J.D. Allen

Assistant News Director

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's assistant news director. Formerly WAMC’s Berkshire bureau chief, he has reported for public radio stations, including bylines with WSHU, WNYC, WBUR, WNPR and NPR. J.D. has reported on healthcare and small businesses for "Long Island Business News" and real estate and land-use for The Express News Group newspapers. He's an adjunct at Stony Brook University's School of Journalism. J.D. holds a B.A. in journalism and sociology from Stony Brook University and an M.S. in communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

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Absentee Ballots
John Froschauer / AP

A poll of New York voters has found support for speeding up the timetable for election workers to begin processing and counting absentee ballots in future elections.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The U.S. Navy has released plans to clean up the miles-long toxic Bethpage plume of chemicals traveling slowly underground toward the Great South Bay.

Coronavirus Church
Eric Gay / AP

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says parts of Long Island are now under “yellow zone” restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus after the communties exceeded a 3% positivity rate.

Cuomo said the new restrictions are for Great Neck and Massapequa Park in Nassau County, and Hampton Bays and Riverhead in Suffolk County. They each have a 7-day positive COVID-19 test rate above 3% for 10 days.

“You have local control up to 3%. When 3% happens, the state takes over," Cuomo said.

Seth Wenig / AP

Nearly 40 million vaccines could be needed to protect New Yorkers from COVID-19. Every state submitted to the federal government how they intend to distribute those vaccines to residents, whenever a vaccine becomes available.

N.Y. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
Mike Groll / AP

New York continues to lead the nation in what it pays to the federal government compared to the funding it gets back. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said there has never been a more critical time for there to be a balance.

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