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Frank Esposito

Data and Graphics Reporter

Location icon United States

I produce precise visualizations, and easily understandable explanatory journalism about complex topics.

I also write about technology and systems running awry and what happens to the people caught in their path.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The $100 Million Man: How Cuomo's campaign war chest became one of the nation's largest

ALBANY - Halmar International donated $10,000 to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's election in 2010 and $135,000 overall in his eight years in office. The Nanuet, Rockland County-based construction firm has landed $236 million in state construction projects since Cuomo took office, plus a multitude of projects through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including a 23 percent stake in the massive $1.8 billion Long Island Railroad expansion, state records show.

Cashless tolls: Welcome to the dark future

Editor's note: This story is part of a months-long investigation into cashless tolls to find out why drivers are getting escalating fines, who's running the system and where the system is breaking down. Piermont's main drag - a mix of restaurants, bars and light retail - sees its busiest days on the weekends when cyclists pass through on their trek from the big city.

Cashless tolls: Fines were increased to make system work

In 2015, state officials were raging because scofflaws at bridges and tunnels were costing New York millions each year. Something had to be done. Legislative and gubernatorial plans commenced. Legislators drafted bills. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's staff mulled directives. All the steps were aimed at increasing penalties for skipping out on tolls along the state's highway and its river crossings.

Metro-North record-breaking overtime makes track workers millions, jobs remain vacant

Hundreds of jobs remained open until this year, while fares and pensions continue to rise From misfortune have come millions. In May 2013, a derailment in Connecticut led Metro-North to remake the railroad from the ground up, tearing out tens of thousands of splintered rail ties, replacing stone ballast and ripping out miles of track long past its expiration date.

In Texas, you could pay for cashless toll fines with a night in jail

The problems drivers have been having with cashless tolls on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge may be new to New York, but they're by no means new. In April 2016 the Hudson River crossing's predecessor, the Tappan Zee Bridge, joined the expansion of cashless-tolling systems in New York state, a major addition to Gov.

Nightmare neighbor? Here's what to do in Yonkers

CLOSE YONKERS - If a neglected house becomes a neighborhood nightmare, it's not long before city officials receive calls from surrounding residents. Callers demanding action might not be satisfied with the speed with which Yonkers officials respond, but a review of public records showed that city workers have been busy cleaning neighborhood messes.

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