Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
6:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Senate Ruling Coalition Gains A New Member

The ruling coalition in the New York state Senate has grown by one member. Senator Tony Avella, of Queens, has left the minority Democrats to join the governing coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats.

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New York News
6:15 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Poll: New Yorkers Confused About Common Core

A new poll finds New Yorkers remain confused about the worth of the new Common Core learning standards, which schools in the state are in the process of adopting.

The Siena College poll finds voters are divided over the worth of the Common Core program. Around the same amount said they are not confident that Common Core will result in better preparing students to be college or career ready as those who say that the new learning standards are on the right track.

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New York News
4:09 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Silver Urges Senate To Pass DREAM Act

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Democrats were passing a one house version of the DREAM Act on Tuesday, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cuomo's Estate Tax Cut Plan Draws Mixed Reviews

Credit Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax is drawing praise from fiscally conservative groups, and condemnation from advocates for the poor.

Cuomo’s proposal would raise the threshold for New York’s estate tax from the current $1 million to $5.25 million, which is the current federal rate of taxation.  EJ McMahon, with the fiscally conservative think tank The Empire Center calls the levy the “death tax." He says it’s about time New York got in synch with the rest of the country, where many states have already eliminated the tax altogether.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Poll Intensifies Cuomo - De Blasio Debate Over Pre-K Funding

 

A new poll finds that New Yorkers statewide favor Governor Cuomo’s plan to fund pre kindergarten over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal.

The Quinnipiac poll finds that the majority of New Yorkers prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to finance expanded pre-K through state funds, than favor  Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to tax the wealthy to get the money.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Health Comm Claims That Medical Marijuana Ready In One Year Met With Skepticism

  The Cuomo Administration is moving ahead with a bill  to allow limited access to medical marijuana. Cuomo’s health commissioner told lawmakers at a budget hearing that the program could be “up and running” within a year, but his claims were met with some skepticism.

Governor Cuomo’s health commissioner told lawmakers at a recent budget hearing that he prefers the governor’s  plan for limited medical marijuana in New York, rather than a broader program  backed by some in the legislature.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Cuomo Rep Says Fracking Delay Will Continue

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens testifies in Albany
Credit Karen DeWitt
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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Education Budget Hearing Turns Into Complaint Session Against Common Core

  The New York State Education Commissioner testified at a legislative budget hearing, where he once again heard complaints from concerned lawmakers on the fast track adoption of the new national Common Core standards.

Lawmakers, calling the roll out of Common Core  a “nightmare” and a “mistake,"  grilled  State Education Commissioner John King and asked for more time for the adoption of the new federal standards.

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New York News
3:31 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Comptroller: State Spent Record Amount On Overtime

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
Credit Courtesy NYS OSC

The New York State Comptroller says the Cuomo Administration racked up a record $611 million in overtime payments over the past year.

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New York News
3:18 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Ethics Panel Rejects Donor Privacy Requests From Abortion Groups

A New York state ethics board has denied applications from groups on both sides of the abortion debate a request to keep private their donor lists.

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