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. 

Stephen Gottlieb: Polarizing America

Jan 31, 2017

I’d like to give my spleen a break for a week and talk about some of the dynamics that are polarizing  America, that neither side can solve because the problem is structural. Law has contributed with crucial changes regarding political parties, the media, the draft and residential segregation (which Brown did not prevent). I'd love to hear good suggestions for countering the polarizing effects of those legal changes.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces her office is seeking to join a lawsuit brought by the ACLU to challenge President Trump's Executive Order on immigration. She was joined by immigrant advocates, representatives of the state's health c
Massachusetts Attorney General's office

The Massachusetts attorney general is taking action to challenge President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 31, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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Keeping with tradition, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other local officials headed to the state capitol in Albany Monday.

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A bipartisan push for a tougher animal rights law is on in New York state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a crowd of cheering Planned Parenthood advocates that he’s proposing a constitutional amendment to put the protections in the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into the state’s constitution.

For the longest time, the state Capitol has been rocked by scandals.  In recent years, those scandals have mushroomed: Both leaders of the Legislature have been convicted of corruption and face time in prison, and close aides and associates of the governor have been charged.

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        The first Democrat has formally announced a run for governor of Massachusetts in 2018.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 30, 2017.

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Westchester Legislators Work On Gun Show Regulations

Jan 27, 2017
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Westchester County legislators are working on a measure to strengthen gun show regulations. In the meantime, a state lawmaker from the county has introduced legislation to ban gun shows on public property.

Hilary Dunne Ferrone: Athletes & Philanthropy

Jan 27, 2017

Now that the National Football League playoffs have been battled and we’re racing toward the Super Bowl, I’m feeling nostalgic.  My first job after college was in the marketing and special events department of the NFL.  It was a dream job in many ways: not least because it was a fun product to market and it certainly presented iconic special events.  It may sound strange for a middle-aged woman to be waxing nostalgic about this particularly brutal sport, but as my career developed, I had the great fortune to work with athletes who wanted to do charitable work: it was through football players that I learned a lot about the emotions that inform a person’s desire to engage in philanthropy, and the potential pitfalls of this work.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 27, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast Friday, January 27, 2017.

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    The countdown is on to the opening of a new transportation hub in western Massachusetts later this year.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered her last State of the City address ahead of the November election. Reviews were mixed — and potential rivals were watching closely.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 26, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 26, 2017.

Critics: Cuomo Administration Shorting School Aid

Jan 26, 2017
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo


Reactions Vary To Reported Orders At EPA

Jan 25, 2017

Agencies and organizations that rely upon federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency wonder if their funding streams will be cut off. This comes amid reports Tuesday that the Trump administration would ban the EPA from awarding new contracts or grants as well as bar employees from providing updates on social media or to reporters.

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New York Farm Bureau

Officials from the New York Farm Bureau discussed the group’s top state legislative priorities and its response to the governor’s executive budget during a conference call this morning.

Opponents Want Pipeline-Related Permits Rescinded

Jan 25, 2017
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President Donald Trump revived the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline with a highly publicized  executive order this week. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration has also acted, quietly, to further energy pipelines across New York.

Keith Strudler: Members Only

Jan 25, 2017

If you are of a certain age, or have parents of that vintage that enjoy telling stories, you are familiar with the incendiary and offensive expression, “No Jews, No Blacks.” It was a common refrain for certain beach clubs, restaurants, and country clubs of our American past, found commonly in wealthy enclaves where a white religious majority could exclude those deemed as others. In some regard, this exclusion could explain part of the political cohesion of the Jewish and African-American communities throughout American history. Even if they have often suffered disproportionately, many of even America’s most integrated Jews recognize a common history of discrimination.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

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    The biggest construction project in Springfield, Massachusetts in nearly 50 years is causing downtown parking woes. The proposed solution to the problem: free valet parking.

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In 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo created 10 regional councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. Supporters touted the programs as robust economic development strategy.   Cuomo is so protective of the program, he says he'd rather shut it down than relinquish control to lawmakers.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has included $100 billion in his state budget proposal for infrastructure upgrades. It’s welcome news for an upstate city that has had a year marked by burst pipes and leaking sewage.

Despite inclement weather, nearly a hundred officials and business leaders from across the North Country gathered in Plattsburgh this morning to hear addresses on the state of the town and city of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.

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New York leads the nation in cases of Legionnaires' Disease. The disease, which can be spread through drinking water, is caused by bacteria and can be fatal.

Stephen Gottlieb: The March In Albany

Jan 24, 2017

This weekend was busy. The New York Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild and others trained people in nonviolence and to serve as observers for the Women’s March on Washington, including a couple of training sessions at Albany Law.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 24, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The New York state Assembly recently passed a bill to provide insurance coverage for FDA-approved contraception. The bill’s sponsor and state attorney general say there is an urgency to move the legislation forward with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act imminent.

Hudson Valley Democrat Kevin Cahill sponsored the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act in the Assembly. It’s a bill the Assembly had passed last year to conform to the Affordable Care Act and basic insurance plans in the state.

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