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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. 

This should be a time to celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day. My wife and I have now celebrated 54 as husband and wife, and we had a lovely dinner brought to our door. But I’m still overwhelmed by what happened Saturday.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 16, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, February 16, 2021. 

Blair Horner: NY Needs To Overhaul Its Elections

Feb 15, 2021

Last week, more than three months after the November 2020 election, a winner was finally chosen in the nation’s only undecided Congressional race.  In Central New York’s Congressional District 22, Claudia Tenney was declared the winner with a razor thin margin of victory over incumbent Representative Anthony Brindisi.  In addition to a new Representative, the race brought disturbing news to New Yorkers: The close scrutiny of the ballots identified serious flaws in the way the state runs its elections.

County executives from around New York held a media call Thursday to talk about impacts from the proposed state budget; federal COVID-19 relief bill negotiations; vaccine distribution and more.

Facebook: Colonie Police Department

The town of Colonie in Albany County is accepting public comment on its draft police reform report, as the deadline for communities to submit reports to the state is approaching.

A screen-captured image of the racial bias audit report completed by firm CNA
CNA/Town of Niskayuna

An outside audit of the Schenectady County Town of Niskayuna’s police department has been released. The audit reveals a racial disparity in arrests in the mostly white community.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 12, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 12, 2021.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa

New York political leaders on both sides of the aisle are calling for actions, including a criminal investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo and his top aides, and an end to the Democrat’s emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outcry follows a New York Post report that the governor’s chief of staff said during a private meeting that the administration deliberately withheld key data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The appropriations committees of the Vermont Legislature took testimony this week on Governor Phil Scott’s proposed 2022 state budget.

An archive photo of the former GE plant in Fort Edward. Advocates claim that PCBs released from GE's former facilities in Fort Edward and Hudson Falls have led to elevated instances of cancer in the region
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Advocates are challenging the findings of a 2019 New York State Department of Health assessment of cancer patterns in Warren County.

NYS Park Preserve
Courtesy of NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says more than 260 acres of open space in the Hudson Valley have been added to three state parks.

Cohoes residents were joined by activists and advocates on a Thursday morning Zoom meeting.
Zoom Screenshot

Already under intense scrutiny from environmental advocates and local elected officials, the Norlite plant in Cohoes is facing new clean air violations from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. But environmentalists are also taking aim at the DEC.

A brutalist brick building sits past an American flag on a pole and a lawn.
JD Allen / WAMC

The North Adams, Massachusetts city council has rejected a proposal to turn a former school building into 75 units of affordable and market rate housing.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 11, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Electric vehicle with charging station
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Many states and communities are working to adapt their infrastructure to carbon free technologies including electric vehicles.  A recently released report ranks states on how well they are enabling the use and building infrastructure for EV’s.

Keith Strudler: Live Baseballs

Feb 10, 2021

In virtually every sport, there are critical pieces of equipment that become the both a foundation of performance but also the center of controversy. Quite often those are tools used solely by one individual. Like bicycles in the grand tours or triathlons – there’s a constant hunt for lighter and more aerodynamic, which is why there’s rules in place to limit any advantage. The same goes with running shoes, or race cars, golf clubs, tennis rackets, bobsleds – pretty much any place where an athlete can buy an edge through new technology.

people going through a door with a COVID vaccination sign on it.
Paul Tuthill / WAMC


   After a slow start, Massachusetts officials are accelerating efforts to get COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of people across the state. 

A graph shows declining COVID-19 rates in Pittsfield.
City of Pittsfield

A city council COVID-19 briefing by Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer Tuesday led to some confusion over the city’s total confirmed death toll from the pandemic.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 10, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for February 10, 2021.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and officials from President Joe Biden’s administration say they will open mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in medically underserved areas, beginning in Queens and Brooklyn, and later upstate.

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

    The top election official in Massachusetts says many of the changes made in 2020 to make voting during the pandemic safer should become permanent fixtures.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras discusses COVID testing on campuses during visit to SUNY Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Chancellor of the SUNY system was in New York’s North Country on Monday. Chancellor Jim Malatras visited SUNY Plattsburgh’s COVID-19 testing site and discussed requirements that have been put in place to stem the spread of the virus on campuses.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The New York State Senate has advanced several bills that would address problems in the state’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, as outlined in a recent Attorney General’s report which also found that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration undercounted nursing home deaths.



       After a summer barrage of complaints about illegal fireworks, there is a move to toughen a local law in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

Chief Eric Clifford and Catapult Games Lead Developer Gabriel Langlois
Dave Lucas / WAMC

A software company is partnering with the Schenectady Police Department and community leaders to develop a virtual reality training program to mitigate real-life police community interaction.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 9, 2021

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

A white man in a white shirt and a red tie speaks in front of microphones and a row of masked onlookers
Josh Landes / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Congressman Richard Neal held a joint press conference at the State House today calling for additional federal COVID-19 response aid.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Governor Andrew Cuomo says state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites will begin accepting appointments for immune-compromised New Yorkers, beginning February 14.

Dr. Mark Keroack speaking at podium
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

       As vaccination efforts continue, the winter surge in coronavirus infections appears to be retreating in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

With over a decade in office, through his control of the budget process and state agencies, Governor Cuomo owns New York’s higher education policy.  As lawmakers considered his eleventh annual budget last week, there was a focus on the increasingly precarious financial situation for some of New York’s colleges and universities.