Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

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.


New Senate Dem Leader ‘Expects’ to Be Part of Budget Talks

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Newly elected Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins says she feels a great sense of “responsibility,” having finally broken a barrier as the first female legislative leader in state history.


Cuomo Says Strengthen Federal Gun Laws, Close State Loopholes

Monday, December 17, 2012

Governor Cuomo says federal gun laws need to be strengthened, and he says New York State’s assault weapons ban has loopholes that need to be closed.

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Cuomo Begins Outlining Agenda for Next Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants backing from the State Senate on a number of issues he’s dubbed his “litmus test,” including raising the minimum wage and reforming New York City’s stop-and-frisk policies, as well as campaign finance reform. 


Cuomo, Schneiderman Offer Differing Campaign Finance Reform Proposals

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to shine some light on the dark money in politics, while Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to simplify campaign finance rules.


Senate GOP Leader Dampens Expectations on Progressive Bills

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Senate Republicans dampened expectations Tuesday that the new governing coalition in the chamber would move quickly on progressive issues championed by Democrats, including a minimum wage increase and public financing of campaigns.


Will There Be Fracking by February?

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Cuomo administration could be headed toward approval of hydraulic fracturing in New York by the end of February, when a 90-day extension on a rule making process ends.

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Klein: New Senate Coalition Can Be More Effective than Just Dems

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The new co- leader of the Senate, Senator Jeff Klein, says he knows the new coalition of five Democrats and around 30 Republicans will have to prove itself in the coming months and deliver on key pieces of legislation, but he says they stand a better chance of success than if just the Democrats alone were in charge of the Senate.


Cuomo Offers Conditional Support for Senate Coalition

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Governor Cuomo, who has maintained that he has stayed out of the Senate leadership fight, is now endorsing a newly formed coalition of Senate Republicans and five Democrats, but with some conditions.


GOP, 'Independent Dems' Announce Coalition Government

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The leadership fight in the State Senate has been resolved, with a break-away Democratic faction joining with Republicans to form a new governing coalition that involves sharing the title of Temporary President of the Senate. 


Anti-Frackers Say NY's Health Review Process "Surreal"

Monday, December 03, 2012

A coalition of environmentalists and elected officials called on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health and environmental agencies to provide more information on a health review on hydrofracking that they say has been shrouded in secrecy.

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Cuomo Changes Insurance Rules to Help Sandy Victims

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s taking steps to speed up insurance claims processing after Sandy.

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Cuomo Claims He'll Avoid Senate Control Fight

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s staying out of the ongoing fight for control of the State Senate, maintaining that he’ll work with whoever ultimately wins the struggle.


New York's Delay on Fracking Decision Surprises Few

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A legal expert says that the Cuomo administration’s decision to delay a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York for another 90-days makes sense.

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Cuomo: State Set to Miss Thursday’s Fracking Deadline

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The governor is not optimistic that the state’s environmental agency will meet a key deadline on a controversial natural gas drilling practice. The department should know by Thursday whether it will again miss the deadline, delaying approval of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York.  


Drillers Impatient with Slow Pace of Fracking Review

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gas drilling companies in New York State says they’re “exhausted” by a more than four year long review process on whether to allow hydro fracking in New York, that they say they now fear will drag on into 2013.

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