Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Former longtime New York State Senator Frank Padavan of Queens died on Tuesday at age 83, after suffering a heart attack.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Candidates for statewide office in New York were required this week to disclose how much money they have on hand for the final month of the 2018 election season. Once again, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, is far ahead of his challengers.  

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The Green Party candidate for New York comptroller, Mark Dunlea, says he isn’t in the race to win, but rather to highlight one key issue – combating climate change.

Howie Hawkins
Karen DeWitt

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, a retired UPS worker from Syracuse and former a Vietnam War protester, is running for New York governor for the third time, challenging Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo from the left. Hawkins, in a conversation with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, explains why he thinks he is a true alternative and not just a protest vote.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he hasn’t decided yet whether to accept the nomination of the Working Families Party in the race for governor. Working Families previously backed actor Cynthia Nixon, after a bitter split in the progressive-leaning minor party.

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An independent budget watchdog group agrees with an idea that Republican candidate for New York governor Marc Molinaro has to help bring down local property taxes. But it also says there is a tradeoff to any potential savings.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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A new Siena College poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his challengers in his quest for a third term in office. But the survey also shows that a failed primary challenger is still taking points away from the Democrat’s lead.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo does not talk a lot about what his agenda would be if voters give him a third term in November. The Democrat says his record of what he’s done in the past is more important than what he’d do in the future.

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Environmentalists are urging a New York state panel on water quality standards to meet its October 2nd deadline to set new acceptable levels of toxic chemicals in public water supplies.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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The state’s high property taxes and New York’s outmigration problem were among the issues discussed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro this week, when both made separate visits to a meeting of the some of the state’s business leaders.

Stephanie Miner
Karen DeWitt

Independent candidate for New York governor Stephanie Miner is keeping the heat on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Democratic Party for a mailer sent out during the party primary that accused the governor’s opponent, Cynthia Nixon, of anti-Semitism.

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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More talk of Governor Andrew Cuomo seeking the presidency in 2020 has been fueled by the governor’s decisive victory over a candidate from the progressive left of his party. But the Democrat still says he’s only running for a third term to lead New York.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
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The general election for New York governor is heating up, with the Republican candidate, Marc Molinaro, calling for the resignation of a former advisor to Democrat Andrew Cuomo, while the sitting governor rallied against President Trump.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with his annual report on Wall Street profits – and he finds, not surprisingly, they are up.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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One day after beating actor Cynthia Nixon in Thursday's Democratic primary, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he received votes because he’s delivered on real issues that matter to people.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo handily won Thursday's Democratic primary against actor Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo’s current Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul also won, as did Cuomo’s choice for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Tish James.

Jumaane Williams campaigns in Albany 9/11/18.
Karen DeWitt

The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor of New York is turning out to be closer — according to the polls, anyway — than the governor’s race.  New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams is challenging incumbent Kathy Hochul for the post Thursday.

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Democratic primary voters on Thursday have a choice of four candidates for New York attorney general, after Eric Schneiderman resigned in May over allegations he physically abused several women he dated.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon squared off in the only debate before the September 13 election in a testy and contentious hour-long discussion broadcast by CBS2 in New York City from Hofstra University on Long Island on Wednesday.

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The end of August used to be considered a slow season in politics, but television ads released by New Tork Governor Andrew Cuomo, and his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, are getting heated. Molinaro says Cuomo insulted his pregnant wife while the governor’s campaign tried to bar the GOP candidate’s spot on state corruption from airing on television stations.

The Democratic candidates for New York governor, incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon, have different views on spending money on the state’s schools.

Cynthia Nixon speaks to voters at the New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church in Albany
Karen DeWitt

There are three weeks until primary day in New York, and the Democratic underdog for governor, Cynthia Nixon, is laying out her plans for the final stretch of campaigning, saying there is a potential path to victory.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to rail against President Trump’s tweets and comments to reporters. But some of his political opponents say the governor needs to talk more about issues related to New York.

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A Bennington College survey of residents in the PFOA contaminated village of Hoosick Falls in eastern New York finds higher rates of illnesses among residents exposed to the toxic substance than did a previous study conducted by the New York State Health Department.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stirred some controversy Wednesday when he told an audience at a bill signing ceremony in Manhattan that America “was never that great.”

Leecia Eve
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Leecia Eve is one of four candidates running in the September 13 Democratic primary for New York attorney general. Eve believes her background makes her more qualified to hold the office than her opponents.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Tempers flared at the New York State Board of Elections Wednesday, as commissioners voted to limit the subpoena powers of the investigator in charge of enforcing campaign finance violations. The investigator, Risa Sugarman says it’s a case of blatant “political interference”, while board commissioners accused Sugarman of being secretive and playing the “victim.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making the rounds of national news programs now that he has become the target of a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association. Cuomo, a gun control advocate, is asking other states to join him in fighting what he says is an “extremist” organization. The NRA says it is Cuomo who has a political “vendetta” against the group that could lead to its demise.

Tish James
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New York attorney general candidate Tish James says she’d take steps to fight corruption in state government if elected, even if it means going against her fellow Democrat, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is backing James’ campaign. 

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
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The New York state education department has announced it made an error in the distribution of some federal funding that favored the state’s charter schools over public schools.

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