Karen DeWitt

New York News
12:15 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Advocates, Tipped Workers, Seek Pay Increase from Cuomo Wage Board

Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips.
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Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the minimum rate for the workers, and the groups say they have evidence that an increase is needed.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Health Care Professionals Opposed To Fracking Urge Cuomo Adm. To Look At More Research

Credit Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Ithaca College

A group of health care professionals are seeking a meeting with Governor Cuomo’s health department, saying they have compiled a compendium of new and on going research that highlights numerous health risks associated with hydro fracking.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

LG Candidate Hochul Keeps A Low Profile

Credit Matt Ryan, New York Now

Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor Nominee Kathy Hochul, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions.

Kathy Hochul, a former one term Congresswoman and former Erie County Clerk, appeared with Governor Cuomo at the Democratic State Convention in May, one day after she was chosen to run as Lieutenant Governor.

Hochul promised the audience that she would  “carry our message of hope and optimism across this great state”.

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New York News
5:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Cuomo Primary Challenger Predicts She Will Have 3 Times The Required Petition Signatures

Democratic Primary challenger Zephyr Teachout says she expects to have over 40,000 petition signatures
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The Democratic Primary challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo , Zephyr Teachout, expects to file more than 40,000 signatures late Thursday to obtain a place on the ballot for the September voting.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

GOP Candidate For Governor Will Also Run On Anti-Common Core Ballot Line

GOP candidate for Governor Rob Astorino at press conference on opposition to the Common Core learning standards at the Capitol Tuesday

The Republican candidate for Governor is petitioning to run on a new ballot line that capitalizes on public opposition to the new Common Core learning standards.

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New York News
3:59 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Cuomo's Opponent Weighs In On Governor's Low Profile Running Mate

Former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul is Governor Cuomo's running mate in the 2014 election
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The Republican candidate for New York governor weighed in on criticism of Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Kathy Hochul, who has kept a low profile since the political conventions in May.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana Becomes Legal In New York

Credit Governor Cuomo's Office

New York is now the 23 state to allow medical marijuana, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.

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New York News
7:40 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Two State Senate Factions Will Form Democratic Coalition

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Two Democratic factions in the State Senate say they are joining to form what could be a strong Democratic Majority in the Senate, leaving Republicans, who up until now have ruled the chamber in a coalition government, out of power.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pre-K Expansion To Be Low In September

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is a major proponent of universal pre-kindergarten.
Credit Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say the number falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as universal pre-K.

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New York News
4:22 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New York State Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Sponsor of the medical marijuana bill Diane Savino
Credit Karen DeWitt

After a lengthy debate of several hours, the medical marijuana bill was approved in the Senate, and now goes to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he'll sign it.   

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