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Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Paterson Wants Tougher Penalties for DWI with Kids

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Governor Paterson wants to make it a felony to drive drunk with children in the car. His bill comes after a wrong way crash in Westchester County that killed eight people, including four children. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson says the new legislation would stiffen penalties for driving while drunk ...

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Comptroller Says NY Infrastructure Will Need $80b

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says New York’s infrastructure is crumbling, and will need tens-of-billion of dollars over the next couple of decades. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, says there are over $80 billion in unmet needs for deteriorating roads, bridges, water and sewer lines.

DINAPOLI: The report ...

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Report Shows Single Payer Least Costly for NYS

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Supporters of a single-payer healthcare system say Governor Paterson has buried a report that finds such a system would save the state $20 billion dollars a year. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Mark Dunlea, with Hunger Action Network, says the report released on a late Friday afternoon by the Paterson administration finds ...

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NY Regents Select New Education Commissioner

Monday, July 27, 2009

New York's board of Regents has chosen Dr. David Steiner, the Dean of Hunter College's School of Education, to be the new Education Commissioner. He says his focus will be improving teacher training. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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Paterson Appoints Lieutenant Governor, Republicans Promise Court Action

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Governor Paterson has appointed a lieutenant governor to help end the month long stalemate in the Senate. The move set off a storm of criticism, praise, and court action. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson speaking on statewide radio and television said he and his lawyers have found a ...

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Senate Leaders Say Resolution Is in View

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Democratic and Republican leaders in the New York State Senate emerged from a nearly hour-long meeting with Governor Paterson, saying they're nearing a resolution on a power-sharing deal.

The optimism was in stark contrast to earlier recriminations during yesterday's special session and at the dueling press conferences held by Democratic and ...

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All Smiles in the NY Senate

Friday, July 03, 2009

The warring sides in the fight for control of the state Senate met behind closed doors with Governor David Paterson - and came out smiling. There's still no resolution to their leadership dispute, but as Karen DeWitt reports, senators don't seem to mind spending the holiday weekend in Albany.

Senators Pedro ...

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Senators Paychecks Withheld Until Resolution

Friday, July 03, 2009

New York State Senators are looking at a holiday weekend in Albany. Governor Paterson has called a special session every day through Monday.

Meanwhile, he's trying to mediate between the two sides of the Senate stalemate. Paterson met privately with both GOP and Democratic leaders yesterday, and both sides say they're ...

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Inpendence Day in Albany for NYS Senate

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The divided New York State Senate remains firmly split, and Governor Paterson is making good on his promise to keep the feuding senators in the Capitol until they can get along. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Democrats continued to claim that votes on over 100 bills taken Tuesday were valid ...

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Senators Adjourn 10th Special Session With No Action

Thursday, July 02, 2009

State Senators adjourned special session number 10 today, without acting on any bills governor David Paterson requested and they're now prepared to spend the holiday weekend in Albany. Karen DeWitt reports.

It was another day of gridlock in the state Senate. The two feuding factions who had both called for open ...

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