WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition are two half-hour magazines of news and information, aired every weekday from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. just before All Things Considered, and again from 6:05 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. just before Marketplace.

Northeast Report features reports from the award-winning WAMC News team, plus commentary, arts news and interviews, the latest weather forecast, and an afternoon business wrap-up. The program is hosted by WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields who has been with WAMC for 25 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

Karen DeWitt

Tempers flared Wednesday at a public hearing of a commission formed to enact a public campaign financing system for New York. But the tensions centered not on that proposal, but on the commission’s decision to also consider whether to end fusion voting, which allows candidates to run on multiple ballot lines.

Trailhead at the Adirondack Loj
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondacks have been extremely popular for outdoor enthusiasts in the past few years, and overcrowding on some trails and the roads leading to them is a major concern.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has outlined additional plans to deal with traffic flow during what’s expected to be a very busy Columbus Day holiday.

A parking sign
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The City Council in Saratoga Springs has approved a new downtown parking garage. The structure has been the subject of discussion in the Spa City for decades.

Three people wearing sunglasses stand on steps before a stone colonnade
Josh Landes / WAMC

Following her preliminary election victory Tuesday, Pittsfield, Massachusetts mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo announced two endorsements on the steps of city hall Wednesday afternoon.

Keith Strudler: The Disappearing Quarterback

4 hours ago

You can almost look at starting quarterbacks in the NFL like you look at the weather in Florida. If you don’t like it, just wait 15 minutes, because it’s going to change. That’s nearly the pattern for quite a few NFL teams right now, where the head coach might need to buy a program to find out who’s behind center next week. In most cases, this is because of a slate of early season injuries. Take the New York Jets, who are playing some of the worst professional football north of Miami. In Monday night’s game, their second string quarterback Trevor Siemian left the game with ligament damage in his ankle, pushing third string QB Luke Falk into the game. Mind you, most football fans couldn’t tell the difference between Luke Falk and Luke Skywalker, the former of which did not have the benefit of the force in route to a 23-3 loss to an average Cleveland Browns squad. Falk will remain the Jets starter until their original QB1 Sam Darnold recovers from mono, which Jets fans would assert could only happen to the Jets.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

4 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, September 18, 2019.


    Senior citizens in the largest city in western Massachusetts are putting pressure on City Hall as they call for improved transportation to the new senior center.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Village of Rhinebeck, New York, is an Autism Supportive Community, one of just a handful across the country. The effort that began less than a year ago is entering its second phase.

IntraPac in Plattsburgh, NY
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Last week, a plastic container manufacturer in Plattsburgh announced the company was consolidating and closing its plant in Plattsburgh.  Within hours of the announcement, IntraPac’s local managers say other manufacturers in the region “inundated” them with phone calls seeking to hire their workers.

Stephen Gottlieb: The Candidates, The Voters And The Media

Sep 17, 2019

Commentators are scoring Democratic candidates by how "moderate" or "far left" they are. That's nonsense. Let me count the ways. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 17, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 17, 2019.


   Four companies looking to open the first recreational marijuana stores in the largest city in western Massachusetts have secured key first-step local approvals. 

Courtesy of the Westchester County Board of Legislators

County legislators and union members are calling for the passage of changes to Westchester’s Displaced Service Employees Protection law ahead of a public hearing tonight on the measure. It aims to close loopholes and protect workers’ jobs when buildings change management or contracts.

DiNapoli released his report, “Smart Solutions Across the State: Advanced Technology in Local Governments,” at a press conference in the City of Schenectady
Office of the New York State Comptroller

As local governments across New York switch to new technologies to save money, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released his Smart Tech Report today in Schenectady.

The electronic cigarette industry has done much to make up for the decline in tobacco consumption in America by getting the public to buy into its arguments that e-cigarettes are a “safer” alternative to smoking tobacco.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 16, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, September 19, 2019.


     The police department in Springfield, Massachusetts is moving closer to becoming the first big city police department in the state to equip all its cops with body cameras.

Local and company officials surround New York state Senator Betty Little as she cuts the ribbon at the new Wabtec facility in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber and local officials this morning celebrated the grand opening of an expanded manufacturing facility on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

Rows of seated seniors face a panel of also seated people behind a table in a basement auditorium
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging visited Berkshire County for the first time this week.

Independent redistricting is another step closer to reality in Dutchess County. The county legislature this week unanimously passed a law amending the county charter. Now, it’s up to the voters.

"If you're poorer, you're more likely to be overweight or obese."

While a new report finds one in every three Americans is considered obese, New York appears on the lower end of U.S. average obesity numbers.

Keith Strudler: Playing Alabama

Sep 13, 2019

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban does not want to talk about scheduling. He does not want to talk about why he played New Mexico State last week, where Alabama won 62-10 in a game that was not as close as the score may indicate. He also doesn’t want to talk about beating Duke 42-3 in the opening week, or why they’re playing lowly Western Carolina in November the game before the Iron Bowl. Saban made that very clear in a surly, 10-minute press conference on Saturday where he not only offered his philosophy of how college football should be scheduled, but also suggested the reporters try to get better teams to come and play Alabama, because he can’t find any that want to.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 13, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 13, 2019.

Plattsburgh City Council meets on September 12, 2019
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In 2018, the city of Plattsburgh filed a lawsuit against the Town of Plattsburgh in a dispute over a Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement. At Thursday evening’s Common Council meeting, the city’s mayor announced that he had offered a settlement to the town.

Springfield City Hall

    Springfield City Councilors are questioning terms of the proposed host community agreements with four companies looking to open the first marijuana stores in the western Massachusetts city.

Liz McEachern Hall / Three Twelve Photography

Women have had the right to vote in the U.S. for a century — after a long and difficult battle that spanned generations. Barbara Berenson is the author of “Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers.” The core of the book is an argument that Bay State suffragists have been given short shrift by history, and that their efforts were on the bleeding edge of a national struggle. Berenson spoke to WAMC about her book and the overlap between suffragists and abolitionists ahead of her September 17th talk at Williams College.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signs the executive order.
Mary Rozak

The Albany County Executive is using an executive order to fight against plastic waste, raising some eyebrows in the county legislature.

A room full of colorfully dressed women stand in a semi circle around a woman conducting
Josh Landes / WAMC

A Berkshire County women’s chorus celebrates its 50th anniversary with a concert in Pittsfield this weekend.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 12, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delviers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, September 12, 2019.

View of Crab Island (center) from Peru Boat Launch
Pat Bradley/WAMC

While most of the country today remembers the attack on the U.S. 18 years ago, memorials are also being held in New York’s North Country to commemorate the first attack on the U.S in 1814.  During the Battle of Plattsburgh, the British fought Americans for control of Lake Champlain. More than 100 British and American soldiers are buried in unmarked graves on an unpopulated island that served as a field hospital. Every year on September 11th the American Legion and others gather at the memorial to lay a wreath and pay tribute.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was on the island this morning.