JD Allen

Berkshire Bureau Chief

Born and raised in Huntington, NY, JD has been WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief since March 2017. Before he joined WAMC, he reported for WSHU, an NPR affiliate that covers Connecticut and Long Island. JD has experience writing about healthcare and small businesses working with Long Island Business News weekly newspaper. He also hosted, produced and engineered award-winning programs at community radio station, WUSB Stony Brook. An avid fencer in his free time, JD holds a BA in Journalism and Sociology from Stony Brook University.

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With Pittsfield City Councilors counting every penny, the biggest city in the Berkshires has approved a $156 million operating budget. 

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Cheshire, Massachusetts residents shot down the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District’s $19.2 million budget at the annual town meeting Monday.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts residents shot down the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District’s $19.2 million budget at last night’s annual town meeting. 

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The Connecticut Bar Association hosted a panel discussion Monday about the opioid addiction crisis.

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Residents of Cheshire, Massachusetts will vote tonight on a $5.9 million budget for next year. The hot button issue is the proposed closure of Cheshire Elementary School.

Congressman Richard Neal will hold a town hall in the Berkshires after the county’s busy summer tourist season. 

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North Adams, Massachusetts would cut nine full-time teaching positions in the public schools under a $17.3 million budget for the next fiscal year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Mayor Richard Alcombright about the city’s overall budget and why he believes the city needs are necessary.

A panel discussion about growing up in the Digital Age in North Adams, Massachusetts is scheduled for Monday. 

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The Berkshire County Boxing Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class Friday. 

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North Adams, Massachusetts will expand the boundaries of its urban footprint.

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The Pittsfield Police Department is spotlighting missing teenagers on its social media feeds in an effort to find them. 

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At an Environmental Appeals Board in Washington Thursday, General Electric disputed the EPA’s current plan that calls for the company to pay to remove PCBs from the Housatonic River in Western Massachusetts.  

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The Clark Art Institute has opened for the summer season with exhibits by Pablo Picasso and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

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The silos at the Hancock Shaker Village will be restored after a rough winter. 

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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Eagle Street in North Adams, Massachusetts will be upgraded this month as city officials work to make it an attractive social space for residents. 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts will buy and provide upgrades at its police headquarters. 

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  In a filing last week, energy company Eversource said it’s now cutting back on the share Western Massachusetts customers will pay in a rate hike planned for the next year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Eversource spokesperson Priscilla Ress about the new proposal. 

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Pittsfield residents can learn about a state-led Tyler Street redevelopment project happening this summer at a public meeting Thursday. 

Connecticut has received $450,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to remediate Brownfield sites, but Democrats from the state warn the program is in jeopardy. 

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Pittsfield lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a $156 million operating budget. 

Berkshire County has received $1.1 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to remediate sites in the region.

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Adams, Massachusetts is now considering a less restrictive medical marijuana bylaw than what has been discussed. 

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The first candidate hoping to replace retiring North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright has emerged. The mayor announced last week that he would not seek a fifth term. 

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Massachusetts Senator Adam Hinds hosted a roundtable with state Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Friday in Pittsfield. The focus was how the Berkshires can overcome economic limitations.

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Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has joined a bipartisan group that is calling for federal resources to combat opiates – especially as a new deadly one hits Connecticut streets. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with the Democrat about what he calls a growing epidemic.

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  North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced Thursday he is not seeking re-election. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Alcombright to see what’s next for the four-term mayor.

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Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds is hosting Senate President Stan Rosenberg Friday in Pittsfield for a day of events.

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Eversource plans to scale back its proposed rate hikes in Western Massachusetts. The adjustment will still mean an increase for ratepayers.

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Connecticut’s Congressional delegation has announced nearly $4 million in funding for AmeriCorps members in the state. 

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North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced Thursday he is not seeking a fifth term. 

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