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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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NY Senate Passes Rockfeller Drug Law Reform

A debate in the New York State Senate over the reform of the Rockefeller drug laws reveals deep differences that remain over how exactly the strict drug laws should be weakened. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

2002 Legislature Winds Down

With one week and one day left in the formal legislative session, a number of issues remain unresolved. Karen Dewitt takes a look at some of what's left for the Senate and Assembly to do before leaving for the summer.  Go to full article

Census: Poverty Increased in New York

An advocacy group for the poor says census data shows poverty has increased in New York. But Governor Pataki's Office of Temporary Welfare Services is disputing those numbers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Public's Access to Congressional Redistricting Maps Limited

Public access to new Congressional redistricting maps was limited during the final days of negotiations on the new lines approved by the state legislature on June 5th. The information on the new lines was so scarce that even legislators were not allowed to see the maps until after they voted on them. From Albany, Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Drug Law Reform

The state legislature moved closer to reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Assembly Democrats offered a bill that makes major concessions to Governor Pataki's conditions for changing the quarter-century old strict drug punishments. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Lawmakers Agree on Congressional Redistricting

Legislative leaders have announced agreement on a Congressional redistricting plan that's designed to get rid of one Congressional representative from each major party. Both Republicans and Democrats say the final plan improves their party's chances overall of keeping incumbents in their seats after November. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NYS Legislature: Session's Loose Ends

With just over two weeks to go in the legislative session, state lawmakers are still mired in disagreement over two key issues: congressional redistricting and the governance of New York City schools. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Redistricting Procrastination

The New York State Assembly and Senate have decided to put off the start of campaign petitioning for another two weeks, until June 18th, while they continue to squabble over how to draw new congressional district lines. The latest redistricting plan sacrifices Republican Ben Gilman of the lower Hudson Valley and Democrat Louise Slaughter of Rochester. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Bests Golisano With Conservative Party

Billionaire and gubernatorial candidate, Tom Golisano, withdrew his name from the Conservative Party nomination. He charged the party's nominee, Governor George Pataki, used strong-arm tactics to keep him off the ballot. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Pataki Reaches Out to Non-Republican Voters

Governor Pataki has made a concerted effort to reach out to non-Republican voters in his bid to win a third term has governor. At the state Republican Party convention this week, those efforts began to pay off as Pataki and other Republican leaders encouraged the delegates gathered to think beyond their traditional party base. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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