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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Supporters of a constitutional convention in New York say the amendment deserves prominent placement on the November ballot. Opponents say the entire idea is too risky, and that the state should skip it.

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord is not winning him any friends in the environmental community.  That’s reflected by reaction from regional advocates.

Much of the discussion of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget has focused on the extremity of the cuts to the civilian side of the discretionary budget.   By some calculations, if the budget were adopted, the discretionary budget would be cut almost in half, making the Federal Government almost completely unable to function.  

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 2, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 2, 2017.

Symbol for the 439th Airlift Wing
Twitter: @439Westover

A new era began today at a renowned military base in western Massachusetts.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 2, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 2, 2017.

EPA Says PCB Cleanup Is Working, Others Disagree

Jun 1, 2017
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday released its second review of the cleanup of PCBs from the upper Hudson River. The review concludes that the $1.7 billion cleanup of the Superfund site is working. Several environmental groups and lawmakers from New York disagree, saying more dredging is needed.

JD Allen / WAMC

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced Thursday he is not seeking a fifth term. 

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Kunstler"

Jun 1, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass.   During the 1960s and 70s, whenever there was a trial involving political controversy you could be sure the defense attorney for the headline-making cases was William Kunstler. Today, unless you are of a certain age, Kunstler’s contributions to the cause of social justice are almost forgotten.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 1, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

This week, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger celebrated the completion of the first phase of rebuilding the city’s 8-mile Bike Path.  After he cut the ribbon near the Lake Champlain shoreline, he discussed a number of initiatives the city is undertaking including waterfront improvements.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
Wiki Commons

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll sign an executive order committing New York state to meet the Paris Climate Accord standards, calling President Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw from the agreement “reckless” and “irresponsible.” And the governor says he’s joining with the governors of the states of California and Washington to form a coalition of states that are committed to upholding the Paris Accord. ​ New York state has already begun a plan to get 50 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030.

Albany Beams With Pride

Jun 1, 2017
The City Flag flies alongside the Gay Pride flag, the Bisexual Pride flag, and the Transgender Pride flag on Albany City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

June is Gay Pride Month across the nation. Albany's observance kicked off this morning at City Hall.

Officials cut ribbon to celebrate completion of Phase 1 Completion of Bike Path
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Officials in Vermont’s largest city marked the completion of Phase One of the rehabilitation of the Burlington Bike Path and provided an update on the next phase of its construction today.

Keith Strudler: Pulling Punches

May 31, 2017

Weather permitting, today my 7 year old son Elliot will have his debut performance on the pitching mound in Little League Baseball. I’m not exactly sure what to expect, other than what I expect when I watch any baseball game of 7 and 8 year olds – a lot walks and dropped fly balls. He practiced pitching quite a bit yesterday – and by quite a bit, I mean like 15 minutes – and is pretty excited to have the spotlight. So excited he’s decided to skip today’s soccer game to play baseball instead, which, if you’re current on youth sports, is not a typical decision.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 31, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

MASS MoCA Building 6
JD Allen / WAMC

Mass MoCA doubled in size on Sunday with the opening of Building 6. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen was one of thousands of people in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Riverkeeper Sweep Finds Less Trash At Many Locations

May 30, 2017
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The 6th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep yielded 26 tons of trash, tires, assorted junk and recyclable plastic away from Hudson Valley and New York City shorelines at 102 locations. Some sites are now considered clean, but problem areas persist.

Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park cover
Adirondack Wild

The environmental group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has issued a new guide to provide communities within the Blue Line with strategies for ecologically-based local planning.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
Periscope

City Hall is defending itself after Albany Common Councilor and Democratic mayoral candidate Frank Commisso, Jr. called a press conference this morning to focus attention on an independent report regarding city finances.

Our love for our country and recognition that we have many big-hearted citizens sometimes lulls us into assuming that we act appropriately on the world stage. But ignorance too often breaks the connection between good intentions and smart behavior. Iran emerged from World War II with a parliamentary government and a democratically selected Prime Minister. But the British and Americans didn’t like his stand on oil – he wanted a larger share of the profits for his own country. At Britain’s urging, we helped stage a coup that took him down and reinstalled the Shah of Iran. Initially, the Prime Minister got wind of the coup and defeated it. But, in the American Embassy, a second coup was planned and executed. In 1953 the Shah of Iran was reinstalled and this country took credit for it.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 30, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Orange County Friday afternoon, claiming the Department of Defense is evading its responsibility to clean up PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard base.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the former owners of a shuttered baby food factory in the Mohawk Valley to clean up the site. But the former owners say it’s not their problem.

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A small group of activists were at NY Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office in Plattsburgh Thursday to drop off a copy of the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. The Republican-led House narrowly passed the bill on May 4.  They are not the only people upset with the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Garett Arigianas' Evening Forecast

May 26, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 26, 2017.

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Just in time for Memorial Day, Albany County District Attorney David Soares has announced a round of traffic safety and policy changes involving the prosecution of vehicular crimes in Albany County.

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority

A bill that would name the new Tappan Zee Bridge in honor of veterans has passed the New York state Senate. The bill’s sponsor is from the Hudson Valley and a veteran himself.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in Plattsburgh 5-25-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to announce the final projects that have been approved for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative awarded to the city last summer.

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