Albany, NY, Feb 04, 2013 — New York's newest Senator, Cecilia Tkaczyk, has been on the job for just over a week now, after a two and half month long court battle over absentee ballots resulted in a narrrow 18-vote win for her.
Tkaczyk, a sheep farmer, school board member and former legislative housing analyst, is a Democrat who won the newly drawn Senate seat in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys that was designed for a Republican. Karen DeWitt spoke to Senator Tkaczyk during one of her first days on the job. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Dec 14, 2012 — The fall election season marked a high point for campaign spending across the nation. It's estimated that outside groups spent hundreds of millions of dollars backing candidates, and attacking others.
With proposals from both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, it now seems clear that 2013 will be the year campaign finance reform takes the stage in Albany. But it's not clear yet what shape the legislation will take, or whether public financing of campaigns will be a part of it. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Dec 13, 2012 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will soon introduce legislation to regulate not for profits that have become increasingly influential players in political campaigns by dumping millions of dollars into races in the state and around the country.
The influence of outside funding in state elections was just one issue in a conversation with New York Public Radio's Karen DeWitt. Go to full article
Dec 07, 2012 — The budget showdown, with its possibility of the nation heading over a "fiscal cliff", has gotten lots of attention in recent weeks. If Congress doesn't make a budget deal by... Go to full article
Albany, NY, Nov 19, 2012 — The Obama administration is giving states an extra month to decide if they plan to create their own health care exchanges, the core of the new federal health care law. ... Go to full article
Albany, NY, Nov 16, 2012 — Votes in two key New York State Senate races are still being tallied. Democrats are leading in both, and could give the patry majority status in the traditionally Republican... Go to full article
Nov 16, 2012 — If lawmakers in Washington need a lesson in bipartisanship, they might consider consulting with Ray and Matt Scollin, a father and son from Saranac Lake who worked for... Go to full article