Karen DeWitt appears in the following:
Monday, December 05, 2011
Talks are taking place behind the scenes on changes to New York’s tax code that could result in the wealthy paying higher taxes. Governor Cuomo, who is asking for the changes, is also proposing a gambling expansion and other initiatives which he is asking the state legislature to consider later this week.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Occupy Albany protesters gathered Friday in a park across from the State Capitol, where some expressed their dissatisfaction toward Governor Cuomo’s stance against renewing a tax on millionaires.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
A state advisory panel on hydrofracking in New York may not meet its initial November deadline to report on potential fees to charge gas drillers and impacts of the controversial process on the state.
Monday, October 17, 2011
A coalition of community groups and labor organizations, calling themselves "99 New York," gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday to renew a campaign to extend the so-called "millionaires tax" beyond its December expiration date.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Two days after one of the state’s two major worker unions rejected a contract, the Public Employees Federation President says he has “new ideas” for a contract settlement, and is anxious to meet with Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss options to avert the 3,500 lay offs ordered by the governor.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Governor Andrew Cuomo said the 2 percent property tax cap that became law this year will not put a damper on the recovery efforts of local governments after Tropical Storm Irene.
Friday, September 02, 2011
State officials have pledged to clear and quickly repair more than 150 roads closed upstate flooded and ripped apart by Tropical Storm Irene.
Friday, August 19, 2011
The ethics panel for New York state is going out of business — at least until a new commission signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this month can get up and running.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is proposing a remedial fund for hydro fracking — similar to the state’s oil spill fund — to reimburse citizens if they suffer environmental damage from the gas drilling process.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Governor Andrew Cuomo said he remains hopeful that President Barack Obama and Congress will resolve their differences over the debt ceiling, and that a default that could harm New York and other states won’t occur.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Governor Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state this week, announcing regional economic development councils to help boost the local economies — but he made clear that he'll be awarding the $200 million in job creation grants strictly on merit.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
President Barack Obama and Congress do not agree on a way to increase the federal debt ceiling, the default could affect New York State in a number of ways — from a weakened state pension fund to significant gaps in the state budget, the state's comptroller warned.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Same-sex marriage opponents are suing to overturn the law in New York a day after gay weddings began in the state. The suit, filed by the evangelical Christian lobby group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, charges that the vote on June 24 was conducted in an "out of control political process."
Friday, June 24, 2011
The New York Senate has sent the same-sex marriage bill to the floor for a vote after days of closed-door meetings in legislative overtime.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Senate Republicans ended another marathon session late Thursday without taking up the issue of same-sex marriage, which has been languishing in legislative overtime in Albany for days.
Friday, June 17, 2011
A vote in the state Senate on gay marriage is not expected until next week, as Republicans, who hold the majority in that house, wrangle with concerns over greater protections for religious organizations.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Republican majority in New York's state Senate met privately in Albany Wednesday to discuss how they want to proceed on the gay marriage bill, including whether or when to hold a vote. The closed-door session stretched over four hours, and at the end, Majority Leader Dean Skelos emerged to say they haven't decided yet how to proceed.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A bill on gay marriage in New York is close to being introduced with one Republican senator pledging support and the minority leader saying he will not try to sway GOP voters, New York could become the seventh state to allow same-sex marriage, and prominent New Yorkers are weighing in on the contentious legislation.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Standing alongside Gov. Andrew Cuomo, three Democratic senators announced Monday that they would support gay marriage, reversing their position from two years earlier. Shortly thereafter, Republican Jim Alesi indicated that he is also prepared to vote "yes." That means the bill needs just two more supporters in the Republican-led state Senate to become law in New York.
Monday, June 13, 2011
It's the final week of the New York State legislative session. With many major agreements still outstanding, including a property tax cap and gay marriage, the leader of the Senate says it will be an "exciting" one.