John O'Connor is WNYC's Washington correspondent. He has previous covered education for Florida radio stations and politics for newspapers in South Carolina and Maryland.
John O'Connor appears in the following:
Thursday, December 28, 2017
With health care, taxes and immigration as key issues, the Staten Island congressional fight is also important for control of the U.S. House.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Now, it's easier for donors to give where they can have the most impact. That's making the race in New York's 19th District one of the most competitive — and expensive — in the nation.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The job could become much more important if Democrats take control of the House.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Democrats have leverage during government funding negotiations. But will they use it?
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Once local lawmakers voted against the bill, they lost leverage to negotiate changes.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Four Senate Democrats said Trump should resign over sexual harassment and assault allegations, but only Gillibrand drew Trump's Twitter ire.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Local leaders make it sound like the financial Grim Reaper is coming for NY and NJ in the form of the GOP's tax bill. They may be right.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
One analyst says 26 of the top 30 counties affected are in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
Monday, December 04, 2017
Both House and Senate bills allow parents to use education savings accounts for K-12 tuition.
Monday, December 04, 2017
Republicans in the House and Senate have a handful of significant differences to work out.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
GOP members from New York want changes to the tax bill, but they don't seem to be convincing House leadership.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Local Republicans tried to stop the train. They got run over.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
2017 is a wrap. So it's time for an early preview of the governor's race and the Congressional midterms.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Lobbyists aren't spending much time in lobbies during the tax debate.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Many would lose thousands of dollars in federal tax deductions. But the bill also lowers tax rates, increases a child tax credit and eliminates the unpopular alternative minimum tax.
Friday, October 27, 2017
The governor says the plan to eliminate state and local deductions would hurt New York families.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Local Republicans are worried about the plan, but GOP leaders promise a compromise on homeowner deductions.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Republican leaders promise a fix is on the way, but members want something a little more concrete.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
The former Staten Island Congressman tweeted a photo of himself with Trump advisor Steve Bannon, setting up a possible battle for the President's endorsement in the congressional race.
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
The Northern Manhattan Democrat says those who want to leave the battered island should get help to do so.