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NCPR News Staff: Karen DeWitt
Capitol Correspondent

Below are recent NCPR news stories filed by Karen DeWitt.

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The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/in/photolist-7CLjYo-oPEcu-7ix2v4-ujYN8-4MC7ZN-5dhRQW-6PwQyw-dXMEt-6ULfuW-dFugLZ-6UGxbP-5e8us1-hAwsdT-4aikh9-gCdwDu-5c99KY-9bbhSa-26mXX-26mXh-26mXq-26mWV-3qQdK-3qQbw-fK24n-9bTd3x-9Ygov5-6ULkGj-agQzb-9M91Za-9zmpPL-88wtEF-cvwc7w-8a2Qau-dVUSJD-9CqkNQ-Ld6Uh-9GjFKz-c1sJfh-oAc1-7ix2ut-717M2r-mef7ap-aiJzBh-9bdCYJ-qj4G3-5uZiew-dUd23j-9bWhqU-7RmjSH-qj4Fd">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: Joseph A, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Board OKs half a loaf on Cuomo's loan request for Tappan Zee Bridge

A key oversight board approved half of the amount Governor Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. But the meeting included accusations from a board member that Cuomo Admisntration officials are trying to hide bad news about future toll hikes on the bridge and the rest of the New York State Thruway.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ragingwire/">ragingwire</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS casino industry will be decided by the market, says Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo says he's not concerned about reports that the casino gambling industry may not be all that healthy. The negative news comes as the state is considering authorizing four new gambling centers in the next few months.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo, left, is running against GOP challenger Rob Astorino, right.
Gov. Cuomo, left, is running against GOP challenger Rob Astorino, right.

How Cuomo's much bigger war chest is affecting the gov. campaign

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is already ahead of his Republican challenger in name recognition. Now, according to required campaign disclosure filings with the State Board of Elections, Cuomo is far ahead in fundraising as well.  Go to full article
The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/in/photolist-7CLjYo-oPEcu-7ix2v4-ujYN8-4MC7ZN-5dhRQW-6PwQyw-dXMEt-6ULfuW-dFugLZ-6UGxbP-5e8us1-hAwsdT-4aikh9-gCdwDu-5c99KY-9bbhSa-26mXX-26mXh-26mXq-26mWV-3qQdK-3qQbw-fK24n-9bTd3x-9Ygov5-6ULkGj-agQzb-9M91Za-9zmpPL-88wtEF-cvwc7w-8a2Qau-dVUSJD-9CqkNQ-Ld6Uh-9GjFKz-c1sJfh-oAc1-7ix2ut-717M2r-mef7ap-aiJzBh-9bdCYJ-qj4G3-5uZiew-dUd23j-9bWhqU-7RmjSH-qj4Fd">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: Joseph A, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Groups Urge No Vote on Tappan Zee Bridge Loan

Environmentalists are urging a key review board to vote no on a request from the Cuomo Administration to help finance the rebuilding of a major Thruway bridge with a fund designed for municipal clean water projects.  Go to full article
“We are depending on tips, which are really variable. We don’t know how much we are going to end up making.”

NYS tipped workers seek pay increase

Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the minimum rate for the workers, and the groups say they have evidence that an increase is needed.  Go to full article
There’s a kind of black curtain over the whole process

Healthcare professionals seek hydrofracking meeting

A group of healthcare professionals are seeking a meeting with Governor Cuomo's health department, saying they have compiled a compendium of new and ongoing research that highlights numerous health risks associated with hydrofracking.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo (left) heads into his party convention with a substantial lead over GOP challenger Rob Astorino.
Gov. Cuomo (left) heads into his party convention with a substantial lead over GOP challenger Rob Astorino.

Cuomo challenger Astorino proposes eight debates

The Republican challenger for Governor, Rob Astorino, has proposed multiple debates in locations around the state with incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo. The governor has so far not accepted any.  Go to full article
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul will be Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul will be Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives

Lt. Gov candidate Hochul keeps a low profile

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's running mate Lieutenant Governor Nominee Kathy Hochul is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions.  Go to full article
There’s so much grass roots support in the state from so many people who supported Cuomo but then have been disappointed with the governor over the last four years.

Zephyr Teachout, Cuomo primary challenger, will file petitions Thurs night

The Democratic Primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout, expects to file more than 40,000 signatures late Thursday to obtain a place on the ballot.  Go to full article
GOP candidate for Governor Rob Astorino at press conference on opposition to the Common Core learning standards at the Capitol Tuesday. Photo by Karen DeWitt
GOP candidate for Governor Rob Astorino at press conference on opposition to the Common Core learning standards at the Capitol Tuesday. Photo by Karen DeWitt

Astorino wants Stop Common Core ballot line

The Republican running for governor this year wants to convert public opposition to controversial new education standards into votes against the incumbent governor he says is pushing them.  Go to full article

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Karen DeWitt has covered state government and politics at the New York State Capitol for public radio for since 1990, and is a contributor to the statewide public television program New York Now. Before that she worked for WINS, New York. She has also written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life, Empire State Report, and MetrolandEmail Karen | Karen DeWitt on Twitter