City & State New York is the only media company devoted solely to covering government and politics in New York. Formed from the merger of City Hall and The Capitol newspapers in 2012, City & State provides insightful and detailed coverage of the politics, the policies and the influential individuals and organizations all over New York.
Meet our Staff
Tom Allon, a native of the upper West Side of Manhattan, is the president and CEO of City & State, a company he founded a decade ago.
Tom has over three decades of experience in New York’s media world, both on the publishing and editorial side of the business. He started his career in 1986 as the editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper, The West Side Spirit, which won a number of awards for investigative reporting during his tenure. He then became the publisher and vice president of a public media company, News Communications, which owned 23 publications in the metropolitan area and Washington, D.C. He was involved in the creation of the daily Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, which became the inspiration for City & State. He also spent a decade building a private media company, Manhattan Media, which owned AVENUE magazine, Dan’s Papers, New York Family, five weekly newspapers in Manhattan and City & State.
In 2013, after a brief foray into politics, he privatized City & State with partner Steve Farbman and has now led the company’s expansion around the state and into Pennsylvania. Tom has also been an educator, first as an English and journalism teacher at his alma mater, Stuyvesant High School, in the mid-1980s and then more recently as an adjunct professor of journalism at Hunter College.
Tom, a graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, lives in Brooklyn Heights and is the proud father of three millennial children.
In 2013, Steve Farbman was approached by his friend Tom Allon with an opportunity to invest in City & State. The two had worked together more than a decade earlier when Steve was CEO of News Communications, a publisher of 23 weekly newspapers and Tom was the publisher of its Manhattan-based properties.
Previous to that Steve was chief operating officer at American Lawyer Media, where he spent more than 15 years managing a variety of properties, including newspapers, magazines, books, newsletters and live events. Since 2003, Steve has owned and serves as CEO of Touchpoint Media, a custom content and marketing agency serving clients ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to amateur sports associations. Throughout his career Steve has leaned on his journalism degree from The George Washington University to successfully balance the content and creative aspects of publishing with the marketing and business elements.
After raising their two children in Chappaqua, Steve and his wife, Eileen, recently moved back to Manhattan.
As Editor-in-Chief, Jon manages the editorial team, edits print and online stories, works with freelance reporters and edits the morning First Read email. Jon also develops and moderates panel discussions and conducts live one-on-one interviews for City & State’s many events. When he has time, Jon continues to report and write for the magazine.
A Nebraska native, Jon graduated from Macalester College with a degree in linguistics. After a stint at a weekly Twin Cities newspaper, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, spending two years teaching English in a small Transylvanian town. He came to New York to study at Columbia University, where he earned two master's degrees in journalism. He then interned with Reuters in Washington, D.C., and in New York City. He has been on the City & State staff since January 2011. He and his wife, Annie, live in Astoria, Queens.
As City & State’s vice president of strategy, Jasmin is responsible for working with the executive team to define and manage the organization's strategic business goals. Working across all divisions on various initiatives, Jasmin plays a key role in driving revenue company-wide, long-term planning and new business initiatives.
Jasmin has been with City & State for over six years, working in many departments, including accounting, sales and events. As the events director, she increased the quality and frequency of events and grew revenue, making events one of the company's top-performing divisions. Her unique understanding of the business and media industries has helped her quickly advance throughout her tenure.
Jasmin is a New York native, born and raised in Eastern Long Island. She graduated with a B.S. in management and organizational behavior from NYU’s Stern School of Business. She currently resides in Brooklyn.
As comptroller at City & State and its entities, David handles all financial matters, including forecasting/budgeting, accounting compliance, and sales trafficking and support. He participates in all company strategy sessions and new initiatives. Along with his valued team, David also oversees operations and employee relations, making sure the office is running smoothly, always with an eye toward growth and increased efficiency. Something of a jack-of-all-trades, he worked on the interior design and layout of our new offices and has been known to assist with menu selection at City & State events. Prior to joining City & State in 2015, David, a native New Yorker and graduate of New York University, spent time in the media and real estate industries. When not at work, he can usually be found eating ice cream, at a concert, or ranting about something he deems vital.
