Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure that would create new penalties for people who make bomb threats against community centers. The action stems from bomb threats made to Jewish Community Centers in New York and around the nation last winter.

Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahey presides over the Assembly on Wednesday, August 9
Karen DeWitt

The United States Senate plans to use procedural maneuvers to technically stay in session even when Senators eventually go home for the Labor Day recess. Their intent is to prevent President Trump from making any unwelcome recess appointments while they are away. In Albany, NY taking steps to keep the legislative chambers open is nothing new.

The former EPA regional administrator under President Obama says scientists who leaked the report on further evidence of climate change to the New York Times should be commended as “whistleblowers."

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New York state stands to lose nearly $1 billion if President Trump follows through with his threat to “let Obamacare fail” and cut key health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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The state Board of Elections quietly voted this week to turn over some data on New York’s voters to a Trump administration panel looking at whether there was mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. The move makes New York the first state to comply with the controversial request, after officials initially said they would resist it.

New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
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The often reticent New York state Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, showed a different side of himself when the lifelong Star Trek fan visited a museum in New York’s North Country that replicates the fictional Starship Enterprise.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first remarks since President Trump announced in a tweet that he was banning transgender people from the military, condemned the action, as “terrible “and “hateful”, and saying it is contrary to American values. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.

United States Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer

The Senate is moving ahead on the repeal and possibly the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and policy makers in New York are bracing for the worst.

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

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of what he calls “aggressive actions” to expand voter registration, saying he wants to “help combat low voter participation” amid “troubling” attempts by the federal government that might restrict voter access. But a nearly century-old voting rights organization says the governor did not go far enough.

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The future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain in Washington, and there are several scenarios under consideration. The latest possible changes could impact New York’s relatively healthy health care system.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking Thursday at the opening of a health care center in Brooklyn for union members, defined the conflict over changing the health care laws in Washington as a class struggle.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, but first, he may be facing some obstacles to win a third term as New York’s governor in 2018.

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

The second voter survey in two weeks shows New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating plummeting to near record lows.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York’s top elected Democrats rallied Monday against the Republican proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, saying they will take legal action, if necessary, to stop it.

Sheldon Silver
Karen DeWitt

The corruption conviction of the former New York state Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, was overturned Thursday on a technicality by a federal appeals court.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

While a new poll finds New Yorkers would like Governor Andrew Cuomo to be a “national leader” challenging the policies of President Trump’s administration, Cuomo seldom actually mentions the president by name.

Cuomo Dips In Poll

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A new poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s popularity has dipped to a near record low, and the reason could be dissatisfaction in New York City over the governor’s handling of the mass transit system.

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A bill to expand New York’s medical marijuana program to cover those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder has passed both houses of the Legislature, but will Governor Andrew Cuomo sign it into law?

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

It’s been just over two weeks since ride hailing services have been permitted outside New York City, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s pleased, so far.

Governor Mario Cuomo's portrait hangs in the Hall of Governors at the State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Later this summer, the Thruway’s new Tappan Zee Bridge will be formally named in honor of the current New York governor’s father, the former Governor Mario Cuomo. But the renaming of the bridge came with a bit of controversy.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Add Governor Andrew Cuomo’s name to the list of state politicians wary of holding a constitutional convention.  Voters get to decide this November whether New York should hold the event.

The New York state Capitol
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The New York state Legislature finally ended its 2017 legislative session, after the Assembly voted overnight on a privately negotiated omnibus bill, and the Senate finally finished on Thursday afternoon. The messy process drew condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers came back to the state Capitol at the command of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who called an extraordinary session of the legislature at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with unfinished business. But, as the afternoon wore on, there were still no agreements on how to tackle the remaining items.

Dramatic testimony was given in the hearing on whether former New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino should be ousted from the Buffalo School Board. Paladino took the stand Tuesday, and apologized for racist comments he made last December regarding President Obama and Mrs. Obama.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

One week after the New York state legislature declared the 2017 session over, Governor Andrew Cuomo is commanding that lawmakers return for a special session at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with some unfinished business. 

The New York State Education Department hearing on whether Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board for leaking private information in the board's executive sessions could conclude as early as Tuesday. On day three of the proceedings,, the petitioners seeking Paladino's removal rested their case, and the Buffalo businessman and former gubernatorial candidate's defense began.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

When the legislative session ended on June 21, New York lawmakers left behind a lot of unfinished business, including a failure to act on ethics reform proposals in light of an economic development scandal in the Cuomo Administration.    

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

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the New York state Legislature fell down on the job by leaving town without passing an extension of mayoral control for the New York City schools, and he has not ruled out calling them back for a special session.

2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino will appear at hearing at the New York State Education Department in Albany on Thursday morning.  He’s accused of breaking the rules of an executive session of the board, and telling a local paper the details of confidential talks with the teachers union over a new contract.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

There was a flurry of activity at the New York state Capitol Monday, along with threats and ultimatums, but there are no agreements on major issues as the session draws to a scheduled close on Wednesday.

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