Karen DeWitt

Albany Reporter

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Local
9:02 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Bankrupt company sues Cuomo over fracking delays

A fracked well
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A bankrupt energy company is suing the Cuomo Administration over the long delayed decision on whether to allow hydro-fracking in New York. Their attorney says the action was prompted by remarks made by Governor Cuomo and his Health Commissioner earlier this week. 

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Local
1:11 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Cuomo says fracking decision may take longer

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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may not decide whether the state should go ahead with hydrofracking for natural gas until after the November 2014 elections.

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Local
8:17 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Demonstrators favor public campaign financing

A small group of advocates demonstrated in favor of  public campaign financing , following a report by Governor Cuomo’s  anti-corruption commission favoring the idea.

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Local
9:01 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Tax commission report draws mixed response

Public employee unions have criticized tax cut proposals

Divisions are forming in the upcoming debate over tax cuts that’s likely to dominate the new legislative session. 

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Local
8:26 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Commission calls for $2 billion in tax cuts

Governor Cuomo's tax commission is proposing several tax cuts.

Governor Cuomo’s Tax Commission is recommending a $2 billion package that includes a temporary freeze on property taxes, and a cut in corporate taxes to a 40 year low. 

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Local
8:24 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Reformers focus on Board of Elections

Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Cuomo’s anti corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.

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Local
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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