As the business and sales coordinator for City & State New York, Patrea serves as a liaison between sales teams and various departments, as well as between sales personnel and clients. She wears many hats for the company, contributing in a number of roles, and is responsible for legal advertising at City & State.
She is a graduate of CUNY College of Staten Island with dual majors in English writing and communications journalism. During her downtime, she enjoys playing volleyball (in which she has 10-plus years of experience) as well as spending time with her son, Victor.
Nick oversees all of City & State New York's opinion content and writes his own weekly column. He is responsible for editing and curating articles and blog posts for NY Slant, City & State New York’s opinion and analysis platform, and manages the magazine’s roster of regular columnists. Nick co-hosts The Slant podcast, a weekly discussion on New York City and state politics, alongside editor-at-large Gerson Borrero and featured guests. He is also a member of City & State’s five-person editorial board.
Nick has been a staff member at City & State since 2012, aside from a brief sojourn as a Giants beat writer during the 2014 football season. Before that, he was City & State’s City Hall reporter, writing in-depth probes of pay-for-play in Nassau County government, the legal saga of former state Senate majority leader Joe Bruno, and profiles of several 2013 mayoral candidates. He also played an integral role in the continued growth of City & State’s First Read email. Nick’s work has also appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly and the Greenpoint Gazette.
Nick is a graduate of Temple University and a rabid fan of the unholy trifecta of New York sports – the Mets, Jets and Knicks. He lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn, with his wife, Caitlin, and dog, Bonita.
Aimée coordinates all editorial content for New York Nonprofit Media’s print edition, website, daily newsletter and podcasts. She also serves as host at various NYN Media events and is a member of City & State’s editorial board. Aimée grew up studying music in an East Harlem nonprofit, Manna House Workshops, where she has served as a receptionist, camp counselor, development associate and board member. Most recently she served as director of development and communications at Riis Settlement. Aimée holds a B.S. from Barnard College and an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She also spent nearly a decade supervising editorial assistants on the now-defunct national desk of the Associated Press. Of the awards she has received, her favorite is the John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship, which was presented to her by Yoko Ono. Aimée is also a reverend and minister of music in Brooklyn, where she lives with her wife, Myriam, and their diva daughter, Savanna.
As managing editor at City & State, Ryan oversees the production of all City & State publications, including City & State New York, City & State Pennsylvania, New York Nonprofit Media and City & State Reports. He has been with the company since April 2015. Prior to joining City & State, he worked at the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and The Journal News in Westchester, New York. He lives with his wife, Kathy, way at the end of the A in Inwood, Manhattan.
As editor-at-large, Gerson contributes and helps manage editorial content for City & State New York, including its opinion platform, Slant. His political acumen is part of the weekly podcast and blog coverage. He is a member of the editorial board and crucial to City & State's feature coverage of the annual Albany and Puerto Rico Somos legislative conference. Gerson is a political commentator at NY1 and NY1 Noticias, and was previously the editor-in-chief and columnist for New York City's largest and oldest Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario. He is also the political voice of HITN and their 2016 presidential election coverage. Once described by the New York Daily News as ""one of the most knowledgeable political observers of the Latin community,” Gerson is a seasoned journalist whose perspectives on society and politics have been forged from childhood experiences in his native Ponce, Puerto Rico, and over 50 years spent in New York City.
A father of three, Gerson lives in New York with his wife, Ruth Noemí Colón, an attorney.
As editorial assistant, Jeff writes stories and develops other content for the magazine. He also co-produces City & State’s podcasts, helps shoot and edit videos, and supports events and social media. Jeff previously worked at NY1 and at Bronx-based public radio station WFUV, where he won awards for collegiate newscasting from The Associated Press and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Jeff graduated in 2015 from Fordham University, where he studied political science, theology and Italian food. Born and raised in Phoenix, Jeff now lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
As City & State’s Albany reporter, Ashley is responsible for all news coverage based out of the state Capitol. Ashley covers the state Legislative session each year and all state elections every two years. Additionally, she is a guest on "The Capitol Pressroom" every Friday to recap the week’s Winners & Losers. Before joining City & State, she was an intern at Gannett’s Albany bureau, where she caught the political bug. Ashley graduated with honors from SUNY Albany with a degree in journalism. Ashley lives in downtown Albany and enjoys getting out of the city whenever she can.
