WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
with Brian Shields
Brian Shields

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 feature reports from WAMC News bureau chiefs...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 24 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

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Hudson Valley News
10:45 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Concerning Police Dogs

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Credit Courtersy of Office of NYS Senator George Maziarz

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday signed two bills pertaining to police dogs. A Hudson Valley Assemblyman sponsored both.

One bill elevates to a Class E felony the killing of a police dog or police horse. Republican George Maziarz sponsored the bill in the Senate.

Maziarz and Democrat Kenneth Zebrowski, who sponsored the bill in the Assembly, point to a second police dog killing that occurred after the bill was introduced. Here’s Zebrowski:

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

New City Resident Garners Signatures For Mayoral Run

Independent Chris Rosenquest

Independent Chris Rosenquest was on the steps of Plattsburgh City Hall this morning to announce that he has gathered enough signatures to be placed on the November ballot as a candidate for mayor. The entrepreneur and small business owner is attracting attention in the race because he lived in Seattle until earlier this month.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Public Has Longer To Comment On Proposed Changes To Verizon Landlines

Verizon logo.

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) is extending a public comment period on whether it’s a good idea for Verizon to stop providing land line service  to some customers and supply a wireless telephone connection instead.

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New York News
4:05 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

NY Celebrates "A Public Health Success Story"

Leading state and national healthcare advocates gathered today with public officials and others at the Gateway Diner on Albany's Central Avenue to mark the 10th Anniversary of the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act.

New York's 2003 Clean Indoor Air Act banned smoking in almost all workplaces, including bars, restaurants, bowling facilities, taverns and bingo halls.  In the past 10 years, the Act has protected millions of citizens from daily exposure to deadly secondhand smoke and the illnesses it causes.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Keith Strudler: Baseball's PED Problem

Last night I sat through a full nine innings of Single-A minor league baseball. Once the sugar high of Cracker Jacks and funnel cake wears off, it can get pretty old, if you plan on actually watching the game. There’s missed balls, botched plays, and everything else that reminds you why they call it the minor league instead of, say, the majors. But on a positive note, three hours and four pretzels later, I can definitively say that not everyone in professional baseball takes drugs. That’s probably news after this week, when major league baseball suspended Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the rest of the year without pay for his involvement with the Miami clinic Biogenesis, who apparently gave him enough supply to fill a Duane Reade. And I’m talking about one of the big ones down in the city, where they sell groceries and lawn furniture.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas shares the details of the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, July 24, 2013. 

Hudson Valley News
11:09 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Non-Profit Leader Receives HV Beautiful Business Award

From left to right, Judy Wicks, Diane Reeder, Ajax Greene
Credit Courtesy of The Queens Galley

A first-time Hudson Valley award for dedication to locally-sourced food and products has been given to the leader of a non-profit organization in Kingston. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the Re>Think Local award.

The inaugural Hudson Valley Beautiful Business Award for Social Entrepreneurship honors Diane Reeder, president and CEO of The Queens Galley Food Insecurity Resource Center. She says the Kingston-based non-profit soup kitchen and food pantry needs to be a community partner.

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WAMC News
6:30 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Great Lakes Groups Call for Restored Funding in Subcommittee Bill

Credit NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, Goddard Space Flight Center

The budget debate in Washington has Great Lakes advocates calling foul and lobbying for a turnabout in a proposed funding cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Advocacy Group Launches New Effort To Support Passenger Rail Expansion In Berkshires

Karen Christensen (right) and her daughter, Rachel
Credit The Berkshire Train Campaign

A group advocating for passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City is launching a new volunteer effort to bring its message to a wider audience.

Karen Christensen, a Great Barrington resident and founder and CEO of the Berkshire Publishing Group, said she first became interested in advocating to bring passenger rail service from New York to the Berkshires after returning from a trip to China in August of 2011. After communicating with her neighbors, colleagues, and other business owners, by late 2012, she had founded the Berkshire Train Campaign.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

New York Enters Year Six Of De Facto Fracking Moratorium

Credit WAMC News

In the summer of 2008, then Governor David Paterson and the legislature imposed an actual moratorium in New York on the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking. After it expired, Governor Cuomo’s environmental agency began an extended review. That study has never been completed. For the past 10 months, a decision has been put on hold while Governor Cuomo’s health commissioner conducts what he says is a health review.  No details have been revealed.

Brian Sampson, with the pro-business group Unshackle Upstate, calls it “paralysis by analysis.”

“It’s very disingenuous to the people to say that here we are five years later and we haven’t been able to make a decision,” Sampson said.

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