Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Correspondent, Albany

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.

She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now.  She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers. 

Karen previously worked for WINS Radio, New York, and has written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life and the Albany newsweekly Metroland.

She 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 for 2009 by the Women’s Press Club of New York State.

Karen is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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9:19am

Wed November 14, 2012
Politics

NY Senate Republicans gain new recruit

Senate Republicans have gained one more member in the fight for control of the chamber. Newly elected Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder says he’ll sit with the GOP.

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4:14am

Wed November 14, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo launches probe of utilities companies

Governor Andrew Cuomo is launching a Moreland Act investigation into the state’s utilities companies, which he says he hopes will result in a complete overhaul of New York’s power distribution system.

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4:20pm

Tue November 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Thruway authority pulls back on toll hike vote for now

After canceling two meetings where a proposed 45 percent toll hike on trucks was believed to be voted on, the New York State Thruway Authority now says it needs more time to consider options before going ahead with the controversial proposal.

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4:01pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Politics and Government

Thruway Authority to meet after delay

The New York State Thruway Authority will hold a meeting Tuesday, after postponing a meeting scheduled for Friday afternoon. While there’s no official agenda, opponents of a toll hike on trucks believe the board will vote on the issue at the meeting.

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5:25am

Fri November 9, 2012
Politics

Thruway board expected to vote on truck toll hike

Jacob Enos Flickr

The New York State Thruway Authority has scheduled a board meeting for Friday afternoon.  There is no public agenda yet, but it is believed that the board will consider a 45 percent increase in truck tolls.

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1:37am

Thu November 8, 2012

10:43am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Democrats appear to have taken control of State Senate

Wallyg via Flickr

Democrats appear to have taken over the State Senate, by a narrow margin. Some races were still being tallied, and others may be headed to a recount.

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6:15am

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo allows storm victims to vote at any polling site

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to issue an executive order that will allow residents displace by superstorm Sandy to cast ballots by affidavit at any polling site in the state.

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5:35am

Tue November 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo says predicted Nor'Easter could be worrisome

Governor Andrew Cuomo says there is concern that the Nor’Easter predicted to hit New York later this week could cause more harm to already storm-damaged areas.

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5:21pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

Comptroller: Hurricane Sandy could cost state $18 billion

The State Comptroller estimates that Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath will cost the state as much as $18 billion.

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5:15pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo takes steps to ease gas shortage

Governor Cuomo has announced several steps to speed up rebuilding in storm ravaged areas of New York, and to ease what’s been a growing gasoline shortage.

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6:01am

Thu November 1, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo: Helicopter survey of Sandy damage "disturbing"

Governor Andrew Cuomo took a helicopter tour of areas devastated from Hurricane Sandy, along with New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.  The governor says the state faces significant challenges to rebuild, and will have to fundamentally rethink New York city’s infrastructure going forward.

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2:03pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Weather

Cuomo says to expect "long term" recovery after Sandy

Governor Andrew Cuomo accesses water levels in Path Train Station at World Trade Center site and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel yesterday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, told reporters he spent a “frightening” night monitoring storm devastation in lower Manhattan at a briefing addressing short term repair efforts and long term weather concerns.

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8:06am

Mon October 29, 2012
Weather

Cuomo urges New Yorkers not to take Sandy "lightly"

Governor Cuomo spent Sunday traveling from Long Island to the Adirondacks, informing New Yorkers of storm preparation and warning everyone to use common sense and be careful.

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4:06pm

Fri October 26, 2012
Politics

Poll predicts Gillibrand "blow out" win

A new poll finds that Democrat incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is poised for a record breaking win on election day, with a more than 40-point lead over Republican challenger Wendy Long.

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9:27am

Fri October 26, 2012
Politics

Control of state Senate could come down to the wire

November's election will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the New York state Senate in the next term, and it could come down to just a few hundred votes in a small number of key Senate contests. Both sides are hopeful that they will be victorious.

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9:33am

Thu October 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo holds Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit

New York produced beer on display at the governor's mansion
Karen DeWitt WRVO

Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to invest more money into promoting the state’s growing wine, beer, and spirits industries, following a day long special summit at the state Capitol.

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9:01am

Tue October 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says local governments need to cope with tax cap

Governor Andrew Cuomo is telling local governments they are on their own when it comes to coping with a recently imposed property tax cap, saying it is up to county and city government leaders to make the hard choices, and to stop complaining.

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9:07am

Mon October 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Environmental commissioner offers fracking decision update

New York state’s environmental commissioner for the first time commented in-depth about a new health review that has once again delayed a decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in the state. But Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says there are still some unanswered questions.

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10:47am

Fri October 19, 2012
Politics

Some GOP state senators use Cuomo's image to bolster campaigns

Governor Andrew Cuomo is not running for office this year, but his face and name are still appearing in election mailers in many New York homes.  That is because state lawmakers from both parties running for reelection are using the popular governor’s image in their campaign literature.

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3:03pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says troopers' "troubled" history is in the past

New York’s first graduating class of New York State Police in three years received their diplomas in a ceremony Tuesday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who spoke at the event, says he hopes some of the recent controversies surrounding New York’s elite police unit is behind them.

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10:34am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says do the "people's business" before pay raise

Governor Andrew Cuomo says if state lawmakers are looking for a pay raise in a post election session, they will have to accomplish some items on his agenda first.

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5:10pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Politics

Cuomo to offer comments at presidential debate on Long Island

Governor Andrew Cuomo will be on Long Island tonight for the second debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Cuomo will offer his opinions after the debate on how things went. 

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11:30am

Tue October 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Pro-frackers rally at the state Capitol

Pro-frackers, including state Senator Tom Libous, rally at the state Capitol
Karen DeWitt WRVO

The New York state Capitol has been the scene of numerous noisy demonstrations on hydrofracking. But on Monday, it was supporters of gas drilling, not opponents, who were protesting.

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9:29am

Fri October 12, 2012
Politics

GOP Senate candidate urges action on fracking

The Republican candidate challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Wendy Long, is urging swift action on hydrofracking in New York.

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9:39am

Wed October 10, 2012
Politics and Government

State comptroller predicts Wall Street profits up in volatile economic climate

Profits on Wall Street are going to be up this year, according to a new report from the New York state comptroller, but are still below their pre-recession highs. The report also finds fewer job losses in the securities industry, and many economic uncertainties ahead.

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8:59am

Fri October 5, 2012
Politics and Government

Anti-fracking health experts question state health study

A group of public health experts are questioning whether Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health officials can do a credible job reviewing a health study on hydrofracking, saying independent reviewers would be a better choice.

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9:26am

Thu October 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Environmental group flunks state lawmakers

An environmental group, out with its annual voters’ guide, is grading state lawmakers harshly this year.

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4:07pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Environment

Cuomo says health review of hydrofracking is "no step back"

New York state recently decided to conduct a health review of the controversial natural gas extraction method, hydrofracking. This will likely cause a November deadline to be missed and the public comment period to be re-opened. However, during a visit to Syracuse on Tuesday Governor Cuomo denied that he is stalling the process, saying a delay in the state’s decision on allowing hydrofracking is not a “step back.”

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9:17am

Wed October 3, 2012
Politics and Government

State officials predict tight budget

Top state officials say it is going to be another difficult year for the state budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo has already told state agencies to keep spending flat, and those that depend on state programs are not counting on big increases.

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