Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Report Critical Of Cuomo Administrati Attempts To Get Clean Water Loan for Tappan Zee Bridge Project

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   An independent review board has found fault with the Cuomo Administration’s attempts to convert a federal clean water fund loan into construction work for the Thruway’s Tappan Zee Bridge.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Conference Examines State's Infrastructure Needs

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  New York State lawmakers say they want to act quickly to spend the state’s $5 billion dollar and growing surplus on an infrastructure fund to fix up roads and bridges, among other things. At a conference on the state’s infrastructure, sponsored by a think tank, participants said there are deep needs, and they warn lawmakers not to spend the money frivolously.  

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6:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike Supporters In New York See Opportunity

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  Advocates of raising the minimum wage see hope in recent statements by the leader of the State Senate, and hope a deal can be struck by the end of the year.

Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos, whose party will control the Senate in January, says while he thinks the state’s gradual increase of the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour next year is good enough, he’s willing to at least discuss raising it even higher. Senator Skelos, after meeting with the Republican members, says he also wants a pay raise for Senators.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

New York Senate Republicans To Rejoin Breakaway Dems In Senate Rule

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The leader of the Senate Republicans says his members will once again join forces with a group of breakaway Democrats to rule the Senate come January.  Senator Dean Skelos says his members also want a pay raise.

Republicans won a bare majority of 32 seats in the 2014 elections, and GOP Leader Dean Skelos, following a two hour closed door meeting with his republican members,  says the GOP will once again form a coalition  government with leader of the Independent Democrats, Senator Jeff Klein.

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New York News
8:02 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Cuomo, Astorino, Make Final Pitch To Voters

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino, spent Monday delivering their final message to voters in a race where the Democratic incumbent governor is favored to win, but by how much?

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New York News
12:30 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

2014 Governors Race Into Final Weekend

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The race for governor in New York is entering its final weekend. Candidates planned get out the vote rallies across the state as the contest comes down to whether supporters will turn out at the polls.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo, with a large lead in the polls, has nevertheless been pulling out all the stops to try to win over more voters.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Comptroller's Race Hampered By Failure Of Public Campaign Finance Experiment

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 An experimental public campaign finance system for the state Comptroller’s race has fizzled, after the lone candidate who applied for the program failed to meet the minimum threshold to obtain the public monies.

The pilot public campaign financing program was limited to just the state Comptroller’s race as part of a state budget deal.

It was widely condemned at the time by reform groups as fatally flawed. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group called it “cynical.”

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Attorney General Race Closest Of All Statewide Races

  The race for Attorney General is the closest of all the statewide contests.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants another four years to continue what he says have been numerous successes,  while his opponent, John Cahill says  the incumbent has not been aggressive enough and too cozy with the political establishment in Albany.  

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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Cuomo Makes Case For Education Bond Act, Skeptics Remain

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The November 4 ballot includes an amendment to borrow $2 billion dollars to buy new technology for school children, like I-Pads and other tablets.  Fiscal watchdogs are against it, and the education community has been lukewarm. But with one week left to go before voting day, Governor Cuomo who came up with idea, has finally started to push for it.

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6:10 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Cuomo Defends Ebola Quarantine Policy

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Governor Andrew Cuomo defended his decision to quarantine travelers and health care workers returning from West Africa through New York City area airports if they’ve been in contact with Ebola patients. Cuomo has faced intense criticism since the policy was announced over the weekend, but he says he’s doing what he thinks is necessary to keep the public calm and safe.

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