Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Religious Leaders Voice Support for Same Sex Marriage in NY

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Advocates for same-sex marriage in New York got a boost from more than 700 members of the clergy, as Governor Cuomo says he’s optimistic that a marriage equality bill can become law this year.

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Cuomo Announces Funding Competition for SUNY Schools

Monday, May 02, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced grants for the four State University Centers in New York. The schools will compete for a total of $140 million dollars for what Cuomo says will be “seed money” for plans to expand the centers and create jobs.


Albany and Health Care Providers Ponder Federal Reforms

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The State Senate held a panel discussion with major health care stakeholders, on how New York will implement the federal health care reforms proposed by President Obama and passed by Congress.

The federal health care reform act requires states to set up health care exchanges to give the uninsured access to the health care that they will be required to buy when the new law takes effect in 2014.

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Protesters Lobby Cuomo Against NY Fracking

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

College students from around the state concerned about the natural gas extraction process known as hydro fracking presented Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office with petitions to study the practice more carefully.

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Cuomo and Unions Wrangle After Contract Deadline

Friday, April 22, 2011

Governor Cuomo may have achieved an on-time budget for only the third time in 25 years, but there is one April 1 deadline that he missed.



Koch Unleashes Robocalls on Redistricting Flip-Floppers

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Former New York city Mayor Ed Koch launched robocall attacks on state legislators, many of them Senate Republicans, whom Koch says have violated a pledge they signed to back non-partisan redistricting. And it’s not just the Republicans who are wary of changes to the way New York designs it’s legislative and congressional district lines.

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Cuomo Settles First Union Contract With Prison Guards

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo has settled his first union contract with the prison guards union, which includes benefit and pay concessions.

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NY Senate Dems Try to Put GOP on the Spot Over Ethics Reform

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Senate Democrats, including Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan, are calling for public hearings next month on several ethics reform proposals that they say need to be passed this session.


NY Senate GOP Pressures Assembly Dems on Property Tax Cap

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Republicans in the Senate and Assembly are stepping up the pressure on Assembly Democrats to approve Governor Andrew Cuomo’s two-percent, across-the-board property tax cap for schools and local governments.

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Affordable Housing Is 'Disappearing' Every Day, Says Silver

Monday, April 11, 2011

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has made reforming New York City's rent laws a top priority. The Assembly made the first move in what will likely be long, drawn out negotiations, approving a one house bill that Silver said will ensure that more renters can stay in their homes. He said affordable housing is "disappearing" every day.

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Gov't Shutdown Looms Large for New York, Says Comptroller

Friday, April 08, 2011

A federal government shutdown would have repercussions for New York, said the State’s Comptroller, who noted a long term federal stalemate could even threaten the precarious balance of the state budget.


Ed Koch Takes Swipe at State Senate Leader: He's an 'Enemy of Reform'

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who now leads a reform group, declared the Leader of the State Senate "an enemy of reform," and said senators have broken a pledge to carry out non-partisan redistricting.


Cuomo's On-Time Budget Could Have Long-Term Repercussions

Monday, April 04, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo scored a major victory when he convinced the state legislature to approve a budget that closed a $10 billion dollar gap through cuts to health care and school aid. But some think the spending plan could have negative repercussions for the governor later on.


State Legislature Passes On-Time Budget Amid Protests

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lawmakers passed a budget in the early morning hours amid loud but peaceful protests. The $132.5 billion budget contains a 2 percent spending cut and eliminates $10 billion, with historic cuts to schools, public colleges, social service programs and health care.

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Lawmakers Work Into Night as Budget Protesters Take to Capitol

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

State lawmakers planned to work into the evening in an attempt to finish up the state budget one day before the deadline. Hundreds of protesters, upset with budget cuts, marched and chanted, and decried the near- shutdown of access to the Senate and Assembly chambers.


Lawmakers Brace for Budget Protests at Capitol

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hundreds of New Yorkers are expected at the state Capitol Wednesday to protest the approval of a state budget that cuts schools by $1.2 billion dollars, makes reductions to public colleges and universities and tuition assistance programs and rejects a tax on millionaires.


Ahead of Budget Deadline, Cuomo Points to Power Shift in Albany

Monday, March 28, 2011

As the days count down to the April 1 budget deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo is making clear to lawmakers that the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of government has shifted.


Cuomo, Lawmakers Agree to Tentative $133 Billion Budget

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a budget plan that cuts spending by nearly $10 billion dollars, and does not raise any new taxes, scrapping proposals for a continued tax on the state’s millionaires.

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Legislature Nears 'Conceptual Agreement' on Budget

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The leader of the State Senate says he expects a "conceptual agreement" on the state budget by midday Friday, one week before the March 31 deadline.


Cuomo Stops Short of Calling for Indian Point Shut Down

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has pledged to make the Indian Point nuclear power plant its first priority in reviewing seismic risk at the nation's nuclear facilities in light of the disastrous earthquake in Japan. Cuomo stopped short, though, of calling for a shutdown of the Indian Point.

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