Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Chief, New York State Public Radio

Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio.

Karen DeWitt reports for 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, 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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4:48pm

Fri January 30, 2015
Politics

Morelle out, Heastie gains in Speaker's race

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The race to replace the disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. A vote could be held as early as next week.

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3:27pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Politics

After arrest, Speaker Silver to return to the Capitol Monday to try to maintain business as usual

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver returns to the Capitol Monday to preside over the scheduled legislative session, for the first time since being arrested and charged with running illegal kickback and bribery schemes that earned him $6 million dollars.

Speaker Silver is scheduled to return to the Assembly  Monday, and, despite his grave legal troubles, he will have the solid support of  most of his 100 or more Democratic Assembly members . His top lieutenant, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle made that clear as he stood with a couple of dozen veteran Democrats.

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11:40am

Thu January 22, 2015
Politics

Update on charges laid against Sheldon Silver

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The federal complaint against Speaker Silver accuses the Assembly leader of mail fraud and the federal crime of theft of honest services, saying he engaged in a scheme since the year 2000 to use the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself over 6 million dollars, including $700,000 in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income earned by Silver as a private lawyer.

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4:57pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

Cuomo outlines infrastructure plans, says he'll take on State's "Education Industry"

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Governor Cuomo continued the roll out of his 2015 agenda Tuesday with details of an infrastructure plan that includes upgrading New York City region airports to providing broadband for upstate rural areas. The governor also offered clues to another key item- education, where he seems determined to take on the status quo.

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11:51am

Mon January 19, 2015
Politics

Cuomo to give joint Budget and State of State Address Wednesday

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Governor Cuomo gives a joint State of the State speech and budget address on Wednesday. The speech was delayed due to the death of Cuomo’s father, former governor Mario Cuomo earlier this month.

Because of the late date, Governor Cuomo has decided to include his budget proposals in his State of the State presentation, to give lawmakers ample time to respond and craft a spending plan before the March 31 deadline.

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