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. 

Moran Plant from south
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Despite the threat of demolition, a new plan to redevelop an old power plant on Burlington’s waterfront may be on the table. A concept plan was presented to the City Council of Vermont’s largest city Monday night.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he backs a pay commission’s recommendation that he and the legislature receive a more than 60 percent pay increase over the next three years. The move would make the Democrat the highest paid governor in the nation.


    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was in Springfield today for the dedication of a new building on a community college campus.

Stephen Gottlieb: Liberty And License

7 hours ago

With this administration demolishing the regulatory state, we need to talk about the underlying claim of liberty. Conservatives once distinguished between liberty and license. Liberty was morally and socially responsible; license was not. That distinction seems to have disappeared from the conservative vocabulary. And with it the moral order in the country.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

7 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, December 11, 2018. 

Dutchess Legislature Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Dec 10, 2018
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The Dutchess County, New York legislature has approved a ban on plastic shopping bags. Despite the near unanimous vote, there was controversy over one aspect that did not make it into the measure.

A picture of a teacher's desk with books stacked on it
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The New York state Board of Regents recommends that an additional $2.1 billion be spent on schools next year, and that a 12-year-old court order to fully fund schools be phased in over the next three years. The proposal is being applauded by school funding advocacy groups.


Public libraries are breaking from age-old traditions as they look for additional ways to stay relevant in the digital era.

In the first year of the Cuomo Administration a deal was struck:  every year, for five years, the cost of attending a public college or university would go up no more than $300 and the state would ensure that the tuition hikes would be used to enhance the State University of New York and the City University of New York systems. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 10, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, December 10, 2018.

pedal-assist bikes for ValleyBike share program

    The inaugural season for ValleyBike Share, the first bicycle sharing program in western Massachusetts, has come to a close.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the Trump administration to implement a law to help end the use of PFAS chemicals at commercial airports. The junior senator from New York says it’s time to bring awareness that airports can switch to firefighting foam free of the toxic fluorinated chemicals.

Democrats are poised to lead the New York state Senate starting next month, but they will still lack power on the state’s ethics panel. But a law implemented several years ago will allow Republicans in the chamber to hold the majority of seats.

We all know that Donald Trump is an authoritarian (I say fascist) ignoramus who is only interested in himself.   His policies are terrible and have already done great harm to our country and the world --  His deregulations have helped polluters and criminals ---  His foreign policy has enabled dictators – including the Saudi government with its famine-inducing war in Yemen. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 7, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, December 7, 2018.

Elevate Plattsburgh plan rendering
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Planners for the Town of Plattsburgh held a “community social” last night to present preliminary concept plans for redevelopment of a large tract of the town’s commercial center.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there.

U.S. Representative John Faso
U.S. Representative John Faso

Outgoing New York Republican Congressman John Faso held a conference call with reporters Thursday. He addressed a number of topics, from his defeat to President Trump to legislation he deems important. After one term, Faso lost the 19th District seat to Democrat Antonio Delgado in a bitter campaign.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (left) and Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Steven Cray (right)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s governor and the leader of the Vermont National Guard met with reporters today to discuss a series of articles that questioned the culture and operations at the Vermont military base.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Cher Show"

Dec 6, 2018
Stephanie J. Block as Star in THE CHER SHOW on Broadway
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NEW YORK - The new Broadway musical, “The Cher Show,” could be subtitled “Resilience.” No matter how you feel about the talents of the pop icon Cher, this show indicates the woman has recreated herself time and again – always with great success.

Could Pennsylvania become a model for nationwide gerrymandering reform?  A movie coming to Albany tomorrow examines the issue.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 6, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Adirondacks Elk Lake Dix Mountain
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The funeral for the 41st President of the United States was held in Washington today. While George Herbert Walker Bush leaves a mixed environmental legacy, northern New York advocates says his tenure as president benefitted the environmentally-sensitive Adirondack region.

An early voting sign at Springfield City Hall

Democrats who will run the state Senate in January say a top priority will be to expand access to voting in New York. Advocates say there are several steps they can take.

Josh Landes / WAMC

Members of the North Adams community gathered at the public library Tuesday to announce donations to the city from late Massachusetts State Representative Gailanne Cariddi.

Keith Strudler: Early Retirement

Dec 5, 2018

To be clear, I would be perfectly happy to retire financially secure at the age of 54. I’m guessing most of you regardless of age would agree. And this is not an indictment of my own job or employer, but simply the recognition that being able to decide how you want to spend each of your days without concern of business plans or personal finance is a fairly enviable position. I believe I could find plenty of good ways to productively spend my time without it being in official capacity – and that’s beyond the important tasks of rewatching the full run of Magnum PI, and things like that.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 5, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Presidents USA

   President George H.W. Bush had a lot of connections to New England.  He was born in Milton, Massachusetts, grew up in Connecticut, and spent almost every summer of his life in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Stephen Gottlieb: The Bush Middle East

Dec 4, 2018

George H.W. Bush, our 41st president, put together a coalition to turn Saddam’s Iraq back from its invasion of Kuwait. He wanted the cover of a Muslim, Middle Eastern force joining in that invasion. He promised many of the countries involved that he would go no further than the Kuwaiti border that Saddam had crossed. In retrospect, that decision postponed the bloodbath that Iraq eventually became. But skilled as he was, President Bush couldn’t avoid the curse of unintended consequences. American use of a Saudi airfield was enough to anger bin Laden and al Qaeda. Hence the first attack on the World Trade Center took place under Clinton, between the presidencies of the two Bushes.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 4, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

WAMC photo by Jesse King

Albany County legislators have approved County Executive Dan McCoy's $711 million budget.