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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. 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer holds press conference calling for reopening of Kensico Dam Road
Courtesy of the Office of the Weschester County Executive

The head of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has turned down a request from the Westchester County executive to move toward opening a road that was closed after the 9/11 attacks.

A sign with directions for various departments of a hospital stands at a crossroads
Josh Landes / WAMC

On Monday, Berkshire Medical Center announced that it has made more COVID-19 diagnoses at its Pittsfield campus. The county’s first patient with the disease was recognized on March 7th. WAMC spoke with Berkshire Health Systems Director of Media Relations Michael Leary about the expanding outbreak.

Blair Horner: The Census Count Begins

Mar 9, 2020

It’s hard to keep track of the important news when living through what increasingly appears to be a pandemic.  Justifiably, public officials are focusing attention on the emerging coronavirus public threat.  That threat is certainly real, but the focus obscures public attention on other important issues.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 9, 2020

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


Regulations have been drafted in the largest city in western Massachusetts to govern short-term housing rentals like those offered through online booking agents.

Office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The head of New York state’s Port Authority has tested positive for coronavirus, and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health officials are releasing a plan for possible school closures if a child is found to have the illness. Meanwhile, the state is manufacturing its own hand sanitizer, to deal with the shortage of the disinfectant product.

Stephen Gottlieb: A House Divided Cannot Stand

Mar 9, 2020

President Trump’s base thinks they can make America great by kicking out people they don’t like, people with different heritage, faith or color. Yet the evidence is that there are more and better jobs available in communities with more recent immigrants. A larger economy creates jobs and opportunities. It needs more goods and services. By contrast the effort to get rid of people is what economists call a deadweight loss. Deadweight because it is costly but produces nothing. We accomplish more working together than working against each other.

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The largest business association in western Massachusetts held its largest annual event Friday. The Springfield Regional Chamber’s Outlook 2020 luncheon was attended by about 500 business and community leaders and elected officials. 

I am old enough to remember that shortly after the 1968 election of Richard Nixon to the presidency, his campaign manager (and future US Attorney General) John Mitchell said, “Watch what we do not what we say.”  He was asking the public to in effect disregard some campaign rhetoric as a guide to actual government policy.  I think this advice is particularly useful for the general public in the era of Trump.    He is at the same time a thoroughly ignorant individual and a pathological liar.   Thus, it is impossible to learn anything of value by just listening to him.

Picture of Carolyn Stafanco
College Of St. Rose

The outgoing president of the College of St. Rose is leaving behind a mixed legacy.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 6, 2020

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

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Northern New York and Vermont officials provided updates Thursday on coronavirus response preparedness.

A man stands a podium in an atrium with a brick column and a vase with flowers in front of a blue ribbon
Josh Landes / WAMC

Defense contractor General Dynamics held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning for its expansion into a new building in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

A view from the balcony inside Universal Preservation Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Once considered for demolition, the 150-year-old church on Washington Street in downtown Saratoga Springs has been fully reimagined and reopened as a 700-seat theatre and arts space. After years of preparation and fundraising, Universal Preservation Hall opened to the public last weekend under the umbrella of Proctors following an extensive renovation. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a tour of the space from UPH Director Teddy Foster.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off a campaign Thursday to highlight the importance of the upcoming 2020 census.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Hoping to thwart an expected undercount of the city, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off a campaign Thursday to highlight the importance of the upcoming 2020 census.

Andrew Pallotta: A Worthy Investment

Mar 5, 2020

We’ve seen the numbers, and numbers don’t lie. By a mind boggling 92 percent, New York State voters favor raising taxes on ultra-millionaires and billionaires to boost state coffers. The change could raise more than $12 billion in revenue as the state grapples with a $6.1 billion dollar budget deficit.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 5, 2020

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

Tuesday was Town Meeting Day and Vermont voters had a number of local ballot items to decide.  In the state’s largest city, there will be changes on the Burlington City Council after two incumbents lost their reelection bids.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County officials have outlined their strategy for protecting public health as coronavirus cases mount in New York.

Keith Strudler: More Money, More Problems

Mar 4, 2020

With all the talk right now of sports teams having to play less because of certain health crisis, there’s one professional sports league that’s currently debating playing more. That’s the NFL, which obviously is in their offseason. So they’re not talking about playing right now, but they are debating the merits of playing more next year, when they’d taking their 16 game current regular season to a 17 game spread, both pushing back the Super Bowl and adding more opportunities to fill stadiums and sell television commercials. That is but one of the pillars of a new collective bargaining agreement on the table for the NFL players association, a bill that has the seal of approval of the owners.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 4, 2020

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

From left: Assemblymen Dan Stec and D. Billy Jones with Senator Betty Little at the North Country Chamber annual legislative breakfast
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The North Country Chamber recently held its annual Legislative Breakfast, bringing in the region’s New York state representatives in Albany to report on actions taken over the past year and forecasts for the region as this session continues.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there.

Jesse King / WAMC

Guilderland Town Supervisor Peter Barber was “cautiously optimistic” as he delivered his State of the Town address this morning. 


   A 9-11 monument built with private funds and put in a public park has been turned over to the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 3, 2020

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

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

After a second New York state resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Temple Young Israel of New Rochelle has been ordered to halt all services immediately. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a 50-year-old man in Westchester County has COVID-19. The County Health Commissioner directed the temple to stop services for the foreseeable future, and says people who attended services there February 22 and a funeral and bar mitzvah there one day later must self-quarantine until at least March 8.

A woman stands behind a podium while a row of people look on
Josh Landes / WAMC

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was in Pittsfield on Friday, announcing over $900,000 in grant allocations for youth programming aimed at building healthy relationships.

Blair Horner: New York's "Green New Deal" Begins

Mar 2, 2020

Last year, Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers agreed on ambitious goals to show the nation how to attack the climate crisis here in our own backyard.  It is well-established that the burning of oil, coal and gas has triggered global warming that threatens our habitat.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 2, 2020

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


     The MGM Springfield casino did not have a major impact on overall crime during its first full year in operation, according to research reported to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.