Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

NYS Budget Talks Get Real as Deadline Nears

Monday, March 10, 2014

Budget negotiations are expected to get serious at the New York State Capitol this week, with the spending plan due at the end of the month.

The state Senate and Assembly are due to put out separate budget resolutions Wednesday, the first step toward reaching a final deal with Gov. ...


Westchester Cty Executive Expected to Launch NY Gubernatorial Bid

Monday, March 03, 2014

"The state is going in the wrong direction," Astorino says.


Assembly Leader Urges Senate to Pass Dream Act

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Assembly Democrats have approved a one house version of the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They're now urging the Senate to follow suit.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who calls the Dream Act a top priority, blamed opposition among Senate Republicans for ...


Regents Reverse Course, Pull Teacher Protections from Common Core Changes

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York.

The Regents were set to vote to delay the effects of Common Core on high school seniors ...

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Cuomo's Tax Plan To Go Under Microscope in Albany

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Governor's promise to cut and freeze some taxes will get some scrutiny during budget hearings in Albany on Monday

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Health Commissioner Stays Tight-Lipped About Fracking Review

Monday, February 03, 2014

During testimony before a legislative hearing on Monday, Dr. Nirav Shah said he's not ready to share a progress report with New Yorkers.


Questions Surround NY's Fracking Health Study

Monday, February 03, 2014

The state’s health commissioner is scheduled to testify before the legislative fiscal committee Monday morning.

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Fracking in NY Delayed at Least Another Year

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Opponents of the controversial extraction technique can breathe a sigh of relief, for now. In his budget this year, Gov. Cuomo isn't asking for the additional staff to issue permits t...


DiNapoli: State Spent Record Amount on OT

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Cuomo Administration racked up a record $611 million dollars in overtime payments over the past year. That’s according to New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. He said the 16 percent increase in overtime payments between 2012 and 2013 comes mostly from employees in institutional settings, like prisons and psychiatric centers. ...


Ethics Panel Rejects Donor Privacy Requests from Abortion Groups

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A state ethics board has denied requests from groups on both sides of the abortion debate to keep private their donor lists.

The groups, including the pro-choice Family Planning Advocates and the Christian conservative New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, had argued that making public their donor lists could pose a ...


Cuomo Budget: Spending Plan or a Re-election Agenda?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Many of the major components in Cuomo’s budget, including universal pre-kindergarten and business tax cuts, take three-to-four years to be fully phased in. Even the property tax freeze is a multi-year proposal.


Cuomo's Budget Introduces Rival Pre-K Plan

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The governor proposes something for everyone in an election year budget ... though not what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was asking for.


Reform Groups Applaud Cuomo's Campaign Finance Proposals

Monday, January 20, 2014

Good government groups said they are pleased that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would put money in his new state budget to fund the public financing of campaigns, as well as money for better enforcement of existing campaign laws.


Good Gov Groups Want Cuomo to Budget for Campaign Finance Reform

Monday, January 20, 2014

Thirty reform groups have written to Governor Andrew Cuomo, requesting that the new state budget plan he unveils on Tuesday include funds for campaign finance reform. 


One Million New Yorkers Are Unrepresented in Albany

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

After Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was convicted on bribery charges Monday, his seat became the 11th vacancy at the New York State legislature.


Bronx Assemblyman's Bribery Conviction and Other Albany Scandals

Monday, January 13, 2014

On the first formal day of the legislative session Monday, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was convicted of bribery by a federal jury after he took $20,000 from adult day care developers i...


Watch Live: Gov. Cuomo's State of State Speech

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Taxes, pot, and airports should all feature prominently in the governor's address. Watch it live here.


Tax Relief for Businesses and Homeowners in Cuomo's Sights

Monday, January 06, 2014

The governor is seeking to cut or freeze taxes for many New Yorkers.


Food Pantries Strained By Federal Cuts

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

With winter officially here, New York’s food pantries and soup kitchens are feeling the strain of feeding the hungry, especially after two key benefit cuts form the federal government. 


Comptroller Says State Probably Can Afford Tax Cuts, But Just Barely

Friday, December 20, 2013

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he’ll need to see more details and end of the calendar year state revenue figures before deciding whether the state can afford $2 billion in new tax cuts that Governor Andrew Cuomo is likely to propose.