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. 

Sample of 1998 Ice Storm thickness
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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.

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

NY Republicans Have Short Field For Governor's Race

Jan 10, 2018
Leader Brian Kolb and Alan Chartock
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The 2018 election season is beginning, but state Republicans are still trying to settle on a strong candidate to challenge Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to seek a third term.  Republican State Party Chair Ed Cox says the GOP will have a “good,” qualified and viable candidate. 

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones announces funding to SPARCC with members (left to rigth) Connie Wille, John Bernardi, Jones, Michael Carpenter and Peter Trout
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New York State Assemblyman D. Billy Jones was in Plattsburgh this morning to announce funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Coalition of Clinton County and new legislation to motivate businesses to hire people in recovery.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts has approved tax incentives for a redevelopment project at a shuttered church property. 

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    The top election official in Massachusetts has scheduled the state’s 2018 primary for September 4th — the day after Labor Day.  Secretary of State William Galvin is also proposing legislation to allow five days of early voting for the primaries.

Keith Strudler: The Uneasy Olympic Truce

Jan 10, 2018

Here’s the good news. If you have tickets to February’s upcoming Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, there seems to be an ever so slightly better chance you’ll enjoy that experience without the inconvenience of a military exercise from North Korea. That’s not a guarantee, but an aspiration made more likely due to the relative and very recent detente between the Koreas, much predicated upon the upcoming Games themselves.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 10, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Marijuana
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Supporters of a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana held a press conference in the Vermont Statehouse this afternoon as the bill awaits debate in the state Senate.

New York state Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan and other Senate Republicans detail their tax cut agenda for 2018
Karen DeWitt

Republicans in the New York state Senate say that, despite the more than $4 billion structural deficit, taxes need to be cut further and a property tax cap must be made permanent.

A new training program for the hospitality industry launched in Massachusetts today as thousands of jobs will soon open at the MGM casino.

Trump talks tough. His world strategy seems to go it alone in every context.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Troopers and other law enforcement officers assemble outside Siena College following services for Michael Anson.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York State Trooper Michael Anson was remembered today for three decades of service. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from Anson’s funeral service at Siena College.

Monday was the first full day of session in the New York State legislature, and lawmakers have a lot to contend with, including a multibillion dollar budget deficit, as well as the beginning of an election year.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This year marks the 200th anniversary of influential artist Thomas Cole’s first visit to the United States.  The Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art are paying tribute.

      The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts Monday offered no assurances that he will take a hands-off approach to legalized pot.

As governors move through their tenure, the focus of their State of the State addresses change.  In the first few years, governors shape their addresses as part of a reform package.  As they are in office, and if they get re-elected, that tone changes.  More and more of the State of the State reflects the achievements of the Administration; after all, they are now the status quo and “reforms” imply failures.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 8, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 8, 2018.

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In the week following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, members of the administration are fanning out across New York to deliver smaller, regional presentations of the Democrat’s priorities for 2018. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one in Glens Falls this morning.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State speech January 3, floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a pay roll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it’s not so easy to make the change and it could bring unforeseen complications.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The Plattsburgh City Council held its first meeting of the year last night. The organizational session was intended to choose a mayor pro-tem for the year.  But antagonisms between councilors flared and a final vote was postponed.

Justin Mann and James White court appearance January 5, 2017
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Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove announced today that a grand jury has handed up a 17-count indictment in the quadruple murder that rocked Lansingburgh two weeks ago. 

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A Lee, Massachusetts mill complex is one step closer to being redeveloped into affordable housing and retail space. 

Michael Meeropol: The Facts About The GOP Tax Cut

Jan 5, 2018

When the Republicans claim that the tax bill they just passed will be a great Christmas gift to American workers and members of the middle class, they are being cynically dishonest.   Everyone knows, correctly, that the major gifts are for high income taxpayers and large corporations.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 5, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas  delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 5, 2018.

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    A cold weather response plan that seeks to get the homeless off the streets and into shelter has been extended through this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.  A program to help end homelessness launched by city officials a decade ago means fewer and fewer people are in danger.

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