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NCPR News Staff: Karen DeWitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent
Karen DeWitt has covered state government and politics at the New York State Capitol for public radio for ten years. Before that she worked at WINS, New York. She has also written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life, Empire State Report, and Metroland. E-mail

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Republican Rob Astorino is keeping the controversy over the former Moreland ethics commission alive with press conferences around the state.  Photo: Karen DeWitt
Republican Rob Astorino is keeping the controversy over the former Moreland ethics commission alive with press conferences around the state. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Challenger Astorino gets traction from Cuomo ethics controversy

The little-known and underfunded Republican challenger for governor in New York is getting a boost from incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's troubles over alleged interference in an ethics panel. The controversy was first reported in an in depth story in the New York Times; Rob Astorino has been doing his best to keep it alive.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo speaking on Monday in Buffalo. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14746450776/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Cuomo speaking on Monday in Buffalo. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo offers first comments on ethics commission controversy

Governor Cuomo was in Buffalo yesterday for his first public appearance since a potentially damaging report alleging his staff's tampered with an ethics probe. He denied that his aides tried to unduly influence the Moreland Commission's work.

And he tried to change the subject with a spirited speech about the economy.
He called the change in the city an "unbelievable turn-around." "659 new jobs..." Cuomo said, "and that's what this is all about."

But the ethics story continues to dog the governor.  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.

Cuomo quiet on ethics allegations in NY Times report

Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. The governor began the week with rosy poll numbers, and he still has a large advantage over his nearest competitor.  Go to full article
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS

Moreland Commission controversy raises questions on role of Attorney General

The fall out continues over whether Governor Cuomo's top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that the state's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations, and whether any actual crimes were committed.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9194313964/in/set-72157634442666751">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Cuomo faces growing fall-out from ethics probe report

One of Governor Cuomo' s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor's top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.  Go to full article
Image: Siena Research Institute
Image: Siena Research Institute

Siena Poll: Cuomo up, Common Core down, fracking even

A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day shows incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

According to the Siena Poll, Cuomo is 37 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino.  Go to full article
State eduation commissioner John King fielding hostile questions from across the North Country at a Schroon Lake forum. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission
State eduation commissioner John King fielding hostile questions from across the North Country at a Schroon Lake forum. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission

Teachers union stands by "no confidence" vote on education chief

The President of the state's teachers' union says members aren't yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee was elected in April amid deep dissatisfaction over education policy in New York. Magee ousted a three-term incumbent, and teachers held a symbolic vote of no confidence in Education Commissioner John King, over what critics call a botched roll out of the new Common Core learning standards.  Go to full article
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul is Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul is Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives

Lt. Gov. candidate Hochul explains past anti-immigration views

Governor Cuomo's running mate, Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul is explaining why she now feels differently about undocumented immigrants. Hochul , the former Erie County Clerk once wanted to turn suspected immigrants in the country illegally over to federal authorities.  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

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

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