Capitol Bureau

Capitol Bureau correspondent Karen DeWitt reports on what is happening in Albany, and how the decisions made by lawmakers affect you. Karen reports for WXXI and 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 New York Now, the statewide public television program about New York State government seen on WXXI-TV Sundays at 6:30 p.m.  

Matt Ryan, New York Now

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is running a long shot independent campaign for governor of New York. Miner, who was co-chair of the state Democratic Party under Andrew Cuomo, is now challenging him for the job. She talked with WXXI's Karen DeWitt for public radio and TV about her strategy for the weeks leading up to the November 6th voting.

Governor Cuomo’s former closest aide received a prison sentence today of six years after being convicted of  illegally gaining over $300,000  in  bribery schemes.

Judge Valerie Caproni sided with the wishes of federal prosecutors, who sought five or more years in prison for Percoco , following his conviction on three counts of bribery for participating in two illegal schemes to enrich himself while offering illegal services to a power plant company and an Syracuse development firm.

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 governor still says he’s only running for a third term to lead New York State.

Cuomo beat actor and education advocate Cynthia Nixon by a two to one margin in the September 13th primary, and he has a double digit lead against his Republican challenger in the polls.

Matt Ryan, New York Now

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

Molinaro is making  a statewide string of appearances to focus on what he says is rampant corruption in the Cuomo Administration.

“This governor is allowing almost a corrupted criminal enterprise to function within state government,” Molinaro said. “And it needs to come to an end.”

Matt Ryan, New York Now

One day after winning big in a Democratic primary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he received votes because he’s delivered on real issues that matter to people.

Cuomo said all the discussion during the primary campaign about which candidate is the real progressive was misguided. He said he won because he’s delivered on a number of progressive items for New Yorkers already, including paid family leave, a phase-in to a $15 minimum hourly wage and gay marriage.

Matt Ryan, New York Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handily won in a 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.  

Thursday is primary day in New York, and the hottest race is between Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his challenger, actor and education advocate Cynthia Nixon.

Cuomo, who leads Nixon in the polls, has spent the days leading up to the primary at several get-out-the-vote rallies, where he railed against President Donald Trump and what he called his “extreme conservative philosophy.” He told supporters that a vote for Cuomo is a vote against Trump.

The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor is turning out to be closer than the governor’s race — according to the polls, anyway.

New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams is challenging incumbent Kathy Hochul for the post.

Williams said he brings a different vision to the office. He said he wants to be independent and sees the lieutenant governor’s role as similar to the post of New York City public advocate, an elected position that is meant to represent the needs of the public.

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

Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law professor and 2014 Democratic candidate for governor, has focused her left-leaning campaign on fighting President Donald Trump and his administration. She said the country is in the midst of a “democratic and constitutional crisis” and the New York attorney general’s post is the “most important legal office in the country right now.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been gaining momentum in the days leading up to the Sept. 13 Democratic primary for governor, but two controversial incidents over the weekend could set the governor back in his race against challenger Cynthia Nixon.