Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Capital District News
7:49 am
Wed April 25, 2012

NYS Assembly Advances Campaign Finance Reform

The State Assembly has introduced a bill to permit for the first time in New York State  voluntary public financing of some election campaigns.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...

The Assembly bill would offer an optional public financing system for campaigns for state legislative and statewide offices, giving candidates six dollars for every one dollar in contributions. It is modeled after the New York City system and would be financed, in part, through a $5 check off option on state income taxes.  

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Capital District News
8:46 am
Tue April 24, 2012

NY Voters Head to the Polls for Presidential Primary

New York’s Presidential primary is today, but the initial excitement over the vote vanished when Rick Santorum dropped out earlier this month. State GOP leaders say they are looking ahead to the general election instead.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

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Capital District News
8:55 am
Thu April 19, 2012

MMA Goes Another Round in NY

The effort to legalize mixed martial arts, also known as ultimate fighting, in New York, got a boost in the legislature Wednesday. The Senate passed a bill to legalize the sport, by a vote of 43 to 14, and the Speaker of the Assembly opened the door to possible approval in his house.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he has “mixed feelings” about mixed martial arts.

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New York News
8:01 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Historic Preservation Group Joins Fracking Debate

A historic preservation group is weighing in on hydro fracking for the first time, and they don't like what they say they’ve been learning about the gas drilling process. They say it would change the nature of the landscape from rural to industrial and would detract from heritage tourism in the Marcellus shale region.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

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Capital District News
8:34 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Cuomo Orders NY Health Insurance Exchange

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order to create a state health care exchange, required by the federal health care reform law, after the legislature failed to act.

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Capital District News
8:09 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Governor Cuomo Vetoes $640M of Legislative Member Items

Governor Cuomo has vetoed over half a million dollars of legislative member items, saying he’s following through on a promise to ban the funds, which have been used in the past to finance lawmakers’ pet projects. 

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