Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting $7 million into his 30-day budget amendments to fund poll sites for early voting in New York by the 2020 presidential race.

NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
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The head of New York state’s Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the state’s public ethics commission, alleging that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his top aide — Joe Percoco, now on trial for bribery — broke the state’s public officers’ law.

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On Thursday, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the State Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.

NY Gov. Cuomo's Budget director Robert Mujica
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget director says 30-day amendments to the Democrat’s spending plan due out later this week will include an overhaul of New York state’s tax code. It will include plans to ease the effects of the loss of the state and local tax deductions in the new federal tax overhaul.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

The flu is hitting the corruption trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, with proceedings delayed for a day and a half because a key defense attorney has come down with the virus.

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New York Republicans are seeking political advantage in the federal corruption trial of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide. One of the governor’s opponents is pressuring Cuomo to answer some of the revelations in the trial about how state business was conducted, and whether a pay to play “atmosphere” was created.

In the midst of a national debate on immigration, the New York state Assembly this week passed a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college.

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

Testimony at the trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, has highlighted some practices inside the Democrat’s office that government reform groups say is at the very least questionable, and possibly even illegal.

Karen DeWitt

Two New York state lawmakers have introduced a bill to make laundry pods less attractive, and have sent a letter to Procter & Gamble, calling on the company to overhaul its colorful liquid detergent Tide pods.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to call for special elections on April 24 for two empty state Senate seats, according to a state official who confirmed the date. The news is fueling hopes among Senate Democrats that they can gain control of the chamber before the end of the session.

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A third Republican candidate has announced his intention to run for New York governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Syracuse area state Senator John DeFrancisco says it’s time for a change.

Howard Zemsky, CEO of Empire State Development
Karen DeWitt

The head of Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs say he doesn’t think federal corruption trials now taking place will have any effect on some of the projects.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut say they intend to soon file a multi-state lawsuit against the federal tax overhaul law, over the partial loss of the deduction of state and local taxes. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first comments since the corruption trial of his top former aide began in federal court January 22, says he doesn’t think the proceedings will reflect badly on him.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Karen DeWitt about the trial of Joe Percoco, former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Karen DeWitt

On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff was one of the first witnesses to testify at the corruption trial of Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco. Linda Lacewell described Percoco as a trusted loyal and very senior aide to the governor.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

The prosecution and defense offered two very different versions of events in the trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s former top aide Joe Percoco and three business associates in Federal District Court in Manhattan Tuesday. Much of the prosecutors’ case will hinge on testimony of another former, associate Todd Howe who pleaded guilty to several felonies and will be the government’s star witness.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt about the trial of former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco.

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On Monday the first of a series of federal corruption trials begins for several former associates of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The proceedings in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan will focus on bribery and other charges against Governor Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joseph Percoco.

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A report by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax department released today lists ways that New Yorkers could get around the loss of some of their state and local tax deductions under the new federal law. But, all of them come with complications.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2018 budget address
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday unveiled a $168 billion budget plan that would close a more than $4 billion gap by reducing some spending, and imposing tax increases on health insurers, big businesses, and prescription opioid users, among others. Cuomo, a Democrat, says he also wants to look into legalizing marijuana in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking at the annual Martin Luther King Day event at the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Monday, mocked Republican senators who now say they can’t recall President Trump uttering a vulgarity during meeting at the White house on immigration.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver his budget Tuesday, and the news is not expected to be good. The state faces a more than $4.4 billion budget gap, as well as funding cuts and policy changes from Washington that could cost New York and some of its taxpayers billions of dollars.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first public comments since a key state Senate leader was accused of sexual harassment, says he wants investigations to play out before he makes any judgements. 

New York state Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan and other Senate Republicans detail their tax cut agenda for 2018
Karen DeWitt

Republicans in the New York state Senate say that, despite the more than $4 billion structural deficit, taxes need to be cut further and a property tax cap must be made permanent.

Monday was the first full day of session in the New York State legislature, and lawmakers have a lot to contend with, including a multibillion dollar budget deficit, as well as the beginning of an election year.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State speech January 3, floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a pay roll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it’s not so easy to make the change and it could bring unforeseen complications.

Alex Camarda, of Reinvent Albany, displays a chart listing potential reforms to clean up state government
Karen DeWitt


2018 will be a year of criminal trials for former associates of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the state legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact ethics reforms.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his eighth State of the State speech Wednesday, told lawmakers that 2018 will be the “most challenging” year, and that they will have to fight against what he says are “threats” from the federal government. The Democrat also announced steps to combat sexual harassment and reform the state’s criminal justice system.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver his State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday. The speech kicks off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races.

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