Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Spitzer Doesn’t Think Empire State is Ready for Gay Marriage

Monday, April 23, 2007

Governor Eliot Spitzer says he will introduce a bill before the end of the legislative session to legalize gay marriage. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Spitzer did not list legalizing gay marriage as one of his top priorities of the end of the legislative session when ...


Top Judge Threatens Suit Over Salaries

Monday, April 09, 2007

New York’s top judge is threatening to sue the governor and legislature over their failure to provide pay raises for state judges in the recently approved state budget. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The Chief Judge of the State Court of Appeals, Judith Kay condemned ...


Negotiations Ahead for Budget

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Governor Spitzer has released the details of the budget agreement reached with the legislature, but says a lot needs to be resolved before Saturday's deadline. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


Spitzer's Choice for Environmental Commish Advances

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A key Senate committee has advanced the nomination of Governor Spitzer's nominee for environmental commissioner, Assemblyman Pete Grannis. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPOTER: Some sportsman's groups have been opposed to the nomination of Grannis, a liberal Democrat from Manhattan, saying he is against guns and ...


Deadline Nears for Budget Negotiations

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Governor Eliot Spitzer and the legislature are close to reaching a compromise over the new state budget, due this Sunday, April 1st. Until now, bitter arguments have complicated the negotiation process. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


CFE Attacks Senate's Education Proposal

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which won a lawsuit against the state on equal funding for schools, is attacking the State Senate’s proposal that they say drives money away from needy schools to wealthy districts. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The Senate plan adds one ...


Earlier Primary Could Boost Sen. Clinton, Giuliani

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

New York may join Florida, California and New Jersey by moving its presidential primary to an earlier date - February 5th. Both houses of the state legislature plan to introduce and pass legislation to do that. The change could give a boost to two current ...


Comptroller Vote a Blow to Spitzer

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Sheldon Silver and Joe Bruno sent New York's new governor a message yesterday: don't underestimate us. Legislators voted for one of their own to become the next State Comptroller. Governor Spitzer offered a scathing critique of their actions, and said he considered it a “turning ...


Silver and Spitzer Locked in Comptroller Showdown

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Assembly Democrats are poised to provoke a confrontation with Governor Eliot Spitzer over the selection of a new state comptroller. Speaker Sheldon Silver says a vote could come as early as Wednesday. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


Lieutenant Governor Paterson Intends to Play Key Policy Role

Saturday, February 03, 2007

New York’s new Lieutenant Governor, David Paterson, has not received as much attention as Governor Spitzer. But the Harlem Democrat says he intends to break the mold and play a key role in shaping policy. As Karen Dewitt reports, Paterson's most prominent task this week ...


Spitzer at Odds with Hospitals and Health Care Workers

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Governor Eliot Spitzer's health care reform plan could spark a showdown between the administration and the state's hospitals and health care workers.

Spitzer delivered a major health policy speech Friday. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


New York Legislature Approves Mental Health Bill

Thursday, December 14, 2006

New Yorkers are one step closer to getting mental health care completely covered by insurance. The final decision is now up to Governor Pataki. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


Pataki: Hevesi Probe May Take Longer Than Week

Monday, October 30, 2006

Governor George Pataki says it may take longer than a week for his special prosecutor to decide whether the State Senate should try to remove State Comptroller Alan Hevesi from office. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Pataki responding to a State Ethics Commission's report that ...


State Senate Debates Death Penalty for Cop Killers

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The New York State Senate took up the issue of imposing the death penalty for the murderers of police officers. From Albany Karen Dewitt reports.


Stadium 'Waterloo' Decends on Albany

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

As the members of the International Olympic Committee close in on a decision for the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games, New York's bid was dealt a crippling blow yesterday. The three-person board controlled by Governor Pataki and the state's legislative leaders rejected state financing ...


Implications of Spending Plan

Thursday, April 14, 2005

After twenty years of vitriolic and tardy state budget fights, the dream of an on-time spending plan came true late Tuesday night for New York State.

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders agreed to add more than one billion dollars in spending on welfare services, environmental projects ...


Pataki Warns: Hard Work Ahead

Thursday, March 31, 2005

For the first time in 21 years, the New York State legislature met the deadline for passing a state budget. But Governor Pataki warns there is still work ahead.

Karen Dewitt has more from Albany.


Pataki's Seven-Point Plan

Thursday, January 06, 2005

In his State of the State message, Governor George Pataki listed a seven-point plan to reform some of the dysfunction in Albany. At a rally attended by a diverse array of groups from around the state, participants say they hope the governor actually meant what he ...


Judge Hears Testimony of Reform of State Lobbying Laws

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

In Albany yesterday a state commission heard testimony on how to reform the state's lobbying laws. Tighter regulation and a ban on gift-giving are among the proposals on the table. Karen Dewitt has more from Albany.


New Jersey and Albany Roundup

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The outcome of the presidential race was predicted in New York from the beginning of the campaign. But this election became a pitted battle over change in Albany. We discuss the state Assembly and Senate races with WNYC's Albany reporter Karen DeWitt.

Also, ...