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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New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has resigned his post, and Republicans have elected Senator John Flanagan, currently chair of the Education Committee, to be his successor.

Flanagan, from Long Island, a GOP stronghold in the Senate, became the new leader of the Senate with a unanimous floor vote.

Flanagan emerged from a three hour closed door meeting to announce his victory.

“We come out of this unified,” said Flanagan. “And ready to do the people’s business.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, at a union rally in New York City's Union Square to raise the minimum wage, called out fast food chains McDonalds and Burger King by name. He accused them of “corporate greed” for underpaying workers.

Cuomo, in an animated speech, said fast food chains make huge profits while relying on taxpayer subsidies, like food stamps, to make up for the low pay they give their workers.

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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who turned himself in to federal authorities on corruption charges Monday, will remain in his position, Republicans announced after a more than three hour closed door meeting Monday night.

Skelos, who is charged with using his political position to enrich himself and his son in a bribery and extortion scheme, did not speak to the media. Republican conference chair Ken LaValle, who, like Skelos, is also from Long Island, spoke for the group.

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New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning, and was charged with six counts of corruption, including bribery and extortion, in connection with an alleged scheme that used his political position to enrich himself and his son.

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Less than a month after it was enacted, Governor Cuomo’s new teacher evaluation plan seems to be in jeopardy, with the Regents Chancellor calling for a year’s delay and a key senator saying the legislature needs to revisit the issue.

When Cuomo convinced the legislature to approve a new teacher evaluation system that relies more on standardized tests,  his administration said that the State Board of Regents would have very limited power to make any changes, including compliance with a November deadline to come up with new performance reviews.

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