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. 

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Ulster County legislators are considering a measure to include additional single-use plastic items in a law pertaining to plastic straws. The county executive supports the proposed law while the legislature’s minority leader has concerns.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Hamilton" At Proctors

19 hours ago
Company, HAMILTON National Tour
Joan Marcus

How rare and wonderful it is when things in life exceed your expectations. Thank you “Hamilton” and Proctors for providing one of those rare occasions.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

19 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 16, 2019.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

As the smash-hit musical “Hamilton” continues its run at Proctors in Schenectady, the actors who portray three sisters of the prominent Schuyler family learned a bit more today about the real-life people they depict on stage.

Arise for Social Justice

     A noted activist in western Massachusetts has died.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The city of Plattsburgh won $10 million in the first round of New York Downtown Revitalization Initiative grants.  A major part of the redevelopment will occur at the Durkee Street parking lot in the city center.  An advisory committee has been working on recommendations to deal with the loss, shuffling and management changes of the nearly 300 spaces expected to be impacted. The Plattsburgh Common Council accepted their recommendations at its Thursday meeting.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state Senator was in Millbrook today to present a check to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in support of a project aimed at Lyme disease prevention.

Senator Patrick Leahy meets employees of Benchmark Space Systems
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy toured a company in South Burlington today that will soon literally launch a new satellite propulsion system.

A banner for the new Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park season hangs off scaffolding
Josh Landes / WAMC

Tonight, Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park begins its fifth anniversary season in the heart of downtown.

Schenectady County DA Robert Carney speaks to the press
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A grand jury has handed up indictments charging four people in connection with two shooting incidents in Schenectady County.

Audrey Kupferberg: Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Aug 15, 2019

Quentin Tarantino revolutionized popular culture in the 1990s with his ultra-violent, ultra-talented films RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION.  Dormitory rooms across the nation were decorated with Tarantino film posters.  Every fan knew certain dialogues by heart. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 15, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 15, 2019. 

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In early July, the New York Appellate Court issued a split decision on a lawsuit filed by Protect the Adirondacks in 2013 challenging the state’s plan to cut trees in the Forest Preserve in order to establish nearly 27 miles of snowmobile trails. Now, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency have announced that the state is appealing the ruling.

Susanne Robertson, at microphone , left is Dan Ellis of Heramn Law firm, right is Jack Cesare
Karen DeWitt

Hundreds of childhood sexual abuse survivors filed lawsuits in New York courts Wednesday on the start of a one-year window of opportunity for victims to seek civil action against their abusers.

Two white women speak while sitting on a bench in a courtroom
Ben Garver / The Berkshire Eagle

A longtime Great Barrington, Massachusetts public servant was arrainged in Berkshire Superior Court today. Prosecutors allege she stole over $100,000 from the town.

Keith Strudler: The Value Of A College Degree

Aug 14, 2019

There are definitely jobs that require at least a college degree. Like physical therapist, or professor, or lawyer. That’s part of what keeps universities in business. And of course, there are plenty of jobs that don’t. Where hiring is based purely on skills, not college credentials. That includes a lot of trades and technical roles, some that pay really well. It also includes the job of NBA professional basketball player, where college degrees are not only unnecessary, but actually carve into the limited time you can make money playing the game. And, let’s say you aren’t athletic enough to play professional basketball, but want to earn a living advising people who do, you also do not need a college degree. More specifically, if you want to be an agent for a college basketball player who is contemplating leaving school early to enter the NBA draft, you now do not need a diploma to do so.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 14, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, August 14, 2019.


   Prosecutors in a district attorney’s office in western Massachusetts will have professional development training on racism.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

Earlier today, we reported that the Burlington City Council approved a resolution opposing the basing of any nuclear weapon delivery system at the Vermont Air National Guard Base. It comes a month before the first F-35 fighter jets are scheduled to arrive at the Burlington facility, which opponents fear will be nuclear capable. During the debate, one councilor’s attempt to remove an amendment led to an extended discussion on parliamentary procedure and considerable confusion.

Stephen Gottlieb: Greenhouse Gas Tax

Aug 13, 2019

Governor Cuomo recently announced a wind farm off of Long Island. Sounds big. But it made clear to me that we have to turn to a carbon or greenhouse gas tax. Big as that wind farm is, new government wind farms are rare. And government projects somehow have to compete with and make up for all the carbon released by private sources. As the economy improves, private sources just make more. That process has to stop.

Garett Argianas' Evening Weather

Aug 13, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast Tuesday, August 13, 2019.


New subway cars made at a factory in Springfield, Massachusetts will make a long awaited debut tomorrow on the public transit system in greater Boston. 

Justice Scales
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Wednesday is the first day of a yearlong legal window to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York to sue their alleged abusers. Hundreds of cases are expected to be filed on the first day alone.

Schumer Seeks Funding To Safeguard Election Systems

Aug 12, 2019
Sen. Schumer
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York’s senior U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he’ll push for legislation in the upcoming federal budget to provide funds for local boards of election to harden their security against potential threats by foreign governments.

Over the last two years, top aides to Governor Cuomo, a political ally, and big campaign contributors were convicted of bid-rigging and other offenses stemming from state contracts tied to New York State’s economic development projects.  While the governor was never accused of wrongdoing, it was clear that better oversight was needed in the way state contracts are awarded.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 12, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 12, 2019.


An inflatable bounce house is not something typically associated with combating crime.

The official seal of the North Adams Police Department.
North Adams Police Department

The victim of a vandalism incident in North Adams, which she and others say was racially motivated, says it’s not the first time she and her family have experienced such abuse. 

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The western Massachusetts-based grocery store chain Big Y Foods is building a massive new distribution center next to its corporate headquarters in Springfield.

[This commentary was recorded before the terrorist attack in El Paso Texas and the subsequent one in Dayton, Ohio.]

Last week (ten days ago) , I watched the CNN debates and follow-up coverage and I’m so mad, I could spit!