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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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Image: Siena Research Institute
Image: Siena Research Institute

Siena Poll: Cuomo up, Common Core down, fracking even

A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day shows incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

According to the Siena Poll, Cuomo is 37 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino.  Go to full article
State eduation commissioner John King fielding hostile questions from across the North Country at a Schroon Lake forum. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission
State eduation commissioner John King fielding hostile questions from across the North Country at a Schroon Lake forum. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission

Teachers union stands by "no confidence" vote on education chief

The President of the state's teachers' union says members aren't yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee was elected in April amid deep dissatisfaction over education policy in New York. Magee ousted a three-term incumbent, and teachers held a symbolic vote of no confidence in Education Commissioner John King, over what critics call a botched roll out of the new Common Core learning standards.  Go to full article
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul is Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul is Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives

Lt. Gov. candidate Hochul explains past anti-immigration views

Governor Cuomo's running mate, Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul is explaining why she now feels differently about undocumented immigrants. Hochul , the former Erie County Clerk once wanted to turn suspected immigrants in the country illegally over to federal authorities.  Go to full article
The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/in/photolist-7CLjYo-oPEcu-7ix2v4-ujYN8-4MC7ZN-5dhRQW-6PwQyw-dXMEt-6ULfuW-dFugLZ-6UGxbP-5e8us1-hAwsdT-4aikh9-gCdwDu-5c99KY-9bbhSa-26mXX-26mXh-26mXq-26mWV-3qQdK-3qQbw-fK24n-9bTd3x-9Ygov5-6ULkGj-agQzb-9M91Za-9zmpPL-88wtEF-cvwc7w-8a2Qau-dVUSJD-9CqkNQ-Ld6Uh-9GjFKz-c1sJfh-oAc1-7ix2ut-717M2r-mef7ap-aiJzBh-9bdCYJ-qj4G3-5uZiew-dUd23j-9bWhqU-7RmjSH-qj4Fd">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: Joseph A, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Board OKs half a loaf on Cuomo's loan request for Tappan Zee Bridge

A key oversight board approved half of the amount Governor Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. But the meeting included accusations from a board member that Cuomo Admisntration officials are trying to hide bad news about future toll hikes on the bridge and the rest of the New York State Thruway.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ragingwire/">ragingwire</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS casino industry will be decided by the market, says Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo says he's not concerned about reports that the casino gambling industry may not be all that healthy. The negative news comes as the state is considering authorizing four new gambling centers in the next few months.  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.

How Cuomo's much bigger war chest is affecting the gov. campaign

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is already ahead of his Republican challenger in name recognition. Now, according to required campaign disclosure filings with the State Board of Elections, Cuomo is far ahead in fundraising as well.  Go to full article
The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/in/photolist-7CLjYo-oPEcu-7ix2v4-ujYN8-4MC7ZN-5dhRQW-6PwQyw-dXMEt-6ULfuW-dFugLZ-6UGxbP-5e8us1-hAwsdT-4aikh9-gCdwDu-5c99KY-9bbhSa-26mXX-26mXh-26mXq-26mWV-3qQdK-3qQbw-fK24n-9bTd3x-9Ygov5-6ULkGj-agQzb-9M91Za-9zmpPL-88wtEF-cvwc7w-8a2Qau-dVUSJD-9CqkNQ-Ld6Uh-9GjFKz-c1sJfh-oAc1-7ix2ut-717M2r-mef7ap-aiJzBh-9bdCYJ-qj4G3-5uZiew-dUd23j-9bWhqU-7RmjSH-qj4Fd">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: Joseph A, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Groups Urge No Vote on Tappan Zee Bridge Loan

Environmentalists are urging a key review board to vote no on a request from the Cuomo Administration to help finance the rebuilding of a major Thruway bridge with a fund designed for municipal clean water projects.  Go to full article
“We are depending on tips, which are really variable. We don’t know how much we are going to end up making.”

NYS tipped workers seek pay increase

Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the minimum rate for the workers, and the groups say they have evidence that an increase is needed.  Go to full article
There’s a kind of black curtain over the whole process

Healthcare professionals seek hydrofracking meeting

A group of healthcare professionals are seeking a meeting with Governor Cuomo's health department, saying they have compiled a compendium of new and ongoing research that highlights numerous health risks associated with hydrofracking.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo (left) heads into his party convention with a substantial lead over GOP challenger Rob Astorino.
Gov. Cuomo (left) heads into his party convention with a substantial lead over GOP challenger Rob Astorino.

Cuomo challenger Astorino proposes eight debates

The Republican challenger for Governor, Rob Astorino, has proposed multiple debates in locations around the state with incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo. The governor has so far not accepted any.  Go to full article

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