John Krol

In September, voters in Berkshire County will decide whether they want a longtime member of the District Attorney’s office who took over this winter to remain in the seat. Andrea Harrington, a private practice attorney based in Great Barrington, hopes Democrats will pick her instead. Harrington has won the endorsement of Pittsfield City Councilors John Krol and Helen Moon. Harrington is running as a progressive, saying she hears voters demanding change in the office and arguing that the position allows for greater interpretation of the law. She faces attorney Judith Knight and Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello. Harrington spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes about the run-up to the September 4th primary, including the challenges of running against an incumbent.

Capital Region law enforcement officials have long been aware of the seriousness of the opioid scourge.
Composite photo Dave Lucas/WAMC & Be.Futureproof/Flickr

Earlier this year, the Siena College Research Institute conducted a four-part poll that took a comprehensive look at the scope of the opioid crisis in New York. Today Siena is out with an addendum.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorlogist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Sunday June 24, 2o18.


A $1 million earmark in the state budget is helping create a pipeline to bring more doctors to western Massachusetts.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Catching Up With Philip Marshall

Jun 23, 2018

I couldn’t make it to Philip Marshall’s keynote address at an elder abuse conference in Newburgh, NY last week. Then again, Philip couldn’t make it to breakfast at my house the following morning on his way home to Massachusetts.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorlogist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Saturday June 23, 2018.

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The Albany Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred late Friday night.


With the first Massachusetts resort casino set to open in Springfield in two months, MGM is holding a final mass hiring event on Sunday.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A special meeting is set for Monday evening in the Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls where officials will consider a limited agreement between the village and companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell.

The companies are at the center of the investigation into contaminated water supplies.

Facebook: New York State Police

The supervisor of the Saratoga County Town of Galway has died.

According to New York State Police, Paul Lent died after a tractor accident on his property Friday. Police say Lent was performing agricultural work when his tractor overturned and pinned him, causing his death.

(Airs 6/22/18 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: State lawmakers end the legislative session with a whimper, our political Observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on two political corruption trials underway in Manhattan, and state officials outline ways to increase pedestrian safety across New York.

Josh Landes

A Berkshire County organization that offers legal aid to immigrants is in the midst of a fundraising campaign. It comes at a time when immigration is once again the subject of national debate.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 22, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 22, 2018.

An iconic summertime destination in Lake George will be not be opening for its 40th season.  Water Slide World, on Route 9 in Lake George, will not open this year after the death of its owner.

An announcement on the park’s voicemail, recorded by Gary’s Koncikowski’s widow, Dawn, shares the news.


The first resort casino in Massachusetts, scheduled to open later this summer in Springfield, will be able to serve alcohol into the wee hours of the morning.

The Kitchen Shortcut Bible
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Bruce Weinstein joins Food Friday to discuss his latest book with his co-author Mark Scarbrough, The Kitchen Shortcut Bible. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Our listeners say the most interesting things. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Corning Museum of Glass based in Corning, New York is taking its show on the road —  or water.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is the president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  A key priority he plans to focus on is election security. In March, he testified before the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence on the topic and this week the Democrat returned to testify before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 22, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 22, 2018.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Street parking has gone high-tech in Albany:  the city is installing additional new parking meters and expanding methods of payment.

Marcus Molinaro
WAMC/Allison Dunne

The Republican candidate for New York governor, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, says he agrees with incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo that President Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is wrong, but he says there are issues with caring for children in New York that Cuomo is ignoring. 

The Creative Life series is produced by UAlbany’s University Art Museum, NYS Writers Institute, and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC. The series features leading figures from a variety of artistic disciplines in conversation about their creative inspirations, their craft and their careers. At 11am we will air Joe Donahue’s candid conversation with Tony Award winning Broadway star, Patti LuPone.

Two-time Tony and Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone was most recently seen on Broadway in the musical ”War Paint.”

A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of The Acting Company in which she toured the country for four years, LuPone went on to be a Broadway superstar for more than 30 years – starting with her Tony-winning performance in “Evita.” 

Congressman Eliot Engel
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Despite new activism, gun control is at a standstill in Washington.

In today’s segment, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his conversation with New York Congressman Eliot Engel of the 16th House district.


The 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run is making a stop Saturday in western Massachusetts.

Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels "The Book That Matters Most," "The Obituary Writer," "Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine," "The Red Thread," and "The Knitting Circle," as well as the memoir "Comfort: A Journey Through Grief." She has won two Pushcart Prizes as well as a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, two Best American Food Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing award. A regular contributor to the New York Times, Hood's short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including Ploughshares, Tin House, Traveler, Bon Appetit, O, More, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and others.

In her new book "She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah)," the year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: The Beatles.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two Democratic New York congressmen have asked the U.S. Coast Guard to commit to transparency in any new anchorage proposals. 

6/22/18 Panel

Jun 22, 2018

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, corporate attorney, Rich Honen, and Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti.


WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Andrew Cuomo's tour of a facility in New York holding immigrant children separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally before President Trump reversed his administration's position this week. Dr. Chartock also discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision on online retailer sales tax.

Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:      

Sunshine, followed by increasing late day high clouds.  Highs in the upper 70s to around 80.