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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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How Much Should New York State Spend on School Students?

The group that's suing the state over inequitable school-aid funding has now commissioned a study to find out just how much New York state should be spending on every school child in the state. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Fears Spread About How Lawmakers Will Close State Budget Gap

The state faces a huge budget crisis, as state lawmakers remain silent on solutions. Meanwhile, fears are growing that lawmakers will raid two large pots of money to help close the gap. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Pledges to Improve Care in Adult Homes

The Pataki administration Tuesday responded to criticisms of treatment of the mentally ill at state licensed adult homes. Health commissioner Antonia Novello announced several steps that she says will improve care and punish adult home operators who violate regulations. Karen Dewitt has more on the story from Albany.  Go to full article

Budget Crisis Could Hamper Food Shelf Efforts

Religious and civic groups that run food pantries say more people are seeking help to feed themselves and their families than ever before. They are worried that the state's budget crisis could make that situation even worse. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Urged to Veto New Car Insurance Bill

Consumer advocates, and even some insurance companies, are urging Governor Pataki to veto a bill that they say will result in higher car insurance costs for New Yorkers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Criticized for Not Enacting New Anti-Smog Rules

Public health groups say that Governor Pataki's administration has failed to follow through on new rules that could help reduce summertime smog and other air pollution. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Transgendered People Want to be Included in SONDA

The New York Senate is set next month to pass a bill that would give gays and lesbians equal rights in employment, housing and other areas. Now, transgendered groups say the bill should be amended to include them, as well. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Study: New York's Air More Polluted Last Summer Than Ever

A new study by the American Lung Association finds New Yorker's breathed more polluted air last summer than any year on record. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Avoids Budget Details in First Post-Election Press Conference

Governor Pataki, in his first post-election news conference, talked about some of what he'd like to accomplish in his third term in office, but avoided any specific details about how he might handle the upcoming budget crisis. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Wins Third Term

Governor Pataki thanked hundreds of cheering supporters at a Manhattan hotel last night after winning a third term. Karen Dewitt was there and has this report.  Go to full article

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