Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Comptroller Says Pension Fund Contributions Could Ease Soon

Monday, July 29, 2013

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said there may be a glimmer of hope soon for fiscally-strapped cities. He said it's possible that local governments' pension payment obligations could be declining.

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Clock Running Down on Cuomo's Agenda

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


In his State of the State address earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed he'd push through an aggressive agenda on women's rights, government reform and the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. But with the clock running out on this year's session that is ending Friday, none ...

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Cuomo's Agenda in Danger as Session Wanes

Monday, June 17, 2013

There are three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures.  


Cuomo Releases Public Financing Extension Bill

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

With just days to go in the legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo has released his long-awaited bill to extend public financing of political campaigns to statewide races.


Is Cuomo's Star Fading?

Monday, June 10, 2013


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces perhaps his biggest challenge yet as the end of his third legislative session rapidly approaches. His poll numbers are falling, and his agenda is in danger. Reporter Karen DeWitt looks at whether the governor can pull it off.

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Top GOP Senator Says Cuomo's Abortion Rights Provision Still a 'Non-Starter'

Sunday, June 09, 2013

A top Senate Republican says Governor Cuomo’s abortion rights provision in a women’s equalility bill stands little chance of passage in the chamber.

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Gov. Cuomo's Women's Equality Agenda Faces Uphill Battle

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Governor Cuomo released his long-awaited women's equality bill Tuesday. The bill, which includes an abortion rights provision, is a key part of Cuomo’s agenda, but he said he can’t guarantee the legislature will pass it. 

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Ethics Reform Likely to Fizzle in Albany

Monday, June 03, 2013

"The sense is that the session just can't end soon enough. They want to get out of town and not be the subject of all this bad news," New York State Public Radio's statehouse reporter Karen DeWitt says of lawmakers.

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Cuomo Seeks Help from Local Gov't Leaders to Pass Tax-Free Zone Plan

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Governor Cuomo asked local government leaders from around upstate New York to help him convince the legislature to approve his tax free zone plan.


Campaign Finance Reform Unlikely to Proceed in Albany

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A key member of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference says the group does not foresee joining with the rest of the Democrats to overcome Republican resistance to a number of end of session issues, including public financing of campaigns.


Cuomo Says Lopez Should be Expelled, Stops Short of Criticizing Speaker Silver

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the subject of a scathing ethics commission report on sexual harassment, to resign from office or be expelled.


Controversy Over Access Overshadows Senate Hearing

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A hearing by Senate Republicans on New York City’s public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.


Senate GOP Hearings Will Examine NYC's Public Campaign Financing System

Friday, May 03, 2013

Republicans in the State Senate plan to hold hearings next Tuesday, May 7, on what they say are abuses in New York City’s public campaign finance system. 


Republican Leader: Governor Cuomo's Abortion Bill Not Coming to the Floor

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

A key component of Governor Cuomo's 20-13 agenda appears in jeopardy. The governor said Wednesday he does not have enough votes in the state senate to bring an abortion bill he has championed to the floor.

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NY Assembly Speaker, Attorney General Press for Early Voting

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The state’s Attorney General and Assembly Speaker have proposed an early voting system for New York that they say can improve voter participation and democracy. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman teamed up to press for New York to join 32 other states and allow early voting. 

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Gov. Cuomo Proposes More Anti-Corruption Laws

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has rolled out the second portion of his anti-corruption agenda. 

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NYS Legislature Passes $141B Budget

Friday, March 29, 2013

For the third year in a row, the New York State Legislature passed an on-time budget.

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The Ways of Albany: Deals Behind Closed Doors, Votes in the Dark of Night

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The New York State Senate finished up voting on the state budget in a middle-of-the-night session that ended at 4:30 AM Wednesday. It's part of a long standing Albany tradition of closed door negotiations and overnight voting on budgets and other issues.


Despite Early Expectations, NY Budget Includes Tax Increase Extensions

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The new state budget that lawmakers plan to enact this week contains a tax package that includes both tax breaks and tax increases. The spending plan comes just two months after Governor Cuomo said there would not be any new taxes in the budget.

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NY Senate Passes Some Budget Bills While Assembly Waits

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays.