Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
11:28 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Cuomo, Lawmakers Adopt Limited Public Campaign Finance for State Comptroller's Race

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Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a very limited form of campaign finance reform in the state budget, it would only apply to the state Comptroller’s race.

Advocates spent a million dollars on television ads  and countless hours lobbying and holding demonstrations in favor of adopting a publicly funded, matching small donor system for statewide races, including the governor and the legislature.

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New York News
3:09 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Delay Of Common Core Effects Likely In New York Budget

New York State lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.

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New York News
7:51 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Cuomo Optimistic About Tax Freeze

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that his property tax freeze plan and other programs he favors will be part of the final budget deal.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Advocates Push For School Aid; Poll Shows Dissatisfaction

Polls show Gov. Cuomo is still popular, but voters are pessimistic.
Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Dispute Ends Budget Meeting

  Tensions ran high at a closed door leaders meeting with Governor Cuomo.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio at the expense of the rest of the state.

“We have a problem right now,” Skelos said. “Hopefully we can work it out. But we’ll see.”

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who emerged around half an hour later from the Governor’s office, says the Senator was “rather agitated”, but claimed not to know why.

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

Two Dozen Arrested At Capitol As Budget Talks Continue

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  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders continue to meet behind closed doors to hash out a budget deal, while outside the governor’s offices around 25 angry protesters were arrested.

Governor Cuomo is calling legislative leaders into his office for twice a day private meetings to hash out details of the $145 billion dollar state budget.

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New York News
12:07 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Activists Take To Their Smart Phones To Web Cast Assembly Meetings

Government reform activists took their smart phones into New York Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available on line to the public.

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New York News
7:43 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dream Act Dies In NY State Senate

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The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Senate Public Finance Provision Raises Questions

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The New York Senate for the first time includes Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for public campaign financing in its budget resolution.  The sparsely worded proposal has left supporters and opponents trying to sort through the political tea leaves.

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8:25 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Senate Rejects Cuomo's Bank Tax Cuts

Credit Karen DeWitt

A co-leader of the New York State Senate is claiming victory for the Senate’s rejection of a cut in banking taxes proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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