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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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Gov. Cuomo at an economic development appearance yesterday. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14160187220/">Gov. Cuomo's office</a>
Gov. Cuomo at an economic development appearance yesterday. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

After Working Families nod, Cuomo looks to change the subject

Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.  Go to full article
Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate at a Rochester Town Hall meeting in 2010. Photo: Still from <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI3RKHNxiJY">Youtube video</a>
Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate at a Rochester Town Hall meeting in 2010. Photo: Still from Youtube video

Is the Cuomo-WFP deal good for upstate?

The fallout from Governor Cuomo's new alliance with the progressive Working Families Party continues at the Capitol, with those who say they represent upstate interests dismayed at the development.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32051524@N08/5194328403/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Partisans react to Cuomo's pledge to shake up the Senate

Democrats in the Senate say they are taking Governor Andrew Cuomo at his word to help them regain the majority in the Senate, despite some indications that the governor might be walking back some of the promises he made at the working Family Party's convention Saturday night.  Go to full article

Cuomo wins Working Families Party nod, phones in comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the endorsement of the state's left-leaning Working Families Party in a messy convention vote that stretched to nearly midnight on Saturday night.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Medical marijuana's fate still unclear in NYS legislature

The fate of a medical marijuana bill remains up in the air in New York State. The State Assembly has approved a version that would allow patients to obtain the drug for medical treatment, while a similar measure remains hung up in the State Senate.  Go to full article

Working Families Party hasn't decided yet whether to endorse Cuomo

It's coming down to the wire for a decision on whether the Working Families Party endorses Gov. Andrew Cuomo for reelection or not. Talks are ongoing as the Saturday convention approaches.

The left-leaning minor party was angered when Cuomo failed to win a public campaign financing system for state wide offices in the budget. They were also annoyed by cuts to corporate taxes and for wealthy estate owners that the governor championed.  Go to full article
Naloxone syringe. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naloxone_%281%29.JPG">Intropin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Naloxone syringe. Photo: Intropin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Senate leadership proposes bills to combat heroin epidemic

A Republican-led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combatting the growing heroin addiction in New York.

The bills would require schools to carry supplies of Naloxone, the drug used to treat heroin overdoses and in many cases, prevent death. They would also require better management of patients treated for drug addiction, and convert some recently closed state prisons to treatment centers.  Go to full article
Rob Astorino accepting the GOP nomination for governor. Photo: Matt Ryan, New York Now
Rob Astorino accepting the GOP nomination for governor. Photo: Matt Ryan, New York Now

Astorino favors term limits but not public campaign finance

The Republican candidate for Governor, Rob Astorino, is pressing for term limits for state officials. He also spoke against another reform proposal percolating in the legislature, campaign finance reform.

Astorino proposes limiting the terms of governors, state comptrollers and attorney generals, to two four-year terms and Senators and Assemblymembers to four two-year terms.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo speaking at a rally outside the Capitol in March. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo.
Gov. Cuomo speaking at a rally outside the Capitol in March. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo.

Final weeks of legislative session will be test of Cuomo's agenda

Now that the major party political conventions are over, state officials are shifting their focus back to the remaining issues in the legislative session, which ends in four weeks. But politics will still be front and center in the waning days of the session.

The spotlight will continue to be on Governor Cuomo in the final weeks of the session, and whether he achieves three major items that he laid out in his acceptance speech to delegates at the party convention.

"We must pass a women's equality act, public finance, and a Dream Act," Cuomo told a cheering crowd. "And we will!"  Go to full article

Cuomo quietly accepts Independence Party endorsement

Governor Cuomo has quietly accepted the endorsement of the state's Independence Party, after the party met with no public notice in Albany on Friday morning.  Go to full article

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