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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Senate Dems Claim to Pass Bills

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

On a day when a number of key laws were to expire, New York State Senators refused to consider bills at two special sessions called by the governor. At the end of the day, one faction was claiming that several bills had been approved, while the other side was crying ...

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No Progress in NY Senate Even As Factions Tried to Make Peace

Friday, June 26, 2009

The third time was not the charm for Governor Paterson in calling another special session of the state Senate. Lawmakers showed up, but as Karen DeWitt reports, they made no progress on any of the governor's bills.

REPORTER: The two warring sides each agreed that they would hold separate sessions on ...

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Paterson Calls for Another Senate SessionToday

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Governor Paterson has called another special session of the state Senate today after yesterday's session ended in confusion. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The Democrats and the Republican dominated coalition shouted over one another as each claimed that they had the right to conduct the extraordinary session.

When no bills ...

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Paterson Calls For Session Today

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Governor Paterson has ordered the state senate to convene a special session at three o'clock today, as the chamber enters the third week of its leadership dispute. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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Paterson Calls for Special Session Tuesday

Monday, June 22, 2009

Governor Paterson says he’s giving state senators until the close of business today to settle their differences in the leadership dispute that’s paralyzed that chamber for weeks. He says he'll order all of them to the chamber tomorrow, and present a list of bills that need to be acted upon ...

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Sen. Espada: I Have Two Votes to Break Gridlock

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The New York State Senate remains at a standstill, with no agreement on who controls the chamber and an even split between Democrats and Republicans. But Bronx state senator Pedro Espada says his new title of president pro tem gives him an extra vote. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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NY Gov to Divided Senate: Get Back to Work Please

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Despite a judge's ruling, the State Senate remains gridlocked, with the factions still evenly divided. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: A judge dismissed the complaint made by Democrats in the Senate that the Republican-dominated coup that occurred June 8 is illegal, and said senators would have to work out their ...

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Senate Battle Heads Back to Court

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Later this morning, the dispute over who controls the New York State Senate returns to a courtroom. Democrats and Republicans failed to sort it out after a closed-door meeting last night. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The state supreme court judge pulled into the Senate standoff by Democrats who ...

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Question of Who's in Charge Remains Murky

Monday, June 15, 2009

In Albany, it's still unclear who's in control. Lawmakers continue to await a court decision on whether last week's Republican takeover of the senate chamber was legal. Today, Queens senator Hiram Monserrate switched his allegiance back to fellow Democrats, making an even 31 to 31 vote split in the chamber. ...

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Day 3: Albany Leadership Saga Continues

Thursday, June 11, 2009

With senate leadership in dispute, chaos continued to reign in Albany yesterday. Reporter Karen DeWitt was outside the locked senate chamber when dissident Democrat Senator Pedro Espada spoke.

REPORTER: The 30 Republicans plus two Democrats had announced that they would reconvene at 3 PM. But 3 o'clock came and went and ...

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Senate Standoff Continues

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The political standoff continues at the State Capitol where New York Senate Republicans, joined by two Democrats say they're now in charge while Senate Democrats, led by Malcolm Smith, say they still control the chamber. Karen DeWitt has the latest from Albany.

REPORTER: Senator Pedro Espada, who was voted president pro ...

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GOP & 2 Dems Shake Up Power Balance in NY Senate

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The chaos on the New York State Senate floor started just after three o'clock yesterday afternoon, when Senator Tom Libous introduced a motion to reorganize the leadership of the State Senate wrenching control back from Democrats who had taken a slim two-vote majority in November's election.

It was the first time ...

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Senate Introduces Ethics Reform Bill

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The state Senate has introduced a comprehensive ethics reform bill. It would also require the part-time legislators to disclose more details about their other jobs. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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New Bottle Deposit on Hold Until April 2010

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A federal judge has thrown out New York's recently expanded bottle deposit law that was supposed to take effect yesterday. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The water bottlers had complained that they did not have enough time before the June 1 start date to comply with the requirement that ...

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Paterson Says He Will Veto Spending

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Governor Paterson says if New York lawmakers continue to reject his call for a spending cap, he’ll block additional spending himself, by vetoing any bills that he thinks cost too much money. Karen DeWitt has more.

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NY Inspector General: Reform Isn't Enough to Fix Albany

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

For the first time, New York's inspector general is commenting on his scathing report that found the director of the state ethics commission acted illegally in the Troopergate scandal. Inspector General Joseph Fisch told a Senate committee yesterday that the entire panel should step down. Meanwhile, a second person implicated ...

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Paterson: Post Caloric Counts Across State

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New York Governor David Paterson wants to fight obesity by echoing a city initiative, and requiring calories to be posted on chain restaurants' menus across the state. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson says he's not infringing on the rights of restaurants to sell food items like double cheeseburgers, fried chicken ...

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NYS Ethics Commission Head Resigns

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The executive director of the state ethics commission has resigned, several days after the state inspector general charged him with violating the law during the commission's investigation of the Troopergate scandal. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson had asked all of the public integrity commission members to resign ...

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Senate Dems Weigh Property Tax Relief

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New York Senate Democrats are discussing ways to clamp down on the state’s property taxes, which are among the highest in the nation. Karen DeWitt has more on yesterday's unusual open-door caucus meeting.

REPORTER: Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says he hopes to have more conferences in the future open to ...

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Marriage Bill Heads to Senate

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The New York State Assembly has approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Last night's vote was 89-to-52. But the measure remains stalled in the State Senate. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The sponsor of the bill in the Assembly, Danny O'Donnell, debated while his same-sex partner of 28 ...

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