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Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers the regional weather summary for Saturday, March 6th, 2021. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: Vaccinated

Mar 6, 2021
Vaccine site at Hudson Valley Community College’s McDonough Sports Complex
Ralph Gardner Jr.

Sometimes you don’t see the patterns in life until you look back from a distance. Other times you can detect them immediately. Pandemics have a way of crystallizing things, of offering contour to an occasionally nonsensical world. Concerns about one’s demise, to paraphrase Samuel Johnson, not only tends wonderfully to concentrate the mind but also to divide its existence into before, during and after.

Peter Crummey
Peter Crummey

The race to replace retiring Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan is taking shape. The town Republican Party says Peter Crummey will step down as town justice to run. The Democrats are backing Kelly Mateja to replace Mahan, a Democrat who has served as supervisor in the Albany County town since 2008. Mahan won re-election by about 100 votes in 2019.

Kingston Issues RFP For Tiny Homes Community

Mar 6, 2021
Second Wind cottage being built, Newfield, NY
Courtesy of Second Wind cottages, Newfield, NY

Officials in the City of Kingston, New York wants to create a tiny homes community to house homeless or low-income individuals.

RTPWiR version of the Roundtable Panel graphic (mic in radio studio)

   Each weekday morning, WAMC’s President and CEO and Political Observer, Alan Chartock, and Roundtable Host Joe Donahue are joined by various experts, journalists, educators, and commentators to discuss current events. 

On Roundtable Panel: The Week in Review, we feature your favorite panelists discussing the most important issues of the week, giving you a chance to catch up, ponder or reconsider.

The Legislative Gazette #2110

Mar 5, 2021

(Airs 03/05/21 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly addresses sexual harassment allegations against him for the first time, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the implications of the allegations surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo, and UAlbany President Havidan Rodriguez on a new report on how to better serve Latino and Latina students in higher education.

Barriers around the New York State Capitol.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The New York State legislature is voting to end Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers granted to him during COVID-19, as the Democrat faces new developments on two controversies over sexual harassment allegations and his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Holds Anniversary COVID-19 Roundtable with county executives, March 5, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a virtual roundtable Friday with three county executives. The gathering marked one year since Maloney’s first COVID-19 roundtable when the first cases in his 18th District emerged.

The University at Albany is changing the name of its Indian Quad to “Indigenous Quad” and Indian Drive to “Indigenous Drive.”

Vermont state lawmakers are introducing for the third time a bill designed to require polluters to pay for medical monitoring expenses for residents affected by toxic contamination.

Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted today to give Commissioner Jeffrey Riley the power to force local districts to reopen their schools full-time. Riley said he’ll take a phased-in approach starting April 5th with elementary schools.

two dirt bikes
Springfield Police Dept

With days getting longer and the weather warming, dirt bikes are back on city streets.  Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are making another attempt to crack down on the illegal use of these off-road vehicles.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 5, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 5, 2021.

Hattie's Chicken Shack

It's all about grilling and frying on today's Food Friday! Jasper Alexander of Hattie's Restaurant and Hattie's Chicken Shack and Deanna Fox join us to answer all of your cooking questions! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello presented her annual legislative address Thursday evening.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

It's time again to check out highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

New York Farm Bureau logo
New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau advocates for one of the state’s largest industries: agriculture.  The group recently released its 2021 national priorities.

A black haired Asian American woman is on one side of a split portrait; on the other, a white woman in a blue pants suit stands at a podium covered in microphones.
City Of Pittsfield / Josh Landes WAMC

In a WAMC News exclusive, a Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilor is opening up about her time working for Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington – and what led to her exit.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 5, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 5, 2021.

Book cover for "The Devil You Know" and author photo of Charles M. Blow

Acclaimed New York Times columnist and author Charles M. Blow never wanted to write a “race book.” But as both physical and psychological violence against Black people seemed only to increase in recent years, culminating in the historic pandemic and protests of the summer of 2020, he felt compelled to write a new story for Black Americans.

His new book is "The Devil You Know."

Book cover for "A World Without Email"

Dubbed “the Marie Kondo of technology,” Georgetown professor Cal Newport, has dedicated his career to helping people develop healthier, more balanced relationships with modern technology. Now, he turns his attention to our inboxes.

Email has long been heralded as having rescued modern work life from the inefficiencies of memo pads and fax machines. But Newport argues that email has actually created a productivity disaster, reducing profitability and perhaps even slowing overall economic growth.

In "A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in a World of Communication Overload," Newport makes the case that our inbox-driven approach to work is broken, and offers a vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of constant communication.

Roz Chast has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn and began selling cartoons to the New Yorker as soon as she submitted them in 1978. Chast's cartoons have also been published in many other magazines.

She has illustrated several books and won many awards for her work. her memoir, "Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant," was a number one New York Times bestseller.

Her latest is "You Can Only Yell At Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples." It is written with New Yorker contributor Patricia Marx.

   The police department in Springfield, Massachusetts and the city’s health department are looking to share information they hope could prevent opioid deaths. 

The Town of Philipstown, in partnership with the Ecological Citizens Project, Inc. and ICLEI USA, Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory report
Courtesy of the Town of Philipstown

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced another round of Climate Smart Communities. These communities are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build local climate resilience.

3/5/21 RT Panel

Mar 5, 2021
Microphone in radio studio

      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck, Siena College Professor of Economics Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Time's Union Story about Judith's phone call from Howard B. Glaser, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's director of state operations.

Photo of Alan Chartock, WAMC's President and CEO.
Eric Korenman / Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that the Senate opened debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Thursday without support from a single Republican senator. 

Marina Villeneuve
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about reports that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's top aides altered the number of nursing home deaths in a state Health Department report in July. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Mar 5, 2021
Paul Caiano

Here is NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

A mix of sun and clouds and windy with a few snow showers today. Highs in the mid to upper 20s.

All-Star Game Logo

LeBron James has faced Giannis Antetokounmpo as an opponent in the last three All-Star Games. The Los Angeles Lakers' star got him as a teammate this year. James used the No. 1 overall pick on Antetokounmpo — the NBA's two-time reigning MVP from Milwaukee — in the draft for Sunday's All-Star Game in Atlanta. Kevin Durant, who will not play in the All-Star Game because of injury but still is the captain for Team Durant, took Brooklyn teammate Kyrie Irving with his first pick.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Several lawmakers in the Hudson Valley are urging New York state officials to set up joint COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites closer to home. Local leaders in the region have repeatedly said traveling to the closest state sites is too far for many mid-Hudson region residents.