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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


The Gubernatorial Candidates and the Issues, Part 1: Education

With one week to go in the New York governor's race, many voters are not making up their minds about who they will choose on election day. Karen Dewitt takes a look at where the top three candidates in the race stand on issues that are important to New Yorkers, beginning with education.  Go to full article

Abortion Rights League Remains Neutral in Gubernatorial Race

The New York State Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, has decided to remain neutral in the governor's race. It's a decision that could hurt the campaign of Democrat Carl McCall. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Golisano Climbing in the Polls

There is an increase in speculation in political circles. The Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano, who is climbing in the polls, could possibly come in second in the New York governor's race, leaving Democrat Carl McCall to finish third. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Gay and Lesbian Leaders To Seek Support from State Senators to Pass SONDA

Gay and lesbian leaders in New York say they'll begin seeking support from states senators to pass a gay and lesbian equal rights law now that the state Senate leader has said he'll bring the bill to the Senate floor. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Clean Water Act Marks 30th Anniversary

On the 30th anniversary of the Federal Clean Water Act, a coalition of environmental groups say the Hudson River still needs more work, before it can be thoroughly cleaned up. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Gubernatorial Candidates Ignore State's Budget Problems

One of the biggest issues that will face New York's next governor is now to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap. The candidates for governor have spent little time detailing how they would solve the problem. Even the release of the midterm on New York's budget, which was intended to shed light on the state's financial status, turned into a political squabble. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Golisano Unveils Plan for Legalized Medical Marijuana

The most conservative candidate in the race for governor has come out with a plan to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The announcements by businessman Tom Golisano, comes as the Independence Party's candidate gained ground in a new poll. Karen Dewitt has details.  Go to full article

First Gubernatorial Debate Includes All 7 Candidates

The first of two debates for the new race for governor was held over the Columbus Day weekend. All seven candidates who are actively campaigning for governor participated, at incumbent Governor Pataki's request. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

New York's Looming Budget Deficit Seen as Growing Political Crisis

The candidates for governor may not be talking about New York's looming budget deficit, buy many of those involved in New York's political world are discussing the growing problem. Two think tanks, one conservative and one liberal have recently issued reports with the recommendations on how to handle the crisis that New York's governor will have to face next year. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Using State Grants to Win Votes?

Governor Pataki has been traveling the state for the last several months giving out millions of dollars in grants, and taking credit for the creation of new jobs. Lately critics, including some of his own opponents, accused Pataki of trying to use the money giveaways to win another four years in office. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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