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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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Cuomo Wins Rural Democrats' Straw Poll

Democratic candidate for Governor, Andrew Cuomo, won a surprise upset victory over rival Carl McCall in a straw-poll conducted by the upstate Democratic Rural Conference meeting over the weekend. Karen Dewitt reports from Schenectady.  Go to full article

Independence Party Weighs In in Governor's Race

Governor Pataki is winning growing support among members of the state's largest minority party, the Independence Party, but the party's founder Tom Galisano is threatening to challenge Pataki in a primary. Galisano expressed his interest in a run after the Independence Party of Monroe County, in Galisano's hometown of Rochester, came out in favor of Pataki for Governor. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New York Next For Campaign Finance Reform?

Government reform groups say now is the time for New York State to enact campaign finance reform, now that Congress has acted to ban soft money in a comprehensive campaign finance reform bill. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Unions & HMOs Lead NY Lobbying

The annual report by the state lobbying commission finds that health care groups and the unions dominated the list of the top ten highest spending lobbyists in New York last year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Redrawing Political Lines Takes Heat

At a hearing on the state's proposed new legislative district lines, elected officials from Jefferson and Saratoga counties criticized the plan. And the Senator in charge of drawing those lines took on government reformers who are critical of the process. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

New Regents Chancellor

The New York State Board of Regents has elected a new chancellor, Robert Bennett of Buffalo. The decision follows a racially divisive vote at the State Board of Regents meeting in Albany yesterday. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Politics for the People?

Governor Pataki introduced a measure to allow initiative and referendum in New York. Though the measure may not actually become law, Pataki can still reap political benefits from the proposal. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Anti-Poverty Groups Ask for More Welfare Money

The Pataki administration is enlisting the aid of some anti-poverty groups to help lobby for more money for welfare programs from Washington. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.  Go to full article

On-time State Budget Unlikely

State lawmakers said they needed to agree on revenue numbers by yesterday in order to have an on-time budget. This self-imposed deadline came and went, though, with no accord reached. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Cardinal Egan Lobbies Against Contraceptive Coverage Measure

The state's Catholic Bishops and Cardinal Edward Egan came to Albany to lobby against a Senate bill that would require some Catholic run schools and hospitals to pay for contraceptive coverage for employees. The Catholic leaders were more reluctant to speak about the growing child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the church in recent weeks. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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