Karen DeWitt

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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


GOP Senator Says Espada Should Give Up Leadership Post

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Senator Espada's legal troubles are inspiring some lawmakers to call for new leadership in the chamber. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: State Senator Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, has introduced an amendment calling for Senate Majority Leader Espada to step down from his leadership post until state and federal ...


Paterson: No Budget for Earth Day Events

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day celebrations will not be taking place at the New York State Capitol. Events originally slated for Wednesday were canceled by Gov. David Paterson. Paterson told environmental groups that he’s sorry he’s had to close parks, and make other unpopular budget decisions, but he says the state is out ...


Senate Leader Espada Charged with 'Looting' $14M

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada has been charged by the state Attorney General with stealing more than $14 million dollars from a Bronx not-for-profit run by the Senator and his family.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed a lawsuit against Senator Espada alleging he “looted” more than $14 million from ...


State Lawmakers Approve Third Budget Extender

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lawmakers have approved a third round of budget extenders to keep New York State, but not without some complaints.

Lawmakers grumbled over the governor's latest round of austerity spending extenders, which exclude any state-funded road and bridge repair projects, saying construction workers are being kept out of work. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats ...


NY Lawmakers at Budget Standstill

Thursday, April 15, 2010

With the New York State budget now two weeks overdue, lawmakers have left Albany with no signs of reaching a spending agreement with the governor.

Gov. David Paterson asked legislators to extend their session through the weekend to try to wrap up budget discussions.

"It's gonna require a little more effort from ...


Schools Fend for Selves as State Delays Payments

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

School districts in New York are taking their own emergency budget measures now that Governor Paterson has delayed their state aid. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Paterson withheld a $2.1 billion school aid payment at the end of March saying the state does not have the money. Dave Albert with the state's ...


Poll: Cuomo Holds Wide Lead Against All Republicans

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A new poll shows that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to soon announce a run for governor, continues his wide lead over all other potential challengers.

The Quinnipiac poll finds Cuomo has a job approval of higher than 70% for the ninth month in a row, says pollster Mickey ...


NY Legislature Passes Second Emergency Spending Bill

Monday, April 12, 2010

The New York State legislature voted to keep the state running for another week, as the state enters its second week without a budget. Gov. David Paterson’s stripped down spending extender does not include money for scheduled state worker pay raises or for road and bridge repairs.

The second spending extender ...