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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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War Could Worsen State Budget Crisis

Governor Pataki and his budget analysts believe that the war with Iraq could worsen the state's fiscal crisis. Other leaders in the state government have mixed views about the war's impact on New York's economy. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Anti-war Protesters Demonstrate in Albany

Anti-war protesters sang and demonstrated outside the State Capitol Thursday, while inside, security was tightened in response to the start of the war with Iraq and possible terrorist threats. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki and Bruno Disagree on State Budget

Republicans are now at odds over the state budget, after a bit of a clash between Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Governor Pataki. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Tighter Security: New Yorkers Prepare for War

Governor Pataki announced extra security precautions to be instituted in New York on the eve of a likely war with Iraq. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

School Boards say Pataki's Budget Proposal Will Result in Double-Digit Tax Increases

Schools in New York are warning of double digit property tax
increases if Governor Pataki's education cuts are not rescinded by
the state legislature. The head of the New York State School Boards
met with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who vowed to restore the
cuts. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Unsure Where to Borrow Money

It seem almost certain that New York state lawmakers will borrow money to keep the state running over the next few months. But they are still in deep disagreement over what kind of borrowing to do. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislators Promise to Restore Proposed Healthcare Cuts

The state's legislative leaders promised hospitals they'd get restorations of Governor Pataki's budget cuts, as the rhetoric in the budget battle heated up. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Doctors Lobby for Malpractice Reforms

Doctors and victims of medical malpractice are at opposite ends of a debate on whether to limit awards that people can receive if they are injured by doctor's mistakes. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

A Rare Day in Albany: Agreement on State Revenues

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders have, for the first time, obeyed a legal deadline that requires they agree on state revenues by March 10th. The news comes as Pataki's budget director orders state agencies to make more cutbacks, or face running out of cash by the middle of May. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Women's Group Protests Possible War with Fast

A group of women who are against an impending war with Iraq, has just completed a more than three-month fast to draw attention to their views. From Albany, Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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