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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Governor Plans to Proceed with Layoff Plan

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Gov. David Paterson confirms he’s planning to lay off thousands of state workers in a plan that would likely occur after January 1, 2011, when Paterson is no longer in office. The state is once again out of money and has to delay payments to schools and others.

The governor says ...

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Judge Dismisses Paterson's Furlough Proposal

Friday, May 28, 2010

A federal Judge sided with state worker unions today, and against New York Governor David Paterson, when he threw out Gov. Paterson's proposed plan for one-day-a-week furloughs for state workers.

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Judge Dismisses Paterson's Furlough Proposal

Friday, May 28, 2010

A federal judge sided with state worker unions today, and against New York Governor David Paterson, when he threw out Gov. Paterson's proposed plan for one-day-a-week furloughs for state workers.

Judge Lawrence Kahn ruled Paterson's furlough proposal would be put permanently on hold and said that the governor's ...

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Cuomo Receives Party Nomination: Calls to Clean Up Albany

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo received his party’s nomination for governor at the Democratic convention Thursday. He promised to restore public trust in government, which he says is sorely lacking.

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Cuomo Receives Party Nomination

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo received his party's nomination for the Democratic convention today.

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Paterson Bill Would Open Parks, But at a Cost

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gov. David Paterson's proposal to keep all New York's 213 parks and historic sites funded and open starting Memorial Day weekend has hit resistance from lawmakers and environmentalists because it's embedded in a broader measure to reduce dedicated environmental spending.

Paterson initially said the bill would take $6 million from an ...

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Paterson Meets With Legislative Leaders About Budget, Parks

Monday, May 24, 2010

Gov. David Paterson met with legislative leaders to try to come to agreement on the long overdue state budget, but much of the discussion focused on a small yet important portion of the budget: how to open state parks. There’s a yawning $9.2 billion gap in the humongous $133 billion ...

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New York Parks Now On Most Endangered Historic Places List

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New York's parks now have the dubious distinction of a listing on a national preservation group’s register of endangered sites. That’s due to the closings of several dozen parks and historic sites by Gov. David Paterson because of the state's budget crisis.

Wendy Nicholas with the National Trust for Historic Preservation ...

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No Plans Yet to Reopen State Parks

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

With the budget in Albany nearly seven weeks late, state parks will remain closed. Governor Paterson has told legislative leaders that he has no plans to put extra funds in future emergency spending measures to reopen the 55 parks and historic sites closed this week.

Governor Paterson in a leaders meeting ...

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Paterson, Silver Disagree Over School Budgets

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

School districts across New York State are holding budget votes today, and top state officials are already predicting the outcome.

Governor Paterson, who slashed school spending in his state budget plan, predicts that the majority of school budget will be defeated because he says the public agrees with him, that the ...

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As Budget Battle Drags On, Paterson Steps Up Pressure

Monday, May 17, 2010

The state budget is now more than six weeks late, with no settlement in sight. Gov. David Paterson is trying to step up the pressure, meeting with Assembly Democrats behind closed doors, announcing a public leader’s meeting, and opening the door to the possibility of state worker layoffs.

The meeting between ...

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Paterson to Ask for Delay in School Aid

Friday, May 14, 2010

Gov. David Paterson will ask the legislature to allow him to delay around $1.5 billion dollars due to schools June 1, saying the state does not have enough cash on hand to afford the payment. Paterson’s budget director, Robert Megna, says the governor will send a bill to the legislature ...

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Judge Issues TRO Against NYS Furloughs

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Those one-day-a-week furloughs of state workers Governor Paterson wanted to impose next week won't be happening. A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the plan. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: In the order Judge Lawrence Khan says that any future emergency spending bills cannot include the furloughs ...

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Court Challenge is Next for State Furlough Plan

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch is warning that if state worker unions succeed in their court challenge to the governor’s furlough plan, lay offs could be next. But Governor David Paterson is standing firm in his decision.

The governor distanced himself from his Lieutenant Governor's remarks saying he ...

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NY Legislature Approves Furloughs

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thousands of state workers rallied at New York’s Capitol and around the state yesterday, protesting Governor Paterson’s plan to include one-day-a-week furloughs in the emergency spending bills issued to keep the state running while the budget is late.

Legislators reluctantly approved Paterson’s furlough plan, saying they didn't want to shut down ...

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NY Legislature Approves Furloughs

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thousands of state workers rallied in Albany and around the state today, protesting Gov. David Paterson’s plan to include one-day-a-week furloughs in the emergency spending bills issued to keep the state running while the budget is late.

Legislators planned to reluctantly vote on Paterson’s furlough plan, saying they could not ...

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Former NY Senate Leader Bruno Gets 2 Years for Fraud

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge Thursday, but Bruno won’t have to begin serving his term until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules whether the law he was sentenced under is actually valid.

Judge Gary Sharpe told ...

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Prosecutors Seeking 8-Year Sentence for Bruno

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno will be sentenced tomorrow on two counts of felony federal corruption. Federal prosecutors are seeking eight years in prison for the crimes.

The former Senate leader, regarded as a benefactor in his district, has submitted numerous letters from community leaders and even former Gov. ...

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Paterson to Proceed with Furlough Plan

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says he’s made up his mind to go through with a one-day-a-week furlough for unionized state workers and force a potential show down with New York's legislature.

“I have decided that I will include the furloughs in next week’s emergency appropriations,” Paterson says.

If lawmakers do not pass the ...

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Paterson to Create Immigrant Deportation Review Panel

Monday, May 03, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says he’s creating a new panel to review the cases of immigrants facing deportation because of previous criminal convictions. The governor says the plan is a "challenge" to what he believes is unfair federal immigration policy.

The governor said the panel would recommend pardons for immigrants believed to ...

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