Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Jessica Wisneski of Citizen Action, speaks out against the house tax bill at a protest at the NY state Capitol Thursday
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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, saying it will be “poison” to New York.

Several corruption trials are set for 2018 after a scandal involving nine of New York Governor Cuomo’s former associates who worked on his administration’s economic development projects. Advocates say they will continue to push for reforms to prevent such problems from happening again.

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New York state’s top economic development official says a plan in Congress to eliminate the historic tax credit program would harm efforts to revitalize cities in New York.

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New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100-year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as the Democrat tells Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.

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Democrats in New York are heartened by what they call a “blue wave” in this week’s elections across the state and the nation.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, one day after Democratic election victories in New York state and the nation, is calling on warring Democratic factions in the State Senate to unify.

Supporters of holding a Constitutional Convention to fix problems in New York state government say they are disappointed with the resounding defeat of the measure in Tuesday’s voting, but they say they are not giving up. 

The ballot proposition on whether to hold a state Constitutional Convention was soundly defeated in  Tuesday’s election. But a second question of whether to strip pensions from convicted lawmakers was approved.

There are three statewide propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s elections.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are once again warning that New Yorkers will be hurt if the Republican tax overhaul plan in Congress is approved.

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Proposition One on New York’s ballot, which asks voter whether there should be a Constitutional Convention, is getting a lot of attention, with TV ads and social media posts.  But there are two other proposals for voters to consider. 

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It appears opponents of holding a New York state constitutional convention have the momentum as Election Day approaches. They’ve spent more money than supporters, and a recent poll shows the public is leaning against it. But backers are not giving up just yet.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is not pleased with the Republican House of Representatives tax overhaul plan, calling a key provision “double taxation” on some New Yorkers.

A new poll finds the ballot question on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention in New York has become widely unpopular with voters.

NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul previews an exhibit at the state museum commemorating 100 years of women's suffrage in New York.
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Sam Hoyt, former Buffalo area Assemblyman and Regional head of Economic Development under New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, resigned his post one day before it became public that he’d paid a woman $50,000 in exchange for her ending accusations of sexual harassment against him.

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Wall Street profits are up by one third over the same period last year, says the New York State Comptroller. Democrat Tom DiNapoli says the gain of $12.3 billion is good news for New Yorkers with retirement accounts invested in the market, as well as the state’s pension fund.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with California Governor Jerry Brown Friday, singled out two New York GOP Congressmen for criticism, after they voted for a budget measure that clears the way for a vote on the GOP plan to overhaul the tax system.

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New York’s leaders are continuing to struggle with actions in Congress on the federal budget and tax overhaul that could adversely affect the state’s finances.

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There’s some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether New York will hold a Constitutional Convention. 

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New Yorkers who use e-cigarettes will have to comply with the same limits on smoking in public that apply to regular cigarettes, now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But anti-smoking advocates say more needs to be done to combat the rising use of the nicotine product.

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The state’s governor and senior senator teamed up to urge New York’s congressional delegation to oppose a provision in the federal tax overhaul plan that they say could be harmful to the state’s taxpayers and New York’s economy.

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Advocates for the Forever Wild forest preserves in New York’s Adirondack and Catskill mountains, are trying to spread the word about two ballot propositions in the November elections. They are for one of the proposals, but against another. 

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The fallout continues from President Trump’s decision to end subsidies to health insurance companies to help lower income Americans pay for their health insurance. But it’s still unclear what the exact impact will be in New York.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo joined other New York Democrats in condemning the federal tax overhaul plan in the wake of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Western New York Tuesday.

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A wide variety of groups have spent over $1.3 million to urge voters to vote “no” on holding a Constitutional Convention. The opponents have far outspent a smaller number of advocates who urge a “yes” vote on the November ballot. 

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Governor Cuomo now says he’s returning all of the money donated to his campaign from disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein.

Cuomo initially returned $50,000 donated from Weinstein to the governor’s 2018 re lection campaign. The governor said he’d already spent over $60,000 that the politically liberal movie mogul had donated to previous campaigns, and so could not give it back.

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New Yorkers have the power on November 7 to decide whether some state officials convicted of a felony should be stripped of their pensions.

Some of the state’s top ranking education officials are condemning a vote by a State University of New York committee that would weaken regulations for teachers at some charter schools.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is more prominent on the national stage these days, leading some to wonder whether he is running for president.

The tax overhaul plan proposed by President Trump and now being considered in Congress would end the deduction on federal income tax forms for state and local property taxes. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it would disproportionately harm New Yorkers, where property taxes are among the highest in the nation, and he’s taken opportunities at public events recently to make the case against the plan.

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