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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. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno

     The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts continues to lobby the Baker administration to authorize neighborhood coronavirus vaccine clinics. 

Blair Horner: Albany Is Once Again In Turmoil

Mar 1, 2021

February was not a kind month to the governor.  Earlier, the state Attorney General issued a report that documented that the Administration had significantly undercounted COVID deaths in nursing homes.  That revelation and the Administration’s admission that they had withheld data from the Legislature and the public roiled the Capitol and became Albany’s focus. 

State Senator Adam Hinds holds a microphone at an outdoor event.
Becki Joppru Connolly

As Massachusetts carries out its troubled vaccine rollout and pushes to reopen businesses after a disastrous year of the COVID-19 pandemic, state legislators are working on carrying out their agendas on Beacon Hill. For Democratic State Senator Adam Hinds of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district, that includes a focus on the fragile economy, increasing funding for schools and childcare, and climate change. Hinds spoke with WAMC.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 1, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, March 1, 2021.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking as the USNS Comfort arrives in New York City March 30, 2020.

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed coronavirus case in New York. Since then, more than 38,000 New Yorkers have died of the virus so far and more than 1.5 million were infected.

Vermont Town Meeting Day graphic
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Many Vermont communities will decide issues through Australian ballot rather than floor discussion and voice votes on Town Meeting Day Tuesday due to the pandemic.  This year questions range from land purchase approvals to cannabis sales.

Congressman Peter Welch at St. Albans food shelf
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Our region’s congressional representatives are discussing key provisions of the American Rescue Plan – the latest COVID relief bill that’s expected to be voted on in the U.S. House this week.


Susan Pedo is one five candidates running for the Albany Common Council from the 6th Ward.

Delaware River Basin, Mount Bethel, PA
Courtesy of NRDC

Fracking is now permanently banned in the Delaware River watershed. And the regional regulatory body that approved the ban will next propose regulations on the import and export of wastewater.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 26, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 26, 2021.

a woman sits in front of computer monitors
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

   The largest city in western Massachusetts has finished a project to improve its response to emergencies.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Democrats in the state legislature support new, higher taxes on New York’s richest residents as part of the new state budget. They say a newly released study that shows that the state’s 120 billionaires increased their wealth by $88 billion during the pandemic bolsters that claim. But Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to resist raising their taxes.

Congressman Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress / public domain

The House is expected to pass the latest COVID relief package Friday or over the weekend. The American Rescue Plan includes $350 billion in funding for state and local governments, something for which Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has been advocating for some time. If the package is passed as is, his 19th District would see more than $400 million. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne Thursday afternoon.

Saratoga County IDA Chair Rod Sutton
Saratoga County webcast/Image capture by WAMC

Saratoga County officials are encouraging business owners to take advantage of available grant funding to assist small companies during the pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals; the governor’s handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and allegations that the Democrat sexually harassed a former staffer. 

Dave Lucas / WAMC

A Christian blogger and social media personality has entered the race for Albany mayor.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 25, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Havidan Rodriguez
Jesse King / WAMC

The University at Albany is partnering with Excelencia in Education for the release of its new report on “25 Years of Hispanic Serving Institutions.” The analysis, which was briefed at UAlbany Thursday, aims to inform lawmakers and school administrators how best to serve Latino/Latina students in higher education. UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez spoke with WAMC’s Jesse King about the report.

A Winter of Hope ice sculpture at the Hyde Collection
MountainLake PBS

The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has paused public visits inside its buildings until May. But the museum has found an alternative way to display one type of art and honor frontline workers.

A blue sign with a map of ski trails sits in front of a wooded hillside.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has approved the use of almost a million dollars from the municipal General Electric settlement fund for an infrastructure project.

Schenectady City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Three newcomer candidates have been endorsed by major parties in contests for Schenectady’s city council, where five seats will be chosen this Election Day.

Cuomo's Office Refutes Sexual Harassment Charges

Feb 24, 2021
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Two former female aides to Governor Andrew Cuomo are accusing him of bad behavior, with one saying the governor sexually harassed her in incidents that included inappropriate touching and an invitation to play strip poker. Cuomo denies the allegations.

Keith Strudler: Tiger Woods Tragic Journey

Feb 24, 2021

There’s not much of Tiger Woods’ life that doesn’t fulfill some sort of hyperbole. He is, by most accounts, the greatest and most dynamic golfer in history. He strikes the ball with a combination of power and precision never imagined by course designers. He expanded the sport’s fan base far beyond its history and achieved fame even Arnold Palmer couldn’t approach. And he seemed to endure personal peaks and valleys that nearly surpassed his professional ones, beginning with his emergence as a childhood prodigy through his public and turbulent divorce from his wife through a series of debilitating injuries that left him barely able to walk, much less dominate a global sport. He is both one of the greatest, most revered, transformational athletes in history and also perhaps one its most self-destructive, a veritable Icarus with a nine iron.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 24, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

people going through a door with a COVID vaccination sign on it.
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

   Data on vaccinations that have taken place at one of the large scale vaccination sites in Massachusetts has raised equity concerns. 

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermonters 65 and up will be able to sign up for a COVID vaccine starting next week. 

Albany NLL

Professional lacrosse is returning to Albany’s Times Union Center after almost two decades.

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

For a time in 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo was considered one of the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic for his steady and focused daily briefings when many considered national leadership to be lacking. But recently, the Democrat has suffered a reversal of fortune, as a scandal over the suppression of the number of nursing home deaths dominates news coverage of his administration. Now a new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers think the governor did something wrong.

Before we leave Black history month, I want to address what we used to call brotherhood – I’ve looked for a gender-neutral term but I haven’t found one with the same resonance so I hope you’ll understand my use of the older term.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 23, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, February 23, 2021.