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WAMC Northeast Report

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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. 

Lake Placid Olympic skating rink
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Lake Placid last hosted the Winter World University Games in 1972. The International University Sports Federation announced in 2018 that the Olympic village will again host the winter competition in 2023. The Adirondack Sports Council, which is coordinating plans for the games, hosted a virtual town hall this week to update the region on progress toward the international competition.

A heavyset man with long grey hair stands behind a camera.
Photograph by Christopher Peterson / christopherpeterson.com

Next week, a Berkshire County affordable housing nonprofit is holding a fundraiser featuring a documentary on the work of photographer Gregory Crewdson.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford and Mayor Gary McCarthy
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Two decades after a stinging corruption scandal, the Schenectady Police Department has updated and implemented new policies and procedures. After a years-long effort, the department received statewide accreditation.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

18 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Theatre on the Road
Veronica Fassbender / Theatre on the Road

Most of us have had enough of 2020. Starting next weekend, visitors to Kingston’s Old Dutch Church can be transported to the past. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking September 24, 2020
WAMC screen capture

Saying he does not trust the federal government, Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York state will conduct its own review of any COVID-19 vaccines that are deemed to be ready for use.

An underground fire Thursday in Albany

Dozens of residents were evacuated in downtown Albany today after several manhole covers blew off and smoke filled the streets.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
NRC/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel held its fourth meeting of the year this week. Conducted virtually, it attracted a number of comments due to the meeting’s focus on the plant’s spent fuel and where it can be stored.

A crushed stone path runs along a wooden fence in the woods.
Jason Todd Saldaña / Great Barrington Land Conservancy

A land conservancy in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is preparing to open a new trail next week.

Keith Strudler: The NFL And Optics

Sep 23, 2020

Perhaps the most overused, contentious, and misunderstood word in the age of Covid is the term “Optics.” That’s because the concept of optics infers you’re trying to present a reality that’s somehow different from the truth. Like, you might drive a rental Mercedes to a high school reunion that belies your actual financial situation. In most cases, it’s assumed that optics are fairly synonymous with lying.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 23, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Paul Tuthill, WAMC

A program that repairs homes so that low-income people can age in place has been welcomed to another city in western Massachusetts. 

Ulster County District Attorney Dave Clegg
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Ulster County district attorney joined the county sheriff and local police officers this morning to call for positive relationships between law enforcement and the community. It comes on the heels of recent incidents targeting off-duty police officers.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On September 8th the Burlington City Council invited three organizers of a weeks-long protest into their executive session. Two days later, a weekly Burlington newspaper called Seven Days filed a complaint claiming the council had violated the state Open Meeting Law.  During its September 14th meeting the council determined the complaint was valid and asked the city attorney to provide recommendations for a “cure” to the complaint at this week’s meeting.

Stephen Gottlieb: Of Course, Black Lives Matter

Sep 22, 2020

I was on a Mohonason panel, talking with students about the Civil Rights Movement. The panel included Reggie Jackson, an African-American folk singer who sang on the front lines of the iconic demonstrations, his friend, Greg Greenaway, a southern-born white deeply committed to civil rights, and Nell Stokes, an activist raised in the segregated South before moving here and spending her life fighting for freedom. I have enormous respect for all of them. I was invited because I walked over from my apartment to the March on Washington where Dr. King delivered his I Have a Dream speech, and because I worked on civil rights in several legal offices.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 22, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Springfield DPW

   One of the last big infrastructure improvements planned as part of the recovery from the devastating tornado that hit Springfield, Massachusetts almost a decade ago is finished. 

Vote Buttons
WikiMedia Commons

Today is national voter registration day and voting rights groups are encouraging people to register and make a plan for how they will cast their ballot.

EraserGirl/Wikimedia Commons

A New York congressional candidate who is considered likely to join the House next year says he and 15 other plaintiffs have won a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the U.S. Postal Service. The suit sought to protect the right to a free and fair election. This comes as a number of lawsuits in recent weeks aim to protect voter rights and mail-in voting following the Trump Administration’s changes to the Postal Service.


Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson have launched a Universal Basic Income pilot program in the city.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is dismissing as “political” the Justice Department’s move to classify New York City, Seattle and Portland as “anarchy” jurisdictions, and withhold billions of dollars in federal funds.


There has been an uptick in new COVID-19 cases in the largest city in western Massachusetts prompting appeals for people to stick with the state’s health and safety guidelines.

With Congress stalled on a bailout package, New York’s financial situation is becoming increasingly dire.  As the feds debate, in the meantime, the state is withholding support for local governments and non-profits that provide services.  That “withholding” can turn into cuts as local governments cut back on assistance.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 21, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, September, 21, 2020.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off an initiative in the former Livingston Park aimed at involving West Hill residents in the process of building a community center.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany's equity agenda got a boost Friday at Black Lives Matter Park.

LNG facility (not Gibbstown, NJ)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A decision on whether to approve permits for a Liquefied Natural Gas export facility at a southern New Jersey port has been postponed by a commission whose members are appointed by four governors, including from New York. Environmentalists oppose the proposed facility, saying it will threaten nearby communities and the Delaware River.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 18, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 18, 2020.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A decision by New Jersey leaders to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents has given new hope to advocates who want to tax the rich in New York. But Governor Andrew Cuomo and his budget director are throwing cold water on that proposal.

the front door of Springfield Police Headquarters

     Springfield, Massachusetts officials are touting progress on police reforms following a federal investigation that found unconstitutional use-of-force by narcotics officers.

A man and a boy hold signs in a meeting room
Josh Landes / WAMC

Today, the public comment period on a controversial cleanup plan brokered by the EPA for the Housatonic River in Berkshire County comes to an end. The response to the proposal from locals has been nothing short of toxic.