Karen DeWitt

Albany Reporter

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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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6:53 am
Thu October 10, 2013

More issues raised over fracking review

NYS Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo

A Binghamton Assemblywoman who is on the Cuomo’s Administration’s hydro-fracking advisory panel is asking for a do over of an ongoing heath review, saying the secretive process has compromised public confidence.

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8:53 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Concerns aired over Cuomo's anti-corruption commission

Credit Photo from NYS Governor's Website

News reports in recent days portray Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on corruption as possibly going off the rails. Government reform groups say they are concerned and want some answers.

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Local
8:46 am
Wed October 2, 2013

DiNapoli warns of shutdown consequences

The state’s Comptroller is warning that a prolonged government shutdown could depress the state’s already struggling economy.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Poll finds support for pro-gambling language in ballot amendment

A new poll finds language on a ballot amendment to portray the expansion of casino gambling in positive light is working and the measure is gaining support among potential voters.

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Local
10:38 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Opposition to gambling amendment heats up

Another anti-gambling group has released a study debunking Governor Cuomo’s and the legislature’s claims about the benefits of permitting more casinos gambling in New York. So far, opponents have been more vocal than supporters about the November 5 ballot referendum.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Comptroller looking for start-up companies to invest in

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
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The state comptroller says he is looking for more start-up companies and entrepreneurs to invest in as part of a partnership between the state’s pension fund and private equity managers.

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Environment
6:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Lawsuit filed as one-year anniversary of fracking health study nears

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It has been nearly a year since the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state health commissioner would conduct a review to determine whether hydrofracking could be done safely in New York. Since then, little information has been released on the ongoing study.

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Local
8:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Environmentalists decry decline in state pollution enforcement

An environmental group says budget cuts at the state’s environmental agency has meant up to 75 percent fewer inspections of polluters  like power plants and hazardous waste sites.

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Local
4:33 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Environmental advocates call for more DEC staffing

The Environmental Committee Chairs in the legislature have proposed a $5 billion environmental bond act, to be voted on in November 2014. But, at an Assembly hearing on the state’s environmental budget,  advocates say a bigger concern is dwindling staff at the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Local
5:06 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Debate emerges over possible school 'death penalty'

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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The school year starts for school children in New York this week and next week. It comes amid concerns over low test scores for many of the state’s students, and harsh rhetoric from Governor Cuomo, saying he wants a “death penalty” option for dealing with failing schools. 

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Local
5:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Senate hearing focuses on special tax breaks

Progressive groups offered their thoughts on the state's special tax breaks.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Senate Republicans held a hearing on how to cut taxes, that focused on whether some targeted special tax breaks are worth the money. Meanwhile, some groups complained that they’d been unfairly excluded from the discussion.

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Local
5:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

New Yorkers pay a price for longer unemployment, report finds

A new report on the status of workers finds the period since the 2008 market crash may turn out to be a “lost decade” for New Yorkers, as wages stagnate and the average time for unemployment lengthens.

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Local
1:21 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

GOP leaders call Obama's upstate swing political

Top state and national Republican leaders hammered President Obama and questioned his motives for a planned bus tour of upstate New York to discuss access to higher education that begins in Buffalo on Thursday.

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Local
8:15 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Loophole allows for millions in campaign contributions

A leading government reform group has some advice for Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission’s ongoing investigations.  They say look at a major loophole that has allowed $98 million in unlimited donations to flow into what’s known as party housekeeping accounts.

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Local
10:40 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Obama to be greeted by anti-fracking protesters

A poster being distributed by the group New Yorkers Against Fracking.
Credit New Yorkers Against Fracking

President Obama is planning on visiting upstate New York this week to promote an education plan. But whenever a major politician visits the region, the issue of fracking is often on the agenda, whether they like it or not.

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Local
10:02 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Ethics Commission faces abortion controversy

A political controversy involving the issue of abortion has erupted this summer at the state’s ethics commission. It stems from whether some not for profit groups should be granted exemptions from publicly disclosing their donors.

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Local
9:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Concerns rise as gambling referendum approaches

NYS Gaming Commission

New Yorkers have a chance to vote this November on whether there should be more gambling in the state.  Those who treat people with gambling addictions say it will likely result in more problem gamblers.

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Local
7:26 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Moreland Commission investigating public corruption

Governor Cuomo announcing his Moreland Act Commission on July 2nd.
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The co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on public corruption, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, says subpoenas have been sent out and more public hearings are planned. 

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Local
7:39 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Casino referendum coming to November ballot

Governor Cuomo says it’s now up to the voters to decide whether they want to expand gambling in New York State. He’s signed into law a plan build casinos upstate, but the public must approve a change in the state’s constitution in order for it to move forward.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports on Governor Cuomo's push to expand casino gambling.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Cuomo says voters will decide whether gambling expands in New York

Governor Cuomo says it’s now up to the voters to decide whether they want to expand gambling in New York State. He’s signed into law a plan build casinos upstate, but the public must approve a change in the state’s constitution in order for it to move forward.

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Politics
6:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Ethics commissioner quits as panel meets behind closed doors

The state ethics commission met Tuesday and spent most of its time in a private session, as a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from the board.

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Local
8:26 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Union assails decision to close four prisons

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Correction officers say they are still in “shock”, that late on a July Friday, with very little advance warning, Governor Cuomo’s prison agency announced the closure of four prisons within the next year. They are asking the legislature to rescind the closures.

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Local
9:26 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Public has longer to comment on proposed changes to Verizon land lines

The State Public Service Commission is extending a  public comment period on whether it’s a good idea for Verizon to stop providing land line service  to some customers and supply a wireless telephone connection instead.

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Politics
9:07 am
Wed July 24, 2013

New York enters Year 6 of defacto fracking moratorium

Past anti-fracking protests
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New York today enters into the sixth year of a defacto moratorium on whether to allow hydrofracking in the state. Business and industry groups are expressing dismay over what they say is too long a delay.

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Local
9:46 am
Tue July 23, 2013

State comptroller tries to broaden rights for same-sex married couples

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
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The state’s comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, is trying to use the power of the pension fund to increase equal rights for same-sex married couples.

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Politics
5:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Past Moreland Act Commission fell short

Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared at UB recently discussing the Moreland Commission
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Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to investigate the legislature is not the first time a Governor created a penal to probe state lawmakers. In fact, Cuomo’s own father did it a quarter century ago, with mixed results.

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