Karen DeWitt

New York News
4:09 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Silver Urges Senate To Pass DREAM Act

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Democrats were passing a one house version of the DREAM Act on Tuesday, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.

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New York News
8:07 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Patients Urge Medical Marijuana In New York

Karen DeWitt

Patients with serious health conditions, including children with a severe seizure disorder, came to the Capitol on the first formal day of the legislative session to urge passage of a bill to more fully allow access to medical marijuana in New York.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Dividing Lines Forming Over Cuomo's Tax Commission Plan

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Divisions are forming in the upcoming debate over tax cuts that’s likely to dominate the new legislative session. 

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Cuomo Tax Commission Would Cut $2B In Property, Business Taxes

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Tax Commission is recommending a $2 billion package that includes a temporary freeze on property taxes, and a cut in corporate taxes to a 40 year low. 

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New York News
6:07 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Reformers Focus On "Useless" State Board Of Elections

Credit Karen DeWitt

Reform groups are focusing attention on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.

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New York News
6:08 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Cuomo's Tax Commission Report Delayed

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commission to study tax cuts appears likely to miss the Friday deadline to report its findings by December 6, after controversy over former Governor George Pataki’s desire to cut income taxes for all wage earners, including the wealthy. 

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New York News
6:07 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Future Of Public Campaign Finance Uncertain

Credit Karen DeWitt

One of the most controversial recommendations in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report released this week is to enact public financing of campaigns for statewide elections.

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New York News
3:41 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Moreland Commission Report Draws Reaction

Credit Karen DeWitt

Advocates and lawmakers at the Capitol are reacting to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report. It offers scathing criticism of what the commission says is a corrupt culture in Albany, and recommends numerous reforms.

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New York News
6:08 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Cuomo's Anti-Corruption Commission To Report This Week

Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission is meeting Monday for the final time and is expected to issue a report this week (as early as Tuesday).

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New York News
6:07 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

More State Funding Sought For Anti-Smoking Programs

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Today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an effort begun by anti-cancer groups nearly four decades ago to help people quit smoking. This year the Cancer Society in New York is using the day to call attention to a decline in state spending on anti-smoking programs.

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