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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. 

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have made the joint decision to close all bars and restaurants in the three states to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says all schools in New York State will be closed by Wednesday, and the New York state legislature has postponed its session.

North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas discusses implications of coronavirus pandemic
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The North Country Chamber of Commerce discussed concerns about the coronavirus and its impact on the business community this afternoon.  Concerns have spiked after the premier of Quebec announced advisory measures that would restrict cross border trade and tourism.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson
Courtesy of the Office of the New Rochelle mayor

New Rochelle is the epicenter of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented a containment zone with a one-mile radius in the Westchester County city, temporarily closing houses of worship and other large gathering facilities until March 25. And National Guard troops are on the ground to assist with cleaning and other activities. Cuomo was in New Rochelle earlier Friday to open the state's first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing center, which he said would test up to 200 people today, growing to up to 500 people per day in the coming days. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson today about how the city is faring.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New Rochelle March 13, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday opened a drive-through coronavirus testing center in New Rochelle, which is at the epicenter of the disease in New York, and announced that the state now has more people with the disease than any other state.

Ellis Medicine's vice president and chief medical officer Dr. David Liebers addresses reporters as Incoming Albany Med President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna looks on.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, hospitals across the region have collaborated on a coronavirus preparedness plan.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 13, 2020

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 13, 2020.


     The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission announced Friday that its former Executive Director Tim Brennan had died following a brief illness.

Joe Kennedy
Josh Landes / WAMC

School, sports and politics are all being disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. In Massachusetts, next Wednesday’s debate in Springfield between two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates is postponed. Congressman Joe Kennedy of the 4th District is challenging Senator Ed Markey in the primary, but Friday his campaign said it’s suspending activities for now. Kennedy spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus from Washington as the House worked on a new COVID-19 bill.

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Thursday in Orange and Dutchess Counties, New York. These come after Ulster County confirmed two additional cases today.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Less than one week after the Vermont Department of Health announced the first case of COVID-19 in the state, officials at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington confirmed the hospital is treating a second Vermonter for the illness.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker stands at a podium in front of a marble building with a row of people standing on either side of him
Josh Landes / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker met with Pittsfield leaders about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak today.

Gina-Simone Pemberton in "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille"
Richard Ruotolo

If ever a show deserved to be termed a “tragic musical,” its “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille.”  

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 12, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Broadway Closed, Gatherings Limited In New York

Mar 12, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

All public gatherings of 500 people or more are banned in New York starting tomorrow, and Broadway shows are effectively shut down as of Thursday evening, under a directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who says the aim is to reduce population density to prevent the spread of the corona virus. State health officials report 112 new cases Thursday, to a total of 328.

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort delivered his annual State of the County address today, but it wasn’t the speech he was planning to give even earlier this week.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, County Executive Dan McCoy, ACDOH Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, Deputy County Exec Dan Lynch, County Director of Ops George Penn
Albany County Executive's Office

The first two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Albany County.

Despite Virus Fears, Some Albany Lobbyists Lobby On

Mar 12, 2020
The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Despite growing coronavirus concerns, the New York state capitol is so far staying open to the public, and the legislature is continuing to meet. Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's considering banning visitors to the capitol at some point in the near future. With three weeks until the state budget deadline, it’s prime lobbying season in Albany. But groups hoping to have their voices heard have the tough choice of whether to show up — or stay home.

A man in a blue suit holds a plaque with two men standing on either side of him. One of them men wears an ornamental necklace.
Emily Schiavoni

On Tuesday, the North Adams Elks Lodge gave Drury High School band director Christopher Caproni its Citizen Of The Year Award. The award is intended to recognize a community member who has shown leadership, volunteered, and has gone above and beyond to prove themselves both helpful and reliable. Caproni, who has directed the Drury band for over a decade, spoke with WAMC.

Bernie Sanders speaks at Super Tuesday rally in Vermont
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Former Vice President Joe Biden had another big night on Big Tuesday — a week after his Super Tuesday victories. Now, some pundits say Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders can’t win enough delegates to win the nomination and should withdraw.  But early Wednesday afternoon, the Vermont Senator made it clear he is staying in the race and will debate Biden this weekend.

Dr. Chuck Van Straeten points to a seismograph at the New York State Museum
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Many people in northern Saratoga County had an unusual wake-up alarm today. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on this morning’s magnitude 3.1 earthquake.

Cuomo, during a briefing at the Capitol March 9, holds New York state-made hand sanitzer to be distributed free to schools and hospitals
Office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The vast state and city university systems in New York are switching to long distance learning March 19 and most students will be going home due to worries about the coronavirus. Governor Andrew Cuomo also says the state is contracting with 28 private labs to speed up what’s been a slow process of testing potential virus victims.

Keith Strudler: How To Be A Leader

Mar 11, 2020

Ivy League students are often thought of as the leaders of tomorrow. At least that’s the branding. Right now, they may be the leaders of today. Or at least their athletic directors, who collectively decided to become the first Division I athletic conference to cancel its college basketball tournament, a two-day event that determines which teams go to the NCAA Tournament. That means that eight teams – four women’s and four men’s – won’t have the opportunity to decide it on the court. Instead, the Princeton women and Yale men, both regular season champions, get the bid to the Tournament – assuming it still happens.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 11, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

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

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Pittsfield City Council continued discussing the possibility of seasonal alternate side parking.

Toll plaza at the Mid-Hudon Bridge
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Public opposition did not appear to be intense Monday as the New York State Bridge Authority held a public hearing on proposed toll hikes for its Hudson River crossings. The hearing drew just a few speakers who focused more on a controversial proposed merger than any toll increases.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces lawsuit against Clearview AI
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Attorney General’s office filed suit Tuesday in Chittenden Superior Court against a New York-based data collection company claiming it has illegally obtained photographs of Vermonters, violating their privacy rights as well as the state’s consumer protection and new data broker laws.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse announces the St. Patrick's Parade and Road Race have been cancelled due to concern about the coronavirus.

One of the largest annual events in western Massachusetts has been cancelled due to concerns about the novel coronavirus.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo and state health officials are imposing unprecedented restrictions in New Rochelle in Westchester County, in an attempt to contain what is currently New York’s epicenter of the coronavirus.

Presidents are obligated to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” They are supposed to manage, administer and appoint people to carry out the tasks of government. Trump interprets that as his right to fire experts and replace them with yes-men devoted only to him. He’s reinstated the long disgraced spoils system in an era when everything is much more difficult and complex.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 10, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, March 10, 2020.