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. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Visitation continued Friday at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Ulster County for New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados. Several assemblymembers, including Speaker Carl Heastie, were expected. Skartados died Sunday at age 62 from pancreatic cancer. People attending viewing hours Thursday remembered the Hudson Valley Democrat as a most honorable public servant.

How many times have you heard a friend or relative say, “I don’t want to see that old movie.  It’s in black-and-white.”  So many associate classic films with black-and-white that they disregard all those that actually were released in color.  Two extraordinary examples of early color films recently have been made available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 20, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 20, 2018.

Protestors were joined by two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Adam Alhanti and John Barnitt.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Thousands of students across the country participated in another school walkout today — the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

BasicGov, flickr

The home foreclosure rate in Massachusetts is higher than the national average.  But there is a program now in its 10th year that state officials say is helping keep people in their homes.

Communities Pay Respects To Kennedy, Skartados

Apr 19, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The public had a chance today to honor two Hudson Valley lawmakers who died on Sunday. There was a service for Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy, who died at age 73 from ovarian cancer. And there were visitation hours for her fellow Democrat, New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados, who died at 62 from pancreatic cancer. 

Vermont Statehouse 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Senate on Thursday overrode Governor Phil Scott’s first veto of the session.  On Monday, the Republican nixed a bill that would regulate toxic materials.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, Senate sponsors were rankled over the governor’s move, but industry lobbyists agreed with the governor that the bill is unnecessary.

Josh Landes

The Select Board in Lee, Massachusetts voted this week to continue sharing a town administrator with Lenox for another year. 

Andrew Pallotta: A National Lesson In Unionism

Apr 19, 2018

You can hear it building: A movement growing from a quiet whisper to a full roar.

In West Virginia and Oklahoma --- and in Kentucky and Arizona – teachers are finding their voices. They are standing with their unions to use that collective voice to improve their lives and their communities.

A celebration of Albany's black history and tradition in music is coming up. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas previews this week's seventh annual Gospel Jubilee.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 19, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Allegiant aircraft arrives at the Plattsburgh International Airport
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On Sunday, “60 Minutes” aired a scathing segment on the low-cost carrier Allegiant Air. The airline flies out of the Plattsburgh and Stewart International Airports.  Allegiant has been flying out of the Plattsburgh International Airport for 11 years.  With the expose on the national news magazine, you might think  local officials would be worried about one of the major carriers.  But those overseeing operations there say while they were taken aback by the report, it doesn’t reflect what officials and passengers in Plattsburgh have experienced.

BCC Opens Women’s Center

Apr 18, 2018
Josh Landes

Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield officially opened its new women’s center on Tuesday.

Massachusetts casino regulators have given MGM additional time to work on a development project that is part of the company’s deal with the state to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield.

Keith Strudler: Less Is More

Apr 18, 2018

Here’s something said by pretty much every employee ever. “I work too much.” Now here’s the follow-up you don’t get. “I’d take less money.”

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 18, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Wednesday, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he offered remedies to fix the nation’s Democratic Party.

Officials celebrate groundbreaking for Frontier Town redevelopment
Thom Hallock/MLPBS

State and regional officials were in North Hudson, New York last week for a groundbreaking marking new development at the former Frontier Town theme park.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

It has been a soggy and cold start to spring, but that hasn’t stopped one local sport from ramping back up. The Albany Bootleggers Men’s Rugby Club recently kicked off its season.

Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses budget in Lake Placid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The progressive political party the Working Families Party split up over the weekend, with some of the last remaining major unions leaving the group. WFP announced they back Cynthia Nixon for Governor, while incumbent Andrew Cuomo withdrew from consideration, saying he’s sticking with the major unions, for now.


    A facility to train nurses for the growing healthcare industry in western Massachusetts is expanding.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 17, 2018

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Some people tell me it’s hard to deal with global dangers and dangers to our health that aren’t fun to think about and that feel out of our control as well. How can we deal with it?

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Poughkeepsie Monday to announce legislation to ensure low-income tenants have alternate housing in the event of an emergency. Maloney and the city’s mayor say a recent occurrence at an affordable housing complex in Poughkeepsie is an example of why such a bill is needed.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Monday marked the first day that the former breakaway Democrats in the New York State Senate are working with the mainstream Democrats after they agreed to reunify earlier this month. Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says so far it’s all proceeding smoothly, but she dampened expectations that new major legislation would get done before the session ends in June.

As the Baby Boomers retire and turn to Social Security, staffers at Capital Region field offices are becoming overwhelmed. That's according to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, who was in Glenville, New York this afternoon.

Air emissions from the combustion engine cause many health problems.  When it comes to the emissions of diesel powered engines, the impacts are serious and potentially deadly.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 16, 2018

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

Massachusetts State Police


        In the wake of the death of a Massachusetts police officer on Cape Cod last week there are calls for changing the state’s judicial system.  Those calls are being echoed by the mayor of Springfield, who has repeatedly called out judges he says are putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.

Governor Phil Scott (left) joins Drug Prevention Policy Director Jolinda LaClair (at podium) and others at Vermont's Opioid Awareness Day
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Donning purple ribbons and small cards with the number 107, dozens of advocates gathered at the Statehouse in Montpelier this week for Vermont’s second annual Opioid Awareness Day.