Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Supporters Of Abortion Rights Measure Put It Aside For Now To Fight Another Day

Credit Karen DeWitt

State lawmakers are moving ahead with approving some portions of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, now that  supporters are no longer demanding that all of the items, including an abortion rights provision, be tied together.

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2:45 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Former GOP Candidate For Governor Still Critical Of Cuomo

  Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Republican rival in last fall’s elections is offering his take on political dynamics at the Capitol. And it is not a positive viewpoint .

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was at the Capitol to lobby, along with the statewide counties’ association, for items in the new state budget, including more mandate relief . The former unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor, says its Cuomo now who is losing political power and friends,  calling the governor Cuomo a “bully”.

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New York News
2:28 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Heastie Frustrated Over Cuomo's Budget Links

Speaker Heastie discusses his frustration over Governor Cuomo's budget in an interview with Karen DeWitt.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie gave his first broadcast interview to public radio and television. In it, he expressed his frustrations over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to link numerous unrelated items to the state budget.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Cuomo Gets Blow Back On 90-Day Email Deletion Policy

Credit Times Union Website Crime Confidential Blog

  Governor Andrew Cuomo has been getting some bipartisan criticism from state lawmakers over an email policy that erases all electronic correspondence of state employees after 90 days.

The policy to delete the emails of state employees after three months has been in place for some time, but is only now being enforced. It was revealed during a recent budget hearing, where Governor Cuomo’s chief Information Officer Maggie Miller testified before skeptical state lawmakers.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Could The New York State Budget End Up In Court?

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

  The state budget could end up in court under some scenarios, as state lawmakers are discussing possible legal action against Governor Cuomo’s budget, and his proposal to link a number of unrelated items, like ethics reform and education changes, to the spending plan.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Thousands Rally In Albany For More Charter Schools

It was the charter schools’ turn to rally at the State Capitol Wednesday in support of Governor Cuomo’s proposal to allow 100 more charter schools in New York.

Thousands of charter school students on 450 buses, along with their parents and teachers, came to the Capitol for a rally that was billed by organizers as a school field trip.  They heard nearly two hours of speeches, watched dance performances, and saw celebrities like Grammy winning singer Ashanti.

Among the speakers, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Watchdog Group Says Cuomo Counting Too Heavily On Future Budget Surpluses In Spending Plan

Credit ..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking credit for the state budget’s turn around from huge gaps to healthy surpluses, but a watchdog group says Cuomo is relying on future funds that have not yet materialized.

Cuomo often lists his achievements as governor when he gives speeches, and he likes to recount how he turned the state’s finances around, as in his Inaugural address earlier this year.

“We turned a $10 billion dollar deficit into a $5 billion dollar surplus,” Cuomo said on January 1st.

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New York News
2:18 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Teachers To Rally Against Cuomo's Proposals On Monday

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Teachers have been holding rallies all around the state protesting Governor Cuomo’s education proposals, and hundreds are expected to converge on the Capitol late Monday to protest over reliance on standardized tests,   and other issues.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Cuomo Meets With Legislative Leaders In Albany

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Budget talks began Wednesday, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met behind closed doors with legislative leaders to discuss school aid, economic development proposals and ethics reform. Cuomo’s push to reform practices in the legislature comes at a time when his nearly $1 million dollar book deal is coming under closer scrutiny.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Poll Finds New Yorkers Don't Want A Late Budget Over An Ethics Fight

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    Governor Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly threatened to hold up the state budget over ethics reform and other issues, like education policy. Now, a poll finds that voters would rather that the budget be on time. The spending plan is due March 31st and lawmakers return to Albany Wednesday to begin several weeks of negotiations.

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