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Levon Putney

levon Levon PutneySince words can’t begin to describe how excited I am to work for WCBS 880, I may as well begin with a little about myself. After all…it is a bio!

First, yes…my parents named me after Elton John’s ’70s hit, so go ahead and sing a verse if you cross my path…I love it. I’m originally from 3rd Ward in Houston, Texas (and still a proud Houstonian…especially with sports), but prior to WCBS I lived for six years in the great city of Cleveland, where I was a Reporter for WTAM 1100. While there, the Associated Press gave me a few awards–including one for covering a story where I watched over 27-hundred people strip nude for a photo shoot. Yeah. That’s probably why I wear glasses…

Before Cleveland, I spent a year and a half at WENY in Elmira, New York and eight months making minimum wage at a country station in Columbia, Missouri. I now think “The Gambler” is one of the greatest songs ever. My career actually got started at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I graduated in 1996 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. I learned a heck of a lot. The book lessons came in handy, too.

These days, I call Jersey City, NJ home, and the Garden State is my beat. This means I want to know what’s up with every issue, group and area around New Jersey.

I still can’t think of any mind-blowing, descriptive phrases to note how happy I am to be a News Reporter for WCBS 880 in New York. By the way, I love NYC. So maybe the best I can say is, “I feel right at home.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (file / credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

NJ Gov. Chris Christie To Allow Medical Marijuana Law To Go Forward

Christie says he will allow the state to begin dispensing medical marijuana despite his concerns over whether federal authorities could prosecute state regulators.

07/19/2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker launches the city's first-ever Youth Public Safety Academy (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Newark Launches First-Ever Youth Public Safety Academy

Mayor Cory Booker has joined forces with police officers, firefighters and prosecutors to recruit about 40 children, ages 10-14, to attend a special summer camp where they will learn to report crimes, stay away from gangs and carry fire hoses.

07/19/2011

NJ Gov. Chris Christie (credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie Trying To Put Some Money Back Into Budget

After first taking state aid away from about two dozen urban areas in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie is now trying to find a way to put that money back in the budget.

07/18/2011

A Continental Airlines jet is seen at Newark Liberty International Airport (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City Area Airports Look At Expansion

While the Port Authority takes in proposals to do an airport capacity study Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia, one local aviation advocate says the first thing to do is upgrade the air traffic control system.

07/08/2011

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New Jersey Police Departments Allowed To Test For Steroids

Those who test positive will need a doctor’s letter saying there’s a legitimate medical reason and that they’re still fit for duty.

07/07/2011

Kean University - Union, NJ (file / credit: Kean University)

Two New Jersey Colleges Warned By Accreditation Board

Essex County College and Kean University have been warned by the regional organization which grants accreditation for not having quality systems to track if school and student goals are being met.

07/06/2011

A sign indicating a red light camera - File / Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

New Jersey Drivers In Favor Of Red Light Cameras, Survey Finds

A survey done in New Jersey by The National Coalition for Safer Roads found that 77-percent of registered voters favor red light cameras.

07/06/2011

Ostriches (file / credit: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Tri-State Area Foodies Saddened By Ostrich Egg Shortage

If you’ve got a craving for an ostrich egg omelet you might need to find something else to eat.

07/05/2011

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State Police Urging Boaters To Be Safe On The Water

For all the boaters heading out this weekend, be careful. Extra marine patrols are out on the water.

07/03/2011

Dave Warden shows off marijuana seen at a dispensery - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 19, 2009 (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

New Jersey Reacts To Federal Statement On Medical Marijuana

The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws.

07/01/2011

Gov. Chris Christie (file / credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie Signs New Jersey Budget Averting Government Shutdown

Despite signing the budget, Christie harshly criticized the Democratic legislature, saying they were reverting “to more of the same unrealistic, fantasy budgeting that has plagued Trenton for years.”

06/30/2011

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Logo

End Of Month Means Long Lines At New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission

Drivers want to be on the road enjoying the hot sumnmer months, not stuck at the Motor Vehicle Commission. But that’s exactly where many New Jerseyans were for hours on Thursday.

06/30/2011

Sunbathers enjoy the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean in Bradley Beach, New Jesrey. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

New Jersey Beaches Get High Marks For Minimal Sewage Runoff

While most beachgoers know to get out of the water when a thunderstorm’s coming, not everyone knows that after it rains is the worst time to go swimming.

06/30/2011

Gay wedding cake (credit: Kathleen Maloney/1010 WINS)

Gay Couples File Suit Against N.J. Over Same-Sex Marriage

Seven gay couples and many of their children filed a lawsuit Wednesday to demand New Jersey recognize gay marriage, saying it’s the only way to solve inequities created by the state’s four-year-old civil union law.

06/29/2011

NJ Gov. Chris Christie (credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Gov. Chris Christie Signs NJ Public Employees Benefits Bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed landmark employee benefits legislation requiring a half-million public workers to pay more for pension and health benefits.

06/28/2011

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