Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
12:35 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Heastie Poised To Be State's First African American Speaker

The State Assembly is poised to elect Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie as the next Speaker, as Sheldon Silver resigns in disgrace over serious corruption charges.  Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to hold up the state budget if lawmakers don’t agree to a number of key reforms.

Assembly Majority Joe Morelle confirms that Democrats, meeting behind closed doors, have decided unanimously that Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie will be the next Speaker.

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New York News
1:58 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Morelle Out Of Speaker's Race, Supporting Heastie

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The race to replace the disgraced New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx power broker Carl Heastie on Friday.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Turmoil In Assembly Leads To Calls For Reform

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The maneuvering for the next Speaker of the New York State Assembly is going on largely behind the scenes, and government reform groups say that’s the wrong way to begin a new era in what’s been called "the people’s house."  They’ve asked the announced candidates to commit to an open process, and want an answer before the weekend.

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3:39 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Assembly Democrats Seek To Revise Process

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Some newer Assemblymembers are using the selection of a new Assembly Speaker to push for change, and have written a letter to the candidates vying to replace Sheldon Silver.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, along with more than 20 other more recently elected Democrats, are credited with helping push Speaker Silver out of his leadership post, when long time veteran members initially resisted.

Santabarbara says ideas include whether there should be limits on how long someone can be speaker. Silver held the post for 21 years before his arrest on corruption charges.

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New York News
7:54 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Silver Will Leave Post As Speaker On Monday

New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle
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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

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New York News
7:49 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Morelle To Replace Silver As Acting Speaker

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

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New York News
8:17 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Assembly Rejects Speaker Silver, Deliberates Over Next Step

Assembly Democrats are planning to huddle behind closed doors again in Albany today, trying to decide their next move after they decided Monday that they no longer have confidence in their in their present Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

After Arrest, Assembly Speaker Silver Returning To Capitol

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is scheduled to return to the Capitol Monday to preside over legislative session, for the first time since being arrested and charged with running illegal kickback and bribery schemes that earned him $6 million. 

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New York News
5:10 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Federal Prosecutor Details Charges Against Assembly Speaker, As Assembly Democrats Close Ranks

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest and $3.8 million in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized, as federal prosecutors accuse the Speaker of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

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6:10 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo Proposes $141.6 Billion Budget Plan

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his joint State of the State and budget message, proposing a $141.6 billion spending plan that in part sets up a show down with teachers and education advocates.

The governor wants 100 more charter schools and an overhaul of teacher evaluations, which he says are “baloney,” because virtually all teachers are rated as adequate.

“98 percent of the teachers rated effective,” Cuomo said. “Who are we kidding, my friends?”

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