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. 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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Judy Patrick, editor of The Daily Gazette, talks with WAMC's Jim Levulis about possible flooding in the Schenectady Stockade district and Dr. David Harris' appointment as president of Union College.

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Albany police have identified the woman killed in a pedestrian crash last night on Washington Avenue as Ludmilla Vink of Albany. According to police, the 92-year-old was hit by a car near the intersection with Quail Street around 9 p.m. 

WAMC's Jim Levulis speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union, about possible flooding in the Schenectady Stockade district, and the push for a new “adaptive performance test” for students.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General and the Berkshire Museum have agreed to settle a dispute over the sale of 40 artworks from the museum’s collection. The two offices released a joint statement Monday.

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Following the threat of losing federal funding, New York state will end the "I Love NY" tourism campaign this summer in favor of "NY has it all!" On Friday afternoon, the state’s transportation department and Thruway Authority pledged to work with the federal government on new road signs, after federal officials said the current ones were not safe.

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Chefs Ric Orlando and Hugh Horner join Food Friday with their favorite Mardi Gras dishes for the extended celebratory weekend of February 9-13. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The Berkshire District Attorney says there will be no charges filed in the fatal shooting of a city man by a Pittsfield police officer in September 2017. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it will evaluate about 1,800 sediment samples taken in 2017 by New York state officials from the Upper Hudson River. EPA is also advancing a study of the floodplain in the Upper Hudson where work began in 2014 when General Electric agreed to conduct a remedial investigation and study of PCB contamination. 

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The upstate New York proposals for Amazon’s second headquarters are not on the online retailer’s list of 20 finalists released Thursday. 

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Much of the Northeast is experiencing bitter cold and blowing snow. Many schools, museums and government offices have closed.

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An environmental conservation and outdoor recreation organization in the Berkshires has a new president—just its third in its 50-year history. Jenny Hansell succeeds Tad Ames as president of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council

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Two men are facing murder charges in the killings of four people, including two children, in the upstate New York community of Troy.

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Many people donate at the end of the year — in celebration of the holiday spirit or to pad their charitable giving in hopes of a larger tax return. Others donate their time. I gave some hours recently for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

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Authorities have named the four people found dead in a Troy apartment the day after Christmas.

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New York state has announced a $2 million flood mitigation and stream restoration program for the Village of Hoosick Falls to help the community recover from devastating floods this past July. 

Most people in America enjoy the luxury of washing waste down the drain or flushing it away in a toilet. But once it leaves the home, office or school, where does it go? What happens to it? In the latest installment of our infrastructure series, WAMC’s Jim Levulis explores the complex wastewater treatment industry.

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With a projected multibillion dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost New York state billions of dollars more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget.

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With a federal decision expected this month, New York state has announced it will sue the Environmental Protection Agency if the EPA declares dredging of the Upper Hudson River complete. 

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New York state and local leaders gathered in Albany Wednesday for the latest announcement of regional economic development awards.

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Authorities today identified the person whose body was found Saturday in a wooded area in Delmar, New York as 70-year-old Ruth Talmon of Schenectady County. 

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In response to sexual assault allegations against James Levine, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said Tuesday afternoon that the company's former music director "will never be employed or contracted by the BSO at any time in the future." 

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The head of the New York state Assembly has issued sanctions against outgoing Capital Region Republican Steve McLaughlin following a harassment complaint. 

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Two Connecticut congressmen say they've received word that homeowners with crumbling foundations will soon be able to seek federal tax relief.

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Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman says she is not planning to run for governor in 2018. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a fellow Democrat, has already announced he will not seek a third term.

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Democrat Andrea Smyth has conceded the race for Rensselaer County Executive to New York state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. Behind by nearly a thousand votes on the night of the election, Smyth said she was going to wait for the absentee ballots to be counted. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal against a judge’s ruling this week allowing the sale of 40 artworks at the Berkshire Museum to go forward. 

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Democrats have regained control of the city council in Troy, New York, but after the first citywide vote, the council presidency is still up in the air.

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Although her opponent has declared victory, Democrat Andrea Smyth said Tuesday night she will wait for all the votes to be counted in the close race for Rensselaer County Executive against Republican state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. 

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Authorities in New York and Massachusetts are warning of heavy rain and strong winds in the region Sunday and Monday. Flash flood and high wind watches are up for all of Massachusetts and most of New York state, including the Capital Region, the North Country, the Mohawk Valley and the Hudson Valley. 

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A campus in Oneonta, New York has created the state’s first college-level Peace Corps preparation program. Hartwick College is launching the initiative for its roughly 1,500 students November 1.

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