Karen DeWitt appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Albany, NY —
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.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
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.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Albany, NY —
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.
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.