Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Chief, New York State Public Radio

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, 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.

An environmental group has given Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein its 2013 Oil Slick award, claiming the Senate Co-leader has done more than any other state legislator to harm the environment. 

Note:  A spokesman for Senator Klein reacted to the ranking, calling it “another cheap gimmick brought to you by the tea party of the left.” He said Klein not only opposes hydrofracking outright, but has been endorsed by nearly every environmental group in every election he has ever run in. 

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  A Binghamton, New York Assemblywoman who is on Governor Andrew Cuomo administration's hydro fracking advisory panel is asking for a do-over of an ongoing health review. She says the secretive process has compromised public confidence. 

There have been several news reports in recent days that portray New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission as losing its independence.  Government reform groups say they are worried the Moreland Commission is losing its way. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is appointing a new tax cutting commission that includes former political rivals. The governor charged it with finding ways of slicing state revenues by $2-3 billion dollars next year.

Mike Groll / AP

 

 New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is warning that a prolonged government shut down could depress the state’s already struggling economy. 

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