Karen DeWitt

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
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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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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Agree on Anti-Heroin Bills, Still Discussing Medical Marijuana

Demonstrators for medical marijuana at legislative session in Albany
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close. 

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New York News
12:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Cuomo Says He's Proud Of Lack Of Partisanship In Albany

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Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.

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New York News
12:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Astorino Pressing For Term Limits, But Not Public Financing

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The Republican candidate for governor of New York, Rob Astorino, is pressing for term limits for state officials. He also spoke against another reform proposal percolating in the legislature, campaign finance reform, on Wednesday.

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New York News
3:10 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Bill Proposed To Combat Heroin Epidemic

Sen. Stewart-Cousins says she is hopeful a deal can be reached.

A Republican-led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combating the growing heroin addiction in New York.

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New York News
8:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Pataki Law Partner Chosen As GOP Candidate For Attorney General

New York Republicans have chosen their candidate for Attorney General. John Cahill is a former top aide to Governor George Pataki . 

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New York News
8:39 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Astorino Claims Cuomo Aid Made Him Sit In The Back During President's Speech

The Republican candidate for governor of New York, Rob Astorino, claims an aid to Governor Andrew Cuomo made him sit in the back during President Obama’s visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge Wednesday, a charge Cuomo’s spokesman denies.

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New York News
8:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

GOP Comptroller Candidate Says Public Finance A Factor In His Decision

New York State Republicans have picked their candidate for Comptroller, he’s the Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci. He’ll be the first statewide candidate in New York to rely on public financing to pay for his campaign.

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