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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


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

Profile: Green Party Gubernatorial Nominee Stanley Aronowitz

New Yorkers have been hearing more lately about George Pataki, Carl McCall, Andrew Cuomo, and Tom Golisano, as they campaign for governor. One candidate who hasn't gotten a lot of attention is the Green Party's nominee, Stanley Aronowitz. With a budget that's a tiny fraction of the other candidates, Aronowitz has been giving interviews to radio talk shows and cable TV stations, and he's saying some things that the others dare not mention.  Go to full article

Pataki Announces 9/11 Memorial Events

Governor Pataki announced more plans to commemorate September 11th. The Governor has also begun airing a new campaign ad in which he thanks New Yorkers for their efforts in the nearly a year since the tragic events. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Disabled Demand More Housing Rights

A group of disabled people is demanding Governor Pataki sign a bill that would give them more rights to live in their community instead of nursing homes, if they choose. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Golisano Challenges Pataki to a Debate

Governor Pataki's challenger in the Independence and Conservative party primaries wants the governor to debate him. Billionaire businessman Tom Golisano says he wants Pataki to accept a League of Woman Voters invitation to debate on September 6th. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Drug Law Reform in Limbo

Agreement on reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws seems farther away than ever, now that Governor Pataki and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are trading heated charges over a failure to agree on a bill. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

AFL-CIO backs Mulrow for Comptroller

One of the candidates in the Democratic primary for state comptroller received a key union endorsement Tuesday. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Governor's Race: First Democratic Debate

Andrew Cuomo says he'll focus his criticism on Carl McCall's job performance as state comptroller for the past eight years.
Cuomo is trailing McCall in the polls. The two are competing for the Democratic nomination for governor. The latest poll shows McCall leading Cuomo 47 percent to 31 percent among Democrats. Karen Dewitt has more.  Go to full article

NYS Tax Collections Down

A study by the Rockefeller Institute of Government finds that New York's tax collections were down by almost 20% in the first quarter of the budget year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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