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. 

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
Candidate websites

Just over two weeks before voters in Burlington, Vermont go to the polls on Town Meeting Day, the three candidates for mayor faced off in another forum Thursday evening.

The League of Women Voters of Springfield, Massachusetts has announced a series of forums this month on police oversight.

Democrats Back Gillibrand For Second Senate Term

Feb 16, 2018
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Karen DeWitt

New York’s junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was officially nominated for reelection at a meeting of the State Democratic Party in Albany Friday afternoon, where she said she will serve out her entire six-year term, if she wins the race in November.

Audrey Kupferberg: Overlooked And Forgotten Films Of 2017

Feb 16, 2018

With all the Oscar buzz this month, one might think that fewer than twenty feature films were made during 2017. THREE BILLBOARDS, THE SHAPE OF WATER, THE PHANTOM THREAD, LADY BIRD, GET OUT, DARKEST HOUR…

Garett Ariganas' Evening Forecast

Feb 16, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 16, 2018.

The governor and lieutenant governor of New York announced in November that the state will dedicate two statues in commemoration of suffragists. One of the statues, of Sojourner Truth, will be sited along a trail in Ulster County. This has local officials calling for New Paltz to be selected as the statue’s home.

Photo Provided / Office of Mayor Patrick Madden

The City of Troy’s police department has a new team of leaders. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports city officials are looking forward to a “new era” for the Troy PD.

NY Lawmakers Propose Banning Anonymous Facebook Ads

Feb 15, 2018
Sen. Todd Kaminsky
Karen DeWitt

Some New York state Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a measure that would make anonymous political ads on Facebook and other social media illegal. They say the ads are being abused to falsely represent their positions on issues.

Bill Owens: A Weakening U.S. Dollar

Feb 15, 2018

President Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin both recently indicated that they believe the US dollar should weaken against other currencies.  It is important to note that the US Government like all western countries does not control the currency exchange rate as opposed to countries in southeast Asia where the government dictates/manipulates its currency exchange rates.  China is famous for this, and President Trump rightfully has attacked them for this manipulation. 

Garett Ariganas' Evening Forecast

Feb 15, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Strands of Washington's hair were found in an envelope tucked inside a leather book. Also inside: an 1804 letter to Philip Schuyler,  son of Union College co-founder Gen. Philip Schuyler
Union College

In olden times before cameras and voice recorders, friends and acquaintances often gave one another strands of hair as keepsakes.  Long ago, someone placed an envelope containing strands of our first president's hair in a leather book that has now surfaced at Union College in Schenectady.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting $7 million into his 30-day budget amendments to fund poll sites for early voting in New York by the 2020 presidential race.

Keith Strudler: Olympic Hockey And The NHL

Feb 14, 2018

Alex Ovechkin would rather be at the Olympics right now. Specifically, the NHL hockey veteran would rather be playing for his home nation of Russia in the Games – something he did in 2006, 2010, and 2014. Of course, he can’t do that for two reasons. One is somewhat technical. Namely, there is no Russian Olympic team in the Korean Games because of the IOC’s ruling on Russia’s longstanding drug program. So Ovechkin would actually be competing for the Olympic men’s hockey team from Russia. Which I suppose would probably suffice.

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New York State Police in Raybrook provided an update Wednesday afternoon on the Canadian man found in California after rescuers looked for him on Whiteface Mountain for more than five days. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis.

Garett Ariganas' Evening Forecast

Feb 14, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

On Thursday, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the State Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan includes a proposal to shift how the state pays property taxes to local communities on lands it owns in the Adirondacks.  Regional representatives, municipalities and conservation groups say it would be a bad idea to shift to a PILOT, or Payment in Lieu of Taxes, system.


Classes start soon at the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute, the region’s first school designed specifically to train people for the hundreds of gaming jobs at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino.  MGM today announced an incentive for people to enroll. 

Stephen Gottlieb: Why Law?

Feb 13, 2018

Governments, including democracies, make laws and rules. Lots of folk spend lots of time telling us we don’t need regulation, or at least we need lots less. Laws and rules are restraints on our freedom to do what we want. And most people are honest. So why do we need law?

Garett Ariganas' Evening Forecast

Feb 13, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Edward Mero

A former Albany city employee has been sentenced to 50 years to life for two murders. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was inside the courtroom this morning.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Orange County, New York Monday to announce legislation to combat online opioid sales. He spoke at the Middletown Police Department, alongside a woman whose son died from an overdose two years ago.

NY Gov. Cuomo's Budget director Robert Mujica
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget director says 30-day amendments to the Democrat’s spending plan due out later this week will include an overhaul of New York state’s tax code. It will include plans to ease the effects of the loss of the state and local tax deductions in the new federal tax overhaul.

How do you increase voter turnout for a municipal election?  Some elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts believe they have an answer. 

The governor has done a lot to promote the state’s program to boost breast cancer screening rates.  He spent considerable time advocating for the expanded program and made it a centerpiece of his 2016 State of the State address and earlier this month issued a news release about his Administration spending nearly $38 million on breast screening services.  But cancer is not only a women’s issue, it affects all of us.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 12, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, February 12, 2018.

Becky Kasper
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A Plattsburgh city councilor resigned at the end of Thursday night’s Common Council meeting, further exposing rifts between some city leaders and the mayor.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 9, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 9, 2018.

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' February Music Selections

Feb 9, 2018
Greg Haymes
Times Union

Greg Haymes of Nippertown is back with his Mardi Gras music choices.

As flu diagnoses continue to increase across the Northeast, officials are beefing up prevention and care efforts to combat the virus.