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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Fracking Backers, Critics Converge Amid Report Limited Gas Drilling Will Be OK'd

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Supporters and opponents of a plan to allow limited fracking in New York’s Southern Tier converged in Albany on Thursday after a report that the governor will likely give the go-ahead to the controversial practice of natural gas drilling in select areas.

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10 Days Left, Many Legislative Issues Remain Unresolved

Monday, June 11, 2012

Lawmakers plan on leaving for the summer on June 21, but they continue to be gridlocked on some issues, such as raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, and offering tax breaks to small businesses as an incentive to create more jobs.

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Controversy Overshadows Ethics Hearing

Thursday, June 07, 2012

A lobby group closely associated with Governor Andrew Cuomo was the elephant in the room during a hearing by the state ethics commission on new rules for donor disclosure.

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Backers of Minimum Wage Hike Continue Push as Session Winds Down

Friday, June 01, 2012

With 2-1/2 weeks left in the legislative session, those in favor of raising New York’s minimum wage are still pushing to get the bill passed this session.

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Cuomo Revives Iconic ‘I Love NY’ Ads – Sort Of

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo is attempting to revive New York’s iconic “I Love New York” tourism campaign with some new ads.  The governor says the state not been aggressive enough in its promotions in recent years. But there are going to be some changes in the ad campaign ― the red heart, for one, is out.

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Sharp Divisions Remain in Albany Over Minimum Wage

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Albany remains sharply divided on a bill that would raise the minimum wage – a day after Governor Andrew Cuomo, who backs the measure, said he “wouldn’t bet” on a resolution any time soon.

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Cuomo Takes the Reigns of the NYRA

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a new, temporary board set to run the New York Racing Association will enhance racing while working closely with New York's expansion of gambling.

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Silver, Advocates Raise Concerns Over Cuomo's Disability Watchdog Legislation

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

When Governor Cuomo introduced what he calls the Justice Center for Protection of People with Special Needs, he said it would establish the “strongest standards and practices in nation”. The new agency would employ a staff of special prosecutor and an inspector general to pursue allegations of abuse of the mentally and physically disabled in the care of the state. The bill would increase penalties for those convicted. It would also set up a 24-hour hotline to report suspected abuse, and create a statewide database of workers convicted of abuse to prevent them from ever being hired again.

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Assembly, Senate Leaders Disagree on Minimum Wage Bill, Both Claim Moral High Ground

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Democrats in the State Assembly approved a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage. The Republican leader of the State Senate offered a spirited defense of his position opposing the measure, but did not rule the issue out altogether.

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NYS Catholic Bishops Push Min Wage Increase

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the New York State Catholic Conference called on lawmakers in Albany on Thursday to pass, “a modest increase” in the state’s minimum wage, currently set at $7.25.

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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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