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Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Correspondent

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network 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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Assemblyman Bill Nojay, 59, has died, four days before he faced a Republican primary for his 133rd Assembly District seat. Nojay took his own life at Riverside Cemetery on Lake Avenue in Rochester.

At a noon news conference, Rochester Police said that they were called out to the cemetery at 9:22 a.m. Friday to "check the welfare" of a person at the cemetery. Police confirmed later in the afternoon that the person was Nojay, and said the reporting officer saw Nojay shoot himself.

Assembly GOP Leader Brian Kolb, expressed sadness and shock.

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The New York State Senate is expected to soon announce a date for a hearing on how the Cuomo administration handled drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls. It comes as new studies out this week show more harmful effects from exposure to the chemical PFOA on mothers and their children. 

On Day Three of the Democratic National Convention, Casey Seiler of the Times Union and Karen DeWitt of New York Public Radio sit down with the chief strategist for the Senate Democrats' efforts to retake the State Senate, Senator Mike Gianaris of Queens.

How are the Bernie Sanders delegates feeling after Monday's tumultuous day at the DNC revolving around Hillary Clinton's primary challenger? Casey Seiler of the Times Union and Karen DeWitt of New York Public Radio talk to two Bernie delegates from New York, Assemblyman Phil Steck and working mother Josephine Moore, to find out.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a full schedule Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, aimed at showcasing some of his strengths, including supporting LGBT rights and helping the homeless.

But first, he shared the stage with Hillary Clinton’s primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

 

How will Trump play in Long Island? There are several crucial Senate races there that could determine whether the GOP keeps control of the upper chamber. Casey Seiler and Karen DeWitt talk with Mike Gormley of Newsday, and Larry Levy of the Hofstra Center for Suburban Studies about how Trump will fare in the suburbs. Also, we hear part of Rudy Giuliani's speech to NY delegates delving into the past of Hillary Clinton's husband, and using that against her.

 

Bonus, check out Mike Gormley's secret service pic:

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Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for Republicans, after the Democrats are done with their gathering, is to begin the presidential election campaign. The head of Donald Trump’s New York campaign said he expects the state to be in play.

Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino said that even though New York has many more Democrats than Republicans, Trump wants to compete against Hillary Clinton in his home state.

Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Casey Seiler of the Times Union sit down with Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino. Paladino explains why he thinks the political landscape is rapidly shifting and why political correctness is on the way out.

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins talks to Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Casey Seiler of the Times Union. Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump and run interference when the presumptive Republican nominee made some of his more controversial comments.

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Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, leader of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects and is increasingly on the outs with the administration. 

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