Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Paterson Rejects Senate Plan to Refinance Bonds

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Governor Paterson has agreed to delay a special budget cutting session of the legislature, but he's rejecting a Senate plan to refinance some bonds. From Albany here's Karen DeWitt:

REPORTER: Paterson in a public meeting with legislative leaders shot down a plan floated by Senate Democrats to refinance tobacco settlement bonds, ...


Monserrate's Future as Senator Is Uncertain

Friday, October 16, 2009

A judge has found Queens state Senator Hiram Monserrate not guilty of felony assault charges against his girlfriend, but his future in the state senate is still up in the air. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The judge in the case threw out two felony assault charges in connection ...


Governor Proposes New Round of Budget Cuts

Friday, October 16, 2009

Governor Paterson is proposing $3-billion of budget cuts that he says are “very painful”, but necessary to avoid default. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The governor's plan includes $480 million dollars in mid year school aid cuts, the first since time since the early 1990's that a governor has ...


Top Aide to Former Gov Spitzer Fined for Role in Troopergate Scandal

Thursday, October 08, 2009

A New York State commission has issued a $10,000 fine to Darren Dopp, an aide to former Governor Eliot Spitzer, for his alleged role in the Troopergate scandal. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: The public integrity commission says Dopp violated the state code of ethics by misusing the resources of the state ...


Paterson Orders $500m in Cuts

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Governor Paterson has ordered state agencies to make $500 million in across-the-board cuts to try to help close a projected $3 billion deficit. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: The agencies hardest hit by the cuts according to Paterson's budget director Robert Megna are public colleges in the SUNY and CUNY systems, as ...


Former Liberal Party Leader Pleads Guilty to Felony in Pension Corruption Scam

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the former head of New York’s Liberal Party Ray Harding has pleaded guilty to receiving $800,000 in kickback fees as part of an illegal pay-to-play scheme under former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.


Ravitch Ready to Serve as NY Lt. Governor

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Richard Ravitch says he's ready to get to work as the state's lieutenant governor, after the state's Court of Appeals yesterday upheld Governor Paterson's authority to appoint him to the state's number two post. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Ravitch, known for his leadership in guiding New York City out of its ...


NY Court Rules Paterson Can Appoint Ravitch

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In a narrow, 4-3 decision, New York’s highest court has ruled Governor Paterson has the authority to appoint Richard Ravitch as his lieutenant governor. Karen Dewitt has more.

One Pataki appointee on the Court of Appeals, Judge Susan Read, sided with three judges chosen by Democratic governors to rule in favor ...


Obama Greets Paterson, Praises Cuomo

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Support for high-tech innovations is not the only message President Obama brought to New York yesterday. The President also delivered a not-so-subtle message about who should run for Governor next year. Karen DeWitt has more on the politics behind the president's visit upstate.


Down But Not Out, Paterson Stands Pat

Monday, September 21, 2009

PATERSON: I have said time and time again that I'm running for governor next year.

REPORTER: Governor David Paterson says he remains committed to running for a full term in 2010, despite pressure from the nation's most powerful Democrat to step aside. Reporter Karen Dewitt joins us from Albany.


Lackluster Response to State Early Retirement Plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Governor Paterson’s early retirement buyout plan has attracted less than half of the state workers officials expected to see take the offer. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: When the governor first announced the plan, it was hope that as many as 4,500 state workers would take a $20,000 bonus payment ...


Lawmakers Back in Senate

Thursday, September 10, 2009

State senators are back in Albany for a special session to vote on ethics reforms and a green jobs bill and to mull over what to do about a $2 billion budget gap. Business leaders have some ideas, as Karen DeWitt reports.


NY Senate to Be Tested Again in Special Session

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The New York State Senate is due back in Albany today, but with Democrats holding a narrow majority, it’s uncertain if there's enough votes to approve key bills. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Senate Democrats released an ambitious agenda, including a vote for Governor Paterson's pick to lead the MTA, a bill ...


Recession Means Local Governments Must Pay More For Pensions

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The New York state comptroller says Albany, local governments, and taxpayers will need to pay far more into the state's pension system because of big losses. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the state and local government's contributions to the state pension system will rise steeply beginning in ...


Counties: Cut Spending, Don't Tax Property Owners

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

County leaders from across the state are calling on Governor Paterson and the legislature to cut spending to balance the state’s latest budget gap, and not to pass on any more costs to county taxpayers. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The counties say they are suffering from declining sales tax ...


Governor Says Health Officials Ready for Swine Flu

Monday, August 31, 2009

Governor Paterson and state health officials are making plans to cope with the next expected outbreak of swine flu, which they say could begin when school starts. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The governor and Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines say the swine flu vaccine will be ready by mid ...


Paterson Tries New Budget Approach

Thursday, August 27, 2009

As summer winds down, Governor Paterson is preparing to handle budget negotiations a little differently. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Paterson says he won't propose a specific budget balancing plan like he has in the past. But he says choices are limited. He says he won't do new taxes or ...


Paterson Apologizes for Race Comments

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Governor is apologizing for his much-criticized recent comments, implying he's the victim of racism. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The state's first African American governor say he's sorry his comments came as a sweeping condemnation of media coverage as racially biased against him.

PATERSON: I regret the remarks because ...


Battle On for Control of State GOP

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A contest for control of New York's Republican Party is brewing. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Ed Cox, Son in law of former President Richard Nixon, says he has 60 percent of county chairs and committee members back in his run to take over the State's Republican Party, he ...


Court Rules Paterson's Lt. Gov Appointment Unconstitutional

Friday, August 21, 2009

A mid-level appeals court has declared Governor Paterson's appointment of a Lieutenant Governor "unconstitutional". Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: The court ruled that Paterson unlawfully appointed Richard Ravitch to be his lieutenant governor and ordered Ravitch immediately cease exercising any of the powers of the office of lieutenant governor.

The judges also ruled ...