Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Court Decision Means GOP Will Control Senate

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The state’s highest court ruled in the final disputed State Senate race and the decision means Republicans will once again control the Senate in January.

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Paterson Fined Over Yankees Tickets

Monday, December 20, 2010

Governor David Paterson has been fined $62,125 by the state’s ethics panel, which accused him of illegally soliciting free tickets to a Yankees World Series game for himself, his son, his sons’s friend and two aides, then lying about it in a cover up.


Skelos Poised to Lead NY Senate

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Republicans are poised to take over the State Senate again after a brief two-year hiatus, and GOP leaders are determined to do things differently this time.

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Ravitch Offers Blunt Assessment of His Time as Lieutenant Governor

Thursday, December 09, 2010

New York’s departing Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch gave a blunt assessment of his term in office Thursday. Speaking at a Rockefeller Institute forum, Ravitch said he didn’t feel like he accomplished very much during his time serving under Governor David Paterson.


OTB Closed for Good: Senate Fails to Pass Rescue Bill

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A bill to bail out New York City’s Off Track Betting parlors was defeated in the State Senate, leaving New York’s racing industry in “turmoil,” said the chair of the OTB board, Larry Schwartz. He is pulling the plug on the operation at midnight Tuesday.

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NY Senate to Meet Tuesday to Consider Bailout of NYC OTB

Monday, December 06, 2010

The New York State Senate is returning to the Capitol for another special session on Tuesday. They are hoping to approve a bill to bail out New York City’s bankrupt Off-Track Betting Corporation, but some senators say the rest of the state needs to be included as well.


Paterson Looks Back

Friday, December 03, 2010

New York Governor David Paterson is taking time these days to reflect on his unexpected turn at the helm of New York’s government. He took the post abruptly in March 2008 when Eliot Spitzer resigned. A widely-liked Senate Democratic Leader before he ran with Spitzer, Paterson watched his relations with the legislature deteriorate as his tenure as governor wore on.

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Legislature Rejects Paterson's Deficit-Closing Bills

Monday, November 29, 2010


The New York State Legislature met in a special session called by Governor David Paterson, but failed to act on the governor's bills to close the latest $315 million budget gap.


New York State's Budget Woes Multiply

Friday, November 19, 2010

New York State’s already grim budget picture could be made even worse by some changes at the federal level and the new Congress. The state has at least a $10 billion structural deficit, and the current governor’s budget director predicts that some state services will have to end altogether if trends continue.


In Albany, Republicans Eye Greater Influence in Legislature

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The state’s Republican Party suffered some major blows in this month’s elections, losing the governor’s office and all other statewide posts. But the GOP did make gains in the legislature that could leave the party with a power base in charge of the State Senate and deprive Democrats of a veto-proof majority in the Assembly.


Poll: Voters Have High Hopes for Cuomo

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Siena College poll finds that New Yorkers are hopeful that Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo can solve some of the problems that have been facing the state for years, including job losses and the state’s $9 billion dollar budget deficit.

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Control of New York Senate Still Unresolved

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It could be weeks, if not months before its known which party controls the State Senate. Democrats, who are trailing in two of three disputed races, have requested a detailed recount in districts in Buffalo and on Long Island.


Governor-Elect Cuomo Lays Out Transition Plan

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Following a meeting with current governor David Paterson Thursday, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo said he will be naming a transition team within days and will begin an inventory tour of state facilities.

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Paterson Suggests Ways to Close New Budget Deficit

Thursday, November 04, 2010

In the midst of a busy election day, more bad news about New York state's budget was overshadowed. Governor David Paterson’s budget director Robert Megna said a new $315 million budget gap has opened up midway through the fiscal year. He said it’s largely due to the continuing recession, which has created lower than expected tax collection revenues and higher spending on Medicaid and other social services due to higher unemployment rates.

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Paterson to Layoff 898 State Workers Before Year's End

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Governor David Paterson says 898 state workers will receive layoff notices, a move that has angered unions that didn't expect job losses before the end of the year. Paterson says the layoffs will be concentrated in several agencies, including the Departments of Corrections and Parks and the State Police.

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Paterson to Layoff 898 State Workers Before End of Year

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Governor David Paterson says 898 state workers will receive layoff notices, a move that has angered unions that didn't expect job losses before the end of the year.

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Candididates Claim Comptroller's Fight: Albany Insider v. Wall Street Titan

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The campaign for state comptroller has focused on two images that New Yorkers seem to like the least these days -- Albany's corrupt political culture and Wall Street titans. Both candidates in the race are tarring one another with these associations.


Candidates Take Shots in AG Debate

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Candidates for Attorney General of New York Eric Schneiderman and Dan Donovan squared off in a debate held Monday at WAMC public radio studios and co-sponsored by the Albany Times Union.


Environmental Groups Protest DEC Commissioner's Dismissal

Friday, October 22, 2010

Environmental groups are calling on Gov. David Paterson to reinstate his Environmental Commissioner, Alexander "Pete" Grannis. He was fired yesterday, after a memo critical of the governor's plans for his agency was leaked.

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NY Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Monday, October 18, 2010

Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino did not engage one another during a wide ranging televised debate that included all seven candidates in the race.