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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's College Aid Plan Draws Fire

At a legislative hearing there was more criticism of Governor Pataki's plan to withhold some tuition aid from needy college students until after they graduate. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY State on High Terrorist Alert

Governor Pataki says all police and other law enforcement officials in New York are on high alert in response to the latest terrorist warning from the FBI. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Health Care Funding Act Favors NYC, Critics Charge

Testimony at a New York State budget hearing focused on the recently approved health care funding act. Questions were raised abvout the plans' financing and whether it would hurt healthcare on Long Island, in Westchester and in Upstate, New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Welfare Reform Voucher System Proves Problematic

When welfare reform was first begun in New York and the nation five years ago, Governor Pataki said that after the five-year time limit was up, New Yorkers still on welfare would not get any more cash benefits, only vouchers. But three months after some recipients time limits have expired, cash is still being distributed to them.  Go to full article

Food Pantry Use Increasing

Studies done in New York City and Albany by advocates for the poor, show that more people are using food pantries since September 11. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Critics Say New York Redistricting Plan Favors Incumbents

Good government groups are charging that New York’s legislative races are non-competitive because districts are drawn by the Assembly and Senate to favor incumbents. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Plan to Divert Welfare Funds for Non-welfare College Aid Draws Fire

During budget hearings, Governor Pataki’s Social Services Commissioner defended a controverisal proposal to use welfare surplus monies to pay for college aid.  Go to full article

Independent Living Protest Closes Capitol Office Building

Hundreds of disabled people temporarily shut down the state capitol's tallest building as they accused Governor Pataki's administration of not obeying a court order that would help more people with disabilities to live independently from nursing homes.  Go to full article

Pataki Supports Bush Budget Despite NY Aid Uncertainty

Governor Pataki is refusing to criticize President Bush's budget proposal even though many members of New York's congressional delegation charge that the President is reneging on his post-September 11 promise to provide New York with $20 billion in aid.  Go to full article

Compromise Women's Health Bill Passes NY Senate

Senate Republicans announced that they'll pass a bill to give most women in New York State access to birth control through their health insurance plans. The move drew sharp criticism from the Catholic Church. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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