City Hall Hires a City Hall Reporter

David Freedlander, until recently a staff writer for amNew York, is starting today as an associate managing editor of both City Hall News, the two-year-old monthly publication catering to people directly involved in local politics, and The Capitol, its newly launched sister publication focusing on state politics.

Manhattan Media, which owns City Hall News, has also started publications in Albany and Boston.

Freedlander told me about the move when I ran into him last night on his way to mingle with his new colleagues at the Commerce Bank on Broadway, where C.H.N. was hosting its "40 under 40" party.

Freedlander is Manhattan Media’s first acquisition from Room 9.

UPDATE:  Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall News and the Capitol, emailed to say hiring Freedlander is the first step in the company’s expansion. "[W]e are in that rare pocket of the news media that is in a growth period," and those plans will continue "in expectation of what we believe will be 2009’s likely political craziness on both the city and state level."

City Hall Hires a City Hall Reporter