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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's Associate News Director Jim Levulis. 


     The mayor of the largest city in western Massachusetts is demanding more protective face masks for public safety personnel.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

A piece of matzah - flat white cracker mottled with brown baking burns - sits next to a box of matzah
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With tonight’s celebration of the first night of Passover, Jews around the world are experiencing a unique version of the ancient tradition: the Skype Seder. WAMC spoke with rabbis from across Berkshire County to hear how they’re approaching this pandemic Passover.


Union workers in Schenectady rallied outside of General Electric today, asking the company to ramp up production of ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers COVID-19 update during April 6, 2020 press briefing
Courtesy of Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says it was another day of mixed news about the coronavirus. A new daily high for deaths was reached, while the overall rate of new infections and hospitalizations is flattening.

Church of Saint Patrick

The coronavirus pandemic will have many faithful in the Capital Region worshipping from home this month. Adhering to social distancing guidelines limiting gatherings of more than 10 people, many churches, synagogues, and mosques have shuttered their doors ahead of their biggest religious holidays.

Keith Strudler: Pro Sports In Quarantine

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Generally speaking, this is normally the time of the year I start paying attention to the NBA. It’s not that I don’t like pro basketball, it’s just that with so many games and a post season that lasts longer than the full run of Mash, it’s hard to get too excited about the lion’s share of the regular season. But now that college basketball would have finished and football’s still a long way off, this is time when I typically start to tune in.

Albany County Officials gathered in the Cahill Room at the County Office Building.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As of Wednesday, Albany County has 330 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 441 people under mandatory quarantine and 37 hospitalized.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

1 hour ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the eveing weather forecast for Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Screenshot of Bernie Sanders' webstream as he announces suspension of 2020 presidential campaign
Sanders 2020

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his second bid for the White House this morning. The presidential candidates have been forced to campaign online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but that is not the reason Sanders gave for giving up his run for the Democratic nomination.

Cots set up at Patrick Gymnasium COVID-19 surge site
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The state of Vermont, the Vermont National Guard and the University of Vermont Medical Center have been collaborating to set up “surge sites” to handle any potential patient overloads from the coronavirus pandemic. One of the surge facilities is at the Patrick Gymnasium on the UVM campus.  Officials provided a tour of the operation Tuesday morning in advance of any patient transfers.

Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan during Facebook Live Town Hall, April 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

There are plans to add a COVID-19 treatment bed facility in Ulster County, New York. County Executive Pat Ryan made the announcement during a Facebook Live Town Hall Tuesday with the superintendent of the Kingston City School District.

  Federal dollars have started flowing to the largest city in western Massachusetts to help with the recovery from the pandemic.  

Stephen Gottlieb: What Is Mr. Trump Accomplishing?

Apr 7, 2020

President Trump insists on painting a rosy picture. He’s great. He’s solved every problem. We were the first to stop people coming from China. We have great tests. And medical professionals have all they need.  Things are so good that America will be going to church for Easter. And it would be a shame not to have sports to watch.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 7, 2020

Meteorologist Garret Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Kevin O’Connor, the Albany County Director of Economic Development, Conservation and Planning, with Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Gearing up for the eventual restart to the economy took center stage at today’s Albany County coronavirus briefing.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York is reporting the highest number of deaths to date from the coronavirus, but despite that grim number, Governor Andrew Cuomo sees a glimmer of hope that the spread of the virus might be slowing. It’s the third day in a row that new hospitalizations have declined. 

NYS Senator James Skoufis
Courtes of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to marshal coordination with local law enforcement to ensure residents in Orange and Rockland counties are adhering to the state directives for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rockland County executive has been pressing the state to allocate more resources to his county.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Reporting coronavirus cases by the numbers has become a daily ritual for Albany County officials. Monday’s message came with a bit of hope. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Blair Horner: The NY State Budget Gets Approved

Apr 6, 2020

Despite New York being at the epicenter of a growing pandemic, Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers were able to cobble together a budget for the fiscal year that started on April 1st,  “cobbled together” because it was a budget assembled under unprecedented pressure and based on the understanding that many of its assumptions may be dashed by what happens over the next few months.  In that way, it is a budget more written in the sand than etched in stone.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 6, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, April 6, 2020.

A long building with a real estate sign and a large trash container outside of it sits off a long sidewalk
Josh Landes / WAMC

Berkshire County’s largest community is responding to the ever-changing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.


   Residents in the largest city in western Massachusetts are being asked to wear face masks outside the home as preparations continue for a surge in coronavirus cases.

Cynthia Nixon
Karen DeWitt

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers approved the state budget this week, they slipped in a provision to permit public campaign financing for elections in future years. But critics say the plan was designed to weaken minor political parties, including the progressive Working Families Party, which has a long-running feud with Cuomo. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration provided the latest update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday morning. Their focus was on the effectiveness of the public use of masks and the need to maintain social distancing in order to stem the spread of the disease.

United States Census 2020 logo

For months, Capital Region officials tried to promote participation in U.S. Census counting this spring. Then came the coronavirus pandemic.

Medical leaders and the media practice social distancing during a press conference at Albany Med.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The first coronavirus patients from the greater New York City area have begun arriving upstate.


  To slow the spread of the coronavirus, new steps are being taken to keep people apart in the outdoors in Massachusetts.

If you watch enough television, you will often see a doctor or nurse describing in agonizing detail the pressures they are under treating Coronavirus patients.  I am in awe at their courage, their devotion to their calling, and the risks they take to care for patients.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 3, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 3, 2020.

Plattsburgh International Airport new concourse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory recommending residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut refrain from non-essential domestic travel for two weeks because of the high transmission of the coronavirus in the area. Days later, Spirit Airlines said it was suspending all flights to and from those states including airports at Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.  Officials in New York’s North Country say the temporary loss of flights is not a surprise.