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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. 

Senator Charles Schumer discusses coronavirus relief with business owners in Peru, NY
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York’s senior U.S. Senator was in the North Country Friday.  During a stop in Peru, south of Plattsburgh, he met with local business owners to discuss what he says is the need for more federal pandemic relief.

UAlbany students Llidia Thomas, a Junior and Katherine LoNigro, a Senior
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

University at Albany officials led a campus tour Friday to demonstrate how they plan to keep the community healthy and safe from COVID-19 this fall.

Who said this?

"They want three and a half billion dollars for something that'll turn out to be fraudulent, that's election money basically. They want three and a half billion dollars for the mail-in votes. Universal mail-in ballots. They want $25 billion, billion, [sic!] for the Post Office. Now they need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,   But if they don't get those two items that means you can't have universal mail-in voting because you they're [sic!] not equipped to have it," [grammatical errors included verbatim.]

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 21, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 21, 2020.

New York's Plastic Bag Ban Upheld

Aug 21, 2020
Single-use plastic bag.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

New York’s single-use plastic bag ban has been upheld in a State Supreme Court ruling, and will now take effect in September. 

A drawing of a red barn attached to a black building with windows under a wooded hill and a blue sky
Mass Audubon

The Massachusetts Audubon Society says it’s closing in on the final pieces of a more than $1 million capital campaign. One of the projects to be funded by the campaign is a major expansion to the 18th Century program barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox. WAMC spoke with Mass Audubon West Director Becky Cushing about how the project will expand the group’s mission to spread natural and environmental education in the region.

Poll workers wearing masks count ballots
Pat Bradley / WAMC

New York will immediately allow all voters in the state to request a mail-in ballot for the November elections. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed bills into law Thursday that, among other things, allow all eligible voters to cite the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason to vote absentee.

As lawmakers scrambled to wrap up the session last month, they passed hundreds of bills, most of which were well outside of the public’s view.  Due to the intense interest in the COVID pandemic, the public unrest over race relations, and the deepening financial crisis, it’s not surprising that other important issues were decided outside of the limelight.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 20, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 20, 2020.

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

As the long-serving police chief of Great Barrington, Massachusetts prepares to step down, the town is forming a committee to select his replacement.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says the rate of positive coronavirus tests  was below 1% for the twelfth day in New York. But he says it’s not time to be complacent, and predicts there could be worse to come this fall.

Cohoes Police Department swearing in Todd Waldin
Jesse King / WAMC

Cohoes, New York has a new police chief for the first time in 27 years. 

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

Democratic Congressman Richard Neal of the 1st House district visited Pittsfield, Massachusetts as part of a party-wide effort to emphasize the importance of the post office Tuesday.

        The overall crime rate is said to be down a bit this year in the largest city in western Massachusetts, but complaints about quality of life offenses are up.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks with WAMC's Alan Chartock on Northeast Report Aug. 19, 2020.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 19, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

A phot of Sean Fadale
Nathan Littauer Hospital

The Board of Directors of Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, New York, has chosen a new president. Sean Fadale is set to take over for current President and CEO Laurence Kelly on October 5. 

I argued on this station that Trump should have been impeached for disloyalty. The American people understand disloyalty. They didn't understand the significance of the articles of impeachment.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 18, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

WAMC

    Over 1 million Massachusetts voters have applied to vote by mail in the September 1st primaries.

WikiMedia Commons

New York’s two U.S. Senators were in Troy today, pushing for public support for the postal service. The Democrats are calling for swift approval of emergency pandemic relief funding as the House prepares to bar the USPS from cutting services.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks with WAMC's Alan Chartock on Northeast Report on Aug. 17, 2020.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 17, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 17, 2020.

MDPH

   Just a few weeks after sounding an alarm about rising COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, government officials and health experts in Springfield say the virus trends are positive in the state’s third-largest city. 

A photo of a gym weight
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo says gyms in New York can reopen as early as August 24, but must operate at one third of their regular capacity.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 14, 2020

  

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 14, 2020.

plastic shopping bags in a shopping cart
wikipedia

     It took environmental activists years to get a plastic bag ban on the books in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says bowling alleys can reopen in New York, beginning Monday and the Democrat says he will issue guidelines to allow gyms to reopen in the near future.  

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Vermont Health Department says a June outbreak of COVID-19 in Winooski and Burlington is over. Vermont’s Health Commissioner says help from immigrant and New American advocacy organizations was key to containing the virus.

Individual workout spaces are taped off at ABC Sports & Fitness in Latham, NY.
Courtesy of ABC SPORTS & FITNESS

The rate of transmission of the coronavirus in New York state remains low and all regions of the state have been in phase four, the final phase of reopening, for at least a month. But some industries have been left out of those plans and remain closed. Owners of gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and other indoor based businesses held a news conference to ask why they aren’t allowed to reopen.

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