Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

Ways to Connect

United States Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer

The Senate is moving ahead on the repeal and possibly the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and policy makers in New York are bracing for the worst.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of what he calls “aggressive actions” to expand voter registration, saying he wants to “help combat low voter participation” amid “troubling” attempts by the federal government that might restrict voter access. But a nearly century-old voting rights organization says the governor did not go far enough.

This is a picture of a hospital bed
wikipedia.org

The future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain in Washington, and there are several scenarios under consideration. The latest possible changes could impact New York’s relatively healthy health care system.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking Thursday at the opening of a health care center in Brooklyn for union members, defined the conflict over changing the health care laws in Washington as a class struggle.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, but first, he may be facing some obstacles to win a third term as New York’s governor in 2018.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The second voter survey in two weeks shows New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating plummeting to near record lows.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York’s top elected Democrats rallied Monday against the Republican proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, saying they will take legal action, if necessary, to stop it.

Sheldon Silver
Karen DeWitt

The corruption conviction of the former New York state Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, was overturned Thursday on a technicality by a federal appeals court.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

While a new poll finds New Yorkers would like Governor Andrew Cuomo to be a “national leader” challenging the policies of President Trump’s administration, Cuomo seldom actually mentions the president by name.

Cuomo Dips In Poll

Jul 12, 2017
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A new poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s popularity has dipped to a near record low, and the reason could be dissatisfaction in New York City over the governor’s handling of the mass transit system.

wikipedia.org

A bill to expand New York’s medical marijuana program to cover those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder has passed both houses of the Legislature, but will Governor Andrew Cuomo sign it into law?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

It’s been just over two weeks since ride hailing services have been permitted outside New York City, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s pleased, so far.

Governor Mario Cuomo's portrait hangs in the Hall of Governors at the State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Later this summer, the Thruway’s new Tappan Zee Bridge will be formally named in honor of the current New York governor’s father, the former Governor Mario Cuomo. But the renaming of the bridge came with a bit of controversy.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Add Governor Andrew Cuomo’s name to the list of state politicians wary of holding a constitutional convention.  Voters get to decide this November whether New York should hold the event.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York state Legislature finally ended its 2017 legislative session, after the Assembly voted overnight on a privately negotiated omnibus bill, and the Senate finally finished on Thursday afternoon. The messy process drew condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers came back to the state Capitol at the command of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who called an extraordinary session of the legislature at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with unfinished business. But, as the afternoon wore on, there were still no agreements on how to tackle the remaining items.

Dramatic testimony was given in the hearing on whether former New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino should be ousted from the Buffalo School Board. Paladino took the stand Tuesday, and apologized for racist comments he made last December regarding President Obama and Mrs. Obama.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

One week after the New York state legislature declared the 2017 session over, Governor Andrew Cuomo is commanding that lawmakers return for a special session at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with some unfinished business. 

The New York State Education Department hearing on whether Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board for leaking private information in the board's executive sessions could conclude as early as Tuesday. On day three of the proceedings,, the petitioners seeking Paladino's removal rested their case, and the Buffalo businessman and former gubernatorial candidate's defense began.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

When the legislative session ended on June 21, New York lawmakers left behind a lot of unfinished business, including a failure to act on ethics reform proposals in light of an economic development scandal in the Cuomo Administration.    

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the New York state Legislature fell down on the job by leaving town without passing an extension of mayoral control for the New York City schools, and he has not ruled out calling them back for a special session.

2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino will appear at hearing at the New York State Education Department in Albany on Thursday morning.  He’s accused of breaking the rules of an executive session of the board, and telling a local paper the details of confidential talks with the teachers union over a new contract.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

There was a flurry of activity at the New York state Capitol Monday, along with threats and ultimatums, but there are no agreements on major issues as the session draws to a scheduled close on Wednesday.

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

A faction of breakaway Democrats in the New York State Senate, known as the Independent Democratic Conference, has been in the news lately for receiving stipend payments for chairing committees that the senators in fact did not chair. What is the history of this power brokering group of senators and what may be in store for its future?

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Legislative leaders are dug in on remaining issues in the 2017 session, and are accusing each other of unfairly linking unrelated items to renewal of mayoral control over New York City schools. As time is running out for scheduled meetings.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The New York state legislative session is drawing to a close. Democrats and Republicans are digging in on the remaining issues of 2017 including a measure to extend the New York City mayor’s control of the public schools, which has now been linked to a number of diverse issues affecting people in the rest of the state.

flickr

New York state’s budget has been in place for just under two months, and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons.

Wiki Commons

With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, some New York lawmakers are pressing for reform of the state’s economic development contracting process, in light of a scandal that’s led to federal corruption charges against several former associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting involved in New York’s Congressional races. At a rally with House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, he vowed to help defeat the state’s nine eight republican members of the House of Representatives when they are up for election next year.

WAMC

Supporters of a constitutional convention in New York say the amendment deserves prominent placement on the November ballot. Opponents say the entire idea is too risky, and that the state should skip it.

Pages