Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Associate News Director since October 2016. Before that he worked as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief  for three years. He previously worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at WAER, an NPR affiliate in Syracuse. He has experience in Top 40 radio and has spent time with NPR-affiliate WBFO and CBS-affiliate WIVB-TV, both in Buffalo. A loyal and constantly humbled New York Yankees and Buffalo sports fan, Jim holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.

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Albany Police Department

An Albany police officer has pleaded guilty to drunk driving and plans to resign from the force. Authorities say Shawn Dixon was intoxicated when he crashed his vehicle into a utility transformer near Park Avenue and Eagle Street in Albany around 5 a.m. on December 20.

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Cohoes Police have traced a phone call threatening to shoot up the city’s high school Tuesday to a 15-year-old male student. 

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The man blamed for starting a major fire last year that devastated much of downtown Cohoes, New York has pleaded guilty to arson. 

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A New York City-based nonprofit that facilitates mental health treatment for veterans is expanding to Albany. Headstrong was founded in 2012 by combat veterans. WAMC’s Jim Levulis spoke with the organization’s Executive Director, Joe Quinn.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
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A Hudson Valley Democratic congressman is backing Governor Andrew Cuomo following reports that the Democrat could face a primary challenge from actress Cynthia Nixon. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday expressed frustration with his fellow Democrats on the national level for what he characterized as inaction on gun control.

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The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate at the county correctional facility. 

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A 14-year-old boy was arrested Monday after he told an ex-girlfriend he planned to shoot her and others at Corinth High School. Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said the teen texted a 13-year-old girl saying he was on his way to the Oak Street campus with a gun. 

The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The fields of Democrats hoping to face northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is changing and Governor Andrew Cuomo touts his budget proposals during a visit to the Hudson Valley. Plus, political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s reelection chances this year.

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 Samantha Wood, managing editor for news at The Berkshire Eagle, talks with WAMC's Jim Levulis about a vote this week that could lead to the closing of elementary schools in the Berkshires, and power outages at the Berkshire Mall.

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Judy Patrick, editor of The Daily Gazette, talks with WAMC's Jim Levulis about possible flooding in the Schenectady Stockade district and Dr. David Harris' appointment as president of Union College.

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Albany police have identified the woman killed in a pedestrian crash last night on Washington Avenue as Ludmilla Vink of Albany. According to police, the 92-year-old was hit by a car near the intersection with Quail Street around 9 p.m. 

WAMC's Jim Levulis speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union, about possible flooding in the Schenectady Stockade district, and the push for a new “adaptive performance test” for students.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General and the Berkshire Museum have agreed to settle a dispute over the sale of 40 artworks from the museum’s collection. The two offices released a joint statement Monday.

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Following the threat of losing federal funding, New York state will end the "I Love NY" tourism campaign this summer in favor of "NY has it all!" On Friday afternoon, the state’s transportation department and Thruway Authority pledged to work with the federal government on new road signs, after federal officials said the current ones were not safe.

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Chefs Ric Orlando and Hugh Horner join Food Friday with their favorite Mardi Gras dishes for the extended celebratory weekend of February 9-13. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The Berkshire District Attorney says there will be no charges filed in the fatal shooting of a city man by a Pittsfield police officer in September 2017. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it will evaluate about 1,800 sediment samples taken in 2017 by New York state officials from the Upper Hudson River. EPA is also advancing a study of the floodplain in the Upper Hudson where work began in 2014 when General Electric agreed to conduct a remedial investigation and study of PCB contamination. 

The upstate New York proposals for Amazon’s second headquarters are not on the online retailer’s list of 20 finalists released Thursday. 

The scene outside WAMC in Albany, NY Thursday morning.
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Much of the Northeast is experiencing bitter cold and blowing snow. Many schools, museums and government offices have closed.

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An environmental conservation and outdoor recreation organization in the Berkshires has a new president—just its third in its 50-year history. Jenny Hansell succeeds Tad Ames as president of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council

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Two men are facing murder charges in the killings of four people, including two children, in the upstate New York community of Troy.

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Many people donate at the end of the year — in celebration of the holiday spirit or to pad their charitable giving in hopes of a larger tax return. Others donate their time. I gave some hours recently for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco
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Authorities have named the four people found dead in a Troy apartment the day after Christmas.

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New York state has announced a $2 million flood mitigation and stream restoration program for the Village of Hoosick Falls to help the community recover from devastating floods this past July. 

Most people in America enjoy the luxury of washing waste down the drain or flushing it away in a toilet. But once it leaves the home, office or school, where does it go? What happens to it? In the latest installment of our infrastructure series, WAMC’s Jim Levulis explores the complex wastewater treatment industry.

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With a projected multibillion dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost New York state billions of dollars more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget.

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With a federal decision expected this month, New York state has announced it will sue the Environmental Protection Agency if the EPA declares dredging of the Upper Hudson River complete. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York state and local leaders gathered in Albany Wednesday for the latest announcement of regional economic development awards.

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Authorities today identified the person whose body was found Saturday in a wooded area in Delmar, New York as 70-year-old Ruth Talmon of Schenectady County. 

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