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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


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

First Gubernatorial Debate Includes All 7 Candidates

The first of two debates for the new race for governor was held over the Columbus Day weekend. All seven candidates who are actively campaigning for governor participated, at incumbent Governor Pataki's request. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

New York's Looming Budget Deficit Seen as Growing Political Crisis

The candidates for governor may not be talking about New York's looming budget deficit, buy many of those involved in New York's political world are discussing the growing problem. Two think tanks, one conservative and one liberal have recently issued reports with the recommendations on how to handle the crisis that New York's governor will have to face next year. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Using State Grants to Win Votes?

Governor Pataki has been traveling the state for the last several months giving out millions of dollars in grants, and taking credit for the creation of new jobs. Lately critics, including some of his own opponents, accused Pataki of trying to use the money giveaways to win another four years in office. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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

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