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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

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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

Court-Testing the Death Penalty

New York's highest court heard the first test of the 1995 death penalty statute in an over six-hour marathon of court arguments yesterday. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Approves Initiative and Referendum Idea

A measure to allow voters in New York to decide directly on ballots issues passed the state senate last week, but is unlikely to become law anytime soon. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

New Budget Would Borrow From Environment and Healthcare Funds

The new state budget framework includes plan to borrow from funds meant for the environment and health care in order to balance the state's budget. Groups that benefit from those funds aren't happy with this arrangement. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Golisano Announces His Third Bid For Governor

Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano began his third try for governor yesterday, saying he will run a campaign that's independent from any political party, if necessary. He also said he plans to begin spending his own money on TV ads within a few days. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Budget Deal Reached

The governor and leaders of the legislature finally worked out a budget deal last night. Details are scant. None of the leaders offered an estimate on the overall size of the spending plan — and how it compares to the $89 billion budget Pataki proposed in January. Karen Dewitt reports.
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Scramble Continues to Close Billion Dollar Budget Gap

Governor Pataki and state legislative leaders are scrambling to close a more than $1 billion gap that's opened up in the state budget. One possibility for savings, say drug reform advocates, is to ease the state's Rockefeller Drug Laws. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Optimism Fades For State Budget Deal

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders have quelled their earlier optimisic about reaching a budget deal, now that it's been discovered that the state has a new billion dollar budget gap. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Budget Too Late to Help Schools?

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders are struggling to reach a budget settlement nearly a month after the deadline, but school districts in the state say it may already be too late to help them. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Closed-door Meetings on the State Budget Continue

Lately, legislative leaders have huddled in closed-door meetings with Governor Pataki to work out the state budget. They seem to have given up for now on some reform ideas, including open conference committees to publicly discuss the spending plan. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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