Karen DeWitt

New York News
3:43 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Redistricting Amendment Language Set, Critics Object

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The state board of elections approved the language for a ballot amendment that would change the way redistricting  is done in New York. But not everyone is happy with the wording, or the amendment.

The November ballot amendment would permit the Senate and the Assembly to appoint members to what the amendment describes as an “independent” commission to redraw legislative district lines every ten years, as required by the census.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Cuomo Confirms He Received Warning Letter From US Attorney, Will No Longer Comment On Moreland

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Governor Cuomo confirms that the US Attorney, Preet Bharara, sent a warning letter to the lawyer representing the now disbanded Moreland Act Commission on ethics, as first reported in the New York Times. In it, the paper says, Bharara threatened to investigate the governor’s aides and maybe even Cuomo himself for “possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.”

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New York News
4:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cuomo Says Private Market Will Decide Future of New York's Casino Industry

One third of Atlantic City's casinos, including one run by Donald Trump, have announced plans to close.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s not concerned about reports that the casino gambling industry may not be all that healthy. The negative news comes as the state is considering authorizing four new gambling centers in the next few months.

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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

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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

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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

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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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