Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
6:06 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Cuomo's "War" With Teachers' Union Continues

With less than two months before the state budget is due, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and education groups remain at odds, with the state teachers union calling the fight a “war,” and Cuomo calling the teachers and their allies a bloated bureaucracy.

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6:06 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Cuomo Pushing Reforms, But How Far Will He Go?

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing his latest plan for ethics reform in appearances all around the state, following the arrest of the former Assembly Speaker on corruption charges. But questions remain whether will he have any more success this time than a deal last year that ended in the shuttering of a corruption commission.

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4:01 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Heastie Elected First African American Assembly Speaker

Carl Heastie became New York's first black Assembly Speaker on Tuesday.
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Carl Heastie was elected unanimously by Democrats in the New York State Assembly to be the next Speaker on Tuesday, less than two weeks after former Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and charged with  running a massive multimillion dollar corruption scheme.

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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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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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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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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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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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