Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo
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The head of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, is one of the key targets of criminal complaints by federal and state officials.

Until recently, though, Kaloyeros, was a highly favored state official, earning far more pay than any other employee, and running Governor Cuomo’s signature economic development programs.  

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The pro-business group Unshackle Upstate is out with its rankings of state legislators who are seeking re-election in November. As Karen DeWitt reports, Republicans did better than Democrats.

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  Governor Cuomo’s health commissioner faced an intense grilling from lawmakers at a joint hearing on how the administration handled water contamination in in the eastern New York village of Hoosick Falls.

There’s more evidence that the Presidential race may be effecting which party controls the State Senate.

Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo

An ethics reform measure approved by the legislature at the end of the legislative session still hasn’t been signed by Governor Cuomo. And some good government groups say it shouldn’t.

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A new poll finds Donald Trump badly trailing Hillary Clinton in the Presidential race in New York.  It could be good news for Democrats in the state Senate.

Administration handled drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls. It comes as new studies out this week show more harmful effects from exposure to the chemical PFOA, on mothers and their children.

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 Governor Andrew Cuomo has not been getting along with other Democrats in the state this summer.

Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had harsh words for the state’s Comptroller, a fellow Democrat, over questions about the value of the state’s economic development programs.

A commission is considering granting as much as a 47% pay raise for New York state lawmakers, and the proposal is generating some backlash, including, from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

  Education groups, dismayed by the federal education secretary’s threat to punish schools in New York with high opt-out rates for standardized tests, say he’s re-igniting controversy that state education officials have been trying to calm for the past year.

  A routine oversight hearing by the state Assembly turned testy when Governor Cuomo’s Economic Development Czar, Howard Zemsky, endured over two hours of questions about Governor Cuomo’s economic development programs, which are currently under federal investigation.

Senate Democrats hope once again to take leadership of the Senate away from Republicans in the 2016 elections. The chief engineer of strategy for the Democrats says the Presidential candidates at the top of the ticket will help his candidates win.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo got his moment on the convention stage Thursday night before Hillary Clinton’s speech.

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  It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

The resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the release of emails showing that staff  favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders overshadowed other news at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention.  

Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for Republicans, after the Democrats are done with their gathering, is to begin the Presidential election campaign. The head of Trump’s New York campaign say he expects the state to be in play.

Rudy Giuliani
Karen DeWitt

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in a speech to New York’s delegates, assailed Hillary Clinton for her husband’s extramarital affairs when he was President in the 1990s, saying Hillary tried to shut the women up. 

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against Democrat Chuck Schumer, Wendy Long, faces great odds in her campaign against the powerful and popular third term Senator.  Long addressed the New York delegation Tuesday.

Pictures of Donald Trump in a store window in Cleveland.
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The Republican national convention begins in Cleveland Monday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has offered only lukewarm support in  the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the State Senate, this week said he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races.  Cuomo also somewhat reluctantly offered support to his former primary rival, Zephyr Teachout, who is now running for Congress.

Gov. Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo , who has offered only lukewarm support in  the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the State Senate, this week said he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races.  Cuomo also somewhat reluctantly offered support to his former primary rival, Zephyr Teachout, who is now running for Congress.

Mohawk Valley/Central New Yorkers for Trump leader Jim Zecca, left, and volunteers organize before a press conference in Utica's historic train station in March.
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Supporters of the two outsider candidates in the Presidential race are finding obstacles to attending the national conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland, held during the next couple of week.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration is facing greater scrutiny over handling of the Hoosick Falls water crisis. In recent days a Congressional committee opened an inquiry, and both the state Assembly and Senate will hold hearings. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo riding a motorcycle.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to focus on positive actions in his public events in recent days as a federal investigation into his administration’s economic development programs continues.

Bernie Sanders speaks at the Egg in Albany
Karen DeWitt

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, made the second stop in his ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ tour in Albany Friday afternoon, where he told a small but loyal group of supporters that he’ll fight to get key items into the national Democratic Party platform, including a nationwide $15 minimum wage, and has been in talks with Hillary Clinton’s campaign over a greater focus on progressive issues.

  Some Homeless advocates are dismayed by what they say is Governor Cuomo’s failure at the end of the legislative session to follow through with promises to fund five years worth of new supportive housing and other services for the homeless. Their complaints come as the State Comptroller issues a scathing report on the state of homeless shelters across New York. 

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Business leaders, particularly those in Upstate New York, say the 2016 legislative session, which recently concluded, was the worst for small businesses in quite some time.

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