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. 

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.

Keith Strudler: The Spoils Of Super Bowl Victory

Feb 8, 2017

As the saying goes, to the victor goes the spoils. While it pains me to say this, the victor on Sunday was the New England Patriots, who managed to essentially steal the Super Bowl from the Atlanta Falcons, who will now spend the rest of their lives answering basic math questions about clock management. So New England gets all the accolades, the rings, the bonus money, the parades – basically all of those tangible perks that go to the winning team, which, let’s be clear, would have been Atlanta had they had not made even one in a series of bad decisions in the fourth quarter.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is located at 301 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, just off Erie Boulevard.
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More than three years after New York voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in the state, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady opened its doors to the public today. 

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Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the reintroduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act. The Democrats say the legislation would create a universal, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave program. 

1980 scoreboard in Herb Brooks arena
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An iconic symbol of the 1980 Winter Olympics was decommissioned this morning in Lake Placid.
The scoreboard in the Herb Brooks Arena, where the U.S. beat the Soviet Union in the Miracle on Ice hockey game, was lowered from the rafters to be replaced.

New York State Seal
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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s acting tax commissioner took heat from Democrats and Republicans in the New York Legislature over delays in the STAR rebate program. The hearing was interrupted by protesters who want higher taxes on millionaires.

Stephen Gottlieb: Pledge Drive And Public Radio

Feb 7, 2017

I wrote this commentary assuming it would be extra incentive to contribute. Instead it is a time for celebration and appreciation. A one-day fund drive – WOW. So let me say a bit about some of the things that your contributions accomplished.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 7, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

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      While other states have seen enrollments in health insurance plans through online marketplaces drop, Massachusetts reported a record number of people obtaining coverage.

The public focus on policymaking at the state Capitol has taken a backseat to the actions of the Trump Administration.  Almost from the minute the new President was inaugurated, his nonstop, frantic pace has captured the nation’s attention.

A Hudson Valley resident has launched what’s being called The Campaign for Water Protection. He is kicking off the first in a series of panel discussions Saturday in Kingston.

Michael Meeropol: Showing Up

Feb 3, 2017

Many members of my extended family participated in demonstrations on Saturday, January 21 pledging resistance to the far right agenda of the Republican Congress and their leader, Donald Trump.  We marched in solidarity with women disgusted by the thought of a sexist, sexual predator in the White House.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 3, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 3, 2017.

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     The new immigration ban is directly impacting many people, including a Greenfield, Massachusetts resident who was looking forward to a visit from her parents.

Empire State Winter Games banner
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Nearly 2,300 athletes are in the Lake Placid region this weekend for the 37th annual Empire State Winter Games, the largest amateur winter athletic sporting event in North America.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the opening ceremonies Thursday evening.

Courtesy of Assemblyman Kieran Lalor

In recent days, municipalities in our region and around the country have been parsing President Trump’s new immigration and refugee policies. Now, a New York assemblyman from the Hudson Valley has written to the governor, opposing the use of state tax dollars to pay for sanctuary cities to litigate against the federal government or to replace withheld federal funding. He also is calling on area polling institutes to ask New Yorkers whether they support sanctuary cities.

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Albany County is once again celebrating Black History Month.

Police body cameras
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The Fulton County city of Gloversville this week began outfitting its police force with body cameras. The devices are becoming standard practice in many police departments as video technology becomes more prevalent in our everyday lives — and departments come under increasing scrutiny.

ALBANY – It’s the middle of winter, political tensions are high, the bills for the holiday gifts have landed and before you know it, it will be tax time.  It not only sounds depressing; it is depressing.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 2, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, February 2, 2017.

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As workers put finishing touches on a $330 million project that turned a Schenectady brownfield into a resort, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas joined other members of the media for a sneak peek at the area's new casino — just one week before the grand opening.

Howard Zemsky
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New York Governor Cuomo’s economic development chair was grilled by state lawmakers at a budget hearing Wednesday, as some of the programs are embroiled in a corruption scandal that’s led to charges against several former associates of the governor.

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A hearing Monday on a lawsuit challenging New York’s plan for a rail to trail transition along the Remsen to Lake Placid rail corridor was delayed after the judge requested more information pertaining to ownership of land along the route.

Keith Strudler: Super Bowl Sadness

Feb 1, 2017

So in the grand scheme of American holidays, Super Bowl Sunday reigns supreme. With all deference to Thanksgiving and Halloween and even the 4th of July, nothing unifies this country in a singular activity like the Super Bowl. That activity being eating ourselves into a coma while watching a bunch of highly paid grown men wrestle for a pigskin. On Super Bowl Sunday, nearly half of this country does exactly the same thing at exactly the same time, invoking ritual and history, surrounded by friends and family. Compare that Labor Day. It’s not like we all go boating, or all picnic. Even on Christmas, it’s not like half of America goes to church as the same time. Besides, that’s not American holiday, but a religious one – although not if our current government has anything to do with it.

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston
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       A pay raise package for elected officials in Massachusetts is expected to be finalized this week on Beacon Hill.   While pay raises for public officials are always controversial, this plan has drawn just token opposition.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 1, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

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Leaders of religious and civil rights organizations continue responding to President Trump’s executive order barring entry into the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and blocking refugees for 120 days.

Prescription drug price panel
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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a roundtable in Burlington Monday with health officials and advocates to discuss the rapidly rising cost of prescription drugs.

Protesters at the New York State Capitol Tuesday
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Eight protesters were arrested outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office Tuesday, as they demonstrated for more money for legal aid services for New York's poorest.

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