Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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A ceremony to award economic development grants to regions of New York state Wednesday was overshadowed by developments on the federal tax overhaul plan in Washington, as the House and Senate announced agreement on a final plan to be voted on as early as next week.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting a head start on his State of the State proposals, and says he’ll propose a bill to close a loophole that allows some convicted of domestic violence to possess guns.

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Karen DeWitt

There’s now one official candidate running for governor of New York in 2018, and that’s the Assembly’s Republican leader Brian Kolb. He announced in a video released Tuesday.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Senator John Francisco R- Syracuse, speak at a forum moderated by SUNY New Paltz's Gerald Benjamin at a forum Monday in Albany
Karen DeWitt

At an event that’s become increasingly rare in state politics, two politicians from opposing parties sat down together Monday and had a civil discussion about issues facing New York.

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The deputy leader of the New York state Senate says 2018 will be a difficult year for balancing the state budget.  Senator John DeFrancisco predicts cutbacks in healthcare spending to help close a multi-billion dollar deficit.

The Reverend Peter Cook, executive director of the New York State council of Churches, speaks against the federal tax overhaul measure at a rally at the State Capitol Friday.
Karen DeWitt

Groups opposing the federal tax overhaul plan held a demonstration at the New York state Capitol Friday, chanting “kill the bill”, and saying the measure is bad for New York and the nation.

Karen DeWitt

New York faces fiscal challenges in 2018, but that has not stopped groups from asking for more money in the new state budget, including agencies that provide care to people with disabilities.

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One of the biggest challenges that Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York state lawmakers will face in 2018 is balancing the state’s budget, which already has structural deficit of more than $4 billion. On top of that, federal changes to taxes and health care could cost the state billions more in lost funding.

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The governors of New York and California as well as New Jersey’s incoming governor are strongly condemning the Republican tax bills in Congress, saying they are unfair to their states and will wreak havoc on the U.S. economy. 

NYS Senator Liz Krueger
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Multiple members of Congress and the national media have been accused of sexual misconduct in recent weeks. New York state Senator Liz Krueger spoke with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt about the cases now rocking the country, including that of a state assemblyman. 

A leading New York state Senate Democrat says if a planned unification between rival factions in the Senate occurs, don’t expect immediate action on key items like women’s reproductive rights, public financing of campaigns, and transgender rights.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Twenty state and national groups supporting a bill that would strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Law are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the measure into law as soon as he receives it from the state legislature.

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin
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A New York state Assemblyman has been sanctioned by the Assembly Ethics Committee for allegedly sexually harassing a staff member. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin denies the charges and has asked for a criminal investigation of the ethics committee itself.

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The New York state Democratic Party, led by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is offering carrots and sticks to two rival factions of Democrats in the State Senate, in an effort to get them to reunite and potentially rule the chamber.

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The Congressional Budget Office report released Sunday finds that the Senate tax overhaul bill harms the poorest Americans even more than originally thought.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a tax overhaul plan that some state leaders say will harm New York. Eyes are now on the Senate, where a vote is expected after Thanksgiving.

Jessica Wisneski of Citizen Action, speaks out against the house tax bill at a protest at the NY state Capitol Thursday
Karen DeWitt

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, saying it will be “poison” to New York.

Several corruption trials are set for 2018 after a scandal involving nine of New York Governor Cuomo’s former associates who worked on his administration’s economic development projects. Advocates say they will continue to push for reforms to prevent such problems from happening again.

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New York state’s top economic development official says a plan in Congress to eliminate the historic tax credit program would harm efforts to revitalize cities in New York.

NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul speaking with Karen DeWitt
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New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100-year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as the Democrat tells Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Democrats in New York are heartened by what they call a “blue wave” in this week’s elections across the state and the nation.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo, one day after Democratic election victories in New York state and the nation, is calling on warring Democratic factions in the State Senate to unify.

Supporters of holding a Constitutional Convention to fix problems in New York state government say they are disappointed with the resounding defeat of the measure in Tuesday’s voting, but they say they are not giving up. 

The ballot proposition on whether to hold a state Constitutional Convention was soundly defeated in  Tuesday’s election. But a second question of whether to strip pensions from convicted lawmakers was approved.

There are three statewide propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s elections.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are once again warning that New Yorkers will be hurt if the Republican tax overhaul plan in Congress is approved.

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Proposition One on New York’s ballot, which asks voter whether there should be a Constitutional Convention, is getting a lot of attention, with TV ads and social media posts.  But there are two other proposals for voters to consider. 

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It appears opponents of holding a New York state constitutional convention have the momentum as Election Day approaches. They’ve spent more money than supporters, and a recent poll shows the public is leaning against it. But backers are not giving up just yet.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is not pleased with the Republican House of Representatives tax overhaul plan, calling a key provision “double taxation” on some New Yorkers.

A new poll finds the ballot question on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention in New York has become widely unpopular with voters.

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