Karen DeWitt

New York News
12:10 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Groups Call For Ban On Standardized Testing For Young Children

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A coalition of unions and government reform groups are calling for a ban on standardized testing for New York’s school  children in second grade and younger.

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New York News
12:07 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Senators Hear More Complaints About Common Core

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New York State’s Teacher of the Year testified at a Senate hearing that even she could not receive high marks in her teacher evaluation process, due to what she and others say is the dysfunctional implementation of  the new Common Core standards.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

More Call For Public Campaign Finance System Including A Moreland Commission Co-Chair

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Advocacy groups are encouraged by recent statements by the co- chair of New York State Governor  Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission, who says he now favors public financing of political campaigns.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Nearing Start Of 2014 Campaign Season, Cuomo Yet To Have An Announced Opponent

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Now that this year’s elections are over, the political world is gearing up for the 2014 contests.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to seek another term, and so far no one has officially said that they will run against him. 

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New York News
6:07 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Despite Projected Budget Gap, Cuomo Seeking Tax Cuts

Now that elections are over, deadlines for the state budget are rapidly approaching. New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has released a largely positive budget outlook for the New Year, though he warns of some uncertainties.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Women's Equality Act Campaign Restarts For 2014

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A coalition of women’s groups is relaunching the Women’s Equality Act, which failed in the legislature earlier this year, with a new strategy that they say could help them win passage in 2014.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Cuomo Touts Casino Amendment Win

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not lose any time in publicizing a win on a gambling expansion amendment in Tuesday’s voting. The governor made two public appearances in regions that are now authorized to build resort style casinos.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Two Adirondack Land Swaps Proposals On Ballot

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Two of the six amendments on Tuesday’s ballot deal with land swaps in New York’s Adirondack Park. One of the proposals has split environmental groups.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Ballot Proposal Would Allow Some Judges to Stay On The Bench Until Age 80

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A proposal on Tuesday’s ballot would raise the retirement age for some New York judges from 70 to age 80. Supporters include the state’s 68 year old chief judge, while opponents say the measure is too flawed to be approved. 

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New York News
12:07 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Group Urges Anti-Corruption Commission To Probe Big Pharma Campaign Donations

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission held another hearing Monday evening focusing on reforming the state’s campaign finance system.  A reform group is out with a report that they say raises questions about five million dollars spent on lobbying and donations by the pharmaceutical industry.

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