Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
6:07 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Two Adirondack Land Swaps Proposals On Ballot

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Two of the six amendments on Tuesday’s ballot deal with land swaps in New York’s Adirondack Park. One of the proposals has split environmental groups.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Ballot Proposal Would Allow Some Judges to Stay On The Bench Until Age 80

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A proposal on Tuesday’s ballot would raise the retirement age for some New York judges from 70 to age 80. Supporters include the state’s 68 year old chief judge, while opponents say the measure is too flawed to be approved. 

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

: Casino Expansion Number One Amendment on Tuesday's Ballot

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On Tuesday, New Yorkers will decide whether the state should allow up to seven new resort style casinos.  Supporters claim it’s not about  gambling, but new jobs. Opponents say that’s just spin.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Board of Elections Officials Grilled At Corruption Commission Hearing

 

State Board of Elections officials received a verbal drubbing from commissioners on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission during a lengthy hearing over their failure to pursue complaints about campaign violations during the past several years.

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New York News
12:07 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Group Urges Anti-Corruption Commission To Probe Big Pharma Campaign Donations

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission held another hearing Monday evening focusing on reforming the state’s campaign finance system.  A reform group is out with a report that they say raises questions about five million dollars spent on lobbying and donations by the pharmaceutical industry.

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New York News
4:35 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Reform Group Targets Pharamaceutical Donations To NY Lawmakers

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A reform group is asking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission to probe cash donations to state lawmakers by the pharmaceutical industry, to find out if there’s a connection with some pro-consumer bills dying in legislative committees.

New York News
1:40 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Cuomo, Duffy Have Nothing But Praise For Each Other

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Governor Cuomo and his Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, offered high praise for one another during an event at the Capitol Monday. As Karen DeWitt reports, their remarks come as questions are raised about the Lieutenant governors’ political future.

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New York News
3:36 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

No Consensus On Amendment To Raise Judge Retirement Age To 80

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A proposal on the November ballot to allow some judges to serve until they are 80 years old is not drawing a lot of support, and one court expert says that’s a shame.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Pro-Casino Coalition Airs First Ads

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The first ad is out promoting the ballot amendment to build new casinos in New York.  It focuses on the benefits the casinos might bring, and not on actual gambling activity.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Comptroller's Report Shows DC Dysfunction Decreased Wall St. Profits

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A report by New York State’s Comptroller Tom DiNapoli finds that the dysfunction in Washington may take a bite out of Wall Street profits for the remainder of this year.

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