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WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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. 

Hunger Action Network Logo
Jesse King / WAMC

Thanksgiving is typically a busy time for food pantries, both in terms of donations and use. But as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Capital Region food pantries are calling on lawmakers for extra assistance. 

Westchester County COVID-19 cases, November 23, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer relayed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement Monday that some areas in the county are headed to red zone status if COVID-19 numbers keep increasing. And he reminded the public that National Guard troops will be at the county airport to enforce COVID-19 rules ahead of a feared Thanksgiving spike.

NY US Senator Chuck Schumer in Greene County at Field Goods in Athens.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

For the 22nd year in a row, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has visited all 62 New York counties.

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
Pat Bradley/WAMC

WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.

As the world continues to grapple with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, some potentially good medical news has developed.  In recent weeks, two major pharmaceutical companies claim to have developed vaccines that are far more successful than anyone had expected in protecting the public from COVID-19.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 23, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, November 23, 2020.

COVID-19 cases on a graph
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

      After climbing exponentially for weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Springfield, Massachusetts has leveled off, but health officials fear a post-Thanksgiving surge.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 15, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo intensified restrictions in several parts of New York Monday due to the climbing rate of the coronavirus. The Democrat delivered a stern warning to New Yorkers who might be tempted to break the rules during the holiday season, saying careless behavior will lead to more deaths.

Logo for the Adirondack Thunder
The Adirondack Thunder

The Adirondack Thunder hockey team will not be hitting the ice in Glens Falls this year.

I gave my first commentary back in 2005. In it, I identified Alan Greenspan and John Kenneth Galbraith as economists occupying two ends of the spectrum of economic policy choices discussed within the economics profession in the US. I ended the presentation with the following sentence:

October 2020: ICU Nurse Jennifer Bejo says single-use N95 respirators are being “decontaminated” for reuse at AMC.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Nurses at Albany Medical Center have decided to hold a one-day walkout in their contract dispute with the hospital. Albany Med officials says they are prepared.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast 11/20/20

Nov 20, 2020
Garett Argianas
Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, November 20, 2020.

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

The Vice President of the North Adams, Massachusetts City Council says Mayor Tom Bernard should take further action to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the community of around 13,000. Jason LaForest – who is a nurse – tells WAMC that table service at restaurants should be suspended and all of the city’s schools should move to remote learning.

a padlocked storefront
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have produced a plan they hope will spark development around the MGM casino.

Hudson Valley County Executives, Deputy County Executive, Health Commissioners Hold Briefing On COVID And The Holidays
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday added COVID-19 micro-clusters in three Hudson Valley counties. Earlier in the day, four county leaders and their health commissioners held a briefing to implore the public not to get casual about the virus, especially with the holidays around the corner.

Senator Charles Schumer speaks in Gloversville
Lucas Willard / WAMC

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Gloversville today to advocate for funding for local hospitals. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, time is running out to renew the federal support. 

Dave Lucas / WAMC

In the midst of a pandemic, two-thirds of New Yorkers are planning on a different Thanksgiving this year.

Fred Kowal: Patriots

Nov 19, 2020

So, here we are. The election is over. Sorry, President Trump. The results are clear. Joe Biden won fair and square, and by an electoral college margin that you defined as an historic landslide when you won in 2016.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 19, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, November 19, 2020.

A picture of a $20 bill, a $10 bill and a $1 bill
Jim Levulis / WAMC

This week as the coronavirus infection rate climbed higher in New York state, new micro cluster zones were announced and some existing ones were intensified. A business group is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to stick to that approach of limited closures, saying they won’t survive a complete economic shutdown.

Congressman Peter Welch
Office of Congressman Peter Welch

The Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance recently held its annual membership meeting. The virtual session featured comments from the state’s at-large Congressman who talked about federal pandemic support and the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Saratoga Senior Center is at risk of losing critical funding as the City of Saratoga Springs faces a tough budget year. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking Nov. 18, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared more regions as micro-cluster hot zones, as the rate of COVID-19 continues to climb in New York. The new designations come as New York City’s mayor closed the city’s schools, effective Thursday, as the positive test rate there reached 3%.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Northeast Report Nov. 18, 2020.

Food Bank van and AMR ambulance
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

Food insecurity in western Massachusetts is climbing along with the surge in coronavirus cases.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast 11/18/20

Nov 18, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Fire fighters and a fire truck are in front of a burning wooden building
Monterey Fire Department

Tuesday morning, the 216-seat Doris Duke Theatre on the campus of Jacob’s Pillow dance center in Becket, Massachusetts burned to the ground. The cause of the six-alarm fire has yet to be determined and the state fire marshal is investigating. Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge tells WAMC that Jacob’s Pillow plans to rebuild in the wake of yet another challenge after COVID-19 forced the dance center to cancel its summer festival for the first time in its 88-year history.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Now Election Day has passed, leaders of the New York State Legislature are facing pressure from a wide range of groups to reconvene and deal with pandemic-related economic problems. Legislative leaders say they are not ruling it out.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Governor Phil Scott continues to urge Vermonters to follow the guidelines he set last week to control the spread of COVID-19. The spread of the virus is increasing in the state and the Northeast.

Cambridge Indians Football / Facebook

An update now to a story we brought you last week: Cambridge Central School's Native American mascot and moniker were discussed at last Thursday’s school board meeting. A change doesn’t appear imminent.