Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
8:02 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Cuomo Promotes State Budget Priorities

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is spending some of his $33 million dollar campaign war chest on ads to promote his state budget priorities.

The ads, which feature in part Cuomo speaking directly to camera , focus on the governor’s pitch for his tax cut plan and an ethics package that includes public financing of political campaigns and a crack down on bribery.

Karen Scharff, with Citizen Action, says the ethics ads are a good sign.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Advocates Say Lack Of Money At Core of Schools Struggles

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  The deadline for the state budget is approaching, and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates say they’ve gathered evidence for potentially another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.

The Alliance for Quality Education has been touring schools around the state to document what they say is erosion in districts in economically depressed areas.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Astorino Expected To Announce Candidacy For Governor

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino speaks with reporters in Albany
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It’s expected that Republicans will have an announced candidate for governor as early as next week. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has formed an exploratory committee and has expressed interest in what most believe will be an uphill climb, against Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking re-election.

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New York News
6:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Senate Ruling Coalition Gains A New Member

The ruling coalition in the New York state Senate has grown by one member. Senator Tony Avella, of Queens, has left the minority Democrats to join the governing coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats.

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New York News
6:15 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Poll: New Yorkers Confused About Common Core

A new poll finds New Yorkers remain confused about the worth of the new Common Core learning standards, which schools in the state are in the process of adopting.

The Siena College poll finds voters are divided over the worth of the Common Core program. Around the same amount said they are not confident that Common Core will result in better preparing students to be college or career ready as those who say that the new learning standards are on the right track.

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New York News
4:09 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Silver Urges Senate To Pass DREAM Act

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
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New York Assembly Democrats were passing a one house version of the DREAM Act on Tuesday, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cuomo's Estate Tax Cut Plan Draws Mixed Reviews

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax is drawing praise from fiscally conservative groups, and condemnation from advocates for the poor.

Cuomo’s proposal would raise the threshold for New York’s estate tax from the current $1 million to $5.25 million, which is the current federal rate of taxation.  EJ McMahon, with the fiscally conservative think tank The Empire Center calls the levy the “death tax." He says it’s about time New York got in synch with the rest of the country, where many states have already eliminated the tax altogether.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Poll Intensifies Cuomo - De Blasio Debate Over Pre-K Funding

 

A new poll finds that New Yorkers statewide favor Governor Cuomo’s plan to fund pre kindergarten over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal.

The Quinnipiac poll finds that the majority of New Yorkers prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to finance expanded pre-K through state funds, than favor  Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to tax the wealthy to get the money.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Health Comm Claims That Medical Marijuana Ready In One Year Met With Skepticism

  The Cuomo Administration is moving ahead with a bill  to allow limited access to medical marijuana. Cuomo’s health commissioner told lawmakers at a budget hearing that the program could be “up and running” within a year, but his claims were met with some skepticism.

Governor Cuomo’s health commissioner told lawmakers at a recent budget hearing that he prefers the governor’s  plan for limited medical marijuana in New York, rather than a broader program  backed by some in the legislature.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Cuomo Rep Says Fracking Delay Will Continue

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens testifies in Albany
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