Karen DeWitt

Albany Reporter

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5:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Morelle out, Heastie gains in Speaker's race

Carl Heastie appears to be in line to be the next Assembly Speaker.
Credit assembly.state.ny.us/

The race to replace the disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. A vote could be held as early as next week.

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Local
4:52 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Assembly Speaker Silver will step down

Assemblyman Joe Morrelle announced Sheldon Silver's intention to step down as Assembly Speaker.
Credit Karen Dewitt

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Federal prosecutor details charges against Silver, as Assembly Democrats close ranks

Credit File photo

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest and $3.8 million in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized as federal prosecutors accuse the Speaker of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

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Breaking
11:28 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo dead At 82

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died on New Year’s Day, just hours after his son , Governor Andrew Cuomo, gave his inaugural address for his second term in office.

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Local
9:14 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Albany correspondent offers insight on fracking decision

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Environmentalists are celebrating while gas companies are fuming over Governor Cuomo's decision to ban hydro fracking in New York State for the near future. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt provides some insight into the decision in an interview with WBFO's Morning Edition host Jay Moran.

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Local
3:41 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Cuomo administration moves to ban fracking in New York

Credit File photo

Environmentalists are celebrating after Gov.Cuomo said there will be no hydrofracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process.

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Local
4:59 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Senate Dems call for permanent special prosecutor in police death cases

State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins is among those calling for a special prosecutor in police death cases.

There are growing calls in Albany for a special prosecutor to investigate police encounters with unarmed citizens that end in the death of the person.  Senate Democrats are the latest to ask for immediate action in the wake of the death of Eric Garner and other recent incidents.

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Politics
10:09 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Reporter debrief: Reviewing the debate

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt was a panelist in last night's debate
Credit File photo

Four candidates for New York governor squared off in a debate last night from the WNED|WBFO studios. Afterward, the debate's moderator, WBFO News Director Brian Meyer, and one of its panelists, New York Public Radio Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt, talked about what they saw and heard during the hour-long forum.

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Governor's Race
5:45 am
Wed October 22, 2014

WNED-WBFO airs gubernatorial debate Wednesday night

WNED/WBFO will host tonight's gubernatorial debate.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Four of the candidates running for Governor of New York will be participating in a debate originating from Buffalo at the studios of WNED|WBFO. It will be shown on public television and heard on public radio tonight. It’s the only debate agreed to by Andrew Cuomo and his challengers.

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Focus on Education
3:41 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Cuomo announces new anti-sexual assault measures on SUNY campuses

Students at UB's North campus in Amherst.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees and convinced officials to pass a system-wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.

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Invited on trip by Defense Secretary Hagel
10:30 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Cuomo makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Governor Cuomo meets with a member of the New York Army National Guard in Afghanistan.
Credit U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Kap Kim, Combined Joint Task Force-10 Public Affairs / WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo is in Afghanistan for a surprise visit.

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Local
8:27 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Fracking politics will influence gubernatorial election

Credit WBFO News file photo

The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Cuomo won't commit to debate

Governor Cuomo is non-committal about whether he’ll debate his Democratic and Republican opponents in the fall elections.

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Local
8:24 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Business group ranks legislative voting records

An upstate pro business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans.

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Local
6:46 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Reform groups split on ballot amendment

Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will only make gerrymandering worse.

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Focus on Education
9:20 am
Fri August 8, 2014

State surplus could provide billions to education

Billy Easton, with Alliance for Quality Education, explains report showing schools are underfunded by billions of dollars.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Education funding advocates say they have a use for the recently announced $4.2 billion state surplus. They say schools in New York, particularly the state’s poorest schools, could really use  the money.

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Local
8:03 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Comptroller candidate using public finance program

Republican comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci.
Credit Photo from bobantonacci.com

The only statewide candidate who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program says it’s been slow going, but Republican candidate for Comptroller Bob Antonacci expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds.

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Local
7:28 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Governor uses campaign funds for defense attorney

Governor Cuomo is using money from his $35 million campaign war chest to pay for a criminal defense lawyer in a federal probe of his office. Critics say while it’s legal to do so, it’s not an appropriate use of campaign money.

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Governor's Race
8:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Gubernatorial candidate Teachout faces eligibility test

The challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo for the state’s Democratic primary for governor, Zephyr Teachout, is facing a challenge of her own from the Cuomo campaign. Teachout will be asked in court to prove that she’s really been a resident of the state for the past five years.

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Local
8:13 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Redistricting amendment draws criticism

Redistricting remains a hot political topic across New York.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The state board of elections has approved the language for a ballot amendment that would change the way redistricting  is done in New York. But not everyone is happy with the wording, or the amendment.

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Local
11:49 am
Fri August 1, 2014

U.S. Attorney issues warning letter to Governor Cuomo

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo explained his administration's dealings with the Moreland Commission. The appearance may have only fueled the controversy.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Governor Cuomo confirms that the US Attorney investigating possible interference by Governor Cuomo’s aides in an ethics probe has sent a warning letter to the governor.

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Politics
6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Long-term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown

Credit File photo

Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors.

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Local
9:26 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Moreland controversy raises questions over AG's role

Attorney General Eric Schniederman and Governor Andrew Cuomo were on hand last year to discuss the formation of the Moreland Commission.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

The fallout continues over whether Governor Cuomo’s top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations and whether any actual crimes were committed.

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Local
8:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Cuomo Administration accused of meddling in corruption investigation

One of Governor Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and  another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.

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Governor's Race
6:38 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Poll shows wide gap in Governor's race

A new poll shows Republican Rob Astorino trailing in the Governor's race by 37 points.
Credit WBFO File Photo

A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day shows incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

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Local
7:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Teachers give failing grade to education commissioner

State Education Commissioner John King remains a target of criticism.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The President of the state’s teachers’ union says members aren’t yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.

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Local
7:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Cuomo Tappan Zee plan earns approval

After a lengthy session, the panel approved a controversial loan for the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

A key oversight board approved half of the amount Governor Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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Local
8:12 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Group urges no vote on Cuomo proposal

Peter Iwanowicz of Environmental Advocates explains his opposition to Tappan Zee proposal.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Environmentalists are urging a key review board to vote no on a request from the Cuomo Administration to help rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

LG candidate Kathy Hochul keeping a low profile

Running mates Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul, from the Democratic State Convention in May
Credit Matt Ryan, New York Now

Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor nominee Kathy Hochul, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions.

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Local
7:54 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Senate leader pledges bipartisan cooperation

Senate Independent Conference Leader Jeff Klein says even though his group now plans to realign with the Democrats in the Senate, he won’t rule out working with Republicans in the future.

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