Sam Mellins

Sam Mellins

Senior reporter at New York Focus. Journalist reporting on criminal justice, labor, elections, and NYS/NYC politics.
Jan
12
Big Oil's California Connection

Big Oil's California Connection

State insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara has taken campaign money and gifts from fossil fuel interests and “done almost nothing” to address climate change.
Dec
16
Insuring — And Ensuring — The Apocalypse

Insuring — And Ensuring — The Apocalypse

Regulators are taking aim at how insurance companies are helping to fuel the climate crisis.
Oct
26
Wall Street Goes West

Wall Street Goes West

Private equity is mounting a multi-billion-dollar incursion into California’s pension system.
Sep
07
Biden Could Share Vaccine Data With The World

Biden Could Share Vaccine Data With The World

A new report suggests the United States may have unfettered rights to the information countries desperately need to scale up COVID-19 vaccine production.
Aug
26
A New Day For Workers’ Rights

A New Day For Workers’ Rights

The National Labor Relations Board is poised to undo decades of anti-union policies.
Jul
19
An Empire State Uprising

An Empire State Uprising

Progressives win primaries in western New York, intensifying their challenge to the Democratic machine.
Jun
29
Shareholders Strike Back

Shareholders Strike Back

Activist investors just won huge victories — and now they’re taking on roadblocks left behind by Trump and his corporate cronies.
May
20
Biden’s Drilling Moratorium Is Not A Moratorium

Biden’s Drilling Moratorium Is Not A Moratorium

The president was lauded for an oil and gas order — but he hasn’t done what experts say is necessary to actually halt fossil fuel development on federal lands.
Apr
14
On Unions, A Gap Between Biden’s Words And Actions

On Unions, A Gap Between Biden’s Words And Actions

The president pledged two initiatives to halt Amazon-style union busting — but he has not tried to use executive authority to make them a reality.
Apr
12
The Grassroots Battle To Change America’s Labor Laws

The Grassroots Battle To Change America’s Labor Laws

To fight for historic worker rights legislation, major unions and the socialist left are joining forces like never before.