The Point is a newsletter produced by the Newsday opinion section. It provides a daily look inside New York politics for an audience of insiders and political activists. I helped conceive the new product, taking it from idea to reality. The Point was Newsday’s first newsletter to offer original reporting, rather than just headlines. Click here to subscribe
Analysis I’ve contributed to The Point
- Cribs: Capitol Hill edition
- Mapping an upset in Hempstead, a major LI Republican stronghold
- Aftermath of an upset unfolds in a playground
- How Con-Con reshaped LI’s voting
- Suffolk County has a new district attorney . . . sort of.
The former Nassau County executive. The former Suffolk County district attorney. The former Suffolk County police chief. The former Oyster Bay town supervisor. None have escaped federal prosecutors. We asked readers for their take about Long Island’s transactional political culture. See the full project
Congressman Steve Israel was a rising star within the House Democratic leadership, with prominent committee assignments and influence with the President. He shocked political observers in Washington and on Long Island when he announced in January 2016 that he wouldn’t seek re-election. The to replace him campaign began as soon as Israel made his announcement in January, 308 days before the election.
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, the Newsday editorial board asked readers to evaluate Trump’s performance. Readers offered letter grades on seven tasks and extended feedback about how their opinions had changed since the election. See the full project
Why was Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale fired? The answer has to do with close ties between top police officials and Nassau’s political class. The story of Dale’s resignation starts with Randy White, a 29-year-old Roosevelt man who testified to campaign irregularities that would keep former Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick off the ballot in Nassau’s county executive race. See the full project
To feature the work of Newsday’s editorial cartoonist, Matt Davies, I built a tool to display, sort and share political cartoons. Previously, Newsday featured cartoons in a photo gallery. Users were able to see the cartoons, but they could not share or comment on them individually. The project was built using PourOver.js and Sammy.js. See it in action
As head of the Catholic Church and by the force of his personality, Pope Francis has emerged as one of the world’s most influential and energetic leaders. In preparation for his visit, Newsday’s opinion section asked readers what messages they wanted to deliver to the pope. See the full project
Mourning Prayer is a short documentary following the closing weeks of Temple Emanuel at Parkchester, a conservative Jewish synagogue in the Bronx that closed after a history of more than 60 years.