Karen DeWitt

Albany Reporter

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8:28 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Future of public campaign finance uncertain

One of the most controversial recommendations in Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report released this week is to enact public financing of campaigns for statewide elections, a proposal that will meet strong opposition.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Moreland Commission report draws reaction

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Advocates and lawmakers at the Capitol are reacting to Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption Moreland Commission report, which offers scathing criticism of what the commission says is a corrupt culture in Albany and recommends numerous reforms.

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Local
8:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Moreland Commission recommends public campaign financing, other reforms

Governor Cuomo's Moreland Commission is recommending changes in Albany.
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Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission issued a scathing report Monday evening that criticizes what the commission says is Albany’s culture of corruption and recommends numerous reforms.

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Education
9:14 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Cuomo appears to distance himself from Common Core

Inside a Buffalo School building
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Is Governor Cuomo backing away from his support for the new Common Core curriculum in schools? In recent days, Cuomo seems to have cooled from his initial endorsement of the rapid transition to the adoption of the national education standards. 

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Health
7:14 am
Fri November 22, 2013

State spending less on smoking cessation programs

Today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an effort begun by anti-cancer groups nearly four decades ago to help people quit smoking. This year, the Cancer Society in New York is using the day to call attention to a decline in state spending on anti-smoking programs.

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Local
8:17 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Assembly hearing presses Education Commissioner King

The state’s Education Commissioner, John King, faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assemblymembers at a hearing on growing concerns over student  privacy.

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Poll shows Cuomo would trounce Paladino in gubernatorial rematch

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating is the lowest it’s been since he’s been governor, according to a new poll. The Siena College survey also finds many New Yorkers are satisfied with the implementation of the new Common Core standards in schools. 

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Local
4:45 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Groups call for ban on standardized testing for young children

A coalition of unions and government reform groups are calling for a ban on standardized testing for New York’s school  children in second grade and younger.

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Local
8:39 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Senators hear Common Core complaints

New York State’s Teacher of the Year testified at a Senate hearing that even she could not receive high marks in her teacher evaluation process, due to what she and others say is the dysfunctional implementation of  the new Common Core standards.

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Local
5:06 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Calls continue for publicly-financed campaigns

Advocacy groups are encouraged by recent statements by the co- chair of Governor Cuomo’s anti corruption commission, who says he now favors public financing of political campaigns.

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Local
5:02 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Paladino keeping options open for 2014

Now that this year’s elections are over, the political world is gearing up for the 2014 contests.  So far, no candidate has officially challenged Governor Cuomo, but Buffalo developer Carl Paladino appears determined to put his stamp on the election.

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Local
4:59 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Despite projected budget gap, Cuomo seeking tax cuts

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for additional tax cuts.
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Now that elections are over, deadlines for the state budget are rapidly approaching. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has released a largely positive budget outlook for the New Year, though he warns of some uncertainties.

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Local
1:17 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Women's Equality Act campaign restarts for 2014

A coalition of women’s groups is relaunching the Women’s Equality Act, which failed in the legislature earlier this year, with a new strategy that they say could help them win passage in 2014.

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Local
5:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Cuomo touts casino amendment win

Governor Andrew Cuomo did not lose any time in publicizing a win on a gambling expansion amendment in Tuesday’s voting. The governor made two public appearances in regions that are now authorized to build resort style casinos.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Cuomo wins on casino and judicial ballot amendments

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The success of Proposition Number One, the ballot amendment to expand casino gambling, and the failure of the last amendment, to allow judges to serve until age 80, are both wins for Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Casino referendum to determine future of NY gambling

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New Yorkers will decide Tuesday whether they want to allow seven new gambling casinos in the state.

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Local
4:54 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Casino expansion tops amendments on Tuesday's ballot

On Tuesday, New Yorkers will decide whether the state should allow up to seven new resort style casinos.  Supporters claim it’s not about  gambling, but new jobs. Opponents say that’s just spin.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

BOE officials grilled at corruption commission hearing

State Board of Elections officials received a verbal drubbing from commissioners on Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission during a lengthy hearing over their failure to pursue complaints about campaign violations during the past several years.

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Local
4:37 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Duffy's future in Albany remains uncertain

Governor Cuomo and his Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, offered high praise for one another during an event at the Capitol Monday. Their remarks come as questions are raised about the Lieutenant governors’ political future.

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Local
4:48 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Ballot referendum looks to lift age bar for judges

A proposal on the November ballot to allow some judges to serve until they are 80 years old is not drawing a lot of support, and one court expert says that’s a shame.

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Education
10:31 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Governor supports King, Common Core standards

John King (r.) has rescheduled statewide forums on the new Common Core standards

Governor Cuomo offered some support to top state education officials, who are getting blow back for a rough start to the implementation of the new Common Core principles in schools.

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Local
9:32 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Cuomo eyeing tax cut next year

Governor Cuomo says he thinks the state can afford a tax cut next year, despite a projected $1 billion budget gap.

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Local
7:45 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Report finds government shutdown hurting state economy

A report by the State’s Comptroller finds that the dysfunction in Washington may take a bite out of Wall Street profits for the remainder of this year.

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Local
9:28 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Poll reveals Cuomo strengths, weaknesses

A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is well positioned to win reelection next year, though there are some weaknesses in the governor’s generally positive numbers.

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Local
8:25 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Corruption commission probes intensify

An anti-corruption commission appointed by Governor Cuomo has deepened its investigations in recent days. The intensifying probes come following accusations that  Cuomo has tried to control the panel and even suppress some subpoenas.

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Local
8:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Court rejects casino wording suit

A state Supreme Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the wording of a November ballot amendment to expand gambling in New York.

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Local
7:57 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Judge prepares ruling on casino referendum

A State Supreme court judge heard arguments Friday on whether the State Board of Elections should change the wording of a casino gambling amendment that critics say improperly advocates for the measure’s passage.

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Local
3:21 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Judge will rule on casino amendment challenge

A State Supreme court judge heard arguments Friday on whether the State Board of Elections should change the wording of a casino gambling amendment that critics say improperly advocates for the measure’s passage.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Will Lt. Governor Duffy be on the 2014 ticket?

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy
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Will the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, run again with Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014? Neither man has said definitely that the two will be together on the ticket next year. 

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Environment
9:16 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Senate IDC leader slammed by environmental group

Oil slick award to Senator Jeff Klein

An environmental group has given Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein its 2013 Oil Slick award, claiming the Senate Co-leader has done more than any other state legislator to harm the environment.

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