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. 

From left to right: the Albany Business Review's Mike Demasi, Peter Hoffman, Sonny Bonacio, Dawn Davidson, and Mark Levack
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A forum this morning explored development in Glens Falls. The small city in Warren County has seen a surge of new construction in the last few years.

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Roots

6 hours ago

We all have instincts for self-preservation that we sharpen over the course of our lives. Yet how do we avoid turning those same sharpened instincts into weapons that we use on ourselves and each other, so that we all don’t get badly injured in the process? Specifically, in our conflicts with others, when, if ever, and how, if at all, should we step outside our zones of safety and suspicion, to take the risk of relating to our (perceived or real) enemies -the “others” – as sisters and brothers?

Keith Strudler: Playing For Enrollment

6 hours ago

Minnesota’s upset football win last Saturday over Penn State pleased a broad and diverse coalition. Obviously, that starts with Minnesota football fans, who have waited since 1904 to once again see their team go 9-0. Also excited are fans of schools like Clemson and Georgia and Oklahoma, who were more than pleased to see Penn State cleared from the potential list of undefeated teams that might make college football’s four team playoff.  And add to that the large population of people who simply dislike Penn State football, both for more recent affairs as well as long-standing distain. Any school with that many fans has just as many enemies.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

6 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, November 14, 2019.

The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is getting ready for its first full winter. This month, the first season of year-round programming at the sprawling concert venue Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts continues with a pair of events at the new Learning Institute. Director Sue Elliot spoke with WAMC. She says things get under way with Friday’s “TASTE: Spotlight on Argentina.”

The raise the age law went into effect Wednesday. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the goal is to prevent addictive cigarette and vaping products from getting to young people.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Just as New York raised the minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 from 18, a local Albany County law that would have banned flavored tobacco sales was defeated.

Some areas, including Plattsburgh NY, received up to 8 inches of snow in a Veteran's Day storm
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Thanksgiving is still more than two weeks away, but chairlifts are operating after the early season snow this week brought over 8 inches to some areas of the Northeast. That’s good news for some winter sports enthusiasts. But as WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, not everyone can take advantage of the new powder.

A long debate about lowering rising tax rates in Pittsfield, Massachusetts ended in deadlock at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 13, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Rep. Antonio Delgado
Michael Apollo / WAMC

Congressman Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th House district is among the millions of Americans closely following the start of public impeachment hearings. 

Officials celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Atlas Heights affordable housing community in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A new affordable housing complex is under construction in Plattsburgh.

The U.S. was the world’s most powerful country when Trump took office. Though we couldn’t control everything, we influenced outcomes all over the world. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 12, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Saratoga County D.A. Karen Heggen, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and State Senator Jim Tedisco.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New criminal justice laws will be on the books in New York next year. But several Saratoga County state and local Republican officials are pushing for a delay.

Former Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick speaking at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

After ruling out a run for president nearly a year ago, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is reportedly having second thoughts.

NYACS President Jim Calvin spoke Monday at Campus Mobil in Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With New York’s tobacco sales age raising from 18 to 21 this week, Albany County legislators are set to decide whether to prohibit the sale of most flavored tobacco products.

New York State’s campaign financing system has been notorious – sky-high contributions that allow the wealthy and powerful to legally donate over $100,000; ineffective enforcement; loopholes galore and inadequate disclosures.  The result?  Scandals.  Most recently the convictions of big donors and top-ranking state officials in an incredible scheme that rigged government contracts for big campaign donors.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 11, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, November 11, 2019.

Springfield City Hall

      Advocates for creating a dog park in the largest city in western Massachusetts have secured money for a feasibility study. 

A young man in a pink shirt stands in front of a yellow wall
Josh Landes / WAMC

Tate Coleman – the 15-year-old Chairman of the Great Barrington Public Transportation Advisory Committee – is pushing to make public transit more efficient and responsive to Southern Berkshire County residents. The Simons Rock student tells WAMC that a forum Tuesday at the South County Berkshire Community College Center will allow locals to share feedback on efforts to modernize regional bus service.

A 2018 map of the Sheffield Land Trust's holdings
Sheffield Land Trust

A land trust in Sheffield, Massachusetts is holding a trail and property cleanup day Saturday.

Today I am presenting a very personal commentary.    Last May, I lost Annie, my darling life-partner of 53 years.   On November 2, former colleagues from both the Springfield and Longmeadow school systems as well as from the University of Massachusetts and the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center joined with family, friends and acquaintances at Mount Holyoke College’s Willetts-Hallowell Hall to honor her and celebrate her life.   I am taking this opportunity to share with my listeners a few things about this amazing wonderful beautiful human being --- a woman with whom I have been privileged to share over five decades of my life, a woman who lived a wonderful --- but of course much too short --- life.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 8, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, November 8, 2019.

Clearwater Appeals Decision On Nuclear Subsidies

Nov 7, 2019
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and other plaintiffs are appealing a court decision against them. They say they have a case against the New York state Public Service Commission that challenges subsidies for upstate nuclear plants.

Fred Kowal: Can We Make SUNY Matter?

Nov 7, 2019

Over the past two weeks, Sen. Toby Stavisky, chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education, has presided over public hearings on the cost of public higher education in New York. The cost of a SUNY education, as well as the underfunding of SUNY, its medical schools and public teaching hospitals were also discussed.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 7, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, November 7, 2019.

North Adams, Massachusetts City Council President Keith Bona will enter his 10th term with his successful re-election bid Tuesday. He’ll return to the chambers alongside five other incumbents, two former councilors, and one newcomer in an election that saw only about a quarter of the city’s registered voters go to the polls. Bona spoke to WAMC about the council’s makeup heading in to 2020, its relationship with Mayor Tom Bernard as he enters his second term, and what big ticket items are on the horizon.

In Ulster County, Three Votes Separate DA Candidates

Nov 6, 2019
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District attorney races in two Hudson Valley counties are too close to call. In Ulster County, the candidates are in a dead heat. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the contests that Republicans previously dominated.

Keith Strudler: Running Up The Score

Nov 6, 2019

You cannot watch any measurable amount of youth sports without eventually seeing what’s called a blowout. Basically where one team wins by such a lopsided margin it’s uncomfortable, no matter which side of ledger you’re on. That might be a 12-0 soccer match, or a 50-10 basketball game, or even a 15-50 cross country race, for those of you who know the sport. Assuming you keep score, uneven sports results are fairly endemic to the games our kids play, despite our often best intentions.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 6, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, November 6, 2019.