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.

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Government
6:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Cuomo Introduces Property Tax Credit Plan

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters about a property tax credit proposal after a speech, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, N.Y. Cuomo said cutting property taxes will be a top priority during his second term.
Credit AP Photo/Frank Eltman

Calling it the "major problem facing the state," Governor Cuomo announced a plan to reduce New York’s  highest in the nation rate of property taxes for some homeowners. But the program was not received with open arms by everyone.

Under Cuomo’s proposal, homeowners who pay 6 percent or more of their annual paychecks in taxes, will get a credit on their tax bills. Renters will also receive an equivalent credit.

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Government
8:27 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Women's Rights Bills Stalled for Third Year in Albany

The New York state Senate convenes on the opening day of the 2015 legislative session at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. The Republican-controlled Senate has approved eight bills intended to ensure women's rights in the workplace and housing but excluded a ninth measure to codify abortion rights that the Democrat-controlled Assembly supports.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Women’s rights bills were once again debated in the legislature, but ended in a political stalemate, with none of the provisions coming any closer to passage by both houses.

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Government
5:22 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Mario Cuomo Laid to Rest, After Son Governor Andrew Cuomo Delivers Eulogy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds his mother Matilda Cuomo's hand as the body of his father, Mario Cuomo, is loaded into a hearse at the funeral for Mario Cuomo at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.
Credit AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Former Governor Mario Cuomo was laid to rest in New York today after a funeral and wake that was attended by prominent politicians, including former President and first Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden. But the ceremony and the eulogy by his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, focused on the personal as well as the political. Cuomo called his father "the keynote speaker for our better angels."

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Government
5:12 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Begins Second Term With Funeral of His Father

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, second from left, celebrates with his father, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, at Democratic election headquarters in New York, November 4, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Kathy Willen / APImages

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo passed away just two hours after his son, Andrew Cuomo, finished  giving his second inauguration speeches in New York City and Buffalo.

So in the next several days, in addition to attending his father’s funeral,  Andrew Cuomo will also be preparing for a State of the State address.

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Election 2014
10:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Cuomo Wins 2nd Term

Sandra Lee applauds her partner, New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he waits for supporters to quiet down during a victory party at Democratic election headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 after Cuomo defeated Republican challenger Rob Astorino. He is the first New York state Democratic governor since his father to win re-election in the nation's third largest state.
Credit AP Photo/Kathy Willens

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won re election to a second term by a , easily beating his nearest opponent , Republican Rob Astorino.

Cuomo , to chants of “four more years”,  promised to deliver in his next term on a mostly progressive agenda, including enacting a number of items that were stalled in the State Senate over the past couple of years, like an abortion rights provision as part of a women’s rights agenda and public financing of political campaigns.

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