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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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NY State Budget Director: Cash Crisis 'Unprecedented'

Friday, April 09, 2010

The state’s budget director says New York is facing an "unprecedented" cash flow problem, and he says if there’s no budget in place in six weeks, delaying payments to schools and others won’t be enough to stave off a financial crash.

Gov. David Paterson’s budget director, Bob Megna, a 32-year veteran ...

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Paterson Withholds State Employee Raises

Friday, April 09, 2010

New York lawmakers are not happy with Governor Paterson’s latest emergency spending bill which holds back raises for state workers. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: State workers, under terms of their contracts agreed to with Governor Paterson, were supposed to receive a 4 percent raise in their paychecks next week. ...

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Paterson Seeks Second Budget Extension

Thursday, April 08, 2010

With the New York state budget a week overdue Governor David Paterson says he's issuing another round of emergency spending measures.

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Paterson to Issue Second Budget Extender

Thursday, April 08, 2010

With the New York State budget a week overdue Governor Paterson says he's issuing another round of emergency spending measures. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Paterson says, with no budget agreement in the foreseeable future, he's working on another bare bones budget extender to take the state through the remainder ...

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Paterson Seeks Wage Freeze from Public Workers

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Asks public employees to forego a 4% raise, which takes effect today.

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On Eve of New Fiscal Year, Paterson Urges the Public to Lobby Lawmakers for More Cuts

Thursday, April 01, 2010

On this first day of the fiscal year, Governor Paterson is urging New Yorkers to lobby their lawmakers to approve the now overdue state budget.

The Senate and Assembly have left Albany for a more than week long holiday break. Governor David Paterson in a statement to T.V. and radio stations ...

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Paterson Delays Some School Aid While Legislators Inch Toward Budget Deal

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has once again put off some payments that the state owes to schools, citing lack of money.

Paterson, who originally included the school aid money in emergency spending bills approved by the legislature, now says he's going to withhold $2.1 billion in school aid payments after all, due ...

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State Senate Passes Emergency Budget Measures and Takes Recess

Monday, March 29, 2010

The State Senate passed bills to keep the state running through April 14, then left for a holiday recess. That means the state budget will once again be late.

The Senate was scheduled to be on break for the Passover and Easter holidays, but had to postpone the vote on the ...

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Paterson Predicts Budget Will Be Late, Says Will OK Austerity Spending

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Governor Paterson says it looks like the state budget will once again be late. If that's the case, he'll have to take drastic steps to keep the state running after April 1st. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Both the Assembly and Senate have now released their versions of the ...

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NY Senate Democrats Offer $136B Budget

Monday, March 22, 2010

Senate Democrats have approved their version of the state budget. It includes deep spending cuts first proposed by Gov. David Paterson, but refrains from imposing taxes proposed by the governor, including those on soda pop and cigarettes.

The Senate Democrats’ proposal accepts many of the deep spending cuts proposed by Paterson, ...

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