Karen DeWitt

New York News
12:10 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

State's Capital Plan Needs More Detail, Says Watchdog Group

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A budget watchdog group says New York’s new 10-year plan of how it will spend over $174 billion in road and bridge and numerous other projects lacks transparency.

Governor Cuomo’s Administration, for the first time, has compiled a list of all of the state improvement projects projected for the next 10 years, for a total estimated cost of $174.4 billion.

A press release issued earlier this year billed the new Capital Plan as an achievement that “modernizes and rebuilds the state’s infrastructure, grows the economy and creates jobs."

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New York News
12:07 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Moreland Hearing Focuses On More Alleged Corruption

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The second public hearing held by New York Governor Cuomo’s commission to probe public corruption featured testimony from long time government reform groups. Many brought more evidence that they say shows potential corruption involving money and politics.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Second Hearing Tuesday For Moreland Corruption Commission

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The second hearing by New York Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on corruption in the legislature will be held Tuesday evening in Albany.  Government reform groups are scheduled to testify, and some say the commission should also be looking at some of the campaign contributions to the Governor himself.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Casino Referendum Wording Increases Odds That Amendment Will Pass, Say Critics

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This November, voters in New York will decide whether the state will allow up to seven new resort style gambling casinos, when they have the choice of saying yes or no to an amendment.  But the wording of the actual referendum on the ballot may increase the odds of the new casinos being approved.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Corruption Hearings Continue For Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission

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A commission appointed by Governor Cuomo to investigate public corruption is holding its first series of hearings. At the kick off event in New York City, a prominent figure in busting corruption in the legislature announced he’s found a back door way to confiscating  the pensions of convicted state politicians.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Comptroller Looking For Start Up Companies To Invest In

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The State Comptroller says he’s looking for more start up companies and entrepreneurs to invest in, as part of a partnership between the state’s pension fund and private equity managers.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Lawsuit Filed As One-Year Anniversary Of Fracking Health Study Nears

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It’s been nearly a year since the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state health commissioner would conduct a review to determine whether hydrofracking could be done safely in New York. Since then, little information has been released on the on going study. Now, an anti-fracking group is suing the state to find out what exactly is being reviewed.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

GOP Leader Says There's Interest In Challenging Cuomo in '14

The primaries are over and the general election in November is still weeks away, but already many in the political world are thinking about the next significant contest on the horizon- the 2014 statewide elections.  State GOP Chairman Ed Cox, in an interview with public radio and television, says he’s working on finding a Republican candidate to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo, and he says several are interested.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Environmentalists Say Decline In Pollution Enforcement At Agency Can Harm New Yorkers' Health

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An environmental group says budget cuts at the state’s environmental agency has meant up to 75% fewer inspections of polluters  like power plants and hazardous waste sites.

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Capital Region News
6:06 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Primary Resulted In No Comebacks, Some Upsets

Anthony Weiner's political comeback fell far short.
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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner failed by a huge margin to make a political comeback in the New York City Mayor’s race , trailing far behind  winner Bill DeBlasio and second place finisher William Thompson.  Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer also was defeated in his attempt to get elected to a lesser seat- that of New York City Comptroller. But Steve Greenberg, a political analyst and spokesman for Siena College polling, says Spitzer, unlike Weiner, is more likely to get a second chance for a come back in the future, if he wants to. Spitzer, who resigned the governorship in 2008 over a prostitution scandal,  received 48% of the vote to winner Scott Stringer’s 52%. Weiner, whose sexting scandal continued to plague him during the campaign,  got less than 5% of the primary vote.

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