Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to impose a tax on manufacturers of prescription opioids to help pay for state programs that help people who are addicted to them. But some say it will be patients who will ultimately have to pay the price.

The state capitol in Albany
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The New York State Senate has approved anti-sexual harassment legislation that includes an end to secret settlements. It would also no longer allow state officials who admit to sexual harassment to use taxpayer funds to settle their cases.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

As a jury continues to deliberate in the bribery trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, the Democrat has been keeping his focus on other matters, including appearing with former Vice President Al Gore to talk about energy and the environment.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Democrats announced they would  pass  a package of gun control bills on Tuesday at the State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Things got heated on the New York state Senate floor over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

The jury is deadlocked in the federal corruption trial of former top aide to Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco. The judge is giving jurors Wednesday off for a snow day, but telling them they have to come back on Thursday and keep deliberating. 

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joe Percoco, is waiting to find out whether he’ll be convicted of bribery and other charges as a jury continues to deliberate in federal court. Government reform groups say regardless of the verdict, the trial highlighted some questionable, but legal practices in New York that they say taint the governor’s reputation and need to be fixed.

Victims of childhood sexual abuse are hoping that the #MeToo movement will help them win a twelve year effort to enact the Child Victims Act in New York. The measure extends the statute of criminal and civil limitations beyond the current age of 23 to 50 and add a one-year look back window to file civil suits.

Karen DeWitt

Democrats in the New York state Senate Wednesday tried to force a vote on gun control legislation to put Republicans on the spot over some GOP Senators’ resistance to the bills.

Mario Cilento, President of the NYS AFL-CIO speaking at the Capitol Monday
Karen DeWitt

A case heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court and to be decided later this year could have a big impact on public worker unions in New York.

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The head of New York state’s largest teachers union says arming teachers won’t make schools safer, but he says schools should have more protection.

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Libertarian Larry Sharpe is running for governor of New York.

In an interview with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, Sharpe criticized two-term Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, and the state legislature for passing the SAFE-Act.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting $7 million into his 30-day budget amendments to fund poll sites for early voting in New York by the 2020 presidential race.

NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
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The head of New York state’s Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the state’s public ethics commission, alleging that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his top aide — Joe Percoco, now on trial for bribery — broke the state’s public officers’ law.

The New York state Capitol
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On Thursday, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the State Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.

NY Gov. Cuomo's Budget director Robert Mujica
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget director says 30-day amendments to the Democrat’s spending plan due out later this week will include an overhaul of New York state’s tax code. It will include plans to ease the effects of the loss of the state and local tax deductions in the new federal tax overhaul.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

The flu is hitting the corruption trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, with proceedings delayed for a day and a half because a key defense attorney has come down with the virus.

Sen. John DeFrancisco
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New York Republicans are seeking political advantage in the federal corruption trial of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide. One of the governor’s opponents is pressuring Cuomo to answer some of the revelations in the trial about how state business was conducted, and whether a pay to play “atmosphere” was created.

In the midst of a national debate on immigration, the New York state Assembly this week passed a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Testimony at the trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, has highlighted some practices inside the Democrat’s office that government reform groups say is at the very least questionable, and possibly even illegal.

Karen DeWitt

Two New York state lawmakers have introduced a bill to make laundry pods less attractive, and have sent a letter to Procter & Gamble, calling on the company to overhaul its colorful liquid detergent Tide pods.

The state capitol in Albany
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to call for special elections on April 24 for two empty state Senate seats, according to a state official who confirmed the date. The news is fueling hopes among Senate Democrats that they can gain control of the chamber before the end of the session.

Sen. John DeFrancisco
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A third Republican candidate has announced his intention to run for New York governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Syracuse area state Senator John DeFrancisco says it’s time for a change.

Howard Zemsky, CEO of Empire State Development
Karen DeWitt

The head of Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs say he doesn’t think federal corruption trials now taking place will have any effect on some of the projects.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut say they intend to soon file a multi-state lawsuit against the federal tax overhaul law, over the partial loss of the deduction of state and local taxes. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first comments since the corruption trial of his top former aide began in federal court January 22, says he doesn’t think the proceedings will reflect badly on him.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Karen DeWitt about the trial of Joe Percoco, former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Karen DeWitt

On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff was one of the first witnesses to testify at the corruption trial of Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco. Linda Lacewell described Percoco as a trusted loyal and very senior aide to the governor.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

The prosecution and defense offered two very different versions of events in the trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s former top aide Joe Percoco and three business associates in Federal District Court in Manhattan Tuesday. Much of the prosecutors’ case will hinge on testimony of another former, associate Todd Howe who pleaded guilty to several felonies and will be the government’s star witness.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt about the trial of former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco.

New York State Capitol
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On Monday the first of a series of federal corruption trials begins for several former associates of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The proceedings in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan will focus on bribery and other charges against Governor Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joseph Percoco.

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