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. 

Blair Horner: Hunger Hits Colleges

Oct 10, 2016

College students are not the ones that we think of when identifying people who are hungry in America.  Yet, as the income gap has grown, there are an incredible number of college students who go hungry.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 10, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, October 10, 2016.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany County Executive has released his 2017 budget proposal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke today with Dan McCoy about the $652-million dollar spending plan...  

According to the polls, a high percentage of the population has negative views of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  As a result, the Libertarian candidates Gary Johnson and William Weld are getting a good look from many voters.   Though national polls have them well below the 15% threshold for the Presidential debates, they are polling over 30% among young voters.   (Jill Stein, the candidate from the Green Party is polling in the low single digits and has not generated anywhere near as much support.)   I want to focus this commentary on some of the substance of Libertarian Party proposals.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 7, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, October 7, 2016.

Facebook: RambleFest

This holiday weekend marks the 49th annual hike up Massachusetts’ highest peak known as the Greylock Ramble. But, this year’s event could be extra magical.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Disenchanted" At Proctors

Oct 6, 2016

SCHENECTADY -  I’m not sure very many people ever left one of Walt Disney’s animated films thinking that the princess in the piece – you know, the one who marries her Prince Charming and lived happily ever after -knew they weren’t portrayed accurately.  Few cared.  They went to the films for entertainment.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 6, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, October 6, 2016.

New York’s middle class is struggling to afford basic necessities as retirement is becoming an illusion for them. That's the finding of an AARP-commissioned Siena College poll.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Connecticut’s U.S. senators are renewing their call for the creation of a federal green bank to grow clean energy and energy efficiency.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
Wiki Commons

Some environmental groups say New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration should reconsider an $8 billion bailout of three upstate nuclear power plants. They say the cost will be passed on to ratepayers.

Keith Strudler: Vote Like Lebron

Oct 5, 2016

As we all know from watching this peculiar presidential election, public opinion can change fast. NBA superstar LeBron James can attest to that. A few years ago, when Ohio born and raised James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, Ohioans treated LeBron like he was the Devil. If the Devil also stole your girlfriend and your parking spot. But only a few years later, after he came home and won the first championship in forever for the hard-luck town, those perceptions shifted a bit. So much that he could probably win the governorship right now. Without even campaigning. But LeBron isn’t a politician, at least not in the traditional sense.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 5, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Coffee and bagels were provided to students and guests Wednesday morning at the TEC-SMART Campus in Malta, where high schoolers get a jumpstart on a career through the Clean Tech Early College High School program. 

Local Groups Prep For Feeding The Hudson Valley

Oct 4, 2016

A number of community organizations in the Hudson Valley are banding together to raise awareness about food waste. They’ve been prepping for a first-time event Saturday at Walkway Over the Hudson called Feeding the Hudson Valley.

Schenectady County property taxes would not change under a 2017 budget proposal introduced Monday by County Manager Kathleen Rooney.

Governor Cuomo announces revitalization grant in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The scandal over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs has led to more scrutiny of whether the projects are the best way to improve the New York’s economy, and some watchdog groups are asking questions.

Stephen Gottlieb: Trump’s Tax Returns

Oct 4, 2016

Let’s talk about Trump’s secrets, what he doesn’t want us to know about. Not secrets that may not exist – like his secret plans to deal with ISIS, North Korea or unemployment. Those might be secret as he claims because there’s a problem in revealing them. Or they might be secret because there’s nothing to reveal, they don’t really exist – but calling them secret makes it sound OK. No I mean secrets we can be quite sure really do exist – his tax returns.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 4, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

Dolores Cimini

A town hall is being held this afternoon at the University at Albany on underage drinking. "Our Community, Our Health, Our Future: A Conversation Addressing Underage Drinking" will include a panel including Rep. Paul Tonko, academic leaders, law enforcement officials, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, mental health professionals and government officials. One of the organizers of the event is Dr. Dolores Cimini, assistant director for prevention and program evaluation at the Counseling and Psychological Services at UAlbany.

On Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan took the wraps off her 2017 budget, a $176 million spending plan that boasts a 2 percent decrease in spending from last year, which the mayor touts as the largest annual spending decrease in more than 15 years. The Common Council is now taking a closer look.

Cuomo Puts Scandal Blame on SUNY

Oct 3, 2016
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets crowd of union workers after speech on raising  the minimum wage at a rally outside the State Capitol on Tuesday.
Karen Dewitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says much of the responsibility for the alleged corruption scandal touching his administration is on the state university system, specifically SUNY Polytechnic Institute, which oversaw many of the contracts. But reform groups say the governor is not telling the whole story.

Reformers kept up the pressure last week for Governor Cuomo and the state Legislature to overhaul the state’s economic development programs.  In a letter to the state’s political leaders, the groups urged that steps be taken to reduce the risk of corruption in how the state doles out government contracts.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 3, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, October 3, 2016.

“My administration remains committed to sound fiscal management,” Mayor Sheehan said.  “We have delivered a lean and efficient budget that cuts spending, takes advantage of our expanding tax base, and continues to build a bridge toward a more efficient, s
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The mayor of Albany has unveiled her 2017 budget proposal. 

     As construction ramps up on the $950 million MGM casino in downtown Springfield, officials are taking steps to offset the serious parking and traffic problems that have resulted.

Cox didn't have any sample body cams to display, but here's an example.

Beginning today, Albany police officers will be testing body cameras while on duty.

McCarthy Unveils Schenectady Budget For 2017

Sep 30, 2016
Mayor Gary McCarthy
Dave Lucas

Mayor Gary McCarthy took the wraps off his 2017 budget this afternoon at Schenectady City Hall.

The play “Southern Comforts” confirms that the cliché “opposites attract” pertains to all people who fall in love - no matter your age.  

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 30, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 30, 2016.