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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The mayor of Hoosick Falls, a Rensselaer County village that has been dealing with contamination issues for the past year, is stepping down in a few weeks. David Borge will retire at the end of his second term.

New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan D- Buffalo and other lawmakers call for state help to fund refugee resettlement centers, at the Capitol's Million Dollar Staircase in Albany on Wednesday.
Karen DeWitt

A group of upstate lawmakers are asking New York to step in and fund refugee resettlement programs, that they say have been caught up in President Trump’s travel ban and the resulting chaos.

North Country Chamber unveils 2017 Business Confidence Index
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A survey conducted by the local chamber of commerce finds that confidence in the North Country’s business climate is surging.

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Early voting for the 2016 election in Massachusetts proved to be very popular and by all accounts successful.  Now, the state auditor has determined who should foot the bill. 

If the New York Knicks were looking for a diversion from either a) their abysmal play in a weak Eastern Conference or b) the fact that their vastly overpaid GM is openly mocking the team’s leading star, then I believe they’ve done a great job. Now, if they’re trying to at all change the narrative that this franchise is anything less than a traveling circus, then perhaps it’s less successful.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 15, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
Karen DeWitt

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is pushing for a measure to stop treating 16 and 17 year-olds as adults in New York's criminal justice system.

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Scammers are always coming up with ways to get your money — and with the latest technology, they are more creative than ever.  An assistant New York state attorney general and a bank president say one of the latest scams puts your finances at risk if you respond with a single word.

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  No developer has stepped forward yet with an offer to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts. But late today, the deadline to put in a bid was extended.

Stephen Gottlieb: Labor Economics

Feb 14, 2017

The White House isn’t explaining what’s happening to jobs. I once taught labor economics, an issue close to my heart. To some extent, labor is like any other commodity and that’s the problem. Jobs go wherever business can find all the things it needs – the land, transportation, materials, markets, reliable legal relations, at the right prices. And it keeps changing.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 14, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union delivered an update Tuesday afternoon on the status of airport detentions and effects of President Trump’s January 27 executive order barring immigration for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. He also blocked refugees from the country for 120 days.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Middletown Monday to call on President Trump to retain a federal police program. Middletown is the latest city in Maloney’s 18th district to receive funding through the program to hire additional police officers. 

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Environmental activists launched a campaign Monday to win passage of a bill in Massachusetts that would commit the state to 100 percent renewable energy over the next few decades.

It’s not only winter in Albany, it’s budget season—arguably the biggest and most important job for the Legislature each year.  Once the governor proposes his budget, it’s up to the Legislature to decide how to react.  Every year, both houses of the Legislature hold joint hearings to look into what the governor has proposed.  This year is no different.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 13, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, February 13, 2017.

Climate activists disrupt a budget hearing on the environment at the New York state Capitol Monday .
Matt Ryan, New York Now

Environmental groups are pushing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to codify into law some of the steps he’s taken to protect the environment and cut down on pollution related to climate change. At a budget hearing Monday, lawmakers were focused on a more immediate concern - clean drinking water.

Snowmobiles
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In the wake of a series of fatal accidents this winter, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have jointly issued a snowmobile safety advisory.

ALBANY –“Grand Concourse” is a title of a play you’ve probably never heard of.  It is, however, a play that once you see it you will always remember it.

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Many Albany residents were caught off-guard by the city's first significant snowfall in almost two years. They woke up today to find their cars had been towed away for non-compliance with snow emergency protocol.

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Hoping to keep momentum going from the Women’s March on Washington last month, a rally is scheduled tomorrow in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Another event Saturday in western Massachusetts will raise money for an abortion rights fund.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 10, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 10, 2017.

Rowan Wilson testifying at the New York state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Feb. 6.
Karen DeWitt

With the confirmation of Rowan Wilson to the New York Court of Appeals, Governor Andrew Cuomo has now picked all of the judges on the state’s highest court, the first governor to do so since his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo.

HV Digs Out Of Major Snowstorm

Feb 9, 2017
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By mid-afternoon, the storm that left more than a foot of snow in some parts of the Hudson Valley had either ended or been reduced to flurries. Still, officials are urging caution on the roads, especially with any icing tonight amid frigid temperatures.

Since President Trump was inaugurated and Republicans obtained control of Congress, there has been heightened concern over future environmental policies.  In response, advocacy groups are intensifying their grassroots organizing. Wednesday night, a coalition of Vermont groups held a webinar with Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss how to move forward on environmental issues without the support of the federal government.

Hilary Dunne Ferrone: Nonprofit Special Events

Feb 9, 2017

Recently, I attended a local arts organization’s annual fundraiser. The night started with a fun cocktail party which included an inspiring and gracious speech by the board chair, followed by a wonderful dinner.  It made me think about what makes a successful event, why events miss the mark, and what fundraising alternatives could be more effective.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo gives a storm update.
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With schools closed and many workers encouraged not to travel, the Northeast spent much of the day digging out from the first major storm of the winter.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 9, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott was joined by his Human Services Secretary and several health care providers today to unveil a pilot Medicaid program intended to change the current fee-for-service system.

Breakaway NYS Senate Democrats Face Backlash

Feb 8, 2017

A faction of breakaway Democrats in the New York state Senate has been gaining members lately, but they are now facing a backlash, including raucous opposition at meetings in their districts.

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