Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

In Albany, Questions Remain About Whether Paterson Can Govern

Monday, March 01, 2010

Now that Gov. David Paterson is no longer seeking election to a four-year term, questions linger over the weakened chief executive’s ability to govern effectively, as the state faces a multibillion-dollar deficit, and a looming budget deadline.

Paterson released some of the pressure out of the ...


'Accumulation of Obstacles' Derailed Paterson

Friday, February 26, 2010

Gov. David Paterson, facing a growing scandal over an alleged domestic violence incident concerning a top aide, has announced he won’t be seeking election for governor after all. The governor says he is not resigning, and intends to serve out his term in office.

Paterson, sounding ...


Reports Say Paterson May Not Run For Governor

Friday, February 26, 2010

New York’s political world was thrown into deeper chaos as the Associated Press reported, using sources in Washington, that the beleaguered Gov. David Paterson would announce that he is dropping out of the race for governor.

Gov. Paterson’s campaign was already on life support, he was ...


Domestic Abuse Case Raises Questions in Albany

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A woman recently testified against a close aide of Governor Paterson, saying the aide physically abused her. Gov. Paterson suspended the aide and asked for a state investigation into the abuse allegations. However, the timeline of events shows that the woman says she was pressured by the State Police and even received a phone call from the governor himself.


Paterson Suspends Aide, Calls for Probe

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Governor Paterson says he's suspended a close aide and asked for an investigation by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The request follows an article in today's New York Times which raises questions about the governor and state police intervening in a domestic abuse case involving the ...


Pay Freeze for Judges Violates Constitution, Court Rules

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New York's Court of Appeals has ruled that the state legislature erred when it declined to give judges a pay raise.

The legislature has not approved a pay hike for state lawmakers in a dozen years and has also refrained from giving judges a raise, following ...


Paterson Kicks off Campaign

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Trailing in the polls and facing the prospect of a primary challenge from Andrew Cuomo, Governor Paterson formally launched his election campaign Saturday. He began with a speech on Long Island at his law school alma mater, Hofstra University, and then made stops in Rochester ...


Governor Vetoes Ethics Bill, Says It Does Not Go Far Enough

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Gov. David Paterson vetoed the legislature's package of ethics reform, saying it "does not go far enough in addressing the corrosive effects of outside influence and internal decay," that he says plagues "Planet Albany".

Earlier in the day, the governor spoke of his concerns about the ...


Governor: NY Deficit Balloons to $8.2B

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says New York's deficit has grown to $8.2 billion, and he says he’ll present lawmakers with new plans to balance the budget next week.

Paterson says a larger than expected decline in Wall Street earnings and higher than anticipated Medicaid costs contributed to ...


Paterson Says Drumbeat for Him to Exit Race Smacks of "Orchestration"

Friday, January 22, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says despite growing calls for him to not seek a full term he’s staying in the race.

Republican Scott Brown's upset win in the Massachusetts Senate race has led to a drumbeat of Democrats calling for Paterson, who is underfunded and struggling with ...


NY Legislature Passes Ethics Reform

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The New York State legislature has approved an ethics reform package but the bills don't go as far as Governor Paterson would like. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The bill strenghtens the notoriously weak legislative ethics commission, requires greater disclosure of lawmakers outside income, ...


Paterson Proposes $134b Budget With Cuts, New Taxes

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Saying that this is "not a budget of choice, but of necessity", Paterson proposes closing a $7.4 billion gap by cutting school aid, health care and state agencies by more than one billion dollars each.

"Our revenues have crumbled, and our budget has crashed," said Paterson. ...


Paterson's $134B Budget Would Cut Health Care and Education, Revive Fat Tax

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gov. David Paterson is proposing a $134 billion budget that cuts schools, health care, and state agencies and would impose new taxes on cigarettes and soda pop.

Saying New York faces an "inevitable fiscal reckoning," Paterson would close a $7.4 billion gap by cutting school aid ...


Cuomo Has More Cash on Hand Than Paterson

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New campaign filings show Governor Paterson has a fraction of the cash that his potential primary opponent Andrew Cuomo has on hand. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.


Paterson Says He Has the Funds to Run for Re-Election

Monday, January 11, 2010

Governor David Paterson says he's raised enough money to run for governor, despite reports that potential rival Andrew Cuomo may have raised millions more.

Campaign contribution filings are not required to be made public until January 15, but Governor Paterson is already saying he'll raise enough ...


Paterson Has New Proposals for Tackling the Budget Deficit

Monday, January 11, 2010

Governor Paterson says he'll stick to a self-imposed cap on state spending when he releases his budget this month, and even promises to generate a surplus that can be given back to New Yorkers in the form a property tax credit. But the governor is ...


Gov. Paterson Gives State of the State Address Today

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Governor Paterson is expected to focus on ethics reform...during his State of the State address this afternoon. The speech comes during the state’s worst fiscal crisis in decades...and as the governor struggles to make a comeback for an election campaign. Karen DeWitt has more from ...


Massive Medicaid Fraud Found

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The state comptroller says he's identified nearly $100 million in Medicaid fraud.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says three separate audits uncovered a number of mistakes in Medicaid payments and overcharges that, he says, needlessly cost taxpayers $92 million. One of the most egregious errors involved a Poughkeepsie ...


State Educators File Lawsuit Against Gov. Paterson

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Education groups hoping to stop Gov. David Paterson's move to withhold payments to schools this month have filed a lawsuit. The state's school board, superintendents, and teachers union claim the governor has violated the constitutional separation of powers.

Kevin Casey with the School Administrators Association says ...


Paterson Considers Cost-Cutting Options

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Governor Paterson says he'll take the weekend to look over his options before deciding which payments to postpone or curtail to prevent the state from running out of cash later this month. Karen DeWitt reports: