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Karen DeWitt

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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Top Aide to Former Gov Spitzer Fined for Role in Troopergate Scandal

Thursday, October 08, 2009

A New York State commission has issued a $10,000 fine to Darren Dopp, an aide to former Governor Eliot Spitzer, for his alleged role in the Troopergate scandal. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: The public integrity commission says Dopp violated the state code of ethics by misusing ...


Former Liberal Party Leader Pleads Guilty to Felony in Pension Corruption Scam

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the former head of New York’s Liberal Party Ray Harding has pleaded guilty to receiving $800,000 in kickback fees as part of an illegal pay-to-play scheme under former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.


Paterson Orders $500m in Cuts

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Governor Paterson has ordered state agencies to make $500 million in across-the-board cuts to try to help close a projected $3 billion deficit. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: The agencies hardest hit by the cuts according to Paterson's budget director Robert Megna are public colleges in the ...


Ravitch Ready to Serve as NY Lt. Governor

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Richard Ravitch says he's ready to get to work as the state's lieutenant governor, after the state's Court of Appeals yesterday upheld Governor Paterson's authority to appoint him to the state's number two post. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Ravitch, known for his leadership in guiding New ...


Obama Greets Paterson, Praises Cuomo

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Support for high-tech innovations is not the only message President Obama brought to New York yesterday. The President also delivered a not-so-subtle message about who should run for Governor next year. Karen DeWitt has more on the politics behind the president's visit upstate.


NY Court Rules Paterson Can Appoint Ravitch

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In a narrow, 4-3 decision, New York’s highest court has ruled Governor Paterson has the authority to appoint Richard Ravitch as his lieutenant governor. Karen Dewitt has more.

One Pataki appointee on the Court of Appeals, Judge Susan Read, sided with three judges chosen by Democratic ...


Down But Not Out, Paterson Stands Pat

Monday, September 21, 2009

PATERSON: I have said time and time again that I'm running for governor next year.

REPORTER: Governor David Paterson says he remains committed to running for a full term in 2010, despite pressure from the nation's most powerful Democrat to step aside. Reporter Karen Dewitt joins ...