Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
6:06 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Health Care Professionals Opposed To Fracking Urge Cuomo Adm. To Look At More Research

Credit Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Ithaca College

A group of health care professionals are seeking a meeting with Governor Cuomo’s health department, saying they have compiled a compendium of new and on going research that highlights numerous health risks associated with hydro fracking.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

LG Candidate Hochul Keeps A Low Profile

Credit Matt Ryan, New York Now

Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor Nominee Kathy Hochul, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions.

Kathy Hochul, a former one term Congresswoman and former Erie County Clerk, appeared with Governor Cuomo at the Democratic State Convention in May, one day after she was chosen to run as Lieutenant Governor.

Hochul promised the audience that she would  “carry our message of hope and optimism across this great state”.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

GOP Candidate For Governor Will Also Run On Anti-Common Core Ballot Line

GOP candidate for Governor Rob Astorino at press conference on opposition to the Common Core learning standards at the Capitol Tuesday

The Republican candidate for Governor is petitioning to run on a new ballot line that capitalizes on public opposition to the new Common Core learning standards.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana Becomes Legal In New York

Credit Governor Cuomo's Office

New York is now the 23 state to allow medical marijuana, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Sen. Klein: IDC Will Maintain Its Independence

New York State Senate Independent Conference Leader Jeff Klein says even though his group now plans to realign with the Democrats in the Senate, he won’t rule out working with Republicans in the future.

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New York News
7:40 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Two State Senate Factions Will Form Democratic Coalition

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Two Democratic factions in the State Senate say they are joining to form what could be a strong Democratic Majority in the Senate, leaving Republicans, who up until now have ruled the chamber in a coalition government, out of power.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Fight For NYS Senate Leadership Begins

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The New York State Senate is not likely to meet again until next January, but the fight for leadership of the chamber has already begun.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Reform Groups Urge No Vote On Redistricting Ballot Amendment

Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting on the state’s November ballot. They say it’s a sham that does not offer the changes that it promises.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Agree on Anti-Heroin Bills, Still Discussing Medical Marijuana

Demonstrators for medical marijuana at legislative session in Albany
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close. 

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New York News
6:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

New York Legislative Session Could End With A Whimper

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low key end of session might not matter much to New York’s top political figures.

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