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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Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

The village board in Hoosick Falls will consider an agreement with two companies tied to water contamination in the Rensselaer County community. 

Governor Phil Scott
Governor-elect's transition office

Republican Phil Scott was sworn in as Vermont's governor Thursday. Below is the transcript of his inaugural speech.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
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Below is the full transcript of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's farewall address to lawmakers.

This is a picture of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
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Here is the full transcript of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's State of the State address delivered on January 4, 2017.

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko
Office of U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko

After a storm of criticism, including from President-elect Donald Trump, House Republicans reversed themselves Tuesday and restored the current rules of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat, spoke to WAMC News about the back and forth.

Pipeline opponents rallied outside Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for a hearing on the land access in April 2016.
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Massachusetts says it has settled a lawsuit brought by Tennessee Gas over an easement through Otis State Forest to expand an existing natural gas pipeline. 

This is a picture of Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing.
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After a decade in office, Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing is retiring. The Democrat has represented the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District since he was just 25 years old. Downing spoke with WAMC about what’s on his mind as he leaves office. 

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Police Department will be looking for a new chief. Brendan Cox will leave the department to take another job, but so far there is no word on when Cox will leave or where he will be going. 

A museum exhibit at the Adams Visitor Center is dedicated to the men from Adams, Massachusetts who served in the Army's 10th Mountain Division during World War II.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Oftentimes war means leaving the place you know behind, but it doesn’t always have to mean losing touch with home. In the next part of our series on World War II veterans, WAMC tells the story of about 20 men from a small western Massachusetts town who answered the call of duty — the best way they knew how.

Senator Chris Murphy
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A comprehensive health bill is headed to President Obama after the Senate approved it 94-5 Wednesday. Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, crafted the mental health portion of the 21st Century Cures Act

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo
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The ousted head of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Alain Kaloyeros, a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo and six business leaders pleaded not guilty to extortion, bribery and bid-rigging charges in federal court today. Barry Bohrer, the lawyer for former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco, briefly spoke to reporters in New York City in audio captured by Newschannel 13.

“It’s four to six weeks for us to review the evidence and that’s what we’ll be doing,” said Bohrer. “We’ll have more comments the next time we’re in court.”

Albany International Airport
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With about 60,000 passengers expected, Albany International Airport is preparing for its busiest Thanksgiving travel period since 2007. The Albany County Airport Authority is advising travelers arrive at least 90 minutes before their scheduled departures, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at GAP, Inc. in Fishkill
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marked the opening of a “pop-up” distribution center in the Hudson Valley today, after GAP’s roughly 1 million square-foot facility in Fishkill was destroyed in an August fire.

Jules Eskin plays the cello in 1964
Boston Symphony Orhestra

The principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra has died. Jules Eskin spent more than five decades with the orchestra.

This is a picture of Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing will go to work for a solar energy firm after leaving the State House. 

New York’s Attorney General is barring an Albany pastor and his wife accused of taking money from a charity they controlled from accessing the organization’s finances. 

Two men were sentenced today in a grisly Albany area murder authorities believe was tied to drug activity. Michael Chmielewski received 22 years to life in prison and Sean Moreland received two to six years in prison.

Moreland’s sentence will run concurrent to an eight-year burglary sentence in a separate crime.

In August 2015, Chmielewski broke into a Colonie hair salon to rob it for drug money and stabbed stylist Jackie Porreca, who died of her injuries. Moreland drove the getaway car.

Adam Hinds celebrates his election to the Massachusetts State Senate Tuesday night in Pittsfield.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Voters in western Massachusetts are sticking with Democrats in the State House. Adam Hinds cruised to victory in the race to replace retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing. Hinds, a Democrat, beat Republican Christine Canning by a roughly 70 to 30 split.

The United States flag
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags at New York State buildings to half-staff in honor of a Western New York native killed in Afghanistan last week.

The Massachusetts State House
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On Tuesday, Pittsfield voters will decide who will represent them in the State House and whether they want an additional tax surcharge to fund historical conservation efforts.

The New York State Fair logo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a panel to develop a plan to make the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse a year-round magnet for business and tourism. Speaking Wednesday in Syracuse, the Democrat says he’d like to detail the plan during his January State of the State address, noting that if it’s good he’ll advocate for a repeat of the recent $50 million investment at the fairgrounds.

Symbol for the 439th Airlift Wing
Twitter: @439Westover

Two men were killed late Tuesday night when a car crashed through the perimeter fence of the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, struck a cement barrier and caught on fire.

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Police from across the region, including members of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, came to South Glens Falls today to remember New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt who died in the line of duty last week when he was struck by a car while helping a truck driver along a road in Saratoga County. At the funeral, his daughter Sarah Pratt said her father was her source of strength.

This is a picture of the inside of the Massachusetts State House
Jim Levulis / WAMC

For the first time in a decade, voters in the westernmost portions of Massachusetts are charged with the task of filling an open state senate seat.

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Connecticut’s health exchange is entering its fourth open enrollment period with two less carriers than in years past. Anthem and ConnectiCare are increasing their rates 22 and 17 percent respectively.

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A New York State trooper has died after being hit by a vehicle while assisting the driver of a tractor trailer that had stopped in a median this morning in Wilton. 

A stretch of the Housatonic River under remediation.
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

The Environmental Protection Agency has made final modifications to its 13-year, $613 million cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. PCBs from General Electric’s now shuttered Pittsfield, Massachusetts facility have contaminated the waterway. EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding spoke with WAMC about the restoration effort.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Starting next month the city of Pittsfield will begin installing parking meters in heavily-trafficked areas of downtown.

The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is internationally known for its summer performance season, but the organization is looking to expand its influence year-round.

The Pittsfield City Council has tabled a resolution to oppose a statewide ballot initiative that would raise Massachusetts’ cap on charter schools.

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