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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. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 27, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 27, 2020.

David Zuckerman
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive who is running for governor as a Democrat, held a telephone town hall on the coronavirus Wednesday.

Courtesy of the Office of the Weschester County Executive

The containment zone set up to control the spread of COVID-19 in New Rochelle has come to an end. Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered an update Thursday. In addition to supplying statistics, the Democrat warned of closing county parks if residents don’t practice social distancing.

A white man in a sweater plays a stringed instrument in a plaza surrounded by house-covered mountains
Powerless In Peru

A Berkshire County resident is one of the thousands of Americans stranded overseas as the world grinds to a halt amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

County Department of Mental Health Director Dr. Stephen Giordano, County Exec. Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the county has 166 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 26, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 26, 2020. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 26, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, facing a state budget deadline in less than a week, is out with a new proposal to try to cope as the state faces a multibillion dollar budget gap, and much uncertainty with much of the economy shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Melvina Can Machinery
Photo provided by Tom Cahill

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has estimated that the state needs at least 30,000 ventilators to meet projections during the COVID-19 crisis, which has already hospitalized thousands in the state.

Keith Strudler: The Olympics On Hold

Mar 25, 2020

If you’re a fan of the movie Spinal Tap, and if you aren’t, then why not, but if you are, there’s a scene when the band’s manager orders an 18-inch tall Stonehenge, which he defend by showing that’s what the guitarist Nigel wrote on a napkin. In response, lead singer David St. Hubbins replied, “I mean, it's not your job to be as confused as Nigel.”

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration are implementing a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order as the state battles the coronavirus pandemic.

The Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Logo

A company in Berkshire County is working on manufacturing new drugs to treat COVID-19.

James Alan/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Members of the business community in Saratoga County got an update on the $2 trillion federal stimulus bill today from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and the Small Business Administration.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 25, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

a man handing a brown bag lunch to a woman with children

      Steps are being taken to help students continue learning while at home in the third-largest school district in Massachusetts. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s been working closely with President Trump’s son-in-law and top White House aide Jared Kushner to get New York ventilators as coronavirus cases continue to escalate.

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik wants the federal government to protect the businesses and workers in her district as debate continues over a pandemic rescue bill in the Senate. The 21st District Republican also wants rural medical facilities assured that they will receive the necessary equipment to keep their personnel safe as the coronavirus spreads from urban areas to her rural district.

Bethlehem Steel
Photo provided

With restrictions on crowd size under social distancing rules, the coronavirus outbreak has halted live performances and sent bands and entertainers home. WAMC’s Lucas Willard spoke with several working musicians who depend on touring and are wondering what to do next.

COVID-19 Collection Site at Tech City, Kingston
Courtesy of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Two drive-through testing sites opened Monday in the mid-Hudson Valley. They were made possible through a local healthcare provider in partnership with Dutchess and Ulster Counties.

 Hospital leaders gathered at Albany Med practice social distancing.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the Capital Region, and area hospitals are scrambling to keep up.

Community Foundation of Western Mass.

        The first grants from a new COVID-19 response fund in western Massachusetts are expected to be announced this week.               

       The fund was set up by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to help nonprofit organizations that are taking care of vulnerable populations including the elderly and the homeless during the pandemic.

        Launched last week with a $1 million donation from MassMutual, the fund now totals almost $1.8 million.

Stephen Gottlieb: Worth Fussing About In This Pandemic

Mar 24, 2020

I don’t want to talk about topic no. 1. I thought talking about politics might provide comic relief. But what’s funny about that? Politics is deadly serious, precisely because people’s lives depend on how elected officials take care of the rest of us, or whether they’re focused only on optics.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 24, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 

It’s an uncertain time after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all bars and restaurants must close except for takeout business for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. In northern New York, Plattsburgh’s bars and restaurants are now finding new ways to do business.

Courtesy of Westchester County government

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered an update this afternoon about his county’s COVID-19 response. Latimer says the county, one of the hardest hit nationwide, is prepping for a surge in patients.

Photo of prison guard tower
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Harvey Weinstein, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to a story first published in the Niagara Gazette. The former movie producer is in a Western New York correctional facility. The news comes as advocates for prisoner rights are asking the state for a plan to protect inmates from getting the virus.

A white, brown-haired woman in a blue blazer stands with a microphone before her in a room lined with purple curtains
Josh Landes / WAMC

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer addressed the city Monday about the COVID-19 outbreak. Pittsfield is in its second week of closed schools and public offices, and a statewide closure of all non-essential businesses begins at noon Tuesday. There are 16 reported cases of the virus in the city. WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes spoke with Tyer in the studios of Pittsfield Community Television.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 23, 2020

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

Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) speaks at a State House news conference where he issued an emergency declaration because of the spreading coronavirus.
State House News Service - pool photo

More restrictions have been ordered in Massachusetts to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

A white woman with short hair and a necklace wear a blue blazer smiles

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it’s bringing out the best – and worst – in people. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the scarcity of essential goods during the crisis has led to scammers and price gougers trying to exploit consumers. The Democrat spoke with WAMC Friday about how her office is working to combat those threats, and why she’s also taken on the issue of producing personal protective equipment for hospitals and medical professionals.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York has now followed California and is ordering that as of 8 p.m. Sunday, all state residents stop going to work and stay in their homes unless they are working at jobs considered essential or they need groceries, medicine or gasoline.