Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Paterson Says Drumbeat for Him to Exit Race Smacks of "Orchestration"

Friday, January 22, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says despite growing calls for him to not seek a full term he’s staying in the race.

Republican Scott Brown's upset win in the Massachusetts Senate race has led to a drumbeat of Democrats calling for Paterson, who is underfunded and struggling with ...


NY Legislature Passes Ethics Reform

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The New York State legislature has approved an ethics reform package but the bills don't go as far as Governor Paterson would like. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The bill strenghtens the notoriously weak legislative ethics commission, requires greater disclosure of lawmakers outside income, ...


Paterson Proposes $134b Budget With Cuts, New Taxes

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Saying that this is "not a budget of choice, but of necessity", Paterson proposes closing a $7.4 billion gap by cutting school aid, health care and state agencies by more than one billion dollars each.

"Our revenues have crumbled, and our budget has crashed," said Paterson. ...


Paterson's $134B Budget Would Cut Health Care and Education, Revive Fat Tax

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gov. David Paterson is proposing a $134 billion budget that cuts schools, health care, and state agencies and would impose new taxes on cigarettes and soda pop.

Saying New York faces an "inevitable fiscal reckoning," Paterson would close a $7.4 billion gap by cutting school aid ...


Cuomo Has More Cash on Hand Than Paterson

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New campaign filings show Governor Paterson has a fraction of the cash that his potential primary opponent Andrew Cuomo has on hand. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.


Paterson Has New Proposals for Tackling the Budget Deficit

Monday, January 11, 2010

Governor Paterson says he'll stick to a self-imposed cap on state spending when he releases his budget this month, and even promises to generate a surplus that can be given back to New Yorkers in the form a property tax credit. But the governor is ...


Paterson Says He Has the Funds to Run for Re-Election

Monday, January 11, 2010

Governor David Paterson says he's raised enough money to run for governor, despite reports that potential rival Andrew Cuomo may have raised millions more.

Campaign contribution filings are not required to be made public until January 15, but Governor Paterson is already saying he'll raise enough ...


Gov. Paterson Gives State of the State Address Today

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Governor Paterson is expected to focus on ethics reform...during his State of the State address this afternoon. The speech comes during the state’s worst fiscal crisis in decades...and as the governor struggles to make a comeback for an election campaign. Karen DeWitt has more from ...


Massive Medicaid Fraud Found

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The state comptroller says he's identified nearly $100 million in Medicaid fraud.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says three separate audits uncovered a number of mistakes in Medicaid payments and overcharges that, he says, needlessly cost taxpayers $92 million. One of the most egregious errors involved a Poughkeepsie ...


State Educators File Lawsuit Against Gov. Paterson

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Education groups hoping to stop Gov. David Paterson's move to withhold payments to schools this month have filed a lawsuit. The state's school board, superintendents, and teachers union claim the governor has violated the constitutional separation of powers.

Kevin Casey with the School Administrators Association says ...


Paterson Considers Cost-Cutting Options

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Governor Paterson says he'll take the weekend to look over his options before deciding which payments to postpone or curtail to prevent the state from running out of cash later this month. Karen DeWitt reports:


Paterson Offers Pension Reforms to Balance Budget

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Future employees of the state of New York will get less generous retirement benefits, now that Gov. David Paterson signed into law a bill creating a new pension tier.

Paterson says the state can no longer afford to be as generous with pension benefits as it ...


Bruno Convictions May Spur Ethics Reform in Albany

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Albany may approve ethics reforms, now that former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has been convicted on federal corruption charges. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Senator Dan Squadron, a Democrat who's sponsoring ethics reform legislation, says the conviction of the former senate leader for hiding ...


Bruno Says He'll Appeal Conviction

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Former New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says he plans to appeal his conviction on two counts of federal corruption. A jury also found him not guilty of five other counts. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The jury agreed with the prosecution on two ...


New Battle Over Paterson's Plan of Unilateral Budget Cuts

Friday, December 04, 2009

A new quarrel has opened up between Governor Paterson and state senate Democrats. They say his plan to unilaterally cut payments to schools and local governments this month is unconstitutional. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson has wasted no opportunity to condemn the legislature's budget-balancing package ...


Senate Leaders: Much Work Ahead Before Marriage Equality

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York was defeated in the State Senate, 38-to-24, with no Republicans voting in favor of the measure. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Supporters expressed bitter disappointment and the sponsor of the bill, Senator Tom Duane, said ...


Paterson Says He'll Accept Legislature's Plan, But Don't Call It a Deal

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

State lawmakers are hoping to pass bills today that help close a large part of the budget deficit. Karen DeWitt has more on the plan Governor Paterson reluctantly agreed to yesterday.

REPORTER: Legislative leaders had characterized the settlement as a deal in private meetings with their ...


Paterson's Ultimatum Yields No Action on Budget

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Governor Paterson has given the state legislature an ultimatum - either vote on his deficit-closing plan, or give him the authorization to fill the gap himself. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson in a pre-taped message billed as a special address to New Yorkers ...


Deliberations Underway at Bruno Trial

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

After three weeks of testimony that included over 500 exhibits and 70 witnesses, jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Senate Leader Joe Bruno will begin deliberations this morning. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Government lawyers compared Bruno to a schoolyard bully throwing his ...


NY Lawmakers Leave for the Weekend Without Budget Deal

Friday, November 20, 2009

State lawmakers have left Albany after failing to reach agreement on closing a more than $3-billion budget gap. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: A special session in the Senate was canceled after a number of Senate Democrats, who are in the majority of that house, failed to ...