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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

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New Head of StateTeachers Union Seeks Greater Political Clout

Monday, April 07, 2014

There’s a big change in New York's largest teacher’s union. This weekend NYSUT members elected Karen Magee as president after months of unrest over the state’s flawed roll-out of the Common Core learning standards. 

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Public Campaign Financing Test Has Serious Flaws, Comptroller Says

Monday, March 31, 2014

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says a test public finance campaign might be unworkable.

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NY Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal with Pre-K Funds for NYC

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The budget includes a multi-step plan that could reduce property taxes, $340 million dollars for schools to expand pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.

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Cuomo, Lawmakers Adopt Limited Public Campaign Finance for State Comptroller's Race

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a very limited form of campaign finance reform in the state budget, which would only apply to the State Comptroller’s race.

 

Advocates spent a million dollars on television ads and countless hours lobbying and holding demonstrations in favor of adopting a ...

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Still No NYS Budget Deal, Despite Friday Goal

Friday, March 28, 2014

some sticking points: public campaign financing and pre-kindergarten funding.

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NY State Budget Deal Expected Friday

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Legislative leaders said a final state budget deal could happen Friday. They need a deal by midday in order to deliver an on-time budget when the fiscal year ends on Monday.

Jeff Klein, Senate co-leader and leader of the Independent Democrats said they were close to an agreement but are ...

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Dispute Ends Budget Meeting in Albany

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tensions ran high at a closed door meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Dream Act Dies in Albany

Monday, March 17, 2014

The state senate rejected a bill that would have given college tuition assistance to thousands of children of immigrants in the country illegally.

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Education Fights at the Center of Budget Talks in Albany

Sunday, March 16, 2014

New York's lawmakers this week dive into the messy business of ironing out differences and finalizing a state budget.

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NYS Budget Talks Get Real as Deadline Nears

Monday, March 10, 2014

Budget negotiations are expected to get serious at the New York State Capitol this week, with the spending plan due at the end of the month.

The state Senate and Assembly are due to put out separate budget resolutions Wednesday, the first step toward reaching a final deal with Gov. ...

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Westchester Cty Executive Expected to Launch NY Gubernatorial Bid

Monday, March 03, 2014

"The state is going in the wrong direction," Astorino says.

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Assembly Leader Urges Senate to Pass Dream Act

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Assembly Democrats have approved a one house version of the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They're now urging the Senate to follow suit.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who calls the Dream Act a top priority, blamed opposition among Senate Republicans for ...

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Regents Reverse Course, Pull Teacher Protections from Common Core Changes

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York.

The Regents were set to vote to delay the effects of Common Core on high school seniors ...

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Cuomo's Tax Plan To Go Under Microscope in Albany

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Governor's promise to cut and freeze some taxes will get some scrutiny during budget hearings in Albany on Monday

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Health Commissioner Stays Tight-Lipped About Fracking Review

Monday, February 03, 2014

During testimony before a legislative hearing on Monday, Dr. Nirav Shah said he's not ready to share a progress report with New Yorkers.

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Questions Surround NY's Fracking Health Study

Monday, February 03, 2014

The state’s health commissioner is scheduled to testify before the legislative fiscal committee Monday morning.

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Fracking in NY Delayed at Least Another Year

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Opponents of the controversial extraction technique can breathe a sigh of relief, for now. In his budget this year, Gov. Cuomo isn't asking for the additional staff to issue permits that would signal the start of the process.

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DiNapoli: State Spent Record Amount on OT

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Cuomo Administration racked up a record $611 million dollars in overtime payments over the past year. That’s according to New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. He said the 16 percent increase in overtime payments between 2012 and 2013 comes mostly from employees in institutional settings, like prisons and psychiatric centers. ...

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Ethics Panel Rejects Donor Privacy Requests from Abortion Groups

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A state ethics board has denied requests from groups on both sides of the abortion debate to keep private their donor lists.

The groups, including the pro-choice Family Planning Advocates and the Christian conservative New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, had argued that making public their donor lists could pose a ...

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Cuomo Budget: Spending Plan or a Re-election Agenda?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Many of the major components in Cuomo’s budget, including universal pre-kindergarten and business tax cuts, take three-to-four years to be fully phased in. Even the property tax freeze is a multi-year proposal.

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