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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Senate Reaches Tentative Agreement on MTA Rescue

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The leader of the Democratic majority in the New York State Senate emerged from a closed-door meeting last night to announce progress on the stalled MTA rescue plan. Karen Dewitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says the two Long Island Senators who had reservations about the ...

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Paterson Seeks to Cap State Spending

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Governor Paterson wants the legislature to enact a cap on state spending. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor David Paterson says a mandatory spending cap, tied to the rate of the inflation, is the only way the governor and legislature can reign in what he says is out of ...

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On Spreading of Swine Flu, Paterson Urges Alert, Not Alarm

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith is monitoring his family for swine flu symptoms. His daughter attends Saint Francis Prep, where there are dozens of confirmed cases of the disease. And his wife has mild flu symptoms. Meanwhile, health officials are testing for new cases of swine flu all over the ...

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Paterson Gives Senate Time on Gay Marriage

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Governor Paterson is softening his push for a same sex marriage bill. As Karen DeWitt reports he's now willing to wait until the Senate leadership is ready to bring the bill to the floor.

REPORTER: Paterson said around a week ago that he wanted the Senate to debate and vote on ...

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Bill Sponsor Confident About Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Supporters of medical marijuana say legislation to make it legal in New York has a good chance of passing. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: For the first time, identical bills to legalized the use of medical marijuana for New Yorkers with certain chronic diseases are sponsored in both the ...

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Report : NYS Tax Revenue Lower Than Expected

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A new report indicates New York State will see even less revenue from sales and income taxes than expected. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Suny Rockefeller institute finds that the depressed holiday season led to an over six present decline in sales tax revenues, the largest drop in the ...

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Cautious Optimism Over Gay Marriage in NYS

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Supporters of gay marriage are "cautiously optimistic" that New York will be the next state to legalize it. But it remains unclear if a successful vote could be held in the State Senate before the legislative session ends. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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Transportation Commission Resigns

Monday, April 13, 2009

Governor Paterson has accepted the resignation of his Transportation Commissioner, Astrid Glynn, just a few days after she returned from vacation during state budget time.

In a statement, Paterson thanked Commissioner Glynn for putting together a plan to upgrade the state's rail systems and said he wished Glynn, who does not ...

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New Leader for Assembly Republicans

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Republicans in the New York Assembly have a new leader. Karen DeWitt has more on the assemblyman from the Finger Lakes region who replaces outgoing Minority Leader James Tedisco.

REPORTER: Assemblyman Brian Kolb, a former businessman from Canandaigua, says he'll work to draw more attention to the ideas and fiscally conservative ...

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Budget Delay Holds Up Lawmakers Pay

Friday, April 03, 2009

New York's state budget will be late for yet another day as the State Senate failed to complete the votes needed for the spending plan to become law. The delay is also holding up lawmakers' paychecks. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: State legislators agreed to have their own pay docked ...

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NYS Senate Rolls Back 70s Drug Laws

Friday, April 03, 2009

The State Senate has approved sweeping changes to the "Rockefeller drug laws," as part of the state budget. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The rollback of the strict drug laws on the books since the days of Governor Nelson Rockefeller in the 1970s was accomplished as part of state budget ...

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Still No Budget from Albany

Thursday, April 02, 2009

New York's state senate has yet to pass the budget that was due yesterday, as Republican senators proposed numerous amendments, and one Democratic senator returned to the hospital. But even once it's passed, the state comptroller is doubtful the budget proposal will be enough to pull the state through the ...

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NYS Legislature Misses Budget Deadline

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The State budget will not be on time once again this year after delays and mishaps in the State Senate caused lawmakers to adjourn for the night, after approving just one of nine budget bills. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Voting in the State Senate got off to a late ...

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Numbers Game

Monday, March 30, 2009

With changes to the MTA and a new state budget, the fiscal landscape of both the city and the state have changed dramatically over the past few days. But what does it mean for your day-to-day? Karen DeWitt, Albany bureau chief for New York public radio, discusses the ...

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Water Bottle Deposit in NY Budget - Enviromentalists Rejoice

Monday, March 30, 2009

Under provisions of budget bills aimed at closing the state’s looming deficit, New York’s bottle law will be expanded, and the state will keep most of the nickels. Karen DeWitt has more.

REPORTER: The bill would extend the the five cent deposit now required on beer and soda to bottled water, ...

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No Deals Yet in Albany

Friday, March 27, 2009

No deals yet in Albany on an array of legislative issues- from subway fares and drug laws to tax increases. Legislative leaders say they are working toward a budget agreement, but can’t say yet how they will close the $16 billion deficit. Reporter Karen Dewitt has more:

REPORTER: Legislative leaders emerged ...

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300,000 Don't Claim Earned Income Tax Credit

Friday, March 20, 2009

Governor David Paterson is encouraging low income New Yorkers to take advantage of the earned income tax credit available on tax filings. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

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Sen Dean Skelos Says GOP Senators Shut Out

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New York's Senate Republican minority leader says Democrats are excluding the GOP from the state budget process. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

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One-Year Anniversary for Gov Paterson

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today's not only Saint Patrick's Day. It also marks one year in office for Governor David Paterson. After Eliot Spitzer resigned over a prostitution scandal, Paterson was sworn in as New York's 55th governor. And today, he took a moment to reflect on what's been a tumultuous year.

PATERSON: Well, like ...

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Reforming New York's Strictest Drug Laws

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's ready to reform the state's 34-year-old Rockefeller Drug Laws. He attended a rally today with other reform advocates.

Paterson is a long time backer of reforming the drug laws which mandates that judges sentence non-violent drug offenders to often lengthy prison terms.

He was even charged with civil ...

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