Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Office of the Dutchess County Executive

Another candidate has announced they will challenge Andrew Cuomo for New York governor. This time it’s Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who on Monday offered a political indictment of Cuomo’s practices and temperament in office.

New York State Capitol
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The newly approved New York state budget includes a work around for the partial loss of state and local tax deductions in the federal tax overhaul.

New York State Capitol
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New York state budget talks became heated in the final hours of negotiations Friday, as ultimatums were offered and there were threats of a government shutdown.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

State lawmakers continue to try to work out a budget agreement in New York. They need to finish by midday today so legislators and staff can get home for the Passover and Easter holidays. However, some major issues related to the spending plan are still not resolved.

Stanley Fritz of Citizen Action is one of many who spoke against the state budget's priories at a rally on the Million Dollar Staircase at the New York State Capitol on Wednesday.
Karen DeWitt

Budget talks are stalled one day before a self-imposed deadline of March 30 set by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state legislature. Meanwhile, groups left out of the deal are expressing their dismay.

New York State Capitol
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Talks on the state budget were stalled just days before the March 30th deadline, as Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers continue negotiations. Groups pressing for additional issues that are in the governor’s budget plan have still not given up hope.  

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

It’s just over a week until the New York state budget is due, and there are no resolutions on an array of proposed new taxes and spending proposals, as well as several unrelated items that are tied to the budget.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday, in his first public comments since challenger Cynthia Nixon announced her candidacy, dismissed two days of attacks as the “political silly season.”

Cynthia Nixon
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Candidate for governor of New York Cynthia Nixon delivered a blistering speech Tuesday against Governor Andrew Cuomo, who she hopes to challenge in a Democratic primary. She was immediately criticized by a Cuomo ally, who questioned Nixon’s qualifications in a controversial remark. 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan
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New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan met privately with Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday over a proposed bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more access to the courts. The Cardinal remains opposed to a key provision of the measure.

Cynthia Nixon
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Actor and public education advocate Cynthia Nixon announced her campaign for governor of New York Monday. She wants to run in a Democratic primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

In the days since actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon indicated she might want to run against Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for New York governor, Cuomo has made a number of public appearances and taken several steps to shore up his political base.

Karen DeWitt

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse delivered an emotional appeal to New York state senators today, after they learned that the Senate did not put the Child Victims Act into their budget plan. The measure would offer more opportunities for survivors to gain justice in the court system.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday spoke publicly for the first time since his former closest aide was convicted of running two bribery schemes while working for the Democrat and managing Cuomo’s reelection campaign.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to impose a tax on manufacturers of prescription opioids to help pay for state programs that help people who are addicted to them. But some say it will be patients who will ultimately have to pay the price.

The state capitol in Albany
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The New York State Senate has approved anti-sexual harassment legislation that includes an end to secret settlements. It would also no longer allow state officials who admit to sexual harassment to use taxpayer funds to settle their cases.

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

As a jury continues to deliberate in the bribery trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, the Democrat has been keeping his focus on other matters, including appearing with former Vice President Al Gore to talk about energy and the environment.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Democrats announced they would  pass  a package of gun control bills on Tuesday at the State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Things got heated on the New York state Senate floor over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

The jury is deadlocked in the federal corruption trial of former top aide to Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco. The judge is giving jurors Wednesday off for a snow day, but telling them they have to come back on Thursday and keep deliberating. 

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joe Percoco, is waiting to find out whether he’ll be convicted of bribery and other charges as a jury continues to deliberate in federal court. Government reform groups say regardless of the verdict, the trial highlighted some questionable, but legal practices in New York that they say taint the governor’s reputation and need to be fixed.

Victims of childhood sexual abuse are hoping that the #MeToo movement will help them win a twelve year effort to enact the Child Victims Act in New York. The measure extends the statute of criminal and civil limitations beyond the current age of 23 to 50 and add a one-year look back window to file civil suits.

Karen DeWitt

Democrats in the New York state Senate Wednesday tried to force a vote on gun control legislation to put Republicans on the spot over some GOP Senators’ resistance to the bills.

Mario Cilento, President of the NYS AFL-CIO speaking at the Capitol Monday
Karen DeWitt

A case heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court and to be decided later this year could have a big impact on public worker unions in New York.

This is a picture of a teacher's classroom desk
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The head of New York state’s largest teachers union says arming teachers won’t make schools safer, but he says schools should have more protection.

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Libertarian Larry Sharpe is running for governor of New York.

In an interview with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, Sharpe criticized two-term Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, and the state legislature for passing the SAFE-Act.

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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
NY GOP

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.

The New York state Capitol
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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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