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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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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

Golisano Releases Campaign Finance Reform Plan

The candidate who's spending the most money in the race for govenor of New York, Tom Golisano, has released a reform plan that would limit spending in election campaigns. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Gubernatorial Candidates Tout Support for Education

Education has become the pivotal issue in the New York state governor's race. Governor Pataki, a Republican, and his Democratic rival Carl McCall, have both launched new TV ads touting their support for education. Karen Dewitt takes a look at some of the candidate's stands on this issue.  Go to full article

Report: State Losing Manufacturing Jobs

A new report by the state's business lobby, finds that New York is still losing manufacturing jobs, faster than the rest of the nation. The Business Council says that there is some encouraging news in the report as well. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Cross-border Trade and Tighter Security

Business groups in New York are lobbying in Washington to curb delays at the U.S.-Canadian border, in northern and western parts of the state. The business leaders say the new security precautions since September 11th are hurting trade. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Gubernatorial Candidates Rally Upstate Voters

Governor George Pataki who announced the creation of 200 high tech jobs took some heat on the upstate economy from third party candidate, Tom Golisano. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate, Carl McCall flush from a primary victory, toured cities across New York to rally supporters.  Go to full article

Golisano Makes It a 3-Person Gubernatorial Race

When businessman Tom Golisano won the Independence Party primary Tuesday, he changed the dynamics of the governor's race from a two-person race to a three-person race. As Karen Dewitt reports, the new balance may be the most challenging for incumbent governor George Pataki. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Day of Remembrance: A Visit to Albany's Farmers' Market

Yesterday, during a day of remembrance, many people tried to go about their lives as normally as possible, but the atmosphere at many workplaces was somber. Even at the Farmer' Market held at the Empire State plaza in Albany, the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables was not enough to cheer people up. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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