Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Poll Shows Cuomo Poised For Safe Reelection, With Some Weaknesses

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A new poll finds that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is well positioned to win re-election next year, but there are some weaknesses in the governor’s generally positive numbers.

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6:06 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Corruption Commmission Probes Intensify

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An anti-corruption commission appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has deepened its investigations in recent days. The probes come as Cuomo came increasingly under fire, accused of trying to control the panel and even suppress some subpoenas.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Court Rejects Casino Wording Suit

A New York State Supreme Court judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the wording of a November ballot amendment to expand gambling in New York . Opponents say they will appeal.

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8:36 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Anti-Gambling Activists Smash Slot Machine At State Capitol

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Anti-gambling activists took a sledgehammer to a slot machine in front of the Capitol to demonstrate their opposition towards a ballot amendment to legalize gambling casinos in New York.

The advocates took turns smashing up a Lucky 7 slot machine at a park near the State Capitol as TV news cameras recorded the event.

David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values organized the event.

“It felt great,” Blankehorn said. “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time.”

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New York News
12:12 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Cuomo Setting The Stage For Tax Cuts

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be setting the stage for a tax cut next year.  Recently, he’s appointed a new commission to look at cutting property and other taxes, and has said the state may have a budget surplus to pay for them.
The governor announced a new tax policy commission headed by former New York State Governor George Pataki, a Republican, and former state Comptroller Carl McCall, a Democrat. Both are former political rivals of Cuomo.
 

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4:22 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Key Assemblymember On Fracking Panel Calls For Health Study Do-Over

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A Binghamton Assemblywoman who is on the Cuomo’s Administration’s hydro fracking advisory panel is asking for a do over of an ongoing heath review, saying the secretive process has compromised public confidence.

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6:06 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Is Cuomo's Corruption Commission Going Off The Rails?

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News reports in recent days portray New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on corruption as possibly going off the rails. Government reform groups say they are concerned and want some answers.

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New York News
3:50 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Farm Bill Expiration Worries New York's Farmers

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While the focus has been on the partial federal government shut down, another important piece of legislation, the federal Farm Bill, has also expired.  New York’s lead lobbyist for farmers is in Washington meeting with congressional representatives and their staffs trying to figure out what to do next.

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3:36 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Opposition To Gambling Amendment Heats Up

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Another anti-gambling group has released a study debunking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s and the legislature’s claims about the benefits of permitting more casino gambling in the state.

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12:10 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

State's Capital Plan Needs More Detail, Says Watchdog Group

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A budget watchdog group says New York’s new 10-year plan of how it will spend over $174 billion in road and bridge and numerous other projects lacks transparency.

Governor Cuomo’s Administration, for the first time, has compiled a list of all of the state improvement projects projected for the next 10 years, for a total estimated cost of $174.4 billion.

A press release issued earlier this year billed the new Capital Plan as an achievement that “modernizes and rebuilds the state’s infrastructure, grows the economy and creates jobs."

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