Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Protesters at the New York State Capitol Tuesday
Karen DeWitt

Eight protesters were arrested outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office Tuesday, as they demonstrated for more money for legal aid services for New York's poorest.

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An upstate business group is pleased with some portions of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2017 agenda, especially a plan to expand ride hailing services.

Speaker Carl Heastie
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State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is proposing new income tax brackets on New York’s wealthiest, with a top tax rate of over 10 percent on those making more than $100 million a year.

New York State Senate Leader John Flanagan addresses a group of county clerks outside Albany on Monday
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The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans says he’s not happy with what he says is more than $800 million in new taxes and fees tucked away in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new state budget.

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One of the chief arguments over the state budget will be whether to renew an income tax surcharge on New York’s wealthiest, known as the millionaires’ tax.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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One of Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature economic development programs is being downsized in Cuomo’s new state budget. Start Up New York is being rebranded, as other economic development projects have suffered setbacks.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2017 budget proposal.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget is not just facts and figures about what taxes to collect and how to spend them. Cuomo’s also put a number of unrelated changes into the spending plan - everything from allowing ride hailing services to expand in New York to enacting ethics reforms.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Some state lawmakers are rejecting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to extend a tax on millionaires. Cuomo spent Tuesday rolling out his spending plan to individual groups of lawmakers in private briefings, then at night, released details to the public.

Developmentally disabled New Yorkers and their caregivers demonstrated outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's speech in Albany on January 11.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his budget on Tuesday and agencies that work with the intellectually disabled are among those hoping for more funds. They say they need help in order to pay their workers the new, higher minimum wage.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ended his six-city state of the state tour, speaking according to his estimates, for nine hours total, and traveling over 1,200 miles, with one emergency helicopter landing thrown in for good measure.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo saved his ethics proposals for his last stop of his State of the State tour, in Albany, where he released a ten point plan to address rampant corruption that has reached his own administration.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing a plan that he says could cut property taxes in the state by requiring county leaders to develop a cost cutting plan, and let the voters decide whether it’s a good idea.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing that New York state allow ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

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

New York Andrew Governor Cuomo is doing something different with the State of the State address this year. Instead of delivering one speech to lawmakers in Albany, who will have to approve his proposals, he’s giving six regional speeches in three days all around the state. Legislative leaders will not be attending.

The New Year for the New York state legislature has begun in discord, with an absent governor and Republicans in the Senate vowing to take a harder line against Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

An ethics reform proposal quietly circulated between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York legislative leaders for a possible special session that could also include a pay raise is getting blasted by the State’s Attorney General as possibly unconstitutional.

Peter Cook, executive director of the New York State Council of Churches, asks for funding to be freed up, as supporters hold a vigil outside the New York state Senate chamber.
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Advocates for the homeless say the Governor and legislature don’t need to call a special session in order to free up more money to help create more housing for those in need. They say political leaders could simply sign an already printed memorandum of understanding, and start helping people now.

Kevin O’Connor, director of Joseph’s House in Troy, New York, read the names of homeless clients who have passed away in the past year, who he says died too young.

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is bringing charges against a former portfolio manager in the New York state pension fund, saying he accepted bribes from two hedge fund brokers that included prostitutes and illegal drugs.

In Albany’s own version of Groundhog Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York legislative leaders are still keeping open the possibility of a special session before the year ends that could include legalizing Uber statewide and a pay raise for lawmakers.

Discussion over a December special session has turned to finger pointing, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans blame each other over lack of progress.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has spoken to federal prosecutors regarding the prosecution of his former top aide and eight others involved in an economic development scandal.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
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New York lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month to vote on, among other things, a pay raise.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Cuomo spent the early part of this week in a marathon bill signing, and vetoing, session.  The governor rejected an unusually high number of bills, and some supporters of the vetoed measures aren’t pleased.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pressuring state lawmakers to come back in December for a special session that includes a number of reform items to address recent corruption scandals. He says in exchange, they could potentially be rewarded with a pay raise.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces steps to combat post -election increased incidents of discrimination in New York at a speech at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City Sunday.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday took a number of steps that he says are in reaction to the divisiveness in the nation, that has intensified since the Presidential election.

Cuomo, without mentioning President elect Donald Trump by name, said the “ugly discourse” has made him “soul sick” for America. And he says there have been several instances in New York, including swastikas painted on a subway train and in a Buffalo suburb, along with a KKK flier placed on cars on Long Island.

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Will there be a special session of the New York State Legislature this December? Governor Andrew Cuomo is offering lawmakers incentive to come back to meet- a possible pay raise, in exchange for ethics reforms.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is adopting a more conciliatory tone toward President-elect Donald Trump, after Cuomo called Trump “un- New York” in the final days of the campaign.

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If the numbers hold, Republicans are poised to remain in control of the New York State Senate, and even pick up a seat. The news has reassured business groups but dismayed reform advocates.

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Democrats had hoped to make inroads into the New York State Senate- but preliminary results show the Republicans gaining one seat to hold a razor thin 32-seat majority.

The New York State Capitol
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On Tuesday, Democrats could win back the Senate from the Republicans, who have dominated the leadership there for much of the past century.

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