Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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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.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaking Monday
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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.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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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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Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the controversy over Christopher Columbus when he marched in New York City’s annual Columbus Day parade Monday.

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People who say the terminally ill should have a legal option to end their lives with medical aid presented petitions to Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, asking that he and the New York state legislature make that change.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may have to call a special session in December to deal with potential funding cuts from Washington that he calls part of a “federal assault” on New York.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who championed strict new gun control laws in New York after the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shootings killed 20 children, says national gun policy is “insanity” and “disgusting.”

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff across New York in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting that left at least 58 dead and hundreds injured, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting.” Anti-gun violence advocates are renewing calls for a new law that they say might prevent similar events.

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The latest version of a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appears dead in Congress, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo remains worried about a potential cut in federal funds to hospitals that he says will blow a hole in the state budget.

Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
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Former New York state Senate Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam saw their federal corruption convictions overturned by a federal appeals court panel Tuesday. Skelos is the second former legislative leader to win his case on appeal in the past two months, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling revised the laws under which they were convicted.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Puerto Rico Friday, assessing damage after Hurricane Maria, and bringing some initial supplies to the island. Cuomo spoke just before taking off from JFK Airport in a fully loaded plane provided by Jet Blue.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to New Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race. Miner says if she does run for governor, it won’t be a conventional campaign.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. The Democrat held a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington to discuss steps to slow climate change.

NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
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Republicans in the state of New York met in Albany Tuesday in advance of the 2018 campaigns, which will begin shortly. The party’s leader believes Republicans have a good chance at winning statewide office against Governor Andrew Cuomo and others next year.

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