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. 

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Officials from the parent company of New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant and union brass are working to negotiate a new contract before a midnight deadline. Utility workers remain set to strike if they cannot reach an agreement.

Ice surrounds flooded homes at Underwood Mobile Home Park
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Following the rapid warming late last week, an ice jam formed in the Saranac River that led to flooding of the Underwood Estates Mobile Home community in Plattsburgh.  Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read says while many homes could wind up uninhabitable, there may be no state or federal aid to turn to for help.

Cuomo School Aid Hike Doesn't Please Everyone

14 hours ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase in school aid of over three-quarters of a billion dollars, or around 3 percent from last year, but some say that’s not enough to meet school districts’ rising costs.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The City of Schenectady has introduced a new set of tools designed to assist buyers in rehabilitating vacant properties. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

16 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 18, 2018.

The medical center in Plattsburgh held its annual advisory meeting Tuesday to provide an overview of accomplishments over the past year and offer targeted strategies for the coming year.  Key focus areas will be on behavioral health and substance abuse challenges facing the North Country.

Calita Kabir/Flickr

A report by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax department released today lists ways that New Yorkers could get around the loss of some of their state and local tax deductions under the new federal law. But, all of them come with complications.


A new culinary and hospitality training center is opening in western Massachusetts next week. It is part of the effort to have a workforce in place when the MGM casino opens in Springfield later this year. 

    The $7.5 million Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Institute has the latest and greatest of everything found in a commercial kitchen, according to professional chef and culinary arts department chairman Warren Leigh.

    "This is every exciting for us," said Leigh. " It is going to change the way we teach."

Keith Strudler: The Last Play

Jan 17, 2018

Calling Sunday’s last second touchdown pass by the Minnesota Vikings over New Orleans the greatest game winning score in NFL playoff history would bother a) Pittsburgh Steelers fans who assume the 1972 Immaculate Reception holds that title in perpetuity, and b) New Orleans Saints fans who might suffer flashbacks every time someone shows that highlight. But whether it was the actual greatest of all time or simply part of Mt. Rushmore, make no mistake that Minnesota’s unlikely walk-off touchdown will leave a mark.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 17, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2018 budget address
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday unveiled a $168 billion budget plan that would close a more than $4 billion gap by reducing some spending, and imposing tax increases on health insurers, big businesses, and prescription opioid users, among others. Cuomo, a Democrat, says he also wants to look into legalizing marijuana in New York.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A long-awaited report released this afternoon by the New York Attorney General’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit carries no charges in the shooting death of a local man by a Troy police officer. But the report found the department made several mistakes during the incident and its investigation, and the unit is urging it to make procedural changes.

Right after Trump won, a cousin offered to send me some anti-Hillary literature that she thought I’d find convincing. I responded that if Hillary had won, she and I would be safe. But Trump’s victory emboldened those who would be perfectly happy exercising what Trump euphemistically called their Second Amendment rights, getting rid of people who don’t fit their racial and religious criteria. They were already on the streets. That left neither of us safe.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 16, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 16, 2018.


   Local governments, nonprofits, and a state agency will all sing from the same music sheet under an initiative launched in Massachusetts today to foster a rich cultural life.

Westchester-Long Island Tunnel Idea Re-Emerges

Jan 15, 2018
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The idea of building a tunnel from Long Island to Westchester is not new.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address in early January said it’s worth revisiting in the name of alleviating traffic congestion. But some state Assemblymembers from Westchester doubt the concept will gain traction.

The fight to get public pension fund officials to pull out of investments in oil, gas, and coal companies hit a new level of intensity last week.  The City of New York announced that it was using its considerable financial clout to advance the fight over climate change by unveiling their plans to sell off $5 billion of the City’s pension investments in fossil fuel companies.  The rationale was that the companies – primarily oil – made business decisions that harmed the City – and the planet. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 15, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 15, 2018.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The annual New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday ceremony ends with the "Beloved Community March" from Albany’s Empire State Plaza to the King Monument in Lincoln Park. Contemporary politics dominated this year's march.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver his budget Tuesday, and the news is not expected to be good. The state faces a more than $4.4 billion budget gap, as well as funding cuts and policy changes from Washington that could cost New York and some of its taxpayers billions of dollars.


  Construction is underway on a new food center that will provide improved nutrition for tens of thousands of children in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 12, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 12, 2018.  

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' January Music Selections

Jan 12, 2018
Greg Haymes
Times Union

Nippertown's Greg Haymes stops by with his January music choices.

 The Troy Police Department honored retiring Police Chief John Tedesco Friday morning, with a farewell “walk out” ceremony.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A farewell “walk out” ceremony for retiring Chief John Tedesco was held at Troy Police Headquarters this morning.

NYCLU Lawsuit In Dutchess Aims To Effect Bail Reform

Jan 11, 2018

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit alleging a Dutchess County man was put behind bars unfairly because he could not afford the cash bail. The man was accused of misdemeanor shoplifting. The NYCLU hopes the suit makes a case for bail reform at the same time Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for reform.

Sample of 1998 Ice Storm thickness
NOAA/Public Domain

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Ice Storm of 1998. It was the largest natural disaster to hit the North Country.   It brought down millions of trees across northern New York and southern Canada.  Power lines and transmission towers collapsed as layers of ice accumulated on the landscape during the multi-day storm.  Two emergency services officials who were in the command post talk about the storm.

Jeff Kl
Karen DeWitt

There are numerous calls for an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against New York state Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein. But there are few options for launching an independent probe.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 11, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Angelo Santabarbara

New York state officials are investigating extended delays in delivering propane to customers during the recent cold snap.


The Vermont Senate approved the legalization of small amounts of marijuana today and sent the measure to the governor for his signature.