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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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Greens Tap Michael Moore as Gubernatorial Hopeful

New York's Green Party has begun a draft Michael-Moore-for-Governor campaign. Moore is the director of the film Roger and Me, and author of several books that skewer American politics. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Redistricting Plan Spawns Political Moves in Albany

The New York State Legislature passed a reapportionment plan this week. It favors the majority party members in each house, giving them districts that will help them in their re-election efforts in the fall. But the redistricting process has been somewhat brutal for minority party members in each house. Karen Dewitt looks at one assemblyman who has learned a lot about the political maneuverings of Albany, beginning just two days after he started the job.  Go to full article

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Visits Albany

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Governor Pataki and legislative leaders Wednesday in his continuing quest to win control over the New York City school system. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NYS Assembly Passes Bill to Expand Health Care for Women

The State Assembly has passed a bill to expand health care coverage for New York's women. The bill differs, however from the one passed by the State Senate. And despite two years of discussion, there's still no law in place. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

AIDS Protest in Albany

61 people were arrested at the state capitol Tuesday as they protested for more funding for AIDS services. Protesters criticized the Pataki administration, saying its proposed budget would cut $18 million in treatment and outreach programs. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Approve Maps for Redistricting

There was dissent from some minority party members as the State Legislature's Task Force on Redistricting met to approve the final maps for Senate and Assembly Districts for the next ten years. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Record Number of People using Homeless Shelters and Soup Kitchens

There have been a record number of people seeking help at homeless shelters and soup kitchens in New York throughout the winter. At one free breakfast program in downtown Albany, attendance has been growing. It reached an all time record high a few days before Easter. The churches who run the program aren't exactly sure why. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Study: Corporate Tax Collections Decline

Corporate income tax collections have declined precipitously in the nation and that has repercussions for New York state, says a study by SUNY's Rockefeller Institute of Government. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Defends TV Ads

Governor Pataki is defending the frequency of TV ads in which he extols the virtues of a government funded health insurance program. His potential rival in the 2002 governor's race, Carl McCall, has been criticizing Pataki's appearance in the ads. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Nurses Warn of Severe Staff Shortages

Nurses in New York are lobbying the legislature to help ease what they say is a chronic and dangerous shortage of nurses in hospitals and other health care facilities. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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