Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
12:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Anti-Corruption Panel, Moreland Commission Ends

The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.

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New York News
4:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Cuomo, Leaders Admit Some Unfinished Budget Issues

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.

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New York News
3:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Trump, Paladino Speak At Albany Gun Rally

Donald Trump
Matt Ryan

Protesters gathered for a gun rally at the capitol in Albany on Tuesday, including guest speakers Donald Trump, 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican candidate for governor.

New York News
3:12 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

New York Comptroller: Finance Plan "Seriously Flawed"

Comptroller DiNapoli
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says a test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is “seriously flawed,” and might even be unworkable.

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New York News
8:18 am
Sun March 30, 2014

New York State Budget Finalized, Voting on Monday

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion dollar state budget and say they are on track to meet the April 1 deadline. The budget includes a multi step plan that could  lower property taxes, $340 million dollars for schools to start pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.

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New York News
11:28 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Cuomo, Lawmakers Adopt Limited Public Campaign Finance for State Comptroller's Race

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Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a very limited form of campaign finance reform in the state budget, it would only apply to the state Comptroller’s race.

Advocates spent a million dollars on television ads  and countless hours lobbying and holding demonstrations in favor of adopting a publicly funded, matching small donor system for statewide races, including the governor and the legislature.

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New York News
3:09 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Delay Of Common Core Effects Likely In New York Budget

New York State lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.

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New York News
7:51 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Cuomo Optimistic About Tax Freeze

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that his property tax freeze plan and other programs he favors will be part of the final budget deal.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Advocates Push For School Aid; Poll Shows Dissatisfaction

Polls show Gov. Cuomo is still popular, but voters are pessimistic.
Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Dispute Ends Budget Meeting

  Tensions ran high at a closed door leaders meeting with Governor Cuomo.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio at the expense of the rest of the state.

“We have a problem right now,” Skelos said. “Hopefully we can work it out. But we’ll see.”

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who emerged around half an hour later from the Governor’s office, says the Senator was “rather agitated”, but claimed not to know why.

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