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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Jim Levulis each weekday for the latest. The weekend edition is hosted by Lucas Willard. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC and Stardate. Midday Magazine also offers a comprehensive regional weather summary and a range of commentators who span the political spectrum. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

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

Rogovoy Report 3/5/21

11 hours ago

The cultural highlights for our region this weekend include a musical installation by Kaki King, orchestral music, an archival concert from 1970, a performance by a living legend of jazz vocals … plus a whole lot more.

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

12 hours ago
Paul Caiano

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

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

Imam Shaffieq Chace speaks during Westchester County COVID-19 Commemoration, March 3, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer hosted a COVID-19 commemoration Wednesday, marking one year since the county’s first confirmed case. New Rochelle became the epicenter of the virus in New York early in the pandemic.

WAMC's Jackie Orchard speaking with Tom Merritt, creator of the MLB Trivia Challenge game, at Shamrock Tavern in Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY.
Matthew Burton

If you’ve ever played the MLB Trivia Challenge board game, you may have wondered, “Where did all of these statistical questions come from?” They were created long before Google, and the game itself is the result of one upstate New York man’s life’s work.

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force received some public comment Wednesday night on its draft police reform recommendations. But one case continues to dominate conversation around policing in the Spa City.

Screenshot of North County Chamber's 2021 virtual legislative forum
North Country Chamber

The North Country Chamber recently held its annual legislative breakfast forum with the region’s three New York state representatives. Two are relatively new to their legislative positions, and all discussed the implications of the proposed state budget for the area.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 4, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, March 4, 2021.

A bald white man in a button down shirt gestures with his hands in front of a wall with framed pictures and a banner.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Berkshires native Ben Downing spoke and took questions at a meeting of the county’s NAACP chapter Wednesday night.

Mayor Miro Weinberger wins a fourth term on Town Meeting Day 2021
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger won re-election Tuesday to a fourth three-year term in his closest race yet for the city’s top seat.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 3, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The city of Saratoga Springs is preparing for an influx of federal aid and coronavirus vaccine. 

three people at a press conference

Government funds have helped people in western Massachusetts stay in their homes as jobs were lost and income shrank during the pandemic. 

Last June, the city of Springfield announced a $2 million emergency housing fund to help people pay rent, mortgage, and utility bills.  All but $140,000 has now been claimed.

A white man smiles in a blue button-down shirt and a blue blazer with a pin shaped like Massachusetts with the American flag over it on his lapel
Ben Mancino

An exchange in a North Adams, Massachusetts community Facebook page has led to allegations of misconduct against city council vice president and likely mayoral candidate Jason LaForest.

Broadway location where Rhinebeck Bank will open in Newburgh
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A brick and mortar bank will open in Newburgh. The city hasn’t had a full-operation bank in a few years, a hole that Rhinebeck Bank will soon fill. Local lawmakers say the void has been noticeable, and welcome the new branch as an integral part of revitalization.

"13th" Teaches, Touches

Mar 2, 2021
Audrey Kupferberg

Someone I know who works in the film industry once told me that if a movie or TV show doesn’t grab you in the first ten minutes, it probably will not grab you at all.  Recently, a number of Netflix and Amazon originals that have been listed among the most popular programs for streaming have not grabbed me.  After watching a couple episodes of such series as Bridgerton and Firefly Lane, I was not left wanting more.  Both are quality productions, the casting is terrific, but the stories are not innovative. Their themes remind me of the the paperback romance novels that were popular from the 1950s through the 1970s.  Harlequin books come to mind.  Barbara Cartland comes to mind, as well.

Reverend Valerie Faust

A local religious leader is mounting a third bid to become mayor of Albany.

The feet of two people are visible standing behind voting booths in a hallway
Josh Landes / WAMC

The U.S. House is set to begin debating H.R. 1 this week. The For the People Act is intended to expand voting rights. On Monday, Vermont at-large Congressman Peter Welch held a virtual roundtable with the Green Mountain state’s election officials and civic advocates to discuss the implications of the bill.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 2, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the  Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

money in a wallet
WAMC file photo

   Reflecting the impact of the pandemic on family finances, there was a surge in complaints last year to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – the government agency set up to protect people from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices by financial companies.

NYS Assemblywoman Pat Fahy holds a copy of her newsletter.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Attorney General Tish James has received a referral from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office to investigate sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo from two former staffers.

Don Krapf for Sheriff

Columbia County Democrats have endorsed candidates for this year’s local elections.

It was recently reported in the Press Republican that the Democratic and Republican County Committees have agreed to hold a joint event for the signing of petitions in Clinton County.  This is an excellent example of a mature common-sense activity that is in the public interest by political parties.  If this could be extended to voter registration and other voting related activities it would certainly be extremely beneficial.  Kudos go to the two County Committees and their Chairs Clark Currier (R) and Jerry Marking (D) for their actions, and we can only hope that other counties take-up this unique approach which can only benefit Parties’ local citizens’ and democracy, in general.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

It was on March 1, 2020 that New York state confirmed the first case of a novel coronavirus that would eventually change everyday life across the United States and the world. So how will history treat this COVID-19 era? Since early 2020, Madison County Historian Matt Urtz has been compiling a timeline of key events and personal stories in hopes of chipping away at that monumental task.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 1, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, March 1, 2021.

Scotia Mayor Tom Gifford
Photo provided to WAMC by Tom Gifford

The village of Scotia in Schenectady County is preparing for some neighborhood improvements. Democratic Mayor Tom Gifford told WAMC's Lucas Willard about some efforts that are in the planning stages, including pedestrian improvement projects.