Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Smith to Espada: Pay Fines or Else

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New York Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is threatening to take action against a Bronx state Senator accused of campaign violations. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Senate leader Smith in a statement said that Senator Pedro Espada has one week to pay back tens of ...


State Officials: Swine Flu Now Treated Like Regular Seasonal Flu

Thursday, May 07, 2009

New York State Health commissioner Doctor Richard Daines says the swine flu outbreak is winding down. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The Health Commissioner says no new cases of the swine flu virus have been confirmed in the past two days, though testing continues. ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

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