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Welcome to the bigger and better Capital. We've redesigned the site, hired the best team of editors and reporters in the city and turned this into an essential experience for anyone who cares about City Hall, Albany and the media business.

We are here to provide urgent and must-read reporting. To do this, we're putting more reporters on these beats than any other publication and focusing exclusively on them to make sure we bring you the news that matters.

The whole site and all our services will be available for free for everyone until February 2014. After that, we'll still bring everyone plenty of news that resonates beyond our insider audience. And Capital Playbook, our early-morning take on the news you need to know, will be free, too. Sign up here.

But there are substantial benefits for subscribers to Capital Pro, which is designed to give you exclusive information, fast and fair, so you're a step ahead of the news cycle - and competition.

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We will start your day with an early morning Pro newsletter, a richly reported tip sheet telling you what you missed overnight and what you need to know for the day ahead. There will be three of these for subscribers only, all delivered by 5:45 am: City Hall Pro, Albany Pro and Media Pro. Click here to sign up for complimentary access to these.

Second, we will send bursts of news and analysis to your inbox as fast as our reporters scoop it up. These are called “Whiteboard alerts” and will be very short, very readable, essential stuff.

But you don't have to get anything you don't need. You can tell us what topics you care about – and only the stuff you want will be sent to you.

We will do the same for stories: you pick the topics and we send the articles to your inbox before they appear on the site.

We believe that if you try Capital Pro, you'll be hooked. Please take the time to sign up for a free two-month trial of Pro to give it a try. Click here.

Capital aims to be transformative for advertisers, too. POLITICO has shown how virtually every major company, association or activist group that cares about its image and policy priorities benefits from getting their message in front of decision-makers in government and opinion-shapers in media. Capital will do the same for anyone with business in Albany or at City Hall, or who wants their message in front of the people who make the big decisions in the media business. We offer an influential audience - and precision targeting. Click here for more on advertising opportunities.

We welcome your ideas and feedback. Please feel free to share your thoughts with co-founders Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran by emailing jbenson@capitalnewyork.com and tmcgeveran@capitalnewyork.com. We look forward to making your life more productive and more fun here in the Capital of the World.

Jim VandeHei
CEO and President
Capital New York