseph Spector

Rochester D and C

Albany, NY, United States

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Past articles by Joseph:

A smaller Big Apple: New York continues to lead nation in population decline

New York's population dropped 1.6% from July 2020 to July 2021, according to preliminary data released Tuesday. → Read More

Gov. Kathy Hochul on indoor mask mandate: 'This is about getting us through a pandemic'

Hochul sought to beat back criticism from some county leaders over her decision to install a statewide indoor mask mandate. → Read More

Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered to pay back proceeds from COVID-19 book, ethics group says

New York's ethics watchdog agency on Tuesday ordered former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to repay the state the proceeds he received from his $5 million book deal. → Read More

New York COVID-19 cases rise 10% in post Thanksgiving surge. Check by county and region

COVID-19 cases in New York continued to rise after Thanksgiving amid growing warnings and new restrictions by the state. → Read More

How a Binghamton-area lithium battery project just won a competitive federal grant

An effort to build an lithium-ion battery factory in Endicott got another jolt Monday when the federal government granted it one of its early awards. → Read More

Attorney General Letitia James ends run for New York governor and will seek re-election

Attorney General Letitia James ended her bid for governor on Thursday and will seek re-election to her current post next year. → Read More

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras to step down amid controversial comments in Cuomo scandal

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras faced a bevy of criticism and calls for his resignation after incendiary comments he made were released in Cuomo probe. → Read More

New York governor's race: Hochul retains leads among Democratic candidates, Siena poll says

Gov. Kathy Hochul retained a double-digit lead in her bid for a full term against her Democratic foes next year, a poll released Tuesday found. → Read More

NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private sector employers. When it starts

New York City employers will have to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers under new rules announced Monday by Mayor Bill de Blasio. → Read More

COVID-19 in New York: No new statewide mandates immediately planned, Hochul says

Hochul has no immediate plans to enact sweeping new mandates even as a new variant looms and positivity rates soar across upstate New York. → Read More

Chris Cuomo suspended by CNN over helping brother, ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo during scandals

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was suspended indefinitely Tuesday a day after records showed he was intimately involved in trying to help his brother, then Gov. Andrew Cuomo. → Read More

Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi enters field for New York governor. Why he's running

The Democratic primary for New York governor next year just got more crowded. → Read More

Omicorn COVID-19 variant: New York declares state of emergency amid virus surge

Hochul declared a state of emergency in New York late Friday amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and the looming threat of a new variant. → Read More

Former Rochester Assemblywoman Susan John has died. She served for 20 years

Former Assemblywoman Susan John, who served for 20 years in office in Rochester and was known as a fighter for women's rights, died Monday. She was 64. → Read More

New York COVID cases surge 28%, highest rates since April. Check by region

New coronavirus cases leaped in New York in the week ending Sunday, rising 28%. Almost all regions had an increase. → Read More

Build Back Better Act passes House: What it means for New York

Democrats in New York said it will bring back billions of dollars to the state. → Read More

SALT deduction fight over local and state tax deductions hits final vote. What may change

A key component of the Build Back Better bill will be a long-sought measure by some Democrats in high-tax state to raise the cap on state and local tax deductions. → Read More

Cuomo's book deal approval rescinded by NY ethics panel after using staff to write it

Cuomo's legal woes took another twist when a New York ethics panel rescinded its approval of his lucrative book deal, a move that jeopardize his payout. → Read More

'I’m moved to action:' Jumaane Williams officially enters race for governor

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams entered the race for governor on Tuesday, vowing an overhaul of state government if elected. → Read More

New York COVID cases jumped 25%, and these regions exceeded 8% positivity. Check by county

New coronavirus cases leaped in New York in the week ending Sunday, rising 25.3% as 37,225 cases were reported. The... → Read More