Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

A Look Back at Paterson's First Nine Months in Office

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In 2008, David Paterson became New York's first African-American and legally blind governor when the previous governor, Eliot Spitzer, resigned amid a sex scandal. Karen DeWitt takes a look back on Paterson's eventful first nine months in office.


Paterson's Spending Plan Calls for Deep, Painful Cuts

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Saying New York faces the “worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Governor Paterson released a $121 billion budget yesterday that slashes spending for health care and education and proposes a wide array of new fees. Karen DeWitt has the details from Albany.


Senator Refuses to Confirm Roles of "Gang of Three"

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith is refusing to confirm the new roles the so-called Gang of Three will play when the Democrats take control of the Senate next month...even though the trio has been discussing their new jobs with the media for days. Smith, the ...


Providers at Food Pantries Look to State for Aid

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Emergency food providers say they're still holding out hope that Gov. Paterson will increase welfare benefits as more people show up hungry. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


Albany Lawmakers Fail to Strike Budget Balance

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For more than a month, New York lawmakers in Albany were bracing themselves for a brutal, budget-cutting session. But the governor called it off when it became clear he'd get no cooperation from key lawmakers. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.


Uncertainty Over Special Legislative Session

Friday, November 14, 2008

New York State lawmakers plan to return to Albany for Tuesday's special legislative session to deal with the budget deficit, but it’s uncertain just what they'll actually accomplish. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Senate Republicans have already rejected Paterson's appeal for mid-year school aid cuts, ...


Thruway Toll Hike Reconsidered

Friday, October 24, 2008

New York's State Comptroller says an audit of the state Thruway Authority has found that it’s difficult to determine whether a controversial toll hike is really justified. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: When the Thruway Authority announced a 10 percent toll hike, which took effect ...


Lawyer of Governor's Aide Cites Depression for Delinquent Taxes

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lawyers for Governor Paterson’s chief of staff say he suffered from a unique condition that prevented him from paying his taxes for four years. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.


Bruno Blasts Obama

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In St. Paul, former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno livened up the New York delegation, when he gave a speech comparing Barack Obama to his former rival Eliot Spitzer. Karen Dewitt has more:

Bruno told the delegation that people should beware of articulate charismatic candidates ...


Pataki Backs McCain, Palin

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New York's former governor, George Pataki, took a shot at Barack Obama and bolstered support for the McCain-Palin ticket, during a breakfast with the Ohio delegation. Reporter Karen DeWitt has more from the Republican National Convention.

DEWITT: Pataki told the Ohio delegates that McCain and V.P. ...


New York Delegates Worry About Gustav

Monday, September 01, 2008

New York’s delegation mingled at a low key reception in St. Paul. But like everyone else, they were preoccupied with news of Hurricane Gustav and what it might mean for their political gathering.

New York Delegates like those from the rest of the nation were subdued ...


Paterson Reflects on Progress of African Americans

Thursday, August 28, 2008

As Democrats prepare to hear the acceptance speech of their historic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, Gov. David Paterson reflected at a meeting with delegates on how far African Americans have come in his lifetime. Karen DeWitt reports.

Holding signs saying "We love our Gov," Gov. David ...


Sen. Clinton Delivers Message of Unity

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

At the Democratic National Convention, New York Senator Hillary Clinton has delivered a call for unity behind Barack Obama. And it was a poignant moment for New York delegates who heard her speak yesterday. Karen DeWitt reports from Denver.


Dems Convene in Denver, Seeking Unity

Monday, August 25, 2008

At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, New York’s top politicians gather for four days of receptions, speech making, and hopefully, they say, political unity. Karen Dewitt reports.


New Ad Criticizes Paterson's Property Tax Plan

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Opponents of New York Governor David Paterson’s property tax cap plan are taking to the airwaves. They've created a TV ad that sharply criticizes the governor and his policies, just ahead of next week’s special legislative session. Karen Dewitt has this report.


Spitzer Adminsitration Broke Law with "Travelgate"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York's Public Integrity Commission says four members of former governor Eliot Spitzer's administration broke the law when they compiled travel records on former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has more.

REPORTER: Commission spokesman Walter Aires says the probe took a full year ...


Goodbye Joe

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

In a surprise announcement, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno announced that he won't seek reelection. We get reaction from Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice, Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, and Frank Padavan, NY State Senator (R-11th District).

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Minor Eye Surgery for Paterson

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is set to undergo eye surgery this afternoon. He was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center early this morning after complaining of migraine like symptoms. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

Gov. David Paterson has been diagnosed with an acute form of glaucoma and ...


State Headed in to Economic Downturn

Friday, May 02, 2008

Budget analysts for Governor Paterson say New York is entering a recession which should continue into early 2009, and it could be a longer and deeper downturn than any national recession.

REPORTER: State Budget Director Laura Anglin says the recession could be “severe” but short.

ANGLIN: First ...


Paterson Calls Budget Negotiations Too Secretive

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Gov. David Paterson wants the legislature to work all weekend if necessary to finalize an overdue state budget. But lawmakers adjourned Friday without scheduling a time to return before Monday. Both Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver say members are available ...