Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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
Leecia Eve campaign

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.

Tish James
https://advocate.nyc.gov/asout

The Democratic frontrunner in the primary race for New York attorney general, Tish James, says if she’s elected she’d be independent of her political ally, Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has ordered his Department of Financial Services to reject requests by health insurance companies to raise rates in response to actions by the Trump administration to weaken the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Zephyr Teachout
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Zephyr Teachout, one of four candidates running in the Democratic primary for New York Attorney General, says battling corruption in state government would be a top priority if she’s elected. In the past few months, several former associates of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo have been convicted of bribery and bid rigging, and both former legislative leaders were found guilty on corruption charges. 

Sheldon Silver
Karen DeWitt

The former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday, after being convicted for a second time on federal corruption charges.

A newly formed group is reaching out to public sector union members in New York, informing them of their rights, under the recently decided US Supreme Court Janus case, to opt out of their unions. Union leaders say the organization is a front group for anti-union billionaires.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his latest trip to Puerto Rico
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New York Governor Cuomo has finished his fifth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria stuck the island last September. The Democrat Tuesday announced a new agricultural trade agreement, and had some harsh words for President Trump.

Zephyr Teachout with survivors of sexual harassment
New York State Public Radio

There’s a four-way Democratic primary for New York attorney general to replace Eric Schneiderman, who resigned over allegations he physically abused women he dated. One of the candidates, Zephyr Teachout, was at the capitol Monday for several events, including an endorsement by Assemblyman Phil Steck. Steck is one of the only state legislators who was a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs have been the subject of two federal corruption trials that ended with convictions for two of Cuomo’s former associates. Some say problems with the state’s $9 billion economic development programs go beyond corruption, and that the structure of the programs is flawed.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday finds that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to lead his challengers in the gubernatorial race by double digits.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has more than $31 million in his campaign coffers, according to the most recent July filings. That figure dwarfs the amount collected by his challengers Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro, who each have less than a million dollars in their war chests.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's adminstration released a study Friday that finds the state could benefit by legalizing marijuana.

Alain Kaloyeros
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A federal jury in New York convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion'' economic redevelopment program Thursday. The verdict comes after a month-long trial, which put a spotlight on how lucrative contracts were awarded for redevelopment projects in Syracuse and Buffalo that were worth hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Jeff Klein
Karen DeWitt

 *Updated July 13th to include statement from Senator Klien*

*Updated July 15th to correct copy regarding an endorsement. The original audio has been removed.*

Primary challengers to a group of former breakaway Democrats in the state Senate have been gaining momentum lately, at least when it comes to campaign endorsements.

U.S. Supreme Court
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is upping the stakes in his disagreement with Republicans on the state and federal levels over the right to choose abortion, now that President Trump has announced his choice of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Cuomo, a Democrat, now says he’ll sue the federal government if the court overturns Roe v. Wade.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

For the second day in a row, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held rallies Tuesday criticizing President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, and urging action on a measure that would protect the right to choose abortion in New York.

Alain Kaloyeros
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The jury could begin deliberating as early as next Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of the former head of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

President Trump is set to announce his choice for a new Supreme Court justice replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy who he’s said could eventually result in the reversal of the abortion rights case Roe v. Wade. New York has had legal abortion since 1970, three years before the landmark Supreme Court ruling. But advocates, and many Democratic politicians, say it’s not enough, and it could become an issue in this year’s governor’s race.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new system for state government to respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Law. It would allow citizens and members of the media seeking government documents to go to one website to request information from multiple state agencies.

New York’s union leaders are condemning the U.S. Supreme Court decision which upheld the right of a worker not to pay union dues. However, a newly passed state law might mitigate the effects of in Janus v. AFSCME.

LaGuardia Airport
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation to begin mapping out a route for a train from major transit hubs in Midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport.

Marcus Molinaro
WAMC/Allison Dunne

The Republican candidate for New York governor, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, says he agrees with incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo that President Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is wrong, but he says there are issues with caring for children in New York that Cuomo is ignoring. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo says there are as many as 700 immigrant children in child care services in New York, and he’s demanding that state health care professionals have access to them, saying under New York’s constitution, the state is responsible for their welfare.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers on Wednesday busily passed bills on the final day of New York’s 2018 legislative session, but as the final evening approached they were unable to reach agreement on many major issues.

Stephanie Miner
Karen DeWitt

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is entering the race for New York governor against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Miner, a long-time Democrat, is the candidate for a newly formed political movement.

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