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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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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Cuomo Says Tax Cap Will Not Hinder Irene Recovery

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the 2 percent property tax cap that became law this year will not put a damper on the recovery efforts of local governments after Tropical Storm Irene.

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Officials Plan Repairs for 150 Upstate Roadways

Friday, September 02, 2011

State officials have pledged to clear and quickly repair more than 150 roads closed upstate flooded and ripped apart by Tropical Storm Irene.

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Ethics Panel Out of Business in New York

Friday, August 19, 2011

The ethics panel for New York state is going out of business — at least until a new commission signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this month can get up and running.

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DiNapoli Proposes Fracking Protection Fund

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is proposing a remedial fund for hydro fracking — similar to the state’s oil spill fund — to reimburse citizens if they suffer environmental damage from the gas drilling process.

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Cuomo: Debt Ceiling Deal Will Be Worked Out Before Deadline

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he remains hopeful that President Barack Obama and Congress will resolve their differences over the debt ceiling, and that a default that could harm New York and other states won’t occur.

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Governor Shifts Focus to Job Creation for Cash-Strapped Regions

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state this week, announcing regional economic development councils to help boost the local economies — but he made clear that he'll be awarding the $200 million in job creation grants strictly on merit.

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State Pension Fund, Budget Would Be Jeopardized by Fed Default: DiNapoli

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

President Barack Obama and Congress do not agree on a way to increase the federal debt ceiling, the default could affect New York State in a number of ways — from a weakened state pension fund to significant gaps in the state budget, the state's comptroller warned.

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Gay Marriage Opponents Sue to Overturn Law

Monday, July 25, 2011

Same-sex marriage opponents are suing to overturn the law in New York a day after gay weddings began in the state. The suit, filed by the evangelical Christian lobby group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, charges that the vote on June 24 was conducted in an "out of control political process."

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Senate Sends Same-Sex Marriage Bill to Floor Vote

Friday, June 24, 2011

The New York Senate has sent the same-sex marriage bill to the floor for a vote after days of closed-door meetings in legislative overtime.

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Senate Ends Session With No Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Senate Republicans ended another marathon session late Thursday without taking up the issue of same-sex marriage, which has been languishing in legislative overtime in Albany for days.

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Dramatic Week for Same-Sex Marriage Ends in Stalemate Over Bill

Friday, June 17, 2011

A vote in the state Senate on gay marriage is not expected until next week, as Republicans, who hold the majority in that house, wrangle with concerns over greater protections for religious organizations.

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No Decision: Republicans Still Mulling Same-Sex Marriage Vote

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Republican majority in New York's state Senate met privately in Albany Wednesday to discuss how they want to proceed on the gay marriage bill, including whether or when to hold a vote. The closed-door session stretched over four hours, and at the end, Majority Leader Dean Skelos emerged to say they haven't decided yet how to proceed.

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