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Karen Rouse

Karen Rouse is a Bronx-born, South Jersey-reared, first-generation-American journalist who covers state government for New York Public Radio.

Rouse has been a newspaper reporter for The Denver Post, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Bergen Record (N.J.). She has won awards for coverage of charter school funding, issues of race, and an investigation of NJ Transit’s mishandling of rail equipment during Hurricane Sandy.

She earned her B.A. from Douglass College at Rutgers University, and her M. A. from Rutgers-Newark.

Karen Rouse appears in the following:

Legislators in Albany May Need to Ask for a Pay Raise

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A legislative pay commission will decide if Albany legislators should get a raise, but they say they public isn't supporting it — and no one else is either.

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Cuomo Insists His Buffalo Billion Program Is Thriving, Despite Federal Allegations of Fraud and Abuse

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cuomo promises changes to the process of bidding on state projects.

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NJ Muslim Leaders Speak Up to Distance Themselves from Rahami

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

North Jersey Muslims are wrestling with how to keep the public from linking radical Islam to their religion, while distancing themselves from the suspect in the weekend bombings.

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Weekend Terror Scare Highlights New Technologies, Old Rivalries

Monday, September 19, 2016

The tense weekend in New York and New Jersey drew attention to a number of issues brought to light by violence

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An Alert, an Arrest and Reaction in New Jersey

Monday, September 19, 2016

Police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami just hours after an alert went out Monday on the region's wireless emergency alert system, something that has been used only eight times since 2012. 

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Two of the Hottest Legislative Races in Tuesday's Primary Election Involve Vacant Seats

Monday, September 12, 2016

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Six candidates compete for former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's seat in the 65th legislative district, while four are vying to succeed Sen. Adriano Espaillat in Northern Manhattan.

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Disability Benefits Restored for New Firefighters

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Legislation restores a 75 percent disability benefit that had been cut in 2009, giving one young firefighter "comfort."

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Widow of Slain Attorney Carey Gabay Draws From Their Life Together to Move Forward

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Trenelle Gabay is working on creating a foundation to help children living in poverty.

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De Blasio Shifts Blame For Secrecy of Police Misconduct Records to State

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The progressive mayor's administration has taken a more conservative approach to the release of police records than mayors in the past.

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Tech Executives Want Cuomo to Put Airbnb Bill to Rest

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WNYC
They're hoping a bill that passed both houses of the legislature doesn't make it past Cuomo's desk.

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In Albany, Pay Raises Are a Political Bomb—And Now It's Going Off

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

One member of the Legislative Pay Commission wants a big raise for legislators. Others say, not so fast.

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Diana Richardson Goes to Albany

Thursday, July 14, 2016

In a year of unusual turmoil, rookie Assemblywoman Diana Richardson is learning how to navigate Albany as she fights for Brooklyn.

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Pride March Mixes Celebration With Resolve After Orlando Shooting

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The 2016 Pride March in New York City combined celebration with memorializing after the recent shooting deaths at a gay club in Florida. Gun control was top of mind for many.

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Legislative Sessions Ends with a Lackluster Ethics Package, and Rebuke of the Mayor

Friday, June 17, 2016

The 2016 legislative session ended much like it started — without clear focus.

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Session in Albany Crawls to an Unremarkable End

Thursday, June 16, 2016

WNYC
The governor and legislative leaders have shown little interest in cleaning up corruption in Albany, but lots of enthusiasm for addressing less controversial issues.

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Cuomo Administration Slow to Launch Gun Control Database

Monday, June 13, 2016

The database would provide background check information on potential gun buyers, but has yet to be developed amid resistance from pro-gun groups.

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In Albany, Abortion Debate Turns to Race, and Turns Ugly

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A legislator's comments about abortion rates in the black community sparked vitriolic debate in the Assembly.

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State Senate Republicans Offer Mayor Just One Year of School Control

Monday, June 06, 2016

Republicans say multiple investigations of the mayor, and failing schools, are reasons to keep de Blasio on a short leash.

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Legislators Cashing in on Special Interests in Albany

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fundraising is a bipartisan affair. Everybody's doing it.

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Cuomo Vows to Close Campaign Contribution Loophole. Again.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Real ethics reform, or a red herring?

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