Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Owls Attend Earth Day In New York

Katherine Murphy of Adirondack Wildlife, with a short eared owl, which is endangered in New York.
Credit Karen DeWitt

Earth Day was celebrated at the New York State Capitol with a tribute to the late Pete Seeger, and a display of live owls.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Drug Legalization And Abuse Topics In Albany

Credit Karen DeWitt

It was a day of drug policy discussion in Albany, as lawmakers held a forum on legalizing marijuana,  proposed bills to combat heroin addiction and overdoses, and made progress towards a medical marijuana program.

Sponsors of a bill to legalize marijuana held a forum that in part focused on the nuts and bolts of how to implement a system that would permits sales and impose taxes on the drug.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Unfinished Business In Legislative Session

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

There’s around two months left in the New York legislative session and a number of issues left on the agenda. But it’s uncertain how many of them will actually become law. 

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New York News
12:10 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Conference Focuses On Future Storm Prep

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state Wednesday in Albany to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Moreland Fallout Continues For Cuomo

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new poll finds that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is still feeling the fallout from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

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New York News
5:30 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Poll Shows Cuomo Vulnerable On The Left

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a double-digit lead against his republican opponent for the fall elections. But the survey finds that ratio changes, if a progressive third party candidate emerges.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Study Finds New Yorkers Don't Want School Mergers

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature approved a plan in the state budget to encourage local governments and schools to merge and share services over the next few years in an attempt to lower property taxes.  But according to a study by school administrators, attempts at school district mergers in recent years have failed, partly because the public doesn’t want them.

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New York News
12:14 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Documents Show New York's Fracking Health Study Is Ongoing

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking in New York show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The Finger Lakes-based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

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New York News
4:38 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

State Gaming Commission Hears Testimony On Problem Gambling

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The New York State Gaming Commission is holding hearings on the issue of gambling addiction. It is part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in New York over the next several years.

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New York News
4:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Next Big Issue In New York

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Now that the New York State budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

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