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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Albany Becomes Focus of PR Battle on Fracking

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, presented Governor Andrew Cuomo with 200,000 signatures asking for a ban on the gas drilling process in New York.  A State Senator predicted the opposition to the process will have an effect on the governor.

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Cuomo Creates Education Commission Charged With Creating an 'Action Plan'

Monday, April 30, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo named a blue ribbon commission to look at the problems facing education in New York, instructing them to come back with an “action plan” not a “theoretical document” that the legislature can implement in time for the 2013 school year.

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Cuomo Downplays 2016 Presidential Speculation

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo for the first time addressed speculation that he might be a candidate for President in 2016, saying it’s “flattering”, but “distracting”.

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Abortion Rights Groups Seek Cuomo's Support

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Abortion rights advocates promoting the Reproductive Health Act say they are counting on Governor Andrew Cuomo to help the bill become law this year.

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Historic Preservation Groups Weighs in on Fracking in New York

Monday, April 16, 2012

An historic preservation group is weighing in on hydro-fracking for the first time, and they don't like what they’ve been learning about the gas drilling process. They say it would change the nature of the landscape from rural to industrial and would detract from heritage tourism in the Marcellus shale region.

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Cuomo Orders Creation of State Health Care Exchange

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order to create a health care exchange for New York residents, a state-run clearinghouse for individuals and small businesses looking for health insurance, after the Legislature failed to act.

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NY Passes $132B Budget

Friday, March 30, 2012

For the second year in row, New York State is on the way to an on time budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the first of several budget bills into law, while the Legislature passed all the bills that make up the $132.5 billion budget.

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NYS Budget Winners and Losers

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave up some items in the newly announced state budget deal, but so did the State Legislature.

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State Budget Process Nearing End

Monday, March 26, 2012

New York lawmakers are very optimistic about getting a budget done on time again this year. They say 99 percent of the state’s spending plan has been closed down, and they will pass bills before the end of the week.

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Union Suspends Endorsements, Contributions Over Cuomo Pension Plan

Monday, March 19, 2012

Legislators are suffering a backlash from those last two votes from the state’s largest public employee union, which said it is suspending all political endorsements and campaign contributions to state legislators because of the deal

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Pataki Denounces Democrats in Partisan Speech

Friday, March 16, 2012

Former Governor George Pataki was the keynote speaker at the GOP convention in Rochester. Pataki gave a fiery speech against President Barack Obama, and sais this year’s election is a fight for the very “soul” of the nation.

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A Little Ugly in Albany

Friday, March 16, 2012

Karen DeWitt, Capitol bureau chief for New York State Public Radio and Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief of The Daily News, wrap up the flurry of legislation in Albany. 

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Pension Reform Causes Unions to See Red

Thursday, March 15, 2012

An overnight session in the state legislature where pension reform and other items were approved has left public worker unions, and even some lawmakers, fuming. Meanwhile Governor Andrew Cuomo says it had to be done that way.

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Redistricting Amendment Scrutinized

Friday, March 09, 2012

Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo are working on a constitutional amendment to reform redistricting in New York. But critics say in its present form, the proposal will not accomplish that.

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Down to the Wire on Redistricting

Thursday, March 08, 2012

It’s coming down to the wire on redistricting in New York. A federal court has already usurped a gridlocked state legislature and drawn new congressional lines. It is now on track to redraw state legislative lines, too, if the Assembly and Senate do not agree on a bill by March 15.

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Cuomo Outlines Possible Tax Changes

Monday, December 05, 2011

Talks are taking place behind the scenes on changes to New York’s tax code that could result in the wealthy paying higher taxes. Governor Cuomo, who is asking for the changes, is also proposing a gambling expansion and other initiatives which he is asking the state legislature to consider later this week.

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Albany Becomes the Latest Site of an Occupy Protest

Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Albany protesters gathered Friday in a park across from the State Capitol, where some expressed their dissatisfaction toward Governor Cuomo’s stance against renewing a tax on millionaires.

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Panel Report on Potential Fracking Fees May Be Pushed Back

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A state advisory panel on hydrofracking in New York may not meet its initial November deadline to report on potential fees to charge gas drillers and impacts of the controversial process on the state.

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Groups Call on NY to Continue Its Surcharge on Millionaires

Monday, October 17, 2011

A coalition of community groups and labor organizations, calling themselves "99 New York," gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday to renew a campaign to extend the so-called "millionaires tax" beyond its December expiration date.

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NY Union Floats New Idea to Avoid Layoffs

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Two days after one of the state’s two major worker unions rejected a contract, the Public Employees Federation President says he has “new ideas” for a contract settlement, and is anxious to meet with Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss options to avert the 3,500 lay offs ordered by the governor.

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