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Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Promoting NY’s Business Friendly Attitude While Others Question It

Monday, July 16, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is running ads proclaiming New York’s business friendliness, but a recent set of rankings  finds the state dead last in that category. The truth, however, may lie somewhere in between.

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Cuomo Offers Some Support for Limited Fracking

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In an interview with public radio, Cuomo said he supports he idea that individual towns should decide whether they want fracking. "I think it's inarguable, but that one should take into consideration home rule,” he said.

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Cuomo Signs Anti-Cyberbullying Bill Into Law

Monday, July 09, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an anti-cyberbullying bill into law on Monday that requires schools to be more vigilant about the online harassment of students, and to take steps to prevent it.

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NY Legislature Has Noteworthy Session…for Lowest Number of Bills Passed

Monday, July 02, 2012

According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, the 2012 session resulted in 571 pieces of legislation approved by both houses of the legislature.  

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Schools Set to Miss Teacher Evaluation Deadline

Friday, June 29, 2012

An important deadline in the state’s ongoing teacher evaluation process occurs Sunday, but most schools will be missing it.  

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NY Legislative Session Ends but Lawmakers May Not Be Done

Friday, June 22, 2012

The state legislature ended its session in an orderly fashion for the first time in decades, but the lack of last minute negotiations means that some issues were left unresolved. It’s likely that lawmakers will be back at the Capitol later this year to tackle them.

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Legislature Approves Cuomo's Teacher Evaluation Bill

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to make release teacher evaluations only to parents will likely become law, now that the Senate and Assembly have passed the measure.

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Issues Left Hanging as Session Ends

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The legislative session that’s concluding in Albany seems to be more about what’s not getting done than what is getting accomplished. Agreements were not reached on several key issues.

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No Legislative Fix for Teacher Evaluations

Monday, June 18, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he no longer thinks settling the issue of making teacher evaluations public “urgent,” and will allow the legislature to end its session without an agreement on the matter.

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Final Week of Session, Many Issues Unresolved

Friday, June 15, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers seem determined to end the Legislative Session on that June 21.  The limited agenda for the remaining four days includes a bill to reform care for the disabled and curb abuses, and whether to make teacher evaluations public.

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Fracking Backers, Critics Converge Amid Report Limited Gas Drilling Will Be OK'd

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Supporters and opponents of a plan to allow limited fracking in New York’s Southern Tier converged in Albany on Thursday after a report that the governor will likely give the go-ahead to the controversial practice of natural gas drilling in select areas.

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10 Days Left, Many Legislative Issues Remain Unresolved

Monday, June 11, 2012

Lawmakers plan on leaving for the summer on June 21, but they continue to be gridlocked on some issues, such as raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, and offering tax breaks to small businesses as an incentive to create more jobs.

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Controversy Overshadows Ethics Hearing

Thursday, June 07, 2012

A lobby group closely associated with Governor Andrew Cuomo was the elephant in the room during a hearing by the state ethics commission on new rules for donor disclosure.

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Backers of Minimum Wage Hike Continue Push as Session Winds Down

Friday, June 01, 2012

With 2-1/2 weeks left in the legislative session, those in favor of raising New York’s minimum wage are still pushing to get the bill passed this session.

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Cuomo Revives Iconic ‘I Love NY’ Ads – Sort Of

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo is attempting to revive New York’s iconic “I Love New York” tourism campaign with some new ads.  The governor says the state not been aggressive enough in its promotions in recent years. But there are going to be some changes in the ad campaign ― the red heart, for one, is out.

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Sharp Divisions Remain in Albany Over Minimum Wage

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Albany remains sharply divided on a bill that would raise the minimum wage – a day after Governor Andrew Cuomo, who backs the measure, said he “wouldn’t bet” on a resolution any time soon.

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Cuomo Takes the Reigns of the NYRA

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a new, temporary board set to run the New York Racing Association will enhance racing while working closely with New York's expansion of gambling.

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Silver, Advocates Raise Concerns Over Cuomo's Disability Watchdog Legislation

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

When Governor Cuomo introduced what he calls the Justice Center for Protection of People with Special Needs, he said it would establish the “strongest standards and practices in nation”. The new agency would employ a staff of special prosecutor and an inspector general to pursue allegations of abuse of the mentally and physically disabled in the care of the state. The bill would increase penalties for those convicted. It would also set up a 24-hour hotline to report suspected abuse, and create a statewide database of workers convicted of abuse to prevent them from ever being hired again.

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Assembly, Senate Leaders Disagree on Minimum Wage Bill, Both Claim Moral High Ground

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Democrats in the State Assembly approved a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage. The Republican leader of the State Senate offered a spirited defense of his position opposing the measure, but did not rule the issue out altogether.

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NYS Catholic Bishops Push Min Wage Increase

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the New York State Catholic Conference called on lawmakers in Albany on Thursday to pass, “a modest increase” in the state’s minimum wage, currently set at $7.25.

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