Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is keeping the heat on New York Republicans to disown Donald Trump, after the GOP Presidential candidate’s coarse remarks about women  revealed in a video over the weekend.

Moral Monday Comes To Capitol In Albany

Sep 12, 2016
Reverend Emily McNeill, with the New York Labor Religion Coalition, addresses a rally outside the state capitol on Monday.
Karen DeWitt

Religious and labor advocates rallied at the state capitol in Albany Monday as part of a nationwide movement known as Moral Mondays, to urge state lawmakers to take more progressive stances on issues.

There’s more evidence that the Presidential race may be effecting which party controls the State Senate.

A commission is considering granting as much as a 47% pay raise for New York state lawmakers, and the proposal is generating some backlash, including, from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Elizabeth Warren at DNC

On the third night of the Democratic National Convention when President Obama and Vice President Biden are expected to speak, our capital correspondent Karen DeWitt has the latest from Philadelphia. 

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt about 

It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

The resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the release of emails showing that staff  favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders overshadowed other news at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention.  

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against Democrat Chuck Schumer, Wendy Long, faces great odds in her campaign against the powerful and popular third term Senator.  Long addressed the New York delegation Tuesday.

2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland
Karen DeWitt

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt who is in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention this week.

Mohawk Valley/Central New Yorkers for Trump leader Jim Zecca, left, and volunteers organize before a press conference in Utica's historic train station in March.
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Supporters of the two outsider candidates in the Presidential race are finding obstacles to attending the national conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland, held during the next couple of week.

The Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Business leaders, particularly those in Upstate New York, say the 2016 legislative session, which recently concluded, was the worst for small businesses in quite some time.

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The New York State Farm Bureau is inserting itself  into a legal fight over whether farmworkers can be allowed to unionize.

Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber
Karen DeWitt

With the legislative session down to the wire, groups for and against bills including expansion of Uber ride services and ethics reform came to the Capitol to make their voices heard.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo

Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, director of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of the Cuomo administration. But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects, and is increasingly on the outs with the Cuomo Administration. 

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Expectations for major ethics reform in the state legislature are low, even though both former leaders of the legislature are facing prison time for corruption. With just over a week to go before the session ends, only one measure — to take back the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted felons — seems to be in play.


More school districts will be seeking to override the state's tax cap during Tuesday's school budget and board votes. 


Every day for the past two weeks, news reports have focused on a federal probe of Governor Cuomo’s Administration. It comes as both former leaders of the legislature are being sentenced to prison for corruption. Despite that Cuomo and legislative leaders say they are trying to achieve some agenda items in the closing weeks of the legislative session.

A new poll finds that voters want corruption in state government addressed before lawmakers adjourn the 2016 session.

Over the weekend, news broke that top aides to Governor Andrew Cuomo are being probed by the U.S. Attorney in connection with the Buffalo Billion economic development project. Here's a look at who’s been accused and what they are suspected of doing.

Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
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Two special elections were held Tuesday in New York to fill the seats vacated by the two former legislative leaders, who were both convicted of felony corruption and had to resign.

A new poll finds that Bernie Sanders has narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton in the New York Presidential primary race, but Clinton leads in key voting regions.

Robert Kennedy Jr, addressing gas pipeline opponents at a rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday.
Karen Dewitt

Fracktivists, as anti hydrofracking activists are called, hope to play a role in New York’s presidential primary. They are asking Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as Republican candidates, to take a stand against the Constitution pipeline and other natural gas pipelines that if approved could criss- cross the state.

The state capitol in Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the minimum wage increase now under discussion with the legislature will include a pause after three years, to reassess the health of the state’s economy. 

Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo


  Governor Cuomo concedes that ethics reform is unlikely to be a part of the New York State budget, despite the conviction of the two legislative leaders on major corruption charges. Cuomo blames the legislature for lack of will to enact changes.

People with developmental disabilities and their caretakers held a rally at the New York State Capitol Wednesday to ask Governor Andrew Cuomo for financial help if he’s successful in pushing through a $15 minimum wage.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets crowd of union workers after speech on raising  the minimum wage at a rally outside the State Capitol on Tuesday.
Karen Dewitt

Lobbying for and against the minimum wage is intensifying at the State Capitol, with just over two weeks to go until the budget deadline.

Three new Regents elected by the legislature this week are expected to help lead an on-going reversal in education policy in New York, to less emphasis on controversial standardized tests.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Cathy Young and Senate Leader John Flanagan present the Republicans' tax plan in Albany on Wednesday.
Karen Dewitt

Senate Republicans say their version of the state budget will include a 9 year phase of tax cuts that would eventually total a 25 percent reduction for middle class taxpayers.