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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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NYSSBA's David Albert

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.


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

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

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

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
Lucas Willard / WAMC

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

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.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
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Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan will need a strong absentee ballot performance to remain in the seat she has held for a dozen years.

Jesse King

The Albany County Airport Authority has selected Philip Calderone as its next CEO, overseeing operations at Albany International Airport. He will take over for John O’Donnell, who is retiring after more than 20 years with the aiport. 

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Berkshire District Attorney’s office on Wednesday released more details about its investigation into an alleged assault at a college in September. Authorities say campus safety received a call that a student of color was assaulted in a wooded area near Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington on September 27. 

The entrace to the Dunn facility off Partition Street Ext.
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New York State is instituting new requirements for the S.A. Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the requirements will reduce the potential for odors and other off-site impacts by going beyond existing voluntary actions on the part of the landfill operator.

Sen. Chuck Schumer holds a photo of UAlbany's Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex under construction.
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced a program to train New York’s college students to work in the cybersecurity industry.

Mary Powell
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The top official at Vermont's largest electric utility is leaving her position at the end of the year. Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell has led the utility, which has about 265,000 residential and business customers, for the past 12 years.

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Sunday, September 29 is Gold Star Mothers and Families Day. A number of events are being held across the nation to commemorate the loved ones lost in defense of our nation and to support their surviving family members. 

Anne Richard
Hamilton College

Immigration policy has been a top political issue in Washington for years, becoming increasingly divisive. Part of the debate includes how the United States handles people seeking refugee status in America. Anne Richard, a former assistant secretary of state in the Obama administration, is now a visiting professor at Hamilton College. She is presenting a lecture on refugee policy at the private liberal arts school in Clinton, New York at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Federal authorities have charged the operator of the now-defunct MyPayrollHR with bank fraud. U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith and the FBI’s Albany office say 49-year-old Michael Mann appeared in federal court Monday on a criminal complaint. Authorities say Mann, of Saratoga County, fraudulently obtained at least $70 million in loans from banks and other financial institutions.