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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. 

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy with RISSE  Director Rifat Filkins
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County is applying for Census 2020 grants to target specific communities where it is anticipated further outreach will be necessary.

Jesse King / WAMC

New York’s history is largely defined by its waterways. But what about its future? The New York Power Authority recently authorized a $300 million plan to “reimagine” the state’s canals. While it primarily focuses on the Erie Canal, some of the state’s other waterways are receiving small makeovers this winter. WAMC’s Jesse King stopped along the Champlain Canal for an inside look at a lock pumpout.


     Advocates for linking western and eastern Massachusetts by passenger rail are critical of a new report that estimates the costs would be high and the ridership relatively low. 

Lawmakers Press For NYS DOT Rail Crossing Study

Feb 6, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Five years after the deadliest crash in Metro-North Railroad history, New York state lawmakers are renewing calls for safety upgrades to rail grade crossings.

A woman in a blue suit stands at a microphone-covered podium in a booklined room
Josh Landes / WAMC

More details have been released on a bizarre death in Adams, Massachusetts involving a pit bull attack and a crossbow.

We are beginning a season of renewal. It’s the start of the New Year and the start of the new state legislative session. In his State of the State address earlier this month, the governor shared his economic vision for the year ahead. And in his budget proposal last week, he offered his plan for funding those priorities. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 6, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, February 6, 2020.

The intersection of State Routes 30 and 30a .
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A meeting has been called for tonight in Schoharie to discuss the safety of Route 30, where a limousine crash killed 20 people in October 2018.


In December, the Springfield City Council unanimously approved an order objecting to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s proposed design for rebuilding a critical intersection known as “The X.”     

MacDonough Monument and Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Downtown Plattsburgh is being redeveloped through the state’s $10 million Downtown Redevelopment Initiative grant. The common council heard a presentation at a recent work session from consultants who are assessing how to brand the area of the city.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse will avoid prison after being sentenced to probation Wednesday afternoon at Federal Court in Albany.

Keith Strudler: Your New York Knicks

Feb 5, 2020

If you were trying to embody longstanding ineptitude in professional basketball despite clear opportunities to succeed, you would be hard pressed to find a better exemplar than the New York Knicks. The team is currently 15-36 and, in a league where over half the teams make the playoffs, the Knicks haven’t seen postseason action since 2013, approaching statistical anomaly. They’ve missed on pretty much free agent you’ve ever heard of, turning their roster into a grab bag of supporting roles. And they’ve even tanked on the NBA draft lottery, which is basically a weighted game of chance, including this year missing out on can’t-miss NBA rookie Zion Williamson. Whether it be incompetence or dumb luck, the Knicks simply can’t get it right.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 5, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

This is a photo of State Representative Smitty Pignatelli
JD Allen / WAMC News

Smitty Pignatelli is the Democratic State Representative for the 4th Berkshire District in Massachusetts. With State Senator and fellow Democrat Adam Hinds, Pignatelli is the co-presenter of a bill that would put Great Barrington’s December town vote for home rule into law. The Southern Berkshire community of around 7,000 is seeking the legal confirmation to ensure that it will have the final word on whether horse racing returns to the Great Barrington Fairgrounds for the first time in two decades, which Suffolk Downs is exploring. Pignatelli spoke with WAMC Tuesday.

At least four candidates are seeking to represent New York’s 45th State Senate District next year after Republican Betty Little retires.

New York Farm Bureau logo
New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau recently outlined its legislative priorities for the 2020 session.


An educational initiative developed at the Smithsonian has opened at the Springfield Science Museum.   It is the first in a series of improvements planned for the museum. 

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Tonight will be a spectacle in Washington. One day before a final vote on President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, government leaders will gather under one roof for the Republican’s State of the Union address. The speech will be heard live on WAMC at 9 p.m. Before that, New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand shared what she hopes to hear tonight.

I’ve been writing about gerrymandering and election law since I was in law school, long enough to feel very discouraged. When Anthony Kennedy didn’t take advantage of his last crack at gerrymandering while still on the U.S. Supreme Court, after having teased us for years about his willingness to deal with it, I was sad to the core of my being. Ezra Klein’s “Polarization and the Parties” which came out a week ago in the Sunday Times galvanized my thinking, if not my hopes.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 4, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Courtesy of Rye Brook Police

There is progress in reducing the number of truck collisions with a bridge over a major parkway in Westchester County. The county executive says a state-funded project helped. Yet he hopes more can be done using GPS applications.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 3, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, February 3, 2020.

A large group holds the Black American Heritage Flag

     An annual Black American heritage ceremony in the largest city in western Massachusetts honored two men recently promoted to public safety command positions – both historic firsts.


This month, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council is carrying out a new effort across Berkshire County to speak with communities about conservation planning. The preservation nonprofit – formed in 1967 – protects and maintains more than 50 properties and 10,000 acres of land around the Berkshires. Three meetings will be held in each sector of the county to address the new conservation effort – in Pittsfield at the Berkshire Athenaeum on February 5th, in North Adams at the public library on February 6th, and in Great Barrington at St. James Place on February 12th. BNRC President Jenny Hansell spoke with WAMC about what the council is trying to achieve.

NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state will implement a ban on single use plastic bags on March 1st.  Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Plattsburgh Friday to talk about the governor’s 2020 proposed budget.  He also discussed the upcoming single-use plastic bag ban, telling WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the transition is already happening in some communities.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 31, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 31, 2020.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Two Capital Region state lawmakers are beginning a bipartisan effort to examine New York’s population loss. Meanwhile, a push is on to ensure the upcoming federal census leaves no one behind.

Albany Patroons Head Coach Derrick Rowland at Rivers Casino - Press Conference Jan 30, 2020
Sabrina Flores

The Capital Region’s longest-running professional sports franchise is back. The Albany Patroons are coming off a championship that capped a challenging season.

Ulster County Exec's Address Concentrates On Youth

Jan 30, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivered his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. He focused on reinvigorating opportunities for the next generation.

Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington City Council has made its final decisions on whether three charter changes will be placed on the Town Meeting Day ballot.  One will not be forwarded to voters.