WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30PM - 4PM and 6PM - 6:30PM

Northeast Report and Northeast Report - Late Edition are two half hour magazines of news and information, aired every weekday from 3:30PM-4:00PM just before All Things Considered, and again from 6:05PM - 6:30PM 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 Senior Correspondent Brian Shields who has been with WAMC for 25 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

Plattsburgh waterfront lot
City of Plattsburgh

The mayor of Plattsburgh recently announced plans to seek developers who would partner with the city to redevelop a waterfront lot.

Josh Landes

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez picked up two endorsements in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Monday.


   A new project in urban agriculture is launching this week in western Massachusetts.

The ethnic slaughter in so many parts of the world – Kenya, Myanmar, Rwanda, Sudan, the former Yugoslavia, the “troubles” in Ireland, Ukraine, the blood shed at the separation of Pakistan and India – make the uniqueness of American anti-discrimination rules stand out both for their moral high ground and for their protection of human life.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, July 17, 2018. 

NYC DEP Plans Major Westchester Project

Jul 16, 2018
Courtesy of NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has announced plans for a major tunneling project in Westchester County. It will be New York City’s largest water-supply tunneling effort in Westchester since the 1940s.

Opponents Hit Cuomo Over Corruption Convictions

Jul 16, 2018
Stephanie Miner
Karen DeWitt

Opponents to incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 New York governor’s race are continuing to weigh in on the corruption convictions of the former head of Cuomo’s economic development programs. Independent candidate for governor and the former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says it’s not just Cuomo and his administration who are to blame.

There will be no charges in the non-fatal police shooting of Dahmeek McDonald in Troy last summer.

Another week, another conviction.  The political establishment took another hit last week with the corruption conviction of former New York State economic development czar Alain Kaloyeros and key private developers of a major state-sponsored project.  Kaloyeros was Governor Cuomo’s right-hand man when it came to the state’s investments in hi-tech economic development projects, and in the case of the corruption conviction, the governor’s signature project was the so-called “Buffalo Billion.”

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 16, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, July 16, 2018.

A newly restored antique bench on loan from Grand Central Terminal in the main passenger waiting area in Union Station

    One of the finishing touches of the $95 million restoration of Springfield’s Union Station is now in place.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The second set of corruption convictions of former associates of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has renewed calls to reform  the governor’s multibillion dollar economic development program that was at the heart of the bribery and bid-rigging cases. Cuomo says the problem has already been fixed.

NY U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Troy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy this afternoon to announce new legislation aimed at making prescription drugs for older Americans more affordable.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 13, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, July 13, 2018.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

WAMC's Brian Shields speaks with Nippertown's Greg Haymes about his July music selections.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's adminstration released a study Friday that finds the state could benefit by legalizing marijuana.


   A contract has been finalized that will put Springfield in line to be the first big city in Massachusetts with police officers wearing body cameras.


Shooting ranges have become the subject of public debate in the Berkshires in recent weeks.

GLENS FALLS - The new musical “Loch Ness,” playing at Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls through July 14, is like a new puppy.   You love spending time with it because it is filled with energy and eager to please.  However, you know you’re going to like it better when it is older, calmer and has more discipline.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany officials anticipate a seamless transfer of power following last week's announcement that Fire Chief Warren Abriel is retiring at the end of the month.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 12, 2018

Meteorologist Garret Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Jeff Klein
Karen DeWitt

 *Updated July 13th to include statement from Senator Klien*

*Updated July 15th to correct copy regarding an endorsement. The original audio has been removed.*

Primary challengers to a group of former breakaway Democrats in the state Senate have been gaining momentum lately, at least when it comes to campaign endorsements.

Facebook: Berkshire Community College

On Tuesday, Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker announced that Berkshire Community College would receive $5.5 million to turn the first floor of its Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center. The grant is a part of Baker’s 2019 Capital Investment Plan to invest $190 million in higher education in the commonwealth. Conceived in 2015, the goal of the center is to make the admission and enrollment process easier for students at the college’s Pittsfield campus. WAMC spoke with Adam Klepetar, BCC’s Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, he accepted the grant on behalf of the college during a ceremony at Westfield State University.

U.S. Supreme Court

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is upping the stakes in his disagreement with Republicans on the state and federal levels over the right to choose abortion, now that President Trump has announced his choice of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Cuomo, a Democrat, now says he’ll sue the federal government if the court overturns Roe v. Wade.

Keith Strudler: The Ronaldo Metaphor

Jul 11, 2018

Ronaldo just cost me $50. I’m speaking of Cristiano Ronaldo, the global mega soccer star who’s amongst a handful of soccer idols here in the US. I know this because he’s my 10-year-old Sloan’s favorite player. In soccer camp — and it feels like every day is soccer camp in my house – Sloan dressed up like Ronaldo on dress as your favorite player day. That meant everything from socks to hair style like Ronaldo — which apparently is now a popular men’s do across the globe, kind of like Jennifer Aniston in the 90’s. Of course, it also included a Ronaldo Jersey, the cornerstone of any soccer costume. His jersey was, like all except Ronaldo’s National team jersey from Portugal, a Real Madrid Jersey, where Ronaldo has played for the last nine years as part of La Liga, the premier Spanish Soccer League. This is where we get to the $50. Despite efforts keep him, Real Madrid has released Ronaldo to the Italian club Juventus, which obviously plays in the top Italian League, perhaps a step below their other European counterparts. And when I say released, that was after Juventus agreed to pay around $100 million to Real Madrid, which is still only around 10% of the actual buy-out clause. Which means that now I have to spend another $50 to buy Sloan a Juventus jersey with Ronaldo’s name and number on it, which I’m sure will be available on Amazon before the ink dries on the contract.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 11, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, July 11, 2018. 


  Hailing it as a milestone for public safety in the largest city in western Massachusetts, the Springfield Police Department announced the opening of its first substation Wednesday.

Groups Mobilize For Supreme Court Nominee Battle

Jul 10, 2018
Picture of a judge's gavel
WikiMedia Commons

National groups both for and against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are pouring money into ads. And progressive groups, saying they could be outspent, are embarking on a mass mobilization they believe will prove more fruitful than money. One of the progressive groups is focused on New York.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

For the second day in a row, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held rallies Tuesday criticizing President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, and urging action on a measure that would protect the right to choose abortion in New York.

An artificat from the World Trade Center is used to cast a shadow reminiscent of one of the Twin Towers on a curved wall. The 9/11 memorial is being fashioned at Salmon Studios in Florence, Massachusetts

Inside a workshop in the Northampton village of Florence, Massachusetts craftspeople are working to create a 9/11 memorial using a 3,000-pound steel beam from the World Trade Center.  What promises to be unique among the nation’s many 9/11 tributes will be permanently located in Springfield.