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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 Respond to the State's Budget Woes

Although most experts believe that the state is facing a budget crisis next year. Few of the candidates for governor have said much of how they would deal with the problem. Reporter Karen Dewitt take a look at what the top three candidate have revealed about how they'll deal with the fiscal problem that many think could be second only to the crisis of the 1970's.  Go to full article

Attack Ads Prevail in the Final Days of the Election

In the final days before the election the New York governor's race has taken its nastiest tone yet. Incumbent Governor George Pataki and Independence party candidate Tom Golisano are running harsh attack ads against each other as Democrat Carl McCall's campaign has faded. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

The Gubernatorial Candidates and the Issues, Part 2: Upstate Economy

One of the major issues in the 2002 New York Governors race has been the stagnant upstate economy and what the candidates can do to improve it. Challengers, Democratic Carl McCall and Independence party's Tom Golisano, have blamed incumbent Governor George Pataki for the state's economic problems. Pataki defends his record. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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

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