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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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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9:24am

Tue October 2, 2012
Politics and Government

More questions on new Cuomo administration fracking delay

The Cuomo administration has announced two developments that could delay the start of hydrofracking in New York, and is leaving supporters and opponents with many unanswered questions.

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9:36am

Mon October 1, 2012
Politics and Government

Report finds half of racing horse deaths were preventable

A report by the Cuomo admisntration on the death of 21 horses at a New York racing course concludes that half of the deaths could have been prevented.  

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12:18pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo to hold wine and beer summit

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he’s holding a wine and beer summit at the Capitol in October to improve business opportunities for the state’s wineries and craft breweries.

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9:40am

Fri September 28, 2012
Politics and Government

GOP state senator who voted for gay marriage drops out of race

The Republican state senator who lost a primary after voting for gay marriage is dropping out of the race. Senator Roy McDonald says he will not campaign on the Independence Party line in the general election and will instead back his former primary opponent. 

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11:15am

Thu September 27, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo endorses candidate across party lines

Governor Andrew Cuomo has crossed party lines and offered a political endorsement to Republican state Senator Roy McDonald, who lost a primary this month after voting to support same sex marriage in 2011.

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9:07am

Wed September 26, 2012
Politics

Cuomo says "extremists" challenged pro-gay marriage GOP senators

Both pro- and anti-gay marriage forces are claiming victory after a split primary result in two key state senate races. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo says two pro-same sex marriage Republican senators who survived primary challengers were targeted by “extremists” within the GOP.

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9:03am

Tue September 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says health study could speed up fracking decision

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he supports his administration’s internal health review on hydrofracking in New York, and he says it could even hasten the gas drilling process in the state, should fracking ultimately be approved.

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9:27am

Mon September 24, 2012
Politics and Government

Health impact study on fracking raises questions

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental commissioner announcement that he is rejecting calls for an independent health analysis of hydrofracking has left more questions than answers. Commissioner Joe Martens says he will conduct an internal health review instead.

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9:11am

Fri September 21, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo's environmental agency to study fracking's health impact

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental commissioner is rejecting calls by environmentalists for an independent health impact study on hydrofracking. But  Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens, says the state’s health commissioner has agreed to conduct a review.

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9:48am

Mon September 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Group sees thruway meeting delay as hopeful sign

The New York State Thruway Board has not yet scheduled a new meeting, after postponing their most recent gathering. The Thruway Authority is considering a toll hike on trucks. Opponents of the toll increase see the delay as a good sign.

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8:01am

Sat September 15, 2012
Politics and Government

State ethics board impeded by secrecy rules

New York state’s ethics board is coming under criticism as it launches an investigation that is believed to focus on a sexual harassment scandal in the Assembly. The secrecy rules imposed in the laws governing the commission are causing some unanticipated problems. 

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7:00am

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Poll shows increased support for fracking

The natural gas industry sees hopeful signs in a new poll that finds more New Yorkers now support hydrofracking. A Quinnipiac University survey also finds upstate New Yorkers, some who live where the gas drilling process would occur, back fracking in greater numbers.

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7:04am

Tue September 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Ethics panel launches probe

A unanimous state ethics board appears to launch a full investigation into the Assembly’s sexual harassment scandal.  The vote followed an acrimonious meeting, where commissioners appointed by the Assemblys peaker demanded a public discussion of the deliberations, and called the governor’s threats to open his own investigation “coercive.”  

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1:06pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Politics and Government

NY GOP use Democrats' words against them

The New York State Republican Party is turning a familiar Democratic Party accusation back against the Assembly Democrats, who are involved in a sexual harassment scandal. 

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9:01am

Thu September 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Assembly holds hearing on Thruway Toll Hike Plan

The first of two Assembly hearings on the New York State Thruway Authority’s proposed truck toll increase was held in Albany Wednesday.

Several Assembly Republicans, who are in the minority party in that house, held a hearing on the 45 percent toll increase for trucks proposed by the Cuomo administration’s Thruway Authority.

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9:02am

Wed September 5, 2012
Politics and Government

JCOPE meets; won't confirm investigation

The state ethics board held a closed door meeting Tuesday. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, is believed to be discussing whether to investigate Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and possibly the Assembly Speaker, over a sexual harassment scandal.

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10:09am

Fri August 31, 2012
Politics and Government

Ethics panel calls special meeting

The state’s ethics board has called a special meeting immediately after Labor Day. The news comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo and others have called for an investigation of a sexual harassment scandal in the State Assembly.

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10:02am

Fri August 31, 2012
Politics and Government

State's finances deemed to be improving

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There are signs that the New York state’s finances are getting healthier, but local governments in New York continue to flounder.

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9:06am

Thu August 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Assembly Speaker Silver says he welcomes ethics probe

A rare apology from one of New York’s most powerful Democratic leaders regarding a payout to alleged victims of sexual harassment is raising even more questions at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he welcomes an impending ethics probe.  

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8:48am

Tue August 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Anti-fracking activists rally in Albany

Environmentalist Bill McKibben speaking at the hydraulic fracturing protest in Albany Monday.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

Anti-fracking advocates rallied in Albany Monday to try to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban the natural gas drilling process in New York state.  Meanwhile, a state Senator says he believes any final decision will be once again delayed.

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8:47am

Thu August 23, 2012
Regional Coverage

Groups for and against fracking wait for governor's decision

Groups for and against hydrofracking are gearing up for an announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental officials  on whether the natural gas drilling process will be permitted in New York on a limited basis. But, the organizations, who are running ads, may have to wait a little longer.

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9:14am

Wed August 22, 2012
Regional Coverage

Business Council says NY legislators more business friendly

The Business Council of New York released its annual report card of the state's legislators, and the group gave New York Senate Republicans high marks for approving a pro-business agenda.

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8:00am

Sun August 19, 2012
Politics and Government

Governor Cuomo takes a back seat at National Convention

Governor Andrew Cuomo is one of many New York politicians who have chosen to scale back their participation in the national Democratic convention in North Carolina. While the others are Democrats seeking re-election in Congress, Cuomo is eschewing what could have been a prime time speaking slot.  

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