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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In a rematch of 2014, Republican Pete Vroman is challenging Democratic incumbent Angelo Santabarbara in tomorrow’s race for New York’s 111th state Assembly District seat.

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        Changes are being considered to a landmark municipal ordinance in Massachusetts that regulated public construction projects to promote local and minority employment, but has gone largely unenforced. 

City councilors and labor union leaders in Springfield are trying to put teeth into the city’s Responsible Employer Ordinance, which when it passed in 2008 was the first of its kind in Massachusetts, but has since been weakened by court challenges and haphazard enforcement.

Blair Horner: Governor Pushes Ethics Reform, Again

Nov 7, 2016

As the election staggers across the finish line, the question for New Yorkers is what next?  At the state level, Governor Cuomo weighed in to support legislative candidates who embraced his agenda.  The governor went so as far as to circulate a questionnaire to candidates quizzing them on their support for ethics law changes, asking their position on limiting lawmakers’ outside income and stricter campaign contribution requirements for Limited Liability Companies (LLCs).

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 7, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, November 7, 2016.

Donald Trump in Plattsburgh.
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One of the most extraordinary elections in memory is coming to a close tomorrow. The campaign was especially unusual here in the Northeast: Two New Yorkers are facing off for president, and Massachusetts is represented on the Libertarian and Green Party tickets. A Vermonter made a deep run in the Democratic primary. And cities like Albany — usually an afterthought on the presidential campaign trail — found themselves hosting major rallies on both sides of the aisle. With voters heading to the polls tomorrow, we listen back now to what the campaign sounded like on WAMC’s airwaves.

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On Tuesday, Democrats could win back the Senate from the Republicans, who have dominated the leadership there for much of the past century.

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With the retirement of longtime GOP State Senator Hugh Farley, 112th District Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is seeking to fill his shoes in a campaign against Democratic challenger Chad Putman.

Have you ever heard of the economist Steve Keen?   In 2010 he received the largest number of first place votes for the “Revere Award in Economics.”   This award was created to identify the three economists whose writings most strongly warned of and anticipated the financial meltdown of 2008.  Listeners may recall that I have repeatedly referred to the work of Dean Baker who as early as 2002 wrote that the rise in housing prices had all the characteristics of an unsustainable bubble.  It turns out that Steve Keen had done similar writings and in fact “beat out” Baker for first place in the Revere Award.   (Baker garnered 3rd place, the financial expert Nouriel Roubini took 2nd).

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 4, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, November 4, 2016.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with a report on immigration in New York. Speaking with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas, DiNapoli notes immigrants have played a significant role in shoring up what would otherwise be flagging populations in several upstate cities, including Buffalo, Utica and across the Mohawk Valley.

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              With the opioid crisis resulting in an increase in the number of children in the Massachusetts foster care system, there are increasing appeals for people to consider adoption.

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Phil Scott served five terms in the Vermont Senate before being elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010.  The Republican is now seeking the state’s top office. The businessman and race car driver has been campaigning for a year. When his campaign began, some thought his popularity combined with the state’s tradition of flipping parties when an incumbent governor leaves office provided Scott with the overwhelming advantage.  Instead, he faced a primary and a strong challenge from Democrats.  Now, as Election Day looms, Scott says the goal of his campaign is making Vermont more affordable.

The race for New York’s 19th Congressional district seat is one of the most closely watched in the country. The candidates are giving voters a clear choice, as Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout stand on the opposite ends of several issues. They’ve also given voters a lot of face time, having participated in a number of debates and forums. 

Patrick Leahy (left) and Scott Milne
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Vermont’s Patrick Leahy is the most senior member of the U.S. Senate. First elected in 1974 he was the first Democrat the state ever sent to the Senate. Now seeking his 8th term Leahy is being challenged by a Republican who has never held elective office and three minor party candidates.

Fred Kowal: A Better Future For All?

Nov 3, 2016

Like most of you, I have heard many disturbing statements during this year’s political campaigns.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 3, 2016

Meteorologist Garret Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, November 3, 2016.

Whichever party wins control of the New York state Senate on November 8,  they will likely have to govern along with a breakaway faction of Democrats who have been key to the power structure for several years now.

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If the New York State Senate is controlled by Democrats after the election, there could be some differences over taxing and spending policies.  Many Democrats favor extending an income tax surcharge on millionaires when it expires next spring.

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With Election Day less than a week away, we take a look at the two candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh. While the candidates’ styles are different, both are focused on the city’s fiscal stability.

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Shelters of Saratoga, the only year-round homeless shelter in Saratoga, Washington, and Warren Counties, has expanded to allow for more room for services and storage.

Keith Strudler: The Price Of Admission

Nov 2, 2016

One of the most power phrases in all of sports fandom is “I was at that game.” Like, I was at the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid, when the American college kids beat the Soviets in 1980. Or “I was at the Wilt Chamberlain 100 point game,” which can’t be true for many people, considering the attendance barely broke 4,000 and the game was played in 1962. But if you talk to enough sports fans, you’ll hear a wide range of tales about what magical sporting moment they witnessed live. It’s like membership to an exclusive club, or flying first class. Even if everyone gets to the same destination, you got there differently. So millions of people might have seen Michael Jordan’s 1997 NBA Finals “flu game,” but only a few thousand were in the building. That is cache.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 2, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, November 2, 2016. 

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      A project is under way to ensure that the only top level trauma hospital in western Massachusetts will be able to function in the event a disaster knocks out the power grid for an extended length of time.

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Voters are running out of time to register if they want to cast their ballots in the upcoming general election. Some voters are already out of time.

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There’s a greater chance than ever that the New York State Senate could be dominated by Democrats after the November 8th election. Many issues stalled in the Republican-led Senate for years would now have a possibility of passing.

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Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 1, 2016

Meterologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Nov. 1, 2016.

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        Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a $1.9 million grant award today for a western Massachusetts city to complete a highway project that will allow for an $8 million commercial development.

Audrey Kupferberg: Denial

Nov 1, 2016

DENIAL, a newly-released film, relates a very important true story, one that actually drew headlines 16 years ago.  The focus of the plot is a lawsuit that worked its way through English courts from 1996 into the 21st century.  In this suit, self-proclaimed historian David Irving sued Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt, an eminent American scholar on Holocaust Studies, for libel for characterizing some of his writings and public statements as Holocaust denial.

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The Republican candidate for New York’s 18th congressional district was in Poughkeepsie Monday. Phil Oliva is expressing concern over news that a refugee resettlement office will open in the city.

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