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°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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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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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