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NCPR News Staff: Karen DeWitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent
Karen DeWitt has covered state government and politics at the New York State Capitol for public radio for ten years. Before that she worked at WINS, New York. She has also written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life, Empire State Report, and Metroland. E-mail

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Zephyr Teachout is challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary race for governor. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelgarethjohnson/14643558018/">Michael Johnson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Zephyr Teachout is challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary race for governor. Photo: Michael Johnson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo campaign challenges Teachout over residency

The challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo for the state's Democratic primary for governor, Zephyr Teachout, is facing a challenge of her own from the Cuomo campaign. Teachout will be asked in court to prove that she's really been a resident of the state for the past five years.

New York law requires that candidates for governor reside in the state for at least five years before they are eligible to run for office.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo promoting the ethics reforms that included the Moreland Commission at a Syracuse event in 2013. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9035909812/">NY Governor's Office</a>
Gov. Cuomo promoting the ethics reforms that included the Moreland Commission at a Syracuse event in 2013. Photo: NY Governor's Office

Cuomo faces drip of negative news over ethics commission

Details about alleged interference in an ethics probe by Governor Cuomo's aides are leaking out daily, and most newspapers have run critical editorials. But it remains to be seen how deeply the controversy will affect the race for governor, where Cuomo is still the frontrunner by a wide margin.

There's been a steady drip of bad news for the governor and his administration since the New York Times in-depth story about potential interference by top Cuomo aides in a corruption commission investigation.  Go to full article
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS

Redistricting amendment language set, critics object

The state board of elections approved the language for a ballot amendment that would change the way redistricting is done in New York. But not everyone is happy with the wording or the amendment.  Go to full article
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a lecture for Penn Law and the Wharton School in March. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pennlaw/12995711874/">Penn Law</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a lecture for Penn Law and the Wharton School in March. Photo: Penn Law, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US Attorney may investigate Moreland Commission

Governor Cuomo confirms that the US Attorney has sent a warning letter regarding possible interference by Governor Cuomo's aides in an ethics probe. The letter ups the stakes for Cuomo and his aides in the midst of an election campaign.  Go to full article
Among Cuomo's critics: Zephyr Teachout (right) Democratic primary candidate for governor. Her running mate, Timothy Wu is at the podium. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Among Cuomo's critics: Zephyr Teachout (right) Democratic primary candidate for governor. Her running mate, Timothy Wu is at the podium. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo's opponents up the ante in Moreland Commission criticisms

Governor Andrew Cuomo's opponents in the November races are stepping up accusations over the ethics commission scandal, and citing sections of state law that they say might have been broken by the governor's aides.  Go to full article
Republican Rob Astorino is keeping the controversy over the former Moreland ethics commission alive with press conferences around the state.  Photo: Karen DeWitt
Republican Rob Astorino is keeping the controversy over the former Moreland ethics commission alive with press conferences around the state. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Challenger Astorino gets traction from Cuomo ethics controversy

The little-known and underfunded Republican challenger for governor in New York is getting a boost from incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's troubles over alleged interference in an ethics panel. The controversy was first reported in an in depth story in the New York Times; Rob Astorino has been doing his best to keep it alive.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo speaking on Monday in Buffalo. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14746450776/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Cuomo speaking on Monday in Buffalo. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo offers first comments on ethics commission controversy

Governor Cuomo was in Buffalo yesterday for his first public appearance since a potentially damaging report alleging his staff's tampered with an ethics probe. He denied that his aides tried to unduly influence the Moreland Commission's work.

And he tried to change the subject with a spirited speech about the economy.
He called the change in the city an "unbelievable turn-around." "659 new jobs..." Cuomo said, "and that's what this is all about."

But the ethics story continues to dog the governor.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo, left, is running against GOP challenger Rob Astorino, right.
Gov. Cuomo, left, is running against GOP challenger Rob Astorino, right.

Cuomo quiet on ethics allegations in NY Times report

Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. The governor began the week with rosy poll numbers, and he still has a large advantage over his nearest competitor.  Go to full article
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS

Moreland Commission controversy raises questions on role of Attorney General

The fall out continues over whether Governor Cuomo's top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that the state's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations, and whether any actual crimes were committed.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9194313964/in/set-72157634442666751">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Cuomo faces growing fall-out from ethics probe report

One of Governor Cuomo' s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor's top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.  Go to full article

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