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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


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

More Upstate Reservists Called to Active Duty

Prison guards in New York State are worried that their ranks will be depleted as more military reservists are called to active duty. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Returns to His Conservative Roots, Criticizes Democrats

Ever since his third term began, Governor Pataki has been reaching back to his conservative roots to guide him in policy making. This week, Pataki took a more partisan tone than during his re-election campaign, blaming some Democrats that he said were behaving hypocritically about a number of key issues. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll: Pataki's Popularity Drops

A new poll finds that Governor George Pataki's popularity has plummeted. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Announces State Workforce Reduction Plan

Governor Pataki has announced that he'd like to reduce the state workforce by 5,000 jobs, in order to help close the combined $11.5 billion dollar budget deficit. At a budget hearing, lawmakers asked Governor Pataki's commissioners whether that number would be achieved through layoffs. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Students Object to Tuition Hikes

State lawmakers object to Governor Pataki's plans to raise tuition and cut student aid at New York's public colleges and universities. The fiscal committee of the state legislature held hearings yesterday on the higher education portion of the governor's budget. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Silver Blames Pataki for Poor 911 System

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver blamed Governor Pataki for failing to set up a 911 cell phone emergency locating system. Silver says that failure contributed to the death of four teenagers in the Long Island Sound last month. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Question Proposal to Close State Psychiatric Hospitals

State lawmakers grilled New York's Mental Health Commissioner over the proposed closure of five psychiatric hospitals. Commissioner James Stone testified at a joint hearing of the legislative budget committees. Karen Dewitt was there and has more on the story.  Go to full article

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