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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. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 17, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

Butterman Mosher
Facebook: Dan Buttermann for Assembly, Corey Mosher for State Assembly

Two Democrats vying for a shot at New York’s 121st District Assembly seat squared off in a recent debate on Zoom before Tuesday’s primary.


    Amid the national debate over policing, elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts may be going to court over who should run the police department. 

Dr. Amy Bass
Courtesy of Dr. Amy Bass

The COVID-19 pandemic left the country without its sports teams. Fans have been watching highlights from past seasons on their couches instead of games from the stands. Dr. Amy Bass is a sports studies professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne that certain areas of sports will take bigger hits than others.

Plattsburgh City Hall

Three individuals are running in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for mayor of Plattsburgh including the incumbent. They recently debated in a sparsely populated auditorium due to coronavirus restrictions.

The chairs of the state legislative health committees are proposing a bill that would help protect the privacy of New Yorkers who give personal information to coronavirus contact tracers.

Stephen Gottlieb: To Reinvent The Cops, Disarm Them

Jun 16, 2020

The Governor wants us all to reinvent policing in our own communities. Let’s pull that apart. He wants each separate community to have a conversation about policing and reset everything. Sounds good. Community is a lovely warm word. But I think the reality is a lot different than it sounds.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 16, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

A row of people in red shirts with signs stand in a park
Josh Landes / WAMC

Teachers from around Berkshire County demonstrated against budget cuts in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Monday afternoon.

Facebook: Boilermaker Road Race

Citing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of the annual Boilermaker in Utica, New York have canceled the race for the first time in its 43-year history. 

Springfield Police Department Headquarters on Pearl Street

     The mayor of the largest city in western Massachusetts has announced several steps to improve race relations.  


       A virtual roundtable was held Monday evening on policing and race in the largest city in western Massachusetts.  Some invited participants boycotted the discussion. 

Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Albany County legislator Sam Fein is looking to unseat incumbent John McDonald in the Democratic primary to represent the 108th district in the New York state Assembly. The two recently debated ahead of June 23rd’s election.

Shared-Use Path On Mario Cuomo Bridge Is Open

Jun 15, 2020
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) and NYS Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

A shared-use path across the Hudson River that has been years in the making opened Monday. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 2 p.m. opening on the bridge named for his late father.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks with WAMC's Alan Chartock on June 15, 2020.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 15, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 15, 2020.


      A week into the second phase of gradual reopening and officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts say the health data continues in the right direction. 

Plattsburgh City Hall

At a time when policing is the subject of national debate, the mayor of Plattsburgh has outlined a recent upgrade of the city’s policing policies.

Captain R Christopher West
Courtesy of NYS Police

The New York State Police have appointed a 30-year veteran as Troop G commander. Albany native Captain R. Christopher West takes over for Major Robert Patnaude. 

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: The Courage Of Refuge

Jun 12, 2020

Some years ago, I wrote an illustrated children’s book about the underground railroad.  In it, a family of slaves seeks refuge with an immigrant Jewish family from Germany who had never intended to serve in the dangerous role of harboring escapees.  Noticing the Jewish family’s Menorah lamp burning brightly in their window one night in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the slave family mistakes the lights for the lights of a safe house beckoning kindly to people running from plantation owners and slave hunters.  Caught in a web of accidental circumstance, fear and suspicion, the story’s four parents are prodded by their four quick thinking children into devising a plan for hiding their friends that night.  The plan works, the two families celebrate Hanukkah together, and the Jewish family helps its new friends escape to freedom the next morning. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 12, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 12, 2020. 

Cuomo signs police reform bills on June 12, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed several police reform measures into law Friday, and says he’ll withhold state funding from local police departments if they do not submit proof that they have worked with their communities to reconfigure their forces. Guests at the ceremony included the mothers of young African American men killed in a police encounter, and the Reverend Al Sharpton.

Dutchess County Exec Wants Updated Guidance From OPWDD

Jun 11, 2020
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

The Dutchess County executive says it is time to restore visitation at residential group homes as New York recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. He is calling on state officials to issue guidance to allow family members of individuals with developmental disabilities to resume visits after nearly three months.

NYS Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

There’s a growing movement to defund the police after the death of George Floyd and other incidents of police brutality sparked nationwide protests. New York leaders say they would rather restructure the forces than cut their budgets.

Alice Green, outside the Center For Law  & Justice in Albany
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Weeks before the city became the site of sometimes violent protests between demonstrators and police, the Center For Law And Justice in Albany released a report calling attention to systemic racism. Now it plans a community/government symposium this fall.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 11, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 11, 2020. 

A woman in a suit jacket stands against a brick wall
Alexis Hoag

This week, Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Chief Michael Wynn said his department is reviewing its use of force policy to make sure it’s "consistent with federal standards and best practices." WAMC spoke with Alexis Hoag, Practitioner in Residence at Columbia University's Eric Holder Initiative for Civil & Political Rights civil rights lawyer and lecturer at Columbia Law School, about the department’s current policies and federal standards.

Students Macy, Cameron, and Thomas speak during Wednesday's Facebook Live update
Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services/Facebook

At a time when they’d normally just now be heading home for the summer, Saratoga County schoolchildren shared their experiences of learning from home and imparted a little advice about how to get through the pandemic.

Adirondack Park Agency sign in front of Ray Brook headquarters
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has submitted a list of nominees to fill long empty seats on the Adirondack Park Agency board.

With the COVID-19 pandemic weighing on municipal finances, the City of Troy took steps Tuesday night to bridge the gap as federal aid to state and local governments remains tied up in Washington.