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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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NY Senate Independent Democratic conference leader Jeff Klein. Photo: Karen DeWitt
NY Senate Independent Democratic conference leader Jeff Klein. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Senate says "no" to cuts in bank taxes, says it will use money to help families

A Senate co-leader is claiming victory for the Senate's rejection of a cut in banking taxes proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Jeff Klein is the leader of the Independent Democratic conference that shares leadership with Republicans in the state Senate. He says the resolution will use the $350 million in savings to help families.  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

Would Cuomo tax freeze plan hurt small business?

Both houses of the legislature are making changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax freeze plan in their budget proposals. And now, small business groups are speaking out, saying the proposal favors some homeowners, at their expense.  Go to full article
Education funding protesters outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Wednesday. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Education funding protesters outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Wednesday. Photo: Karen DeWitt

More money for schools, environment, in NYS Assembly budget proposal

Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to freeze property taxes. The Assembly's one-house budget resolution is the first step in reaching agreement on a final spending plan by the end of March.  Go to full article
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwren/6773463427/sizes/z/in/photolist-bjxLGc-9XiG5U-dwCCjH-iKeoJG-8vBW9D-8vEXcj-8vBWaH-8vEXjo-8vBW4Z-8uYY6S-8uYX59-8uVTqx-8uYXCy-8uYX7w-8uYX9q-8uYXBh-8uVTTM-8vBVJ2-8vEXiu-8vBVL8-8vBVPR-8vBWbc-8vBWcM-8vEXd9-8vEXGf-8vBW8g-8vBVZr-8vEXpw-8vEXmG-8vBVXt-8vEXvJ-8Gm87Y-8vBWhi-aKH8sX-8vBWhH-8vEXJ9-8vBWgB-8vBW22-8vEXkh-8vEXHS-8vBVTe-8vEXxW-8vBVYM-8vBVWt-8vEXHs-8vEXwC-8vBW7x-8vBWdB-8vBVVr-8vEXtU-8vBVUB/">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: Mike Wren, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

In NYS Regents election, three remain while one resigns

New York's legislature today replaced one member of the State Board of Regents, but allowed three others to remain, in elections held for the state's top educational policy board. The vote featured complaints from Republican Senators who voted against all of the candidates to demonstrate their displeasure with the state's implementation of the new Common Core.  Go to full article
New York state's Department of Education. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwren/6773463427/sizes/z/in/photolist-bjxLGc-9XiG5U-dwCCjH-iKeoJG-8vBW9D-8vEXcj-8vBWaH-8vEXjo-8vBW4Z-8uYY6S-8uYX59-8uVTqx-8uYXCy-8uYX7w-8uYX9q-8uYXBh-8uVTTM-8vBVJ2-8vEXiu-8vBVL8-8vBVPR-8vBWbc-8vBWcM-8vEXd9-8vEXGf-8vBW8g-8vBVZr-8vEXpw-8vEXmG-8vBVXt-8vEXvJ-8Gm87Y-8vBWhi-aKH8sX-8vBWhH-8vEXJ9-8vBWgB-8vBW22-8vEXkh-8vEXHS-8vBVTe-8vEXxW-8vBVYM-8vBVWt-8vEXHs-8vEXwC-8vBW7x-8vBWdB-8vBVVr-8vEXtU-8vBVUB/">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York state's Department of Education. Photo: Mike Wren, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY GOP will no longer boycott election of new Regents

Senate Republicans say they will break a longstanding tradition of boycotting the election of new member of New York's board of Regents, the group responsible for the general supervision of education in the state. The Republicans now say they will attend a joint legislative session, and that many will vote no over dissatisfaction with the Common Core. It's uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be reelected.  Go to full article
At a pre-K program in New York City. Funding universal pre-Kindergarten for all of New York state's kids is one of the unresolved issues in this year's budget. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10485077@N06/3799027263/">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At a pre-K program in New York City. Funding universal pre-Kindergarten for all of New York state's kids is one of the unresolved issues in this year's budget. Photo: edenpictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

What New Yorkers should expect from Senate and Assembly budgets

Budget negotiations are expected to get serious at the state Capitol this week, with the spending plan due at the end of the month. The Senate and Assembly are due to put out their budget resolutions on Wednesday, the first step toward reaching a final deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo later this month.  Go to full article
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194928546/sizes/z/in/photolist-8V4ngy-bZVYa9-bZVXJ1-bZVXu9-bZVTwm-cYYGjw-dTxeXZ-i5rDX8-AQxB8-AQxQ5-AQxSz-AQxmt-AQy4o-AQxpC-AQxHR-AQxVh-AQxMq-AQxEh-AQxxc-AQy16-AQxs9-AQxiG-AQxgs-AQxup-bZVGKq-4G25ka-8ftiKP-bZVLGQ-dTCV3h-gy9eD-9HgCcL-7gor37-4SaQWP-7grZFu-bx1DAD-goqPS-8V1hSg-8V4mPS-fmwbNk-goyAW-fmwaQ8-fmLmzG-fmLn55-a1VvKy-9g61hG-9Sncja-7K9wzm-7K5C8Z-aySSY2-7Tj35R-aySSUX/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

In Assembly, state estate tax provision faces uncertain fate

Both houses of the legislature are due to release their budget proposals this week. They'll use those to negotiate a final spending plan with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in an interview with NYS-PBS's New York Now and public radio stations, says Assembly Democrats are not yet on board with part of Cuomo's plan to cut the estate tax.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office, via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/12757318163/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office, via Flickr

Unease grows over Cuomo's property tax freeze plan

There's growing unease over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax freeze plan. A hundred local government officials have signed a letter opposing the plan, including Syracuse Mayor and state Democratic Party Co-Chair Stephanie Miner.

There are signs that the legislature may modify what critics have called an overly complex proposal when the Senate and Assembly release their one-house state budgets.  Go to full article
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44768401@N07/4126004276/sizes/z/in/photolist-7hARjL-g7DJZn-g9nRWg-g9nRoH-g9noDw-g9o3Mp-g7DJ1Z-g9nWqM-g9nioU-g9nuSy-g9nY2n-g9npsh-g7DUT1-g9o2yT-g9newK-g9o1tX-g7E8yu-g9o174-g9o3f2-ajkNj6-ajoAzh-ajoB6U-ajoAQ3-bQzVQK-7se9hY-bBFfdd-i8an4G-i8ah5e-bQzVXr-i8ajF5-i8akqG-4ernCN-bANXEn-de5hpK-7hWQRS-8V4mPS-6f1dHj-AQy16-9hZeM2-6Lifh5-7D7k2q-5G8MKz-czAarG-a1e79H-4G6fd7-4G6fg7-4G25up-bdgr9F-bdgqqc-2pQhDT-6QZJy3/">Matt H. Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: Matt H. Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Assembly votes to delay some Common Core provisions

The New York State Assembly has passed a bill to delay some of the effects of the state's Common Core learning standards. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the bill delays the effects of the new learning standards for two more years, for both students and teachers.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a charter school rally in Albany yesterday. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a charter school rally in Albany yesterday. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo and NYC mayor de Blasio talk education at dueling rallies in Albany

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke yesterday at dueling rallies on education at the State Capitol that highlighted the two politicians' differences over education issues.  Go to full article

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