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. 

WAMC's Northeast Report as heard on Nov. 15, 2018.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2019 State of the State and budget address Tuesday in Albany.
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There have been numerous reactions to many of the policy items in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget. But how did the Democrat’s budgeting skills measure up? Two budget watchdog organizations are giving him mixed reviews.

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Today marks the deadline for Massachusetts legislators to file bills for the new session on Beacon Hill. WAMC spoke with two Berkshire County state representatives about what they’re bringing to the table.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Much of the Northeast is bracing for a winter storm this weekend. In New York, the snow is expected to start falling around sunset Saturday. Officials are getting ready.

Audrey Kupferberg: Pioneers - Women Filmmakers

Jan 18, 2019

Now that the temperatures have fallen and the winds have picked up, it’s a great time to spend evenings in front of a TV set viewing DVDs and Blu-rays, streaming documentaries and fictional features and shorts.  Bundle up in your heaviest fleece robe, grab that Sherpa throw, and begin! 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 18, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 18, 2019.

A snowy road.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With parts of the Northeast bracing for up to two feet of snow this weekend, WAMC's Ian Pickus spoke with National Grid's Patrick Stella Friday about the utility's preparations.

2017 March
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Saturday marks the second anniversary of the day when hundreds of thousands marched for women’s rights across the country, just after President Trump took office. The movement has since branched into various civil rights and social concerns while encountering controversy of its own. Thousands plan to take to the streets once again this weekend. 

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York state Legislature has announced it will hold hearings on February 13 on sexual harassment in state government. The announcement was hailed by a group of women who have experienced or reported being victims of sexual harassment by state lawmakers.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 17, 2019

Meteorologist Garet Argianas delivers the evening weather forecsat for Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Composite photo Dave Lucas / WAMC & facebook

With two hats in the ring, the race is on to replace retiring Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The New York state Legislature has been more active during the first few days of the session than it has in many years. It’s a big contrast from recent years, when it was the governor who took the lead in setting the agenda.

Josh Landes / WAMC

Berkshire County’s second adult use recreational marijuana dispensary opened Tuesday in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

I need to get this out-of-the-way. I don’t like Syracuse basketball. Most of this distain is it logical and routed in the fact that I went to college in upstate New York at a place that wasn’t Syracuse, so listening to unending idolatry of everything related to the Carrier Dome left an enduring Mark. Beyond that, there’s no real reason to not like the Orange, other than the reasons anyone chooses to dislike any sports program, especially a marquee one led by a long time established and imposing personality like head basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Afternoon Forecast

Jan 16, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the afternoon forecast for Jan. 16, 2019.

Paula Mahan
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Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan delivered her State of the Town address Tuesday morning before the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber. She'll give the speech again before the Town Board on Thursday.

Courtesy of the NYS Thruway Authority

At 10:52 Tuesday morning, a large portion of the old Tappan Zee Bridge became history in seconds. The bridge, an iconic lower Hudson Valley crossing that opened in 1955 connecting Westchester and Rockland Counties, was replaced by the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Bill McKibben at Plattsburgh United Methodist Church
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Author and activist Bill McKibben was in Plattsburgh Monday evening to talk to residents about the status of the environment and the growing urgency to reverse climate change.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2019 State of the State and budget address Tuesday in Albany.
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The New York State legislature for the first time granted civil rights to transgender New Yorkers on Tuesday. Governor Andrew Cuomo also released his $175 billion budget plan, on a busy day at the state capitol.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 15, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Albany’s DA recently decided against prosecuting anyone in connection with police shooting of a Black man and paralyzing him. He may have had a hunting knife. But police first charged that he was  charging them. So the apparent justification was that the police were scared. Then reports of a video showed that he was running away and was shot in the back.

Schenectady City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his State of the City address last night.


  Over the objections of its mayor, the third-largest city in Massachusetts has enacted a law to offer some protections to undocumented immigrants.


Ahead of his State of the State and budget address Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a bottle bill expansion and plastic bag ban will be included in the 2019 budget. Environmentalists praise the move but want to ensure it goes far enough while at least one industry group is concerned the bag ban could go too far.

Great Barrington’s Theory Wellness made history Friday when it opened its doors for Berkshire County’s first legal recreational marijuana sales. It will be followed by a store in the county’s largest community tomorrow morning when Temescal Wellness opens in Pittsfield. WAMC spoke with the company’s VP of sales and marketing, Linda Katz.

We have all seen the grim voting statistics:  New York – considered by many to be a progressive state – has one of the lowest voter participation rates in the nation. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 14, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 14, 2019.

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   City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts are poised to vote on a big tax break to support an expansion project by a long-time city-based company.

Shingles vaccination is the only way to protect against shingles.

Officials say the Northeast is experiencing an alarming shortage of the shingles vaccine that, left unsolved, could spread the painful and harmful virus to many this winter.

Remembrance Ceremony Honors A Dutchess County Marine

Jan 11, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A fallen Marine who was a resident of Dutchess County, New York, was remembered during a memorial service Friday in Poughkeepsie.