Sarina covers New York City Hall for City & State NY’s print magazine and website. She graduated from NYU and worked at several local news publications, including a digital startup in Westchester, The Riverdale Press in the Bronx and The TimesLedger in Queens. Sarina won first place for education coverage in the New York Press Association's 2013 Better Newspaper Contest as well as first place for in-depth reporting and second place for special section in the Local Media Association Editorial Contest in 2012. Sarina responds to “strangler” on and off the job, and enjoys cooking, soccer and Scrabble.
As creative director, Gui spearheads the creative vision of City & State and all its divisions, including City & State New York, City & State Reports, City & State Careers, City & State Pennsylvania and New York Nonprofit Media. Gui oversaw the redesign of City & State – from print to digital – and continues to advance the company in a modern creative direction. Before joining the team in June 2013, Gui worked at Squat Design providing creative direction for Keller Williams, Aroma, The Real Deal Magazine and more. Prior to moving to New York City, he resided in Paris, where he worked at the ad agency Tribal Trackers on accounts such as Nestle Waters, Heineken and Phillip Stark.
As junior graphic designer for City & State New York, City & State Pennsylvania and New York Nonprofit Media, Kewen Chen is creative and passionate about the world. He loves layout design and visual typographic design, and is passionate about evolving the way they tell stories to provide interesting and useful context for readers. Kewen holds a master’s degree in graphic design, and previously worked for a social media company and a design studio for print and digital production.
As digital content coordinator, Michael works closely with the digital, design and editorial teams on all web-based projects, including posting weekly articles and feature stories. He works closely with the digital manager in the development of all new City & State websites and special projects. He also manages the company’s website analytics and assists in their email services. Michael comes from a print publication background and has over seven years' experience in business, sales, customer service and web. Along with a B.A. in business/marketing, he is an integral part of the digital team.
Michael currently lives on the Upper East Side with his wife, Christy, and is also an avid guitarist performing around the New York City area.
Alex is a senior graphic designer for City & State New York and a member of the creative team. He specializes in designing user interfaces, user experiences, websites, branding and illustrations. In addition to designing, he assists in front-end web development for web production.
Alex graduated with a B.A. in media studies and has been in the creative field for over six years. He previously worked as a freelance web designer for a real estate branding and marketing agency.
Alex currently lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
As multimedia director, Bryan Terry coordinates production for podcasts, videos and other digital content across City & State's platforms. Previously Bryan worked at NY1's Inside City Hall and Time Warner Cable's Capital Tonight, where he produced a New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award-winning series on casino gaming in the state. Bryan graduated from Marist College and is continuing his studies part-time at Hunter College. He lives in Woodside.
As events and marketing coordinator, Jenny is responsible for coordinating conferences, policy forums and award receptions for City & State, City & State Reports and New York Nonprofit Media. She promotes events through digital and print efforts, including marketing emails and journal ads. Jenny maintains the City & State Events webpage, manages the event guest lists and facilitates the events on-site. Jenny also creates the weekly City & State Careers e-newsletter. Jenny is currently studying marketing and psychology at Baruch College Zicklin School of Business. She expects to graduate with her BBA in Marketing in December 2016.
Jim Katocin was born and raised in New York, has been working in print advertising for more than two decades for such venerable publications as the New York Sun and New York Press, both at their height. He was the founding Sales and Advertising Director of City Hall News, and was integral in expanding the business to Albany with launch of The Capitol newspaper. He currently serves as the Vice President of Advertising at City & State magazine.
Scott has 20 years of experience in business development, sales and account management across a variety of industries. As account/business development executive, he works directly with clients to map out goals and develops strategic messaging across print, digital and event campaigns. Organizations looking to increase visibility and engagement to leaders in the public sector can reach Scott at (646) 517-2743 or email@example.com.