Karen DeWitt

Albany Reporter

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6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Long-term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown

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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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WBFO's Karen DeWitt reports

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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Local
5:05 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Senate factions will form Democratic coalition

State Senator Jeff Klein says Senate Democrats have agreed to form a new majority in Albany.
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Two Democratic factions in the State Senate say they are joining to form what could be a strong Democratic Majority in the Senate, leaving Republicans, who up until now have ruled the chamber in a coalition government, out of power.

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Focus on Education
7:56 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Few districts embracing Pre-Kindergarten expansion

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Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as  "universal pre-K."

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Local
8:13 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Reformers blast referendum on redistricting

Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting on the state’s November ballot. They say it’s a sham that does not offer the changes that it promises.

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Local
8:54 am
Thu June 19, 2014

New laws look to curb heroin use

The final days of the legislative session have produced anti-heroin measures, but no movement on medical marijuana.
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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction. The movement comes as the legislative session draws to a close.

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Local
4:41 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Medical marijuana meetings continue in Albany

State Senator Jeff Klein thinks negotiations over medical marijuana could end on a "high."
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Sponsors of a medical marijuana bill continued to negotiate with Governor Cuomo over the Governor’s objections to many of the measure’s provisions, but say they are hopeful that a deal can be reached in the next couple of days.

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Local
8:22 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Possible primary challenge emerges for Cuomo

Zephyr Teachout says she is looking to get on the ballot for the September primary.
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Governor Cuomo might have a primary challenger. Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University law professor and activist, announced she’s collecting signatures to be on the September Democratic primary ballot.

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Local
8:17 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Legislative session could end in a whimper

The Senate may not address some of the hot political issues before the end of the legislative session.

The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low-key end of session might not matter much to New York’s top political figures.

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Local
5:39 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Legislature not moving on Women's Equality Act

Democrats and their allies in the legislature say there’s little chance any major issues can be accomplished in the remaining days of the legislative session. Those pushing for a Women’s Equality Act are already looking ahead to the fall campaigns as the next step.

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Local
8:47 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Democrats preparing to control State Senate

State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins

The leader of the Senate Democrats says if Governor Cuomo is successful in helping retake the chamber for Democrats in the fall elections, she expects the Senate to be much more functional than it was the last time the Democrats were in power.

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Local
8:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Cuomo dodges political controversy

Controversy emerged following the endorsement of Governor Cuomo by the Working Families Party

Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Upstate business group concerned over governor's shifting politics

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.

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Local
4:48 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Cuomo promises to shake up Senate leadership

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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.

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Local
6:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Cuomo wins key party endorsement

Governor 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.

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Local
8:47 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Astorino calls for term limits

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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.

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Local
8:47 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Senate proposals aimed to combat heroin epidemic

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

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Local
8:52 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Cuomo critic threatens Lieutenant Governor primary run

Governor Cuomo continues to face a challenge from the left leaning members of his own party, that will play out at the end of the week in the Working Families Party convention.  In addition, a progressive Democrat and wealthy businessman is threatening to try to get on the ballot for Lieutenant Governor.

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Local
7:01 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Legislative session winds down in Albany

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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.

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Politics
9:51 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Cuomo, Hochul accept Democratic nomination

New York Democrats have officially made Cuomo/Hochul the 2014 gubernatorial ticket.
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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Cuomo was nominated to run for a second term on Thursday along with his freshly chosen running mate, former Western New York Rep. Kathy Hochul.

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Local
7:38 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Democrats prepare for state convention

As the New York Democratic Convention approaches, Governor Cuomo is considering a number of candidates as a running mate, including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
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Later this week it’s the Democrats turn to meet at their state party convention, where they will nominate  incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection.

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Politics
2:03 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Astorino wins Republican nod for governor

Rob Astorino will be on the November ballot as the Republican candidate for New York governor.
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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester Thursday, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state.

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Local
5:55 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Pataki law partner gains GOP nod for AG

Republican challenger John Cahill calls Attorney General Eric Schneiderman "ineffective."

Republicans have chosen their candidate for Attorney General. John Cahill is a former top aide to Governor George Pataki

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