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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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Pataki Hints at Size of 2003-04 Revenue Shortfall

Governor Pataki is still remaining mum on how he'll deal with the state's budget deficit, estimated to be as high as 10 billion dollars. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Nominates Susan Phillips Read to State's Highest Court

For the first time in New York's history, the state's highest court will have a majority of women on the seven-member panel. The court will also be dominated by appointees of Governor Pataki, now that Pataki has appointed Justice Susan Read to the New York Court of Appeals. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Prepares State of the State Speech

Governor Pataki delivers his State of the State message on Wednesday. The governor may begin to reveal some of his proposals for how he'll handle the massive state budget deficit. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Loose Ends in Albany

When the new 2003 legislative session gets underway January 8th, Governor Pataki and the legislature will find they still have some unfinished business from the old year to contend with. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Takes Oath of Office

New York Governor George Pataki was sworn in to his third term in office, in a modest ceremony at noontime on New Year's Day. As Karen DeWitt reports, Pataki faces his biggest fiscal challenges since he became Governor in 1994.  Go to full article

Pataki Takes Oath of Office Wednesday

Governor Pataki will begin his third term in office on January 1st, with a low-key inaugural ceremony that will feature a speech and a lunch for 200 people. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Catholics Sue to Block New Women's Health Care Law

The Catholic Church is seeking a legal injunction against a women's health care law that takes effect on January 1st. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

SONDA Debate Draws Variety of Opponents

When the State Senate met to debate and pass the gay equal rights legislation last week, those for and against the measure showed up to lobby and demonstrate. Some of the most interesting debates took place away from the Senate floor, and between groups of people who come from very different cultures. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Law Governing New Power Plants Set to Expire

The New York state legislature will let expire at the end of this year the law that governs the citing of new power plants. There is a dispute between environmentalists and the power plant industry over what the impact of that expiration would be. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll: Pataki Popular Despite Looming Budget Problems

Governor Pataki is remaining tight lipped about how he might resolve the looming budget crisis. A recent poll shows the governor remains popular despite New York's financial problems. As Karen Dewitt reports, those two developments might be related.  Go to full article

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