Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

New York Senate Republicans Push for Tax Breaks in Budget Negotiations

Monday, March 04, 2013

Senate Republicans are pushing for middle class tax breaks in the new state budget, including a return to the STAR property tax rebate checks curtailed in 2009.


Thousands Join Anti-Gun Control Rally

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A rally against New York’s newly enacted gun control laws drew one of the largest crowds to the State Capitol in recent decades.

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New York Assembly Moves to Ban Fracking Another Year

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is one of the sponsors of a bill to ban fracking in New York at least until May of  next year.

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Cuomo's Budget Amendments Include Mandatory Teacher Evaluation Plan

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will make changes to his budget in what’s known as 30-day amendments. They cover a variety of areas, ranging from a teacher evaluation plan to cutting the cost of hunting licenses.


War of Words Over Cuomo Budget Analysis

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

An argument erupted between the Cuomo administration and the State Comptroller over the Governor’s budget plan, in a dispute that underscores existing tensions between the two.


NY Delays Fracking Decision Again

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A February deadline on New York’s process to allow hydrofracking will be missed, with Governor Cuomo’s Health Commissioner now saying he needs more time to complete an ongoing health study.

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Fracking Debate Heats Up, As Filmmakers Await Governor's Decision

Monday, February 11, 2013

Dueling pro and anti-fracking filmmakers held screenings and promotions for their films on Monday, as they await a decision by Governor Cuomo on whether fracking will go forward in New York. That could come by the end of the month. But on Monday, the two sides confronted each other in the halls of the Capitol.

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After Contentious Debate, Senate Approves Cuomo's Court Choice

Monday, February 11, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Court of Appeals nominee was approved in the State Senate on a voice vote, after an unusually contentious process.


Poll: Cuomo's Approval Down, Following New Gun Law

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Governor Cuomo’s championing of strict new gun control laws in New York has taken a toll on his popularity. A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that for the first time since taking office, Cuomo’s approval rating has dropped significantly.

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Senate Coalition Leaders Disagree Over Abortion Rights

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo’s reproductive health act, saying it would lead to too many late term abortions. Pro choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the Senator’s interpretation.


Bloomberg Predicts Job Cuts for Teachers

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg took his arguments against short-term teacher evaluation deals on the road, telling Albany lawmakers that other school districts were willing to make one- or two-year ...
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Minimum Wage Hike Stands Better Chance in 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Governor Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage as part of his budget plan. That tactic might make it easier for the proposal to become law.


For Cuomo, a Budget Test

Monday, January 21, 2013


Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual budget presentation is slated for Tuesday. It comes as the State’s Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, finds revenues are not co ming to New York in quite the amount anticipated. In the 2 p.m. presentation, the governor is expected to explain how he’s going to pay for programs announced earlier this month in his State of the State message, including an expanded school day and school year.


Most New Yorkers Back New Gun Laws: Poll

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Voters overwhelmingly support many of the items that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing — including parts of the newly enacted gun control law, according to a new poll. 

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Gun Deal Close in Albany

Monday, January 14, 2013

New details are emerging on gun control legislation that lawmakers say could be passed as early as Monday in what would be the nation's first gun control measure after the school shooting in Connecticut.

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Cuomo Dampens Expectations on Gun Control Agreement

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One day after legislative leaders said they believed a deal was achievable and could come this week, Governor Cuomo now says there is no timeline, for when or if a deal on anti gun measures will be reached.

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Impasse Between Cuomo and Senate on Gun Measures

Monday, January 07, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republicans in the Senate remain at an impasse over gun control legislation — just two days before the State of the State address. Meanwhile, the State Comptroller says he’s thinking of divesting the state’s pension fund from investments in gun manufacturers.


Cuomo To Include Disaster Preparedness Plans in State of the State Address

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Governor Cuomo says he intends to propose several recommendations from a disaster preparedness commission in his State of the State message, to help the state better cope with major storms in the future.

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NY State Health Department Report Says Fracking Could Be Done Safely

Thursday, January 03, 2013

A document from Governor Cuomo’s Administration assessing the health impacts of hydro fracking, written in early 2012, says the gas drilling process is likely safe if proper precautions are taken by the governor’s environmental agency.

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Cuomo, Legislature Talk about Gun Control Legislation

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo is in talks with legislative leaders on a gun control package that he could introduce as part of his State of the State message on January 9.