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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


Pataki Unveils 2002 Campaign

Governor George Pataki is beginning his first full week as a candidate for re-election. To no one's surprise, Pataki made his candidacy official over the weekend. As Karen Dewitt reports, the Governor's message in his 2002 speech was different from the themes of his first campaign for governor eight years ago.  Go to full article

Pataki Officially Announces Re-election Bid

On Saturday, New York Governor George Pataki made it official. He announced that he is seeking a third term in office. He made his speech in Peekskill, where he was once mayor. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Question Proposed ETF Loan to Help Balance State's Budget

As Governor Pataki and the legislature continue to write and negotiate budget bills in secret, environmentalists are left wondering whether a proposed loan of 200-million dollars from the environmental trust fund is really a loan at all. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Critics of Rockefeller Drug Laws Want Legislature to Repeal Harshest Aspects This Year

The Rockefeller Drug Laws are now entering their 30th year. Critics stepped up their demands that the harshest aspects of the sentencing laws be repealed. They are urging Governor Pataki and the legislature to act this session. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Police Memorial Service Remembers World Trade Center Victims

The annual police memorial service held Wednesday was sadder than usual this year, as the names of 60 officers who died in the World Trade Center attacks were entered onto the wall. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki to Announce Re-election Campaign Saturday

Governor Pataki will announce officially this he is running for a third term this Saturday in his home town of Peekskill. Pataki picked up another union endorsement, this time from the New York State Troopers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Court-Testing the Death Penalty

New York's highest court heard the first test of the 1995 death penalty statute in an over six-hour marathon of court arguments yesterday. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Approves Initiative and Referendum Idea

A measure to allow voters in New York to decide directly on ballots issues passed the state senate last week, but is unlikely to become law anytime soon. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

New Budget Would Borrow From Environment and Healthcare Funds

The new state budget framework includes plan to borrow from funds meant for the environment and health care in order to balance the state's budget. Groups that benefit from those funds aren't happy with this arrangement. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Golisano Announces His Third Bid For Governor

Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano began his third try for governor yesterday, saying he will run a campaign that's independent from any political party, if necessary. He also said he plans to begin spending his own money on TV ads within a few days. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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