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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

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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

New York State's Unequal Incomes

A report by a union think tank finds that New York has the most unequal income distribution of any state in the nation. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Top Lawmakers Expect Budget Agreement Soon

Leaders of the legislature expressed optimism that the state budget could be finished soon. The budget, due April 1st, is late for the 18th year in a row. Karen Dewitt has this update.  Go to full article

Pataki Warmly Greeted by Hispanics at State Conference

Governor Pataki received a warm welcome from Latinos gathered at the state capitol for an annual conference sponsored by Hispanic state lawmakers. Pataki also announced that the state Senate would change its newly drawn districts and add one seat in a district dominated by people from the Dominican Republic. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo's Bus Tour Continues

The third day of gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo's campaign bus tour was dominated by the continued reaction to Cuomo's criticism of Governor Pataki's leadership after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Urged to Veto Redistricting Plan

Good government groups are urging Governor Pataki to veto the redistricting lines approved by the legislature earlier this month. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NOW Calls on Pataki to Address Human Rights Backlog

New York State's Comptroller, who is a candidate for Governor, has joined the President of the National Organization for Women to call on Governor Pataki to address a backlog of 9,000 cases at the state's Division of Human Rights. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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