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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


Albany's Mayor Backs Pataki

The mayor of Albany broke a decade long tradition, and endorsed a Republican for Governor of New York. Democrat Jerry Jennings says he thinks Governor Pataki will do the most for his capitol city. His endorsement is the latest in a string of campaign events recently, that have strengthened Pataki, and weakened Democratic candidate Carl McCall. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Education Dept Refuses to Include Questions about Bullying on Student Survey

A group called Dignity for All Students Coalition wants the state education department to ask students about instances of bullying. But Education Commissioner Richard Mills is refusing to include the questions in a survey distributed to school districts. Karen Dewitt has details.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Give Pataki Mixed Review

For 30 years one of the state's most influential environmental organizations has been publishing a voters' guide rating state politicians on their records on the environment. The group, EPL Environmental Advocates, has given Governor Pataki a mixed review. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll: Pataki Leads Gubernatorial Race

A new Marist College poll brings good news for Governor George Pataki. Pataki leads his nearest challenger, Democrat Carl McCall, by more than 16 points. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Law Bars Use of Public Funds to Fight Unions

Governor Pataki has signed into law a bill desired by New York's union leaders. The legislation would make it easier for unions to organize in the work place. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

3rd Parties Talk Decriminalization

Several third party candidates for governor of New York, from the most liberal to the most conservative, are talking about at least the possibility of decriminalizing some types of illegal drugs. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

NOW Endorses McCall

Democratic candidate for Governor Carl McCall received the endorsement of the National Organization for Women yesterday and reacted to negative attacks ads launched against him by incumbent Governor George Pataki. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Aronowitz Seeks Young Voters

The Green Party candidate for Governor of New York, Stanley Aronowitz, who's also a college professor is trying to attract the youth vote with his campaign. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Golisano Wins Independence Party Primary

Although the primaries were over two weeks ago, the results of the Independence party primary are still being tallied. According to the final, but unofficial, vote count from the State Board of Elections, Rochester businessman Tom Golisano beat Governor George Pataki by less than 500 votes. Golisano received 9,572 votes to Pataki's 9,076 votes. Over the weekend, Golisano tried to mend fences with the fractured party that he founded in 1994. Karen Dewitt was at the Independence Party meeting Albany.  Go to full article

Pataki Speaks to Business Leaders

Governor Pataki addressed the state's Business Council, the group that has traditionally been a big backer of his political career. Pataki made the case to the business executives gathered at the posh Sagamore Hotel on Lake George, as to why he should remain governor for another four years. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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