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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


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

Wall Street Woes Likely to Affect State Budget

The continuous drop in stocks on Wall Street will likely have a negative effect on New York State's budget next year, say economists and other experts. They've already begun a philosophical war, whether to raise taxes, or cut spending. Karen Dewitt has details.  Go to full article

Disabled Rights Group Rallies for Better Housing

An activist group seeking rights for the disabled, has been making progress for better housing through protests. The group, known by the acronym, ADAPT, has in recent months shut down, for a time, parts of the State Health Department and office of the State Senate Leader. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Two Candidates, Two Announcements

Two of the state's candidates for governor announced successes at press conferences Thursday. Carl McCall, a Democrat, who is the state's comptroller received a key endorsement, while Governor Pataki announced a major upstate job creation plan. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Record Spending Predicted for Gubernatorial Race

A campaign finance reform group predicts that a record $160-million will be spent on this year's governor's race in New York. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo amd McCall Trail Pataki in Campaign Fundraising

The two democratic candidates in the governor's race have raised much smaller amounts of money than Governor Pataki's record-breaking $12.7 million. The campaigns of Andrew Cuomo and Carl McCall continue to trade charges and counter-charges, as neither candidate seems to be gaining any traction in the polls. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Raises Big Bucks for Re-election Bid

Leading his potential Democratic opposition by 2-to-1 in the polls, Republican Governor Pataki reports today that he has concluded his most successful six-months of campaign fund raising ever. Pataki says his required report to the state Board of Elections would show his campaign had raised more than $12.8 million over the past six months. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Educators Protest Court Decision on State's Responsiblity for Teaching Kids

Advocates for more education funding held demonstrations around New York yesterday to call attention to the recent court decision that limits the state's responsibility for educating its children. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Middle School Test Scores: Good News, Bad News

The latest 4th and 8th grade test scores from the state Education Department show that learning in New York's middle schools continues to be a problem. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Death Penalty Conviction Overturned

The first death penalty conviction in New York since the statute was reinstated in 1995 has been overturned. The state's highest-level appeals court threw out Darryl Harris' death sentence yesterday and ordered that he be re-sentenced for killing three people in Brooklyn in 1996. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

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