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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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Pataki Urged to Veto Redistricting Plan

Good government groups are urging Governor Pataki to veto the redistricting lines approved by the legislature earlier this month. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NOW Calls on Pataki to Address Human Rights Backlog

New York State's Comptroller, who is a candidate for Governor, has joined the President of the National Organization for Women to call on Governor Pataki to address a backlog of 9,000 cases at the state's Division of Human Rights. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

National Education Association Backs McCall for Governor

State Comptroller Carl McCall, a candidate for Governor, has received the backing of the second largest teachers union in the state, the National Education Association. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Mental Health Agencies Ask State for More Money

Community mental health care agencies say they're in crisis, because of a lack of state funding. They want Governor Pataki and the legislature to restore money for mental health services in this year's state budget. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Greens Tap Michael Moore as Gubernatorial Hopeful

New York's Green Party has begun a draft Michael-Moore-for-Governor campaign. Moore is the director of the film Roger and Me, and author of several books that skewer American politics. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Redistricting Plan Spawns Political Moves in Albany

The New York State Legislature passed a reapportionment plan this week. It favors the majority party members in each house, giving them districts that will help them in their re-election efforts in the fall. But the redistricting process has been somewhat brutal for minority party members in each house. Karen Dewitt looks at one assemblyman who has learned a lot about the political maneuverings of Albany, beginning just two days after he started the job.  Go to full article

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Visits Albany

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Governor Pataki and legislative leaders Wednesday in his continuing quest to win control over the New York City school system. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NYS Assembly Passes Bill to Expand Health Care for Women

The State Assembly has passed a bill to expand health care coverage for New York's women. The bill differs, however from the one passed by the State Senate. And despite two years of discussion, there's still no law in place. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

AIDS Protest in Albany

61 people were arrested at the state capitol Tuesday as they protested for more funding for AIDS services. Protesters criticized the Pataki administration, saying its proposed budget would cut $18 million in treatment and outreach programs. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Approve Maps for Redistricting

There was dissent from some minority party members as the State Legislature's Task Force on Redistricting met to approve the final maps for Senate and Assembly Districts for the next ten years. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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