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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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Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany still stuck in budget talks as the week ends

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went today.

Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by midday Friday, but in the end, were unable to achieve that goal. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said details on many issues have not been resolved.  Go to full article
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Pre-K, Dream Act, campaign finance in NYS budget negotiations

Legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blow up that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislative leaders, following a two-hour closed door meeting with Cuomo, seemed in high spirits. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos gave his often times rival Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a hug.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Education hasn't improved under Cuomo, poll finds

Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, rallied Monday in Albany. They made a last-minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.

"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon has a child entering college as well as one in kindergarten. She says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education policies in New York have increased inequality and led to two separate school systems within the public schools, one for the rich and one for the poor.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS budget negotiations, disagreements over pre-K, continue in Capitol

This week will be crucial for negotiations on the state budget.

Tensions ran high Friday at a closed-door leaders' meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the expense of the rest of the state.  Go to full article
Protesters at the Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Protesters at the Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Controversy, arrests as NYS budget talks continue

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders continue to meet behind closed doors to hash out a budget deal, while around 25 angry protesters were arrested outside the governor's office. Cuomo is calling legislative leaders into his office for twice-daily private meetings to hash out details of the $145 billion state budget.  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Activists webcast Assembly meetings during Sunshine Week

Government reform activists took their smart phones into Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available on line to the public.

To mark what's known as Sunshine Week, to promote a more open government, the activists took their smart phones into several Assembly Committee meetings, and using simple software, pressed record and streamed the proceedings live on the Internet.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Francisco Moya speaking in support of the NYS DREAM Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Assemblyman Francisco Moya speaking in support of the NYS DREAM Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Dream Act supporters vow to fight on

Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were "set up" when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure's failure by just one vote.

The focus is now shifting to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32051524@N08/5194328403/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The NYS Dream Act is dead, for now

The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants.

The 30-29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, flanked at Monday's event by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Ulster County Executive Michael Hein. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office, via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/13227891004/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Flicker</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, flanked at Monday's event by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Ulster County Executive Michael Hein. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office, via Flicker

Cuomo pushes property tax freeze as support lags in NYS legislature

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has enlisted the aid of some local government leaders to promote his tax freeze proposal, which has been losing ground in the New York State legislature. Cuomo promoted his plan Monday surrounded by several county executives from across the state.

The state legislature doesn't support the plan, but Cuomo says he's signed up 150 local government leaders as supporters.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32051524@N08/5194328403/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Public campaign financing is in Senate budget; what does it mean?

For the first time, New York's state Senate has included Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for public campaign financing in its budget resolution. The inclusion of public campaign financing would seem to signal an abrupt change of policy for Republicans, who co-lead the Senate. The GOP has long maintained that a matching small donor plan using public funds is a waste of the taxpayers' money, and would only lead to more annoying "robocalls."

The sparsely-worded provision, however, has raised many more questions than answers. It simply says that the Senate intends to "modify" Cuomo's proposal to "adopt a system of public campaign finance."  Go to full article

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