Karen DeWitt appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Governor Andrew Cuomo has settled his first union contract with the prison guards union, which includes benefit and pay concessions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, March 18, 2011
There are two weeks left to the state budget deadline and — despite the pressures of the $10 billion dollar deficit — Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders claim to be getting along just fine. Perhaps the good will stems from the fact that Cuomo has a special new weapon that changes the power dynamic in favor of the governor over the legislature.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The fight between Governor Andrew Cuomo and school districts flared up Thursday when the governor delivered a stern lecture to schools that have complained about the proposed budget cuts to education — ripping critics for playing a "game" and issuing empty "threats."