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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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