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Hudson Rolls Out Wireless Program For Students

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Hudson, New York Mayor Kamal Johnson has rolled out a program to help students affected by COVID-19.

When the pandemic forced Hudson City schools to switch to remote learning, Johnson, a first-term Democrat, initiated a program in conjunction with not-for-profit Spark of Hudson to get internet access to families without it.
"Families receive a phone, and getting it connected, all they have to do is plug it into the charger and they can go right on to the internet."
Johnson began distributing the 50 Motorola phones on Sunday and says he’s handed out more than 35. Each unit comes with 20 gigs of bandwidth.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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