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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


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

Profile of Families Along Nassau Lake: One of the State's Superfund Sites

The New York State legislature adjourned for the summer without reaching an agreement with Governor Pataki on how to refinance the bankrupt state superfund. According to a study done by the Public Interest research Group, one in four New Yorkers lives near a polluted waste site. Some of these people live along Nassau Lake, in a rural area of Rensselaer County. Reporter Karen Dewitt visited there recently.  Go to full article

Cuomo to Challenge McCall in September Primary

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo delivered over 100,000 signatures to the state Board of Elections yesterday, more than what's needed to challenge Carl McCall in the September primary. From Albany, Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Democrats Quell Party In-Fighting

This week leaders of the state Democratic party tried to quell in-fighting among the two Democratic candidates and to unify to fight against Governor Pataki in November's election. While the Democrats struggled, the object of their ire was on vacation in the Finger Lakes. Pataki, who holds double-digit leads against his challengers in the polls, seems to be enjoying his summer with a rose garden style of campaigning. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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