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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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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is extending the state’s “PAUSE” policy for another two weeks, meaning schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed until at least April 29. 

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The New York state Board of Regents says it is canceling this year’s Regents exams due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that New York state’s K through 12 schools will remain closed until at least April 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Two Schenectady police officers responding to a report Tuesday of an argument at an apartment complex fatally shot a man as the man pointed what looked like a gun out of a door. 

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces to workers, customers and the public as of noon on March 24 until April 7 at noon. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Saying he is putting New York “on pause,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday morning that he will be issuing an executive order mandating that all workers in non-essential services stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Central New York Congressman Anthony Brindisi says he is in self-quarantine after coming in contact with another representative who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Vera Eccarius-Kelly is a Siena College professor and a regular guest on WAMC's The Roundtable panel. She was recently in Germany visiting family as the coronavirus outbreak spread through Europe. Eccarius-Kelly spoke with WAMC's Jim Levulis about her experiences in Germany, her travel back to the U.S. and how she is handling the pandemic as she battles cancer.

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The coronavirus pandemic has altered life for many people and businesses, including the grocery industry. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Mona Golub of the Golub Corporation, which operates about 130 Price Chopper, Market 32 and Market Bistro stores throughout the Northeast, about what the recent past has been like.

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As Rotterdam, New York celebrates its 200th anniversary, it has a new town historian. 

Vassar College says it has uncovered images of its students and others in the New York college’s community in blackface, redface and yellowface. In a letter to students, Vassar President Elizabeth Bradley says the images from about a century ago were uncovered as the Poughkeepsie school digitizes its archives and special collections.

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College of St. Rose

Dr. Carolyn Stefanco announced Tuesday that she will step down June 30 as president of The College of Saint Rose. Stefanco joined the private university in Albany in 2014. 

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New York has confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the 39-year-old woman living in Manhattan is a healthcare provider who had been working in Iran.

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The Berkshire District Attorney’s office says a Pittsfield man was killed Tuesday after being hit by a train on a stretch of railroad tracks between South Church Street and Mill Street. 

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Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said Wednesday Nicole Layman of Port Jervis has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of a newborn found in a vacant lot. 

VT Attorney General T.J. Donovan
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Vermont’s attorney general says his office will not charge four Rutland police officers for their roles in a fatal October shooting. Democrat TJ Donovan said Tuesday the actions of the officers involved in the death of Christopher Louras were justified. 

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This week marks the 75th anniversary of decisive battles fought by the Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II. Area listeners are likely most familiar with the division because it is now based at Fort Drum in Northern New York. But, when it was created the division was based out west. 

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A Green Party member has joined the race for the 46th district in the New York Senate. 

Jerson Vargas. Colonie Police say this mug shot is from a 2019 arrest made by a different agency.
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Colonie, New York police say one of their officers was attacked on a CDTA bus Tuesday. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says preliminary results indicate the Village of New Paltz’s water storage tanks have non-detectable levels of petroleum compounds. The Ulster County village issued a “do not drink advisory” earlier this week. 

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YWCA of the Greater Capital Region

The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region recently named Starletta Smith its new executive director. A member of the Troy-based organization for about a dozen years, Smith takes over for Daquetta Jones. 

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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. 

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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

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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.