Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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 ...


No Deal Yet on NYS Deficit Plan

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Governor Paterson and state legislative leaders are talking, but they still have no agreement on how to close the state’s more than $3-billion budget deficit. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Following a private meeting with legislative leaders, Governor Paterson said the only progress he could ...


From Albany: Back to the Negotiating Table

Monday, November 16, 2009

New York State lawmakers are back at the Capitol today for another special session to deal with the state's deficit, and possibly act on a same-sex marriage bill.

For more on what's ahead in Albany this week, we turn to Capitol reporter Karen DeWitt.


Paterson, Leadership Close to Striking Budget Deal

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Governor Paterson says he and lawmakers have almost reached an agreement on a plan to balance the state’s budget. Reporter Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: In a meeting with legislative leaders held by conference call, the governor seemed to be backing away from his ...


Senate Special Session Ended With No Deficit or Same-Sex Marriage Action

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A special session of the New York state legislature ended with no action on reducing the state’s deficit, or legalizing same-sex marriage, but Governor Paterson says he’s determined to try again next week. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Late in the day, after the legislature ...


Education Advocates Protest Paterson's Education Cuts

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Education advocates gathered outside the governor's office before yesterday's budget address, to protest the governor's plan for mid-year cuts to school aid. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Around 100 or so members of the Alliance for Quality Education, along with teachers union representatives, chanted ...


Paterson to Deliver Budget Speech

Monday, November 09, 2009

Governor Paterson will address state lawmakers this afternoon to outline the state’s budget problems. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Virtually all 212 state lawmakers now plan to attend the governors speech after many Senate Democrats initially said they would not be there calling it a ...


First Witnesses Took Stand in Bruno Trial

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The first three witnesses have taken the stand in the federal corruption trial of former New York Senate Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The first witnesses included well known Albany lobbyist James Featherstonhaugh, and the former head of one an investment firm ...


Bruno Trial Begins

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A jury of seven women and five men have been chosen in the federal corruption trial of Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt reports on opening statements in the former senate majority leader's case.

REPORTER: Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth Coombe said during the course of the trial federal ...