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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

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Bill Would Open Liquor Stores on Sundays

There's a bill in the state legislature to repeal New York's blue laws and open the states liquor stores on Sundays. Supporters say it's one way of gaining more revenue for a cash-strapped state budget. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki: State Budget Deficit Bigger than Expected

Governor Pataki has discovered that the current year's budget deficit is even bigger than he originally estimated. The governor's 30-day budget amendments find another hole of nearly $200-million. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Prison Services Company Reaps Record Lobbying Fine

The New York State Lobbying Commission issued its largest fine ever against a prison services company for failing to file a truthful lobbying report and for giving free rides and gifts to some lawmakers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Looks at Delaying Pension Payments

Governor Pataki is offering a plan to bail out local governments faced with soaring pension plan costs. Karen Dewitt has more on the story.  Go to full article

Legislative Leaders Agree on Keeping Empire Zones Strong

The leaders of New York State Legislature are far from agreement on how to resolve the state's budget problems, but there's one area in which they both agree: Senate leader Joe Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver do not want to weaken the state's economic development program know as Empire Zones. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki and Legislature Face Looming Budget Deadline

Governor Pataki and the leaders of the state legislature have less than 5 weeks to decide how to close an over $2 billion dollar gap in the current year's budget. So far, no agreement on a plan has been reached. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Differing Views on the State Budget

Governor Pataki took his budget message on the road to western New York last week. But, he was trailed by his chief rival in the budget-fight, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. From Albany, Karen Dewitt has more on the story.  Go to full article

PACs Shelled Out $19 million on State Elections in 2002

Government reform groups studied patterns of campaign donations made by Political Action Committees, or PACs. They found that a few PACs dominate in giving to the Legislature. Karen Dewitt has more on the story.  Go to full article

CSC Misreports Lobbying Expenses

The State Lobbying Commission took depositions Wednesday from officials of the Correctional Services Corporation. The commission is looking into whether the prison services company broke the state?s lobbying laws by giving free rides and other perks to some lawmakers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Criticized for Wasting Money

An Assembly Investigations committee report says the Pataki Administration could be wasting up to half a billion dollars a year, because it hasn't kept track of the computers and software used by state government employees. Karen Dewitt has more on the story.  Go to full article

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