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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. 

Enviros Say Cuomo's Green Energy Plans Are Promising

18 hours ago
PCBs Not Elevated after Floods
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas / WAMC

In part three of his four-part State of the State, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined plans to grow the green energy economy. Naturally, that’s welcome news for environmentalists, who want to see actions meet words.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York Antoinette Bacon
Lucas Willard / WAMC

While law enforcement officials say there are no specific threats at this time, they are preparing for demonstrations around the New York State Capitol in Albany in the run-up to Inauguration Day. 

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
North Adams

The North Adams, Massachusetts city council got a COVID-19 update from Mayor Tom Bernard this week.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at the podium, with officials at the Port of Albany.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Officials are celebrating the selection of the Port of Albany as the first offshore wind tower manufacturing site in the United States.

A police sgt gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

One day after announcing that five new state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites are opening this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office is warning that appointments for the limited number of vaccines at those sites are already booked through April.

Keith Strudler: The Medal That Wasn't

21 hours ago

I know that Jets and Giants fans – well, really any fans except New England Fans – they don’t a reason to dislike Patriots head coach Bill Belichick any more than they already do. He is both perhaps the most successful and reviled head coach in NFL history – maybe in all sports history, with all due disrespect to Bobby Knight. Belichick has made a career of being off-putting, unduly sarcastic, some might say passive aggressive, and basically unpleasant to most anyone outside his immediate sphere of interest, and some inside it. Oh, and there was the whole cheating thing as well. All that while he engineered an unstoppable football dynasty in an era where it was assumed that was no longer possible. So most people didn’t need a reason to feel worse about Bill Belichick.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

21 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Clinton Correctional Facility
Pat Bradley/WAMC

State and local officials, union leaders and employees are hoping to stop a state decision to close the Clinton Annex prison in Dannemora, New York. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at a rally Saturday as closure by the end of March looms.

Trump photo by Gage Skidmore, composite image by WAMC News. / https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore_2.jpg

President Donald Trump was impeached Wednesday by the U.S. House over last week’s deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol. He is the only president to be impeached twice.

With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”

The following are statements from some federal representatives in the WAMC listening area following Wednesday’s vote.

aerial view of Gillette Stadium
Art01852 / Wikepedia

Massachusetts is preparing to open its first mass coronavirus vaccination site at Gillette Stadium

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 13, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, January 13, 2021. 

wind turbines
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a plan to bring more green energy and what the Democrat says will be thousands of jobs to New York. Plans include new solar farms, offshore wind turbines and more transmission lines across the state.

A stone building with a colonnade lit by lights sits in front of a brick churck and a street lamp
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council kicked off 2021 with a five-hour meeting Tuesday that addressed COVID-19, police spending and the city’s response to last month’s snowstorm. 

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

With the administering of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible people under way, counties in New York have been running out of doses quickly. The process has been bumpy, and some county leaders hope it will be ironed out soon as they field numerous calls and remind residents that the program is run by the state.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Phil Scott held his regular COVID-19 briefing today.  Officials said they are tracking concerning trends in the disease and have been briefed about FBI warnings over possible armed protests as the presidential inauguration looms.

Concrete barriers block access to Albany’s Capitol Hill via State Street.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

State capitols across the region are beefing up security amid heightened safety concerns following last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 12, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday detailed his plans to use rapid COVID-19 testing to reopen restaurants, theaters and arts venues, including New York City’s Tribeca Film festival in June, even before most New Yorkers are vaccinated. The Democrat, in a second State of the State speech, also says he’ll push for legislation to require internt providers to offer deep discounts to low-income residents.

Springfield City Hall
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

      The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts will be on the clock during meetings this year.

Rep. Maloney's Provision Banning Anchorages Is Now Law

Jan 11, 2021
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, New Windsor, NY, January 11, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney joined environmentalists and local lawmakers on the banks of the Hudson River Monday to celebrate his resolution that further protects the lower portion of the waterway.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his 2021 agenda includes addressing a $15 billion budget deficit partly by legalizing recreational marijuana. Some area lawmakers have concerns.

WAMC screenshot of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State Address delivered January 11, 2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday gave what he says is the first of four State of the State speeches. The Democrat says fighting the COVID-19 pandemic will be the top priority.  

A police sgt gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

    First responders in Massachusetts rolled up their sleeves today to take the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Blair Horner: A Dark Day In American History

Jan 11, 2021

Last week the President of the United States attempted to overturn the 2020 election through the use of force.  There can be no other interpretation of his actions.  His effort was planned for months and executed after all his other measures to overturn the election failed. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 11, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 11, 2021.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The Plattsburgh Common Council held its first meeting of the year Thursday.  Following the organizational meeting the new mayor and council held their first formal session.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany Dec. 2, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, after nearly a week’s delay, is scheduled to deliver his State of the State speech on Monday. The Democrat says in the midst of a worsening pandemic and economic losses, the message will be a bit brighter, now that Democrats are set to control both houses of Congress and President-elect Joe Biden says he’ll push for a bailout for states like New York hard hit by the pandemic.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new survey finds consumer sentiment among New Yorkers was largely unchanged from the third to fourth quarters in 2020.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 8, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 8, 2021.

Scenic Hudson: Move On From Fossil Fuels

Jan 8, 2021

Governor Andrew Cuomo has worked hard over the last four years to stop oil and gas infrastructure projects, while the Trump administration promoted pipelines and gutted federal laws aimed at curbing climate change. Now, with a new administration ready to take the reins, Cuomo will have an ally in the White House.