Karen DeWitt

New York News
6:07 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New York Education Commissioner Faces Grilling By Assemblymembers

New York State’s Education Commissioner, John King, faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assemblymembers at a hearing on growing concerns over student privacy.

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New York News
4:12 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Progressive Groups Weigh In On Tax Reform

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Taxes and tax reform are likely to be a major topic in the next legislative session, which begins in seven weeks. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is relying on two separate commissions for ideas about tax changes, while progressive groups and Republicans in the State Senate are also weighing in.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Landowners Will File Lawsuit Against Fracking Delays By End Of The Year

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A landowners group says it intends to file a lawsuit against what it says are the Cuomo Administration’s unreasonable delays on hydrofracking before the end of the year.

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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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