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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


State Lawmakers Finish Budget

The state legislature has finished the budget, six and a half weeks after the deadline. Governor Pataki and the legislative leaders say they are proud of a difficult budget put together in the midst of a financial crisis, and they defend the new fees and one shots the budget contain. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Seniors Lobby in Albany

Senior citizens who gathered to lobby at the state capitol, were angered when all three candidates for governor cancelled their appearances, or did not respond to their invitation to address the older peoples' concerns about rising health care costs and the quality of nursing home care. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Final Action on State Budget Expected Tonight

State lawmakers hoped to begin passing bills last night. They hoped and they say they could complete final action on the budget by the end of the week. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Budget Gets Final Review

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders say they may finally have a state budget in place later this week. They say they're putting the final touches on a budget that will likely contain some new fees, including an extra surcharge on cell phones. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Unveils 2002 Campaign

Governor George Pataki is beginning his first full week as a candidate for re-election. To no one's surprise, Pataki made his candidacy official over the weekend. As Karen Dewitt reports, the Governor's message in his 2002 speech was different from the themes of his first campaign for governor eight years ago.  Go to full article

Pataki Officially Announces Re-election Bid

On Saturday, New York Governor George Pataki made it official. He announced that he is seeking a third term in office. He made his speech in Peekskill, where he was once mayor. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Question Proposed ETF Loan to Help Balance State's Budget

As Governor Pataki and the legislature continue to write and negotiate budget bills in secret, environmentalists are left wondering whether a proposed loan of 200-million dollars from the environmental trust fund is really a loan at all. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Critics of Rockefeller Drug Laws Want Legislature to Repeal Harshest Aspects This Year

The Rockefeller Drug Laws are now entering their 30th year. Critics stepped up their demands that the harshest aspects of the sentencing laws be repealed. They are urging Governor Pataki and the legislature to act this session. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Police Memorial Service Remembers World Trade Center Victims

The annual police memorial service held Wednesday was sadder than usual this year, as the names of 60 officers who died in the World Trade Center attacks were entered onto the wall. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki to Announce Re-election Campaign Saturday

Governor Pataki will announce officially this he is running for a third term this Saturday in his home town of Peekskill. Pataki picked up another union endorsement, this time from the New York State Troopers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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