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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CT Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman
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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.

Andrea Smyth speaking on Election Day in Troy, NY
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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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The city of Barre, Vermont has issued a Boil Water Notice for users in the higher elevations of the distribution system who experienced water loss Wednesday night. 

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The deadly shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas this weekend killed 59 people and injured more than 500. Standing on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel, the shooter opened fire while Jason Aldean and his band were performing at the Route 91 Harvest festival below.

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After 16 years leading the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Tad Ames will step down as the organization’s president at the end of 2017. Ames recently spoke with WAMC about his decision.

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The Berkshire Natural Resources Council is marking its 50th anniversary with a community celebration September 9.

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Pittsfield police shot a man who allegedly barricaded himself in his ex-girlfriend’s home. 

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is now recusing himself from the investigation into a police officer-involved shooting in Troy earlier this month. 

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The New York state Transportation Department says lanes on the Twin Bridges carrying the Adirondack Northway over the Mohawk River will be reduced during nights for the next several weeks, starting Monday night, for resurfacing. 

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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Leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital will not face penalties for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close in 2014. 

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Police in Mechanicville, NY have arrested two teenagers in the shooting death of 19-year-old David Feliciano.

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Often times, conservation and economics have butted heads. But a western Massachusetts company is looking to buck the trend.

Pat Muraca
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A Berkshire-based biotechnology entrepreneur has been accused of using investor funds – given for technologies to fight cancer – to pay his mortgage, write checks to family members and support his fiancée’s restaurants. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site in Hoosick Falls, NY to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List. According to the agency, EPA adds sites to the NLP list when mismanagement of contamination threatens human health and the environment. 

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Massachusetts’ highest court has denied an appeal for a new trial for Caius Veiovis, who was convicted of kidnapping and murdering three men in Pittsfield in 2011. The Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday upheld the 2014 conviction. 

(Airs 7/16/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2015 corruption conviction has been overturned by a federal appeals court, the city of Albany partners with the Nature Conservancy on a carbon agreement and we speak with a Democrat challenging Republican Congressman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District. Plus, political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a Quinnipiac poll on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s performance. 

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June 29 is the first day ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can operate in upstate New York and Long Island. State lawmakers approved expanding the service beyond New York City earlier this year. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation Tuesday allowing Connecticut’s two federally-recognized Native American tribes to run a casino in East Windsor. 

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Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has died. The Boston Globe reports Chester, who had been battling cancer, died Monday night.

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In the absence of a complete spending plan, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is calling on state lawmakers to pass what the Democrat is calling a mini-budget. 

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The Adirondack 46 are staples of hiking in upstate New York. WAMC’s Jim Levulis summited one of the 4,000-footers and sent this report.

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The Massachusetts House is set to debate proposed changes to the voter-approved law that legalized recreational use of marijuana by adults.

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The White Mountains live up to their name well into spring. WAMC’s Jim Levulis hiked one of the range’s southern peaks and sent this report.

Bald Eagles Face Danger From Lead Poisoning

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The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story across the Great Lakes region, and keeping them safe is a high priority for many environmental professionals.

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An Albany County court jury Wednesday afternoon found two former University at Albany students guilty of filing a false statement, but acquitted the pair of assault, attempted assault and harassment. 

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