Karen DeWitt

Albany Reporter

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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."
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

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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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.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

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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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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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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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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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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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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4:48 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Cuomo promises to shake up Senate leadership

Credit WBFO News File Photo

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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8:47 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Astorino calls for term limits

Credit WBFO File Photo

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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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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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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7:01 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Legislative session winds down in Albany

Credit WBFO File Photo

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.
Credit Matt Ryan, New York Now

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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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.
Credit WBFO File Photo

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.
Credit Matt Ryan/New York Now

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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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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4:13 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Republican LG candidate takes aim at SAFE Act

Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a Lieutenant Governor running mate will be the Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws.

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7:24 am
Tue May 13, 2014

State parties preparing for conventions

Republicans will hold their state convention in Westchester County, the home of gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The state’s Republican and Democratic Party conventions will be held over the next couple of weeks. Both major parties have chosen locations in the New York City suburbs.

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Politics
9:38 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Lt. Governor won’t seek reelection

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, past appearance at Rich Products in Buffalo, NY.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

New York State’s Lt. Governor Robert Duffy says he will not be seeking re-election. Duffy, a former Rochester mayor, told WHAM-TV in Rochester that he won’t run with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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4:12 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Seeger recalled at Earth Day celebration

Though the debate over fracking in New York State dominated Albany's Earth Day celebration on Monday, time was set aside to remember the activist career of the late, legendary singer, Pete Seeger. 

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4:45 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Prospective casino operators line up in Albany

Gaming Commission's Ed Berns listens to questions from prospective casino operators
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Prospective casino operators got a chance to ask the Cuomo Administration questions about details of the process for choosing licensees for four upstate casinos.  They won’t get answers, though for several days.

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4:45 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Unfinished business remains for legislative session

There’s around two months left in the legislative session, and a number of issues left on the agenda. But it’s uncertain how many of them will actually become law.

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Politics
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Conference focuses on future storm prep

Hurricane Sandy.
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Governor Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

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Politics
4:45 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo

A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fall out from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a  panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

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4:36 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Study finds New Yorkers against school mergers

Credit WBFO File Photo

Despite a push from Albany to save money by combining services, a study by school administrators shows the public doesn’t want school mergers.

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4:36 am
Mon April 21, 2014

More questions raised over state fracking review

Rallies against fracking have attracted protesters to Albany on several occasions.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process, a process that has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

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11:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Assault weapon registration deadline is today

April 15 , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police. Gun owners who do want to comply say they are confused over how to register.

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Medical Marijuana
9:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Medical marijuana next big issue after lengthy spring break

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana.  Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers,  but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

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New York Beverages
6:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

State's beer, wine and distillery summit now includes cideries

Governor Cuomo hosted a second beer, wine, spirits, and now, cider summit, to showcase one of the state’s few growth industries.

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