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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


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

Last Year's Terrorist Attacks Could Effect Next Year's State Budget

In addition to the personal and public tragedies wrought by the events of September 11th, the terrorist attacks also devastated parts of New York?s economy. The damage may be felt in next year?s state budget. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll: Pataki's big lead over McCall trimmed

A statewide poll reports that Governor Pataki's once big lead over Carl McCall has shrunk, but remains in double digits. The latest Marist College poll has Pataki leading McCall, 52 percent to 37 percent, among likely voters. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

McCall Criticized for not Using Pension Fund to Invest in Upstate Economy

Democratic candidate for governor Carl McCall has been criticized by his opponents for not using the pension fund to invest in the faltering upstate economy. Mccall maintains that's not the primary role of the pension fund. Karen dewitt reports.  Go to full article

9/11 Helps Pataki?

As the anniversary of September 11th approaches, Governor Pataki is immersed in events commemorating the tragic day. The governor is also running for reelection. The scheduled events are not meant to be overtly political. Nevertheless, Pataki has seen his popularity increase because of his conduct after 9/11. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo Quits Gubernatorial Race

Andrew Cuomo has dropped out of the Democratic primary for governor of New York and has thrown his support behind opponent Carl McCall. Flanked by former president Bill Clinton and New York Congressman Charles Wrangle, Cuomo said he decided to drop out of the race rather than run a negative campaign against McCall, who was far ahead in the polls to win the primary. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Governor's Race Quiet on Tax Increases

Although New York state is facing a large budget deficit next year, none of the major party candidates have proposed raising taxes as a solution. From Albany, Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo and McCall Debate in Rochester

The two democratic candidates for governor squared off in a public television debate yesterday in Rochester. While the two agreed on many issues, Andrew Cuomo, the former Housing Secretary, who's behind in the polls, jabbed continuously at the frontrunner Carl McCall, who is the state's comptroller. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Golisano Unveils Property Tax Reform Plan

In this year's governor's race, billionaire businessman from Rochester Tom Golisano says he's offering a conservative voice that he thinks has been missing from the political debate. Wednesday, Golisano rolled out a plan that he says could cut property taxes in New York by as much as 30 percent. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Controversy Over Greens' Lieutenant Governor Candidate

The Green Party may not have a lot in common with the major political parties, but in one respect it seems to be conforming to a trend that's occurring in this year's governor's race, there's controversy now over its candidate for lieutenant governor. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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