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. 

Andrew Pallotta: Fix The Broken Teacher Evaluation System

23 minutes ago

New York’s teacher evaluation system is broken – and now is the time to fix it.

Parents and educators remain angry and frustrated.  They are demanding an end to the state’s flawed evaluation system – a system which over-emphasizes standardized testing and which misuses tests to rank and sort teachers.  They want more local control, and a return to the days when schools could focus on teaching and learning … not endless test preparation.

Rep. Tonko kicks off weeklong spotlight on mental health in Albany
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Congressman Paul Tonko visited Albany Friday morning to kick off a weeklong spotlight on mental health.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

29 minutes ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 25, 2018.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called in past Democratic Party stalwarts Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to endorse him, as he received the overwhelming support of delegates at the state Democratic Convention on Long Island Thursday.


North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard is approaching the end of his first six months in office. He recently spoke with WAMC about what he’s accomplished and what challenges face the smallest city in Massachusetts.

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Earlier this year, the Trump Administration announced a new policy that allows states to adopt new Medicaid policy initiatives.  According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, it is designed to improve health by making work a requirement for Medicaid coverage for certain beneficiaries. Several states have begun to implement such programs. During a conference call on Wednesday, officials from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said there are a number of harmful unintended consequences occurring in states adopting such policies.

Fred Kowal: Guns

May 24, 2018

Another school, another shooting.

Last week, eight students and two teachers were gunned down at the Santa Fe High School in Texas. Arrested was a 17-year-old student, who police say taunted and terrorized his victims before his capture—after a 25-minute shootout with police.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 24, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, May 24, 2018.


After years of uncertainty, Global Partners this week withdrew its application to install a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas looks back at the long process leading up to the decision.


    A pair of New England-based American Impressionist painters – husband and wife – who had no interest in commercial gain and shunned the spotlight are the subjects of a new exhibit at the Springfield Museums. 

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The City of Troy is seeking input from residents as it puts together an application for New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The effort by the Cuomo administration awards a total of $100 million, split between 10 communities.

Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (left) and Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Vermont Legislature

Both chambers of the Vermont Legislature gaveled into special session this morning — and after less than an hour each chamber adjourned until next Tuesday.  After adjournment the House and Senate leaders expressed continued frustration with the Scott Administration.

Keith Strudler: Houston's Big Comeback

May 23, 2018

The Houston Rockets did something completely unexpected last night against the Golden State Warriors. Down two games to one in a best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series, and trailing by 10 going into the fourth quarter, the Rockets managed an improbable comeback win to tie the series as they head back to Houston for Game Five. Not to get into the weeds, but this changes the entire complexion of the series, which, before 9 p.m. last night most people assumed would end soon and with certainty. That’s because the Warriors beat Houston by 41 in Game Three and made the Rockets look like a high school JV. So, now Golden State has gone from presumptive NBA Champions to a team that has to steal a game on the road to get to the Finals. Such is the nature of the NBA Playoffs, where momentum shifts as often as our White House staff.

GOP Formally Backs Molinaro For NY Governor

May 23, 2018
Marcus Molinaro
WAMC/Allison Dunne

Politicians from both sides of the aisle gathered today in the New York City area as the Republican and Democratic parties hold their nominating conventions. The GOP nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro to run against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo picked up the backing of Hillary Clinton today on Long Island. Our Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt is covering the GOP convention in Manhattan and listened to Molinaro’s 35-minute acceptance speech.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 23, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

SunCommon/Hudson Solar logos
SunCommon/Hudson Common Facebook

Two solar companies in the region have merged, saying the move will accelerate the growth of solar in Vermont and New York’s Hudson Valley.

NY Interim Attorney General Bararba Underwood posing with state Assemblywoman Christine Pelligrino as lawmakers lined up to get their picture taken with Underwood.
Karen DeWitt

The New York State Legislature chose Barbara Underwood, the acting Attorney General, to replace the former AG Eric Schneiderman for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31. Underwood will be the first woman to hold that office.


       A venerable western Massachusetts zoo, which has struggled financially, has hired a new director, who vows to take the zoo in a new direction. 

Stephen Gottlieb: Are We Overplaying Our Hand?

May 22, 2018

I’ve tried to state these comments not in all or nothing terms but in more realistic degrees. My question is what happens to the extent that a country overplays its hand?

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 22, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Assemblyman James Skoufis Will Run For NYS Senate

May 21, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York state Assemblyman James Skoufis of the 99th District kicked off his campaign for state Senate Monday in Orange County. State officials and a Hudson Valley Congressman were on hand to lend their support. Skoufis is running to replace Republican Bill Larkin, who announced earlier this month he would retire.

NYS Party Conventions This Week

May 21, 2018

Both major political parties hold their conventions later this week.


    With the scheduled opening of the first resort casino in Massachusetts less than 100 days away, MGM Springfield is eager to get people to apply for hundreds of jobs that are still open.

Blair Horner: Health Care In New York

May 21, 2018

None of us wants to think about this, but getting good medical care isn’t a sure thing.  While the vast majority of providers meet minimum requirements or better, many Americans are injured or killed by the medical care they receive.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 21, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, May 21, 2018.

As the LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Center in Catskill prepares to open its inaugural season, a study of its prospective economic impact has been completed. The paper examines impacts for Catskill, Greene County, and the larger Hudson Valley region.

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Capital Region communities are seeking action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on two local landfills.

Audrey Kupferberg: Finding Your Feet

May 18, 2018

If I want to partake of unending violence, deception, and general mean-spiritedness, I’ll watch cable news. When I want to enjoy a good old-fashioned story about life – its trials, its happiness, and the love and friendship that make it worthwhile -- then I watch a feel-good movie. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 18, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 18, 2018.

Spirit of Springfield

    The show will go on. But, for the first time in more than 25 years, fireworks will not be launched over the Connecticut River on the Fourth of July in downtown Springfield.