Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

As Budget Battle Drags On, Paterson Steps Up Pressure

Monday, May 17, 2010

The state budget is now more than six weeks late, with no settlement in sight. Gov. David Paterson is trying to step up the pressure, meeting with Assembly Democrats behind closed doors, announcing a public leader’s meeting, and opening the door to the possibility of state ...


Paterson to Ask for Delay in School Aid

Friday, May 14, 2010

Gov. David Paterson will ask the legislature to allow him to delay around $1.5 billion dollars due to schools June 1, saying the state does not have enough cash on hand to afford the payment. Paterson’s budget director, Robert Megna, says the governor will send ...


Judge Issues TRO Against NYS Furloughs

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Those one-day-a-week furloughs of state workers Governor Paterson wanted to impose next week won't be happening. A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the plan. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: In the order Judge Lawrence Khan says that any future emergency spending ...


Court Challenge is Next for State Furlough Plan

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch is warning that if state worker unions succeed in their court challenge to the governor’s furlough plan, lay offs could be next. But Governor David Paterson is standing firm in his decision.

The governor distanced himself from his ...


NY Legislature Approves Furloughs

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thousands of state workers rallied at New York’s Capitol and around the state yesterday, protesting Governor Paterson’s plan to include one-day-a-week furloughs in the emergency spending bills issued to keep the state running while the budget is late.

Legislators reluctantly approved Paterson’s furlough plan, saying they ...


NY Legislature Approves Furloughs

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thousands of state workers rallied in Albany and around the state today, protesting Gov. David Paterson’s plan to include one-day-a-week furloughs in the emergency spending bills issued to keep the state running while the budget is late.

Legislators planned to reluctantly vote on Paterson’s furlough plan, ...


Former NY Senate Leader Bruno Gets 2 Years for Fraud

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge Thursday, but Bruno won’t have to begin serving his term until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules whether the law he was sentenced under is actually ...


Prosecutors Seeking 8-Year Sentence for Bruno

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno will be sentenced tomorrow on two counts of felony federal corruption. Federal prosecutors are seeking eight years in prison for the crimes.

The former Senate leader, regarded as a benefactor in his district, has submitted numerous letters from community leaders ...


Paterson to Proceed with Furlough Plan

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says he’s made up his mind to go through with a one-day-a-week furlough for unionized state workers and force a potential show down with New York's legislature.

“I have decided that I will include the furloughs in next week’s emergency appropriations,” Paterson says.

If ...


Paterson to Create Immigrant Deportation Review Panel

Monday, May 03, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says he’s creating a new panel to review the cases of immigrants facing deportation because of previous criminal convictions. The governor says the plan is a "challenge" to what he believes is unfair federal immigration policy.

The governor said the panel would recommend pardons ...


GOP Senator Says Espada Should Give Up Leadership Post

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Senator Espada's legal troubles are inspiring some lawmakers to call for new leadership in the chamber. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: State Senator Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, has introduced an amendment calling for Senate Majority Leader Espada to step down from his leadership ...


Paterson: No Budget for Earth Day Events

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day celebrations will not be taking place at the New York State Capitol. Events originally slated for Wednesday were canceled by Gov. David Paterson. Paterson told environmental groups that he’s sorry he’s had to close parks, and make other unpopular budget decisions, but he ...


Senate Leader Espada Charged with 'Looting' $14M

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada has been charged by the state Attorney General with stealing more than $14 million dollars from a Bronx not-for-profit run by the Senator and his family.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed a lawsuit against Senator Espada alleging he “looted” ...


State Lawmakers Approve Third Budget Extender

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lawmakers have approved a third round of budget extenders to keep New York State, but not without some complaints.

Lawmakers grumbled over the governor's latest round of austerity spending extenders, which exclude any state-funded road and bridge repair projects, saying construction workers are being kept out of ...


NY Lawmakers at Budget Standstill

Thursday, April 15, 2010

With the New York State budget now two weeks overdue, lawmakers have left Albany with no signs of reaching a spending agreement with the governor.

Gov. David Paterson asked legislators to extend their session through the weekend to try to wrap up budget discussions.

"It's gonna require a ...


Poll: Cuomo Holds Wide Lead Against All Republicans

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A new poll shows that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to soon announce a run for governor, continues his wide lead over all other potential challengers.

The Quinnipiac poll finds Cuomo has a job approval of higher than 70% for the ninth month in ...


Schools Fend for Selves as State Delays Payments

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

School districts in New York are taking their own emergency budget measures now that Governor Paterson has delayed their state aid. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Paterson withheld a $2.1 billion school aid payment at the end of March saying the state does not have the money. ...


NY Legislature Passes Second Emergency Spending Bill

Monday, April 12, 2010

The New York State legislature voted to keep the state running for another week, as the state enters its second week without a budget. Gov. David Paterson’s stripped down spending extender does not include money for scheduled state worker pay raises or for road and ...


NY State Budget Director: Cash Crisis 'Unprecedented'

Friday, April 09, 2010

The state’s budget director says New York is facing an "unprecedented" cash flow problem, and he says if there’s no budget in place in six weeks, delaying payments to schools and others won’t be enough to stave off a financial crash.

Gov. David Paterson’s budget director, ...

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Paterson Withholds State Employee Raises

Friday, April 09, 2010

New York lawmakers are not happy with Governor Paterson’s latest emergency spending bill which holds back raises for state workers. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: State workers, under terms of their contracts agreed to with Governor Paterson, were supposed to receive a 4 percent raise ...