Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting involved in New York’s Congressional races. At a rally with House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, he vowed to help defeat the state’s nine eight republican members of the House of Representatives when they are up for election next year.

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Supporters of a constitutional convention in New York say the amendment deserves prominent placement on the November ballot. Opponents say the entire idea is too risky, and that the state should skip it.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll sign an executive order committing New York state to meet the Paris Climate Accord standards, calling President Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw from the agreement “reckless” and “irresponsible.” And the governor says he’s joining with the governors of the states of California and Washington to form a coalition of states that are committed to upholding the Paris Accord. ​ New York state has already begun a plan to get 50 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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A new poll finds Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is at his highest approval rating in three years.

According to the Siena College poll, 61% of voters now say they view him favorably overall, and just over half 51% say they like the job he’s doing in office. Siena polls spokesman Steve Greenberg says the numbers are part of trend of rising popularity for the governor in the weeks since President Trump’s inauguration on January 20th.

Single payer supporters at the New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Faith leaders from around New York came to the Capitol Tuesday to gain support in the state senate to adopt a statewide single payer health care system. It would be an alternative to the national Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans in Congress and President Trump have been trying to dismantle.

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After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the beleaguered group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate are trying to change the subject.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

There are reports that New York state Senators who received payments for chairing committees that they in fact did not lead are now under a probe by the State Attorney General and at least one U.S Attorney.

School districts across New York state are holding votes on their budgets Tuesday, May 16th.  The vast majority are keeping their spending requests within the mandatory tax cap, but schools wonder whether the tax cap, over the long term, is sustainable.

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A new online ad featuring Governor Andrew Cuomo and promoting tolerance has once again fueled talk that the New York Democrat may be planning a presidential run. There are some questions, though, about the ad and its donors.

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Karen DeWitt

One of the top remaining issues before the New York state legislature adjourns for the summer is fixing problems in the state’s economic development contracts. That’s after a scandal led to federal corruption charges against nine former associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Members of the Divest New York coalition protest at the State Capitol Monday
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Some New York lawmakers are pressing the state’s Comptroller to divest the state’s pension fund from the fossil fuel industry. But Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he believes he can be more effective in changing the company’s behavior by acting from the inside.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Democrats in the New York state Senate remain hopeful that they will regain the numerical majority and control of the chamber after a special election is held later this month. But Governor Andrew Cuomo dampened those expectations, in remarks made in New York City today.

New York state’s education commissioner said Tuesday that new state-specific learning standards will offer several improvements over the controversial Common Core standards.

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Assembly Democrats grilled Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy officials for more than four hours on a plan executed by the Public Service Commission and a major energy company that will keep three upstate nuclear power plants alive for the next twelve years. Utility rate payers, mostly from downstate, will pay for the deal through a surcharge on their bills.

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President Trump’s tax plan is so far just a one page outline, but it’s already raising some red flags for New York’s political leaders.

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A bill that could address corruption in Albany is  progressing in the state legislature, but it might not be the measure that Governor Cuomo wants to become law.

Several former associates of Governor Cuomo, including a former top aide, face federal corruption trials on charges of  bribery and bid rigging in connection with the contracts for some of the Governor’s signature economic development projects, including the Buffalo Billion.

Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
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Several New York state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that they say would force President Donald Trump to make public some of his tax returns.

New York state lawmakers and lobby groups say Governor Andrew Cuomo was in error when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017.

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A fiscal watchdog group is questioning New York state’s century-old prevailing wage law for construction workers, saying it unnecessarily costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year in added expenses for big road, bridge, and other projects.

State lawmakers are due back at the Capitol Monday, following a two week break after they passed a budget that contained numerous other items, like free public college tuition for some middle class students and an expansion of ride hailing services. But what, if anything, do lawmakers still need to do before adjourning in June?

NYPIRG's Blair Horner and Toxic Targeting's Walter Hang present documents on unfinished oil spill clean ups in New York.
Karen DeWitt

Environmental advocates say that New York state officials could do a better job of cleaning up pollution sites caused by the fossil fuels industry that they say in some cases, have dragged on for decades. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental aides are defending their record.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget director is among those defending the state’s new free public college tuition program for some middle class students, after a week of criticism from the left and the right of the political spectrum.

Did passage of the New York state budget signal the end of Albany’s legislative session for 2017, or will other matters, including ethics reform, get done before the lawmakers adjourn in June?

Governor Cuomo and New York State lawmakers missed the budget deadline. With the midnight deadline just over two hours away, they had so far failed to solidify deals on state spending and taxation, as well as some unrelated items like permitting ride hailing services outside of New York City.

Carl Chipman, , supervisor of the town of Rochester in Ulster County
Karen DeWitt

Midnight Friday is not just the deadline for the New York state budget to be finished. It’s also the date for an $8 billion state bailout of some upstate nuclear power plants to begin. More than 80 local government leaders are making a last ditch effort to stop a plan that they say will cost electric utility ratepayers billions of dollars.

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New York’s Democratic Congressional delegation is pressing a measure to prevent federal Medicaid funding cuts to the state. 

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy D- Albany
Karen DeWitt

With lawmakers in Albany preoccupied with getting the budget done by week’s end, groups have to get creative to gain attention. Supporters of spending for public defense for the poor came up with one way- a wheel of fortune style game staged right in the middle of the action.

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

Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that New York might not be able to add more money for schools this year because of uncertainties in Washington over federal funding.

NY Budget Due March 31

Mar 27, 2017
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders plan to meet all week, but no agreements are finalized yet on a state budget that’s due on Friday.

Several proposals in Washington right now including the changes to the Affordable Health Care Act, could mean multibillion dollar budget gaps for New York State. With the budget due in one week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders think that at the very least, they may have to come back later in the year to revise the spending plan.

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