Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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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Budget Civility, Thanks to Paterson Playbook

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.


Cuomo Rips Critics of Education Budget Cuts

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."

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Critics Call New York Senate Redistricting Bill Inadequate

Monday, March 14, 2011

A partisan argument broke out Monday in the New York State Senate over the issue of redrawing district lines, as pressure mounts on the chamber's Republican conference to adopt a plan for an independent commission soon.


Koch Rips Republicans: They Are 'Derailing' Redistricting Reform

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is accusing Senate Republicans of "derailing" redistricting reform, and breaking a pledge they made to the ex-mayor’s reform group during the most recent election campaign.

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Silver: Chances of Keeping Millionaires Tax Are 'Poor'

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, speaking a month before the state budget is due, said the likelihood of retaining the so-called millionaires tax in New York was "poor" as support  for the temporary income surcharge appeared to wane.

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Group in Crosshairs of Cuomo Budget Cuts Take to the Airwaves

Friday, February 18, 2011

There are just six weeks until the New York State budget is due, and groups affected by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $10 billion in cuts have begun stepping up their efforts to win public support for alternatives — like extending a tax on the rich.

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In 'Unprecedented' Move, Cuomo Sends No. 2 to Talk Education Cuts

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In an unusual move, Governor Andrew Cuomo sent his Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, to defend his proposed school aid cuts to a joint hearing of the legislature’s education and fiscal committees.


In Albany, Finger Pointing Over Ethics Reform

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tensions over an ethics reform bill that’s being negotiated in private between Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders spilled into the open this week, as finger pointing began over which side was holding up the legislation.


Top Senate Republican Takes First Jab at Cuomo

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The leader of the Senate Republicans, offering his first real criticism of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget, said the spending plan leaves too much unfinished and could result in a month-long delay in the process.


Cuomo Revises Approach to Budget

Monday, January 31, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to release his state budget Tuesday, and it is likely to contain some deep spending cuts. But now Cuomo says the budgeting is more complicated than he’d thought.

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Partisan Tensions Flare in NY Senate Over New Rules

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tensions erupted in the New York State Senate this week as Democratic senators complained over the placement of their chairs, the hours that they were to meet in session, and whether the newly empowered GOP was trying to “grab” more power.

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Meet the State's New Health Commissioner

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New York State has a new health commissioner. Dr. Nirav Shah, who ran a rural health system in Pennsylvania, said his first task is to preside over the organization of the state’s most expensive in the nation Medicaid system.


Cuomo Honeymoon in Full Swing, but Budget Proposal Looms Large

Friday, January 21, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo is at the highest point of popularity since he first held political office four years ago. But the governor's standing could decline when he releases his budget plan in less than two weeks.


Slashing Gov't Costs Is the Theme at the Capitol

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s panel on mandate relief, one of three teams he's set up to foster ideas to lower the cost of government, gathered in Albany as Senators proposed ideas to lower costs for schools and local governments.