WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30PM - 4PM and 6PM - 6:30PM

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

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate completion of a renovated building at the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County.

One Week To Go In New York State Budget

12 hours ago
Activists are seeking more school funding.
Karen DeWitt

With less than a week to go to the budget deadline, interest groups converged on the state capitol in Albany Monday, lobbying to get their measures included in the budget plan, and in some cases, to keep items out.

Last week, the debate came to a head over whether New York should create a voluntary system of public financing of elections.  The state Senate, which appears to be a supporter, held a public hearing to gather testimony on the governor’s proposed plan. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

13 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, March 25, 2019.

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           Republicans are taking a victory lap now that President Trump and his 2016 election campaign have been cleared of collusion with Russia.

Senator Chris Murphy

In a letter based on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Attorney General William Barr says President Trump and his campaign did not collude with the Russian government. Barr also writes there is not enough evidence to charge Trump with obstructing the investigation. With more wrinkles likely to come, Democrats are calling for Mueller’s full report to be released. 

Cuomo Has Upper Hand If There's A Late Budget

Mar 22, 2019

The new New York state budget, due April 1, will be first one decided by an all-Democratic state legislature in a decade, after Republicans ruled the Senate for most of the past century. And while the leadership of the Senate and Assembly have been newly reasserting their governing powers, when it comes to the spending plan, there’s only so far that they can go in their disagreements with Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Audrey Kupferberg: Der Hund Von Baskerville

Mar 22, 2019

There is value to the rediscovery of any silent film that was thought lost for decades.  After all, fewer than half of all silent films have survived.  When the rediscovered film is the last silent film ever made featuring Sherlock Holmes, there is particular reason to celebrate.  Recently, extremely rare materials on the 1929 German feature film, Der Hund von Baskerville, were located.  A Czech-language 35mm distribution print was identified in a Warsaw film archive, and a 9.5mm Pathex abridgement originally for the amateur market was found in a private collection.  With these prints, Der Hund von Baskerville was able to be restored by the Polish archive, preservationists Rob Byrne and Russell Merritt, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and Flicker Alley. Just a few weeks ago, Flicker Alley released the title with incredible bonus features on Blu-ray and DVD.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 22, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather for Friday, March 22, 2019. 

Hen with chicks.

The Albany Common Council is again considering a proposal to allow people keep backyard chickens.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As budget negotiations continue, local officials and New York state lawmakers are seeking state dollars to bring the Capital District Transportation Authority to Montgomery County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley and a Long Island county executive were in Rockland County Thursday standing alongside several veterans. They want New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to include funding in the budget due April 1 for a support program for veterans.

Senator Patrick Leahy speaks at the annual Burlington Police Award Luncheon
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Every year the Queen City Police Foundation and the Rotary Club of Burlington hold a luncheon to recognize and honor police officers and citizens of Burlington. Vermont Senior Senator Patrick Leahy was among the keynote speakers at this week’s event.


Gambling casino companies are pressing Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to allow them to open gaming centers in New York City as part of the new state budget. There are a number of obstacles to overcome, but the proposal may seem tempting to lawmakers, who are strapped for cash this year.

Vice President Joe Biden at the University of Vermont
Pat Bradley/WAMC

According to a new poll, the candidate for president that New Yorkers favor the most is not even in the race. The poll by Quinnipiac University found that former vice president Joe Biden is the top choice among New York voters with a favorability rating of 62-percent. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 21, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local officials are hailing a new study that shows while New York state may have health problems, Albany County has made strides in ensuring residents are thriving.

Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility sign
Vermont Department of Corrections

The Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility was built in the 1970s as a coed facility. In 2011, the Department of Corrections made it Vermont’s only women’s prison. Advocacy organizations are holding a panel discussion tonight on a number of issues surrounding the South Burlington prison.

The Small Business Administration of Massachusetts has named Lenox Fit the 2019 Woman Owned Business of the Year. Owner Suzanne Merritt has been running the fitness and wellness center for the past four years. The owner spoke with WAMC about how she’s developed and expanded the business, the climate for small businesses in the county, and the unique hurdles women face.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Plattsburgh, NY
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The chance to include the legalization of adult recreational marijuana in the New York state budget is fading, now that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be backing away from the proposal.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 20, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Beginning Thursday at approximately noon eastern time, the first of 64 men’s college basketball teams will begin a process of elimination also knowing as the world’s largest sanctioned illegal gambling event. It also goes by the NCAA Basketball Tournament, or the two days that about a quarter of the working public seems to come down with an unidentified illness requiring sick time. That 64 actually started at 68 on Tuesday, but most people don’t count those first four play-in games, mainly because they’re not part the betting pool.


  A change in management has been announced at a nationally recognized child literacy campaign in western Massachusetts.

An interfaith symposium Wednesday in Rockland County was planned prior to the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last week. But organizers say the shootings make it more important than ever to confront hatred and intolerance.

 New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul at the new Albany DMV office.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany office of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles held a grand opening ceremony at its new Central Avenue location today.

Stephen Gottlieb: Take America Back

Mar 19, 2019

It is painful to see the forces of hate killing men, women and children on many continents and here in many states, in schools and public places, taking apart the work of what we have been honoring as the greatest American generation who spilt their blood for the America they loved. It is painful and frightening to see the effort of the alt-Wrong to rip apart the free world that this country took the lead in creating. It’s painful to see terrorists crediting an American president as their inspiration for murder.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 19, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, March 19, 2019.


   The drive to make Springfield the latest city in Massachusetts to ban plastic shopping bags has stalled.  

NYS Senator Discusses Budget Issues

Mar 18, 2019

With the New York state budget due April 1, it’s time to reconcile the legislature’s proposals with the governor’s spending plan. On Monday, one of the Hudson Valley’s Democratic state senators discussed aspects of the Senate’s budget, and weighed in on such topics as legalizing recreational marijuana and sports betting.

Since December 2018, Ed St. John has served as the interim town administrator of Cheshire, Massachusetts. Now, the former town selectman has been chosen by his former colleagues to take on the role full time in the town of about 3,000. Carol Francesconi – chair of the Cheshire select board – told WAMC she was impressed with St. John’s ability to work with the town’s representatives and residents, singling out his work on Cheshire’s 2020 budget. St. John spoke with WAMC about the projects he has underway and his grand vision for Cheshire.