Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

Cuomo: Budget Deal Appears Unlikely Before Weekend

Thursday, March 14, 2013

State lawmakers are hurrying toward getting a budget agreement in place, with a stepped up schedule of conference committees and meetings with Governor Cuomo.


Cuomo Won't Take Emergency Measures to Speed Budget Passage

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Governor Cuomo said he is unlikely to send an emergency message to allow state lawmakers to bypass a three-day waiting period for the state budget.

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Mental Health Advocates Protest Some Provisions of Gun Law

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Second amendment rights advocates, who have held rallies in Albany recently, are not the only group upset with portions of the state’s recently-enacted gun law. Some people with mental illnesses believe the law unfairly stigmatizes them.


New York Assembly Votes to Ban Fracking for Two More Years

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The New York State Assembly has approved, by a 95 to 40 vote, a two-year moratorium on hydrofracking in New York. While it’s unlikely to be passed in the Senate, the action reflects state lawmakers’ growing worries about potential health impacts from the natural gas drilling process. 

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Amendment to NY's Gun Law Under Discussion

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Senate Republicans have pressed for changes to the state’s strictest-in-the-nation gun control laws which were approved on January 14. They’d like to amend the law to once again allow for 10 bullets per magazine, as opposed to the 7-bullet limit under the new law.


NY Minimum Wage Bill Stalls in State Senate

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The New York State Assembly on Tuesday approved a measure to increase New York’s minimum wage, but the measure is facing resistance in the State Senate.

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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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