Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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 ...


Corruption Trial of Joseph Bruno Begins

Monday, November 02, 2009

The corruption trial of former New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno begins today, in a federal courthouse in Albany. If convicted on all counts, the 79 year old former Senator could face up to 20 years in prison. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Bruno is accused ...


Paterson: Deficit Balloons to $10B

Friday, October 30, 2009

Governor Paterson says the state budget deficit has grown yet again, to a projected $10-billion. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Paterson, following a leaders meeting in which no conclusions were reached, said he intends to go ahead with the special session on November 10, and ...


Monserrate Legal Fund Called "Million Dollar Loophole"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Government reform groups are blasting a decision by the Legislative Ethics Commission to allow Queens State Senator Hiram Monserrate to collect money to pay his legal bills, saying it creates a “million dollar loophole” in the state’s gift ban. Karen DeWitt has more.



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 ...


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 ...


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 ...