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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. 

County Executive McCoy Provides Daily Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County.
County of Albany / YouTube

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has been steadily rising, prompting a new round of stern warnings from local officials.

Blair Horner: Health Care Moves To The Front Burner

Nov 9, 2020

Last week American voters chose a new President.  The impacts of President Trump’s tumultuous presidency may last long after he leaves the White House.  For example, this week the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the question of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act – known as “Obamacare.”

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 9, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, November 9, 2020

The state of Vermont has seen a spike in coronavirus cases and while officials say the numbers aren’t large, they are concerning.

a student learns remotely
SPS

     Education officials in Massachusetts today said school districts should make in-person learning a priority even in places where risk levels are high for community spread of COVID-19.

Michael Meeropol: In Praise Of Black And Brown Voters

Nov 6, 2020

So I watched hours and hours of coverage of the election between 6:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3 and 4:30 PM on Wednesday, November 4.   I got about 2 and a half hours sleep over night on Tuesday and woke up early enough (at 4:15 AM)  to see the counting of votes from Milwaukee Wisconsin flip that state from a Trump to a Biden majority giving Wisconsin’s electoral votes to Biden.  By then I had endured the loss of Florida, North Carolina and (I feared) Georgia.  I also saw the apparent re-election of Thom Tillis in North Carolina, John Cornyn in Texas, Joni Ernst in Iowa and the loss of the Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama.   These early results dashed my hopes for a Senate majority and with it hopes for judicial reform and a whole series of hoped for progressive legislation.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 6, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, November 6, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 15, 2020.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/49777500213/

While the outcome of the presidential election has been the focus this week, the coronavirus pandemic has not taken a break. It’s on the rise in New York, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s considering placing new restrictions on portions of Western and Central New York, and the Rochester region, and has declared a town along the Connecticut border as a hotspot. 

Rendering of planned neighborhood at former jail site in Kingston
Courtesy of Ulster County government

A housing project in Ulster County, New York is moving forward with the selection of a development team and release of preliminary designs. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan talked about the project during his COVID-19 briefing Thursday.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

There will be a number of changes in the leadership of the Vermont Legislature if election results stand.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he’d wait until after the general election before deciding how to close the state’s multibillion dollar budget gap, hoping that Democratic wins for president and U.S. Senate might lead to a larger federal relief package for blue states. Now that Election Day has come and gone, and with the most likely scenario a President Joe Biden but a Republican-led U.S. Senate, the governor and the legislature will have to soon make some big decisions.

A black man holding a mic with a face mask and an NAACP sign stands in a sun-dappled grassy park surrounded by people
Josh Landes / WAMC

Dennis Powell was re-elected to a fourth two-year term as president of the Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP in Wednesday’s virtual election. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 5, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, November 5, 2020.

Keith Strudler: On Wisconsin!

Nov 5, 2020

On a positive note, Wisconsin football remains undefeated several weeks into the college football season and is essentially guaranteed to continue so through this weekend. The bad news is, Wisconsin isn’t going to play this weekend, and they didn’t play last weekend either, both games cancelled because of significant numbers of positive Covid tests among players and staff. Which means that three weeks into a highly condensed season, Wisconsin will remain 1-0, a singular win against Illinois in their season opener. That leaves the Badgers increasingly close not being able to complete the nine games mandated to compete for a Big 10 Championship, although to be fair that feels somewhat aspirational at this point.

The New York State Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A number of New York state Senate races in the Hudson Valley have not been decided. It could be weeks before constituents know who will represent them next year.

Democrat Chris Rosenquest (left) and Republican Scott Beebie
photos provided

Voters in the city of Plattsburgh knew they would have a new mayor following the election. But they won’t know who until at least next Monday.

New York State Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy
Karen DeWitt

Election Day brought mixed results for Democrats and Republicans in New York’s congressional and legislative races. Republicans were quick to claim victory, but Democrats, who will remain in the majority no matter the outcomes of contested races, say the record number of absentee ballots need to be counted first and it might take weeks.

Paul Tonko appeared Election Night on Zoom
Zoom Screenshot

Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko has declared victory in New York’s 20th House District as he heads to a seventh term.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 4, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal ( D-MA1) spoke with reporters in Springfield about the 2020 election results.
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

   As vote-counting continued in five key states, a powerful House Democrat from western Massachusetts said trends point to a victory for former Vice President Joe Biden. 

A map of the Massachusetts house districts.
Massachusetts / https://malegislature.gov/

There were few surprises in Berkshire County on Election Day, with the region’s all-Democratic legislative delegation running unchallenged.

Polling place St. Andrew's Church in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Voter turnout has been high at many Capital Region polling sites today despite nine days of early voting and an expanded mail-in option during the pandemic.

A voter puts a ballot in a drop box
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

   Voters have a few more hours to cast ballots in Massachusetts where representatives on Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill will be elected today.

Stephen Gottlieb: Election Night Rag

Nov 3, 2020

Depending on where you live, there are a few hours left to vote. If you haven’t, it would be an excellent use of your time.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 3, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers weekly COVID-19 briefing November 2, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive says a pattern of a higher number of COVID-19 cases continues but has not neared crisis status. Separately, he says the county is prepared for any issues regarding election security and rallies.

City of Albany

A survey on the city of Albany’s COVID-19 response in minority communities includes some harsh findings.

       With COVID-19 cases rising, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered new restrictions.

Voters line up in the snow outside the Bought Community Fire District building in Cohoes in Albany County on Oct. 30, 2020.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Voters in New York who have not cast their ballots early, in-person or by mail, go to the polls Tuesday. While Democrat Joe Biden is heavily favored to win the state over President Donald Trump, there is plenty of action in congressional and state races for voters to weigh in on. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 2, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, November 2, 2020.

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