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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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Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heroin, medical marijuana, Common core dealt with, but other items tabled at end of NYS legislative session

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on three major items at the close of the legislative session. But they also left a lot of unfinished business behind.  Go to full article
Legally-grown marijuana in Colorado, which has legalized marijuana for both medicinal and recreational uses, with some restrictions. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/scubabrett22/12160800144/in/photolist-jwBhd1-eEry1-dox2X-8gsYdj-51koiE-ceGZCm-jwCr7d-5XFE1D-fxptM4-8pQ4Er-eivcad-ayWTRu-jLumTV-6ViR7N-edyDrn-6ViTMf-4fmvfG-jwCoCA-8BgAwK-77R7k9-abPwwS-bAeUVU-bP9xoe-bAeTKq-bP9xkt-bP9xdk-bP9ytR-bP9ytg-bP9xpK-bAeTMo-bP9xcM-5Z5jud-8Pud4h-fxDMBy-fy9FN-ehh9LL-ndThVi-7CcjxG-nTJH8Z-2bF3M-a36wSo-msKYYx-2Mhic8-ndTJbw-ndTwLq-ntkswf-nw4mt7-7GF9Le-ndTwGZ-bUoG4b">Brett Levin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Legally-grown marijuana in Colorado, which has legalized marijuana for both medicinal and recreational uses, with some restrictions. Photo: Brett Levin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York will allow limited medical marijuana under agreement

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature have agreed to a limited medical marijuana program for patients with cancer, AIDS, and childhood seizure disorders. It will not allow the drug to be smoked.

Cuomo, who had expressed reservations about allowing medical marijuana, says the bill will grant sick people access to the drug, while imposing limits that will prevent abuse of marijuana.  Go to full article
Medical marijuana advocates demonstrating in hallway outside Gov. Cuomo's offices. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Medical marijuana advocates demonstrating in hallway outside Gov. Cuomo's offices. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo, legislative leaders agree on anti heroin bills, still discussing medical marijuana

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close.

Governor Cuomo calls the measures to curb the heroin abuse epidemic his "top priority" for the end of the 2014 session. He says the legislation will require that health insurance companies pay for more treatments.  Go to full article
Sen, Co-Leader Jeff Klein talking with reporters after a closed meeting with medical marijuana bill sponsors. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Sen, Co-Leader Jeff Klein talking with reporters after a closed meeting with medical marijuana bill sponsors. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Sponsors of medical marijuana bill hold private meeting with Governor Cuomo

Sponsors of a medical marijuana bill continued to negotiate with Governor Cuomo over the Governor's objections to many of the measure's provisions, but say they are hopeful that a deal can be reached in the next couple of days.

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein is optimistic about the chances for a medical marijuana law in New York .  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Legislative session could end with a whimper

The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low key end of session might not matter much to New York's top political figures.

The chances of passage for several key issues promoted by Governor Andrew Cuomo, including a Women's Equality Act and public campaign finance appear dim, due to opposition from Senate Republicans.  Go to full article
Zephyr Teachout (right) is collecting signatures to force a primary in the Democratic race for governor. Her potential running mate, Timothy Wu is at the podium. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Zephyr Teachout (right) is collecting signatures to force a primary in the Democratic race for governor. Her potential running mate, Timothy Wu is at the podium. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo could get a primary challenger

Governor Cuomo might have a primary challenger. Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University law professor and activist, announced she's collecting signatures to be on the September Democratic primary ballot.

Teachout was first promoted by the left leaning Working Families Party as an alternative candidate to Governor Andrew Cuomo, but in the end the minor party dropped her in favor of the governor.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo introducing the Women's Equality Act in June 2013. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8951341394/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Governor Cuomo introducing the Women's Equality Act in June 2013. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

For Women's Equality Act supporters, next fall is next battleground

Democrats and their allies in the legislature say there's little chance any major issues can be accomplished in the remaining days of the legislative session. Those pushing a Women's Equality Act are already looking ahead to the fall campaigns as the next step.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is downplaying expectations for any major agreements in the final days of the legislative session.

"We have some clean up items," Cuomo said "I don't expect us to do any major initiatives."  Go to full article
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announcing package of anti-corruption bills at the state Capitol in May 2014. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announcing package of anti-corruption bills at the state Capitol in May 2014. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Senate Dem leader: This time, Democratic Senate would be more functional

The leader of the Senate Democrats says if Gov. Andrew Cuomo is successful in helping retake the chamber for Democrats in the fall elections, she expects the Senate to be much more functional than it was the last time the Democrats were in power.  Go to full article
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194928546/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

With eight days left, uncertainty over what legislative session can accomplish

The 2014 legislative session has just eight working days left to go, with the closing day scheduled for June 20. As lawmakers prepare to return for the final two weeks, there's uncertainty whether anything will get done, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has publicly vowed to try to oust the current Senate leadership.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo at an economic development appearance yesterday. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14160187220/">Gov. Cuomo's office</a>
Gov. Cuomo at an economic development appearance yesterday. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

After Working Families nod, Cuomo looks to change the subject

Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.  Go to full article

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