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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 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

Air Conditioning & Upstate's Decline

Many people are grateful for air conditioning in their offices and homes when temperatures rise, but air conditioning has had a negative effect on much of the Northeast. A new book devoted to the history of air conditioning says artifial cooling is a contributing factor to upstate New York's economic decline during the 20th century. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Economy Hits Local Gov'ts

The soft economy has caused fiscal troubles for local governments across New York, including New York City and Buffalo. Now Monroe County, where the city of Rochester is located, is experiencing budget problems so severe that the county executive has threatened to close the county's parks. Karen DeWitt reports on a growing trend that many believe will only grow worse in the near future.  Go to full article

Gay Rights Bill Delayed

A gay rights group is blaming Gov. Pataki for the state legislature's failure to pass a bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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