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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. Jim is also the producer of the podcast A New York Minute In History. 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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This week’s highly anticipated Iowa Caucuses, the first voting in the months-long Democratic presidential campaign, were muddled by reporting delays. The first-in-the-nation contest instituted a new voting system this year and its rollout has been blamed for the troubles. 

In his state of the city address Tuesday, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig detailed efforts to revitalize the downtown of the Otsego County community. Herzig is now in his fifth year as mayor. 

The limo involved in the 2018 crash in Schoharie, NY.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a package of limousine safety regulations into law. The Senate and Assembly passed the measures in January

Clinton County Correctional Facility
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New York state officials say 11 staffers at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora were hospitalized Friday morning after becoming sick when a substance was found in the mail room. 

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins speaks with reporters Tuesday.
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The Albany Police Department has moved to discipline officers over an incident on First Street in March 2019. Chief Eric Hawkins told WAMC Thursday the department has issued notices of discipline to eight officers. 

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
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The North Adams, Massachusetts man authorities said killed his wife more than two years pleaded guilty to murder on Thursday.

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Michael Barrett was appointed executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club in late September 2019, taking over for Neil Woodworth, who spent three decades leading the conservation and recreation group. Barrett is a Putnam County native who served as a foreign language interrogator for the U.S. Army and has worked in state government in New York and Missouri. 

Lawmakers and advocates detail limo regulations Tuesday at the New York state Capitol.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an agreement with the Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker on a package of limousine safety regulations.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is backing former Vice President Joe Biden for president. The Democrat from New York’s 18th District had supported Beto O’Rourke until the former Texas congressman ended his bid for the Democratic nomination in November. 

NYSSBA's David Albert
NYSSBA

Education leaders were paying close attention to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. But, David Albert, the Director of Communications, Marketing and Research for the New York State School Boards Association, says public K through 12 education wasn’t a top item in the Democrat’s speech this year.

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The U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School in Vermont is receiving $30 million for a new facility as part of the recently approved federal defense budget. 

NY Assemblyman Brian Kolb and WAMC's Alan Chartock
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New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb says he is resigning his leadership post following a drunk driving arrest on New Year’s Eve. The Republican from Canandaigua said Friday he will not allow his personal challenges distract from the mission of the Assembly Minority Conference. 

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor
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Fallout continues over the New Year’s Eve DWI arrest of the leader of the Republicans in the New York State Assembly, Brian Kolb. One GOP colleague is questioning whether Kolb should remain as leader. 

Watervliet Mayor Charles Patricelli
City of Watervliet

The city of Watervliet, New York has a new mayor. Democrat Charles Patricelli, a former city councilman, ran unopposed in November when Mayor Michael Manning did not seek a fourth term. WAMC’s Jim Levulis spoke with Patricelli about his priorities for the Albany County city of about 10,000.

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In the NBA, the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 109 to 92 Tuesday. the Indiana Pacers bested the 76ers, 115 to 97. Tonight the New York Knicks play host to the Portland Trailblazers at 7:30.

New York state Capitol
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Joe Seeman, a progressive activist, says he is exploring a run to unseat Republican New State Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh in 2020. 

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Kamal Johnson is set to be sworn in as mayor of Hudson, New York on New Year’s Day. The Democratic Alderman beat incumbent Rick Rector in June’s pivotal primary, and made it official in November. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Johnson about what he’s done to prepare for the office in the Columbia County city of about 6,000.

Bill Keeler
WAMC

Bill Keeler is scheduled to be sworn in as the mayor of Cohoes, New York on New Year’s Day. The former New York State Police major will take over a city hall that has seen plenty of change over the past year. 

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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The police chief in Vermont's largest city has resigned after admitting he used an anonymous Twitter account to respond to a critic in July

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Authorities have announced legal action against two former General Electric engineers for conspiring to steal trade secrets. 

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The New York State Board of Regents has appointed Shannon Tahoe as the Interim Commissioner of the state education department. Tahoe has been acting commissioner since mid-November following the departure of Beth Berlin. 

45th District Senator Betty Little
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New York State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from the 45th District, will not seek re-election in 2020. Little joined the Senate in 2003 after seven years in the state Assembly. 

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
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New York’s Assembly Speaker is elaborating on questions about the alleged leak of a state ethics panel vote. Around the time, Joe Percoco, a former top aide was being investigated, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo was allegedly told about a secret executive session vote by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics last January, setting off a quiet investigation by the state inspector general’s office — which was unable to substantiate the complaint.

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Even though the city will be under a snow emergency, polls will be open in Troy on Tuesday for a $56 million school building project. 

Alexander Enyedi
SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh has named Alexander Enyedi as its next president. He is currently the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Humboldt University in California. 

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
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Police say they are no longer investigating an alleged racially-motivated assault at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

President Jimmy Carter
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Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering following surgery Tuesday to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding linked to recent falls. It’s just the latest health battle for the 95-year-old. 

The New York state inspector general’s office has released a report saying Robert Freeman, the former longtime head of the state’s Committee on Open Government, sexually harassed multiple women over many years and abused his position. 

The former supervisor of Prattsville, New York has been charged with fraud relating to grants the Greene County town received in the wake of Hurricane Irene. 

The University at Albany is launching the nation’s first Center for Advanced Red Teaming. It will be housed in the school’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. WAMC’s Jim Levulis sat down with the Center’s Director, Gary Ackerman, and Deputy Director Brandon Behlendorf to discuss the effort.

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