Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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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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Vox Pop
12:20 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

With 8 Days Left, Uncertainty Over What Legislative Session Can Accomplish

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

  The 2014 legislative session has just eight working days left to go, with the closing day scheduled for June 20. As lawmakers prepare to return for the final two weeks, there’s uncertainty whether anything will get done, now that Governor Cuomo has publicly vowed to try to oust the current Senate leadership. 

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New York News
12:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Cuomo Says He's Proud Of Lack Of Partisanship In Albany

Credit Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.

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New York News
5:05 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Green Party Candidate Says His Chances Are Improving

The Green Party candidate for governor of New York, making a statewide tour, says there’s always been an alternative, left leaning candidate for governor, and he says his chances to win votes are now better than ever.

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New York News
5:47 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Cuomo Happy to Gain WFP Endorsement

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won the endorsement of the state’s left leaning Working Families Party in a messy convention vote that stretched to nearly midnight on Saturday night.

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