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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

Stories filed by Karen DeWitt


Pataki, Lawmakers Spar over Budget and Spring Break

Governor Pataki and the state legislature, mired in the state's worst budget crisis in years, can't seem to agree on anything lately. Now, they're even arguing about the proper way to observe the traditional spring holidays on the Christian and Jewish calendar. From Albany, Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Educators Plan Huge Rally in Albany

Teachers, school board members and students across New York say they are planning the largest rally ever at the state capitol for next month. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislative Leaders Hope to Restore Budget Cuts to Education, Health Care

New York's legislative leaders are working on a budget plan that restores $1.9 billion in education and health care spending. But the Senate and Assembly leaders are reluctant to spell out just how they'll pay for the additions.  Go to full article

Senate, Assembly Leaders Defiantly Reach State Budget Deal

Legislative leaders announced conceptual agreement on a new state budget 15 days after the spending plan was due. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.  Go to full article

Transgenders Fighting for Same Protections as Gays

A bill to grant civil rights to transgendered people was introduced in both houses o the New York State legislature. Activists say they know they have a fight before the proposed protections actually become law. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Pataki: No Use Discussing Budget Further Right Now

Governor Pataki has suspended discussions with legislative leaders over a new state budget. He says they're failing to specify restorations of his proposed cuts and how to pay for them. Pataki also urged lawmakers not to take their annual Easter-Passover break in the absence of a budget agreement. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers May Postpone Vote on School Funding

There's talk among some members of the legislature to postpone this spring's school budget votes, in an attempt to gain more time to form an agreement on restorations to school aide in the new state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Auto Dealers Ask Lawmakers to Change Lease Law

New York auto dealers are threatening that state residents won't be able to lease cars any more, if the legislature does not change a law that makes dealers liable for damages if people leasing their cars get into accidents. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Survey: School Boards Will Likely Propose Double Digit Tax Increases

The New York State School Boards Association says schools around the state will be recommending double digit property tax increase in budgets presented later this spring, unless restorations are made to school aid cuts in Governor Pataki's budget. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislative Leaders May Agree on State Budget Without Pataki

The Speaker of the State Assembly says he and the Senate leader may strike out on their own and put together a budget without Governor Pataki. That is, if Pataki continues to reject the legislature's call for restorations. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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