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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

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Pataki Addresses New York's Newest Troopers

Governor Pataki spoke to the newest members of the state police force who celebrated their graduation yesterday. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

New Coalition Says HMO Changes Could Compromise Women's Health

A group radiologists and anti-breast cancer activists have formed a coalition. They're trying to fight proposed changes in managed health care that they say could compromise women's health. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Big Donors Dominate NY Governor's Race

A new study by a group that advocates campaign finance reform finds that in the first six months of fundraising for the 2002 governor's race, big donors dominated the giving to all three candidates. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Drug Law Reform Hopes Fade

Hopes are fading for reform of Rockefeller era drug laws this legislative session. Karen Dewitt has an update.  Go to full article

Polls Show Pataki in Good Shape for Reelection Bid

A new poll shows that Governor Pataki will be very tough to beat if Pataki, as expected, seeks reelection for Governor next year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Foes of Social Security Privitization Gear up for Fight

A commission appointed by President Bush is expected to recommend that social security be partially privatized. The report could be released as early as today. Those against any privatization of social security, including two New York Congressmen, are gearing up for a long fight. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

McCall and Cuomo Back on the Stump for 2002 Campaign

Momentum in the 2002 governor's race is starting to build with less than a month to go before the new election year. Democrats Andrew Cuomo and Carl McCall put their campaigns on hold for several weeks after September 11, but now they are actively campaigning again. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Denny Farrell of Harlem Named New State Democratic Chair

State Democrats picked a new party chair this week, Assemblyman Denny Farrell, of Harlem. Democrats face the double task of binding up the party's wounds from a rancorous mayoral party in New York and of trying to beat the popular governor Pataki next year. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Guaging the Financial Impact of 9/11

Economic experts gathered at the Rockefeller Institute of Government to try to grasp the scope of the financial fallout from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Budget Deficits Return in Wake of 9/11, Groups Gird for Future Budget Battles

The fallout from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center will cause budget deficits in New York next year. Interest groups are starting to get hints of how they may be affected and as Karen Dewitt reports, they've begun gearing up for a fight.  Go to full article

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