Karen DeWitt

Albany Reporter

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.

DeWitt is a past recipient of the prestigious Walter T. Brown Memorial award for excellence in journalism, from the Legislative Correspondents Association, and was named Media Person of the Year by the Women’s Press Club of New York State.

DeWitt has served as a panelist for numerous political debates, including the 2014 gubernatorial debate sponsored by WNED|WBFO

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York’s beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend, along with beaches in New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, but at 50% capacity and with strict rules about social distancing.

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Several upstate regions of New York are poised to begin reopening Friday. Among them is central New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that it can now join the areas that are starting the first phase of a reopening.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the phased-in reopening of another region of the state Wednesday. He says New York’s North Country has met the state’s criteria.

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The New York State legislature on Wednesday took one of its first official actions since passing a state budget over a month ago. They held a public hearing — remotely — on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses, and how the federal government has responded.

 


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging Congress to include money in its next federal aid package to help state governments that are financially decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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New York is poised for a first step in reopening businesses, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that three regions of the state have met his criteria to begin a slow reopen, starting with some construction and manufacturing businesses as soon as this Friday.


   

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is extending a one-year lookback window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits for an additional five months, to mid-January.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has extended a ban on evictions through Aug. 20 to protect renters in New York who have lost their jobs or been furloughed due to the coronavirus shutdown. 


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Some businesses in New York State may reopen as early as mid to late May. Business leaders are putting together plans to try to operate safely and prevent spread of the coronavirus.


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New York’s Democratic presidential primary is back on now that a judge has thrown out a decision by the state Board of Elections to cancel the election. The board had acted after Bernie Sanders dropped out, leaving Joe Biden as the only candidate on the ballot.


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The number of COVID-19 deaths in New York is steadily going down, and 230 were reported on Monday. But New York state is now adding 1,700 more deaths at nursing homes in the past few weeks that are believed to be from the disease.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that some Upstate New York regions may be able to have a limited reopening of some businesses when the current shutdown order expires May 15, but it will come with many caveats. 

 


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that all schools in New York state will be closed until the end of the academic year, while raising questions about summer school and even whether schools will reopen in the fall. 

 


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New York City subways will be shutting down each night for disinfecting and cleaning starting May 6 and a plan to greatly ramp up contact tracing is beginning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at his daily coronavirus briefing Thursday, which included guest appearances by the present and former New York City mayors.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said many counties in the state with low levels of the coronavirus will be allowed to resume elective surgeries in the coming days while in the regions hardest hit by the illness, the numbers of deaths and hospitalizations are declining at a very slow rate, with 330 deaths in New York from COVID-19 on Tuesday.


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The food supply disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic have led to some dairy farmers dumping some of their milk because they have no place to sell it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will step in to try to get the milk to new markets and to help feed those left jobless from the economic shutdown.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered more details on what needs to be in place before portions of New York State can begin to reopen. But the governor said a partial reopening, for now, likely won’t include major attractions like the State Fair.

 


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A new poll from Siena College finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval ratings are at a record high of 77% and that New Yorkers, by a three-to-one margin, trust Cuomo over President Trump to get them through the pandemic.

 


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New York state’s plastic bag ban took effect on March 1, but like much of society, it is now on “pause” as supermarkets and retailers that remain open grapple with other issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will send absentee ballot applications to all eligible state voters for the June 23 primary to give them the option of voting by mail if they don’t feel comfortable going to the polls in person on that date.


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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is opening an investigation of the state’s nursing homes that might have violated rules regarding how to care for COVID-19 patients.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has offered to take over the complex and labor-intensive process of contact tracing after someone becomes sick with coronavirus and is putting up $10.5 million to help do so.

 


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The number of deaths from COVID-19 in New York continues to decline but remains at a high level, with 478 New Yorkers losing their lives to the disease on Sunday. More than 16,000 people are still in the hospital.


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The New York Senate and Assembly were scheduled to return to the state Capitol on Monday to finish up the rest of the legislative session. But that schedule was made before the coronavirus pandemic.

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The New York Senate and Assembly were scheduled to return to the state Capitol on Monday to finish up the rest of the legislative session. But that schedule was made before the coronavirus pandemic.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on Friday, said he is mandating in a an executive order that private labs in New York State work together to develop testing for the coronavirus. He said he needs the federal government to coordinate and scale up testing to allow the economy to reopen sooner but, so far, that is not occurring. And Cuomo had some choice words for President Donald Trump, after Trump live-tweeted criticism of Cuomo’s daily briefing.

 


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has extended the stay-at-home order for New York residents through May 15 and is reminding them that the requirement to wear a mask while out in public begins Friday at 8 p.m.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he's issuing an executive order to require every New Yorker to wear masks in public when it’s not possible to practice social distancing, beginning Friday.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to tamp down an escalating war of words with President Donald Trump during the governor’s daily briefing on COVID 19’s impact on New York State. The governor said Trump is “spoiling for a fight,” but Cuomo says he does not plan to further engage.

 


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his counterparts in several other states announced on Monday a task force to figure out how to reopen society after the widespread coronavirus closures.


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