Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

New Leader for Assembly Republicans

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Republicans in the New York Assembly have a new leader. Karen DeWitt has more on the assemblyman from the Finger Lakes region who replaces outgoing Minority Leader James Tedisco.

REPORTER: Assemblyman Brian Kolb, a former businessman from Canandaigua, says he'll work to draw more attention to ...


Budget Delay Holds Up Lawmakers Pay

Friday, April 03, 2009

New York's state budget will be late for yet another day as the State Senate failed to complete the votes needed for the spending plan to become law. The delay is also holding up lawmakers' paychecks. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: State legislators agreed to ...


NYS Senate Rolls Back 70s Drug Laws

Friday, April 03, 2009

The State Senate has approved sweeping changes to the "Rockefeller drug laws," as part of the state budget. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The rollback of the strict drug laws on the books since the days of Governor Nelson Rockefeller in the 1970s was accomplished ...


Still No Budget from Albany

Thursday, April 02, 2009

New York's state senate has yet to pass the budget that was due yesterday, as Republican senators proposed numerous amendments, and one Democratic senator returned to the hospital. But even once it's passed, the state comptroller is doubtful the budget proposal will be enough to ...


NYS Legislature Misses Budget Deadline

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The State budget will not be on time once again this year after delays and mishaps in the State Senate caused lawmakers to adjourn for the night, after approving just one of nine budget bills. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Voting in the State Senate ...


Numbers Game

Monday, March 30, 2009

With changes to the MTA and a new state budget, the fiscal landscape of both the city and the state have changed dramatically over the past few days. But what does it mean for your day-to-day? Karen DeWitt, Albany bureau chief for New York public radio, discusses the ...

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Water Bottle Deposit in NY Budget - Enviromentalists Rejoice

Monday, March 30, 2009

Under provisions of budget bills aimed at closing the state’s looming deficit, New York’s bottle law will be expanded, and the state will keep most of the nickels. Karen DeWitt has more.

REPORTER: The bill would extend the the five cent deposit now required on beer ...


No Deals Yet in Albany

Friday, March 27, 2009

No deals yet in Albany on an array of legislative issues- from subway fares and drug laws to tax increases. Legislative leaders say they are working toward a budget agreement, but can’t say yet how they will close the $16 billion deficit. Reporter Karen Dewitt ...


300,000 Don't Claim Earned Income Tax Credit

Friday, March 20, 2009

Governor David Paterson is encouraging low income New Yorkers to take advantage of the earned income tax credit available on tax filings. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


Sen Dean Skelos Says GOP Senators Shut Out

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New York's Senate Republican minority leader says Democrats are excluding the GOP from the state budget process. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


One-Year Anniversary for Gov Paterson

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today's not only Saint Patrick's Day. It also marks one year in office for Governor David Paterson. After Eliot Spitzer resigned over a prostitution scandal, Paterson was sworn in as New York's 55th governor. And today, he took a moment to reflect on what's been ...


Paterson Ready to Repeal Rockefeller Drug Laws

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's ready to repeal New York's 34-year-old Rockefeller-era drug laws. He attended a rally yesterday with reform advocates. Karen DeWitt has more. REPORTER: Paterson is a long time backer of reforming the drug laws which mandates that judges sentence non-violent drug offenders ...


Reforming New York's Strictest Drug Laws

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's ready to reform the state's 34-year-old Rockefeller Drug Laws. He attended a rally today with other reform advocates.

Paterson is a long time backer of reforming the drug laws which mandates that judges sentence non-violent drug offenders to often lengthy prison terms.

He ...


Republican Answer to Paterson's Budget

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Senate Republicans were the first at the State Capitol to release their alternative to Governor Paterson’s state budget. Reporter Karen Dewitt has more.

DEWITT: The senate Republicans, who are in minority in that house by just one seat, reject both Governor Paterson's dozens of new taxes ...


Dividing Up Stimulus Cash

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Governor Paterson met publicly with legislative leaders to brief them on the transportation grants that New York will receive as part of the federal stimulus package. Lawmakers have expressed concern that they might be left out of the decision-making process for the distribution of billions ...


NY Senate Considers Tax Hike on the Wealthy

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says his democratic members are preparing to discuss whether to tax New York's wealthiest residents. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: There are two bills circulating among senate majority democrats that would increase income taxes on the wealthy. One with ...


Paterson, Legislative Leaders Agree to Close Budget Deficit

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

New York State is back in black for the time being. Governor Paterson announced the legislature passed a bill that will close the $1.6 billion budget gap and balance the books for the current fiscal year. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson and Democratic ...


NYS Legislature Said to Be Near Budget

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Lawmakers in Albany are tight-lipped about potential budget cuts they'll need to make this week to close the state's $1.5 billion gap. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The legislature is working towards a self-imposed deadline of later this week, after Governor Paterson rescinded his request ...


NY Dem Senators Claim Majority in New Session

Thursday, January 08, 2009

New York Democrats are celebrating now that they've elected a state senate leader and officially take control of the legislature for the first time in nearly four decades. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.


State of the State Address Previewed

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

After nearly 10 months in office, Governor Paterson gets to deliver his first State of the State address later today. As Karen DeWitt reports, the speech may give the governor a chance to discuss something other than the budget deficits he’s focused on for the ...