A lifelong New Yorker, Tom Allon has been a leader in local neighborhood-based journalism and the New York City publishing industry for the past 30 years. He is currently the CEO and owner of City and State NY, the most influential political media company in New York State. Before privatizing Manhattan Media in August 2001, Tom was the executive vice president of News Communications, Inc., a public media company that owned 23 newspapers in New York City’s boroughs, Long Island and Washington, D.C. He was involved with the start-up of the successful Capitol Hill daily, The Hill, and helped supervise News Communications' expansion throughout NYC’s neighborhoods in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn. A former Journalism and English teacher at Stuyvesant High School, Tom helped create two successful public high schools, Eleanor Roosevelt H.S. on the Upper East Side and Frank McCourt H.S. on the Upper West Side. Tom was the Liberal-backed candidate for Mayor of New York City in 2013.