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. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 27, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, March 27, 2017. 

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      A legislative committee that is considering changes to the voter approved law legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is holding a public hearing today in West Springfield.

Several proposals in Washington right now including the changes to the Affordable Health Care Act, could mean multibillion dollar budget gaps for New York State. With the budget due in one week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders think that at the very least, they may have to come back later in the year to revise the spending plan.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh this morning to advocate for the restoration of funding to the arts and humanities that has been zeroed out in President Trump’s budget proposal.

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The Mohawk River, which begins in the Southern Adirondacks and empties into the Hudson in Cohoes, has had a new health assessment.

Michael Meeropol: What A Decent Society Looks Like

Mar 24, 2017

[Between the time this was taped for delivery on March 24 and the writing of this longer version, the Republicans pulled their bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.   The principles enunciated here and the argument that seniors who receive Medicare are receiving the same kind of social insurance subsidies from current taxpayers as are Medicaid recipients remain very important.   It is also important that people who struggled to protect the Affordable Care Act from being replaced by Trumpcare remain vigilant.  The promise by the Trump Administration that the will do everything in their power to destroy the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act should be taken very seriously.] 

What is the difference between Medicaid and Medicare?    The major difference is that Medicare is an earned entitlement while Medicaid is a means-tested entitlement.  Working ten years and paying payroll taxes qualify you for Medicare’s hospitalization insurance without having to pay out of pocket premiums.   Paying those payroll taxes also entitles seniors to enroll in Medicare Part B which covers physicians’ services and Part D which is the prescription drug plan.   These programs are yours regardless of your income, so long as you have paid the payroll tax during ten years of your working career.  Billionaires get free hospitalization and access to Medicare Parts B and D along with the rest of us, just by virtue of having paid the payroll tax.  Because of this fact, people who receive Medicare (and this applies to Social Security pensions as well) believe they have “paid for it” with their taxes and are not, therefore, receiving “welfare.”

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 24, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 24, 2017.

Hugh Hardy Remembered For Mahaiwe Restoration

Mar 24, 2017
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Legendary architect Hugh Hardy died last Friday, according to his company. Among Hardy’s many projects was the restoration of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts for its Centennial Celebration in 2005 – preserving its quintessential early 20th century ambience.

Report Shows HV Urban Areas Are Poised For Growth

Mar 23, 2017

Revitalization of the Hudson Valley’s cities and urban areas is setting the stage to attract a new wave of residents and businesses. So says a report from Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, which finds that safer and more attractive downtowns, regional amenities and more are part of the scene.

Another sitting state legislator, Rob Ortt, has been indicted, along with the person who held the Western New York Senate seat before him, George Maziarz – on corruption charges. The indictments come as ethics reform proposals in the state budget are faltering.

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With social services stressed and law enforcement often overwhelmed, a growing number of counties in New York are choosing to bring legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioids as they grapple with the addiction crisis.

Petition To Review Pittsfield Hiring Practices

Mar 23, 2017
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A former Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilor has filed a petition with the city to review its hiring practices.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 23, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 23, 2017.

New Push To Tax New York's Wealthiest

Mar 22, 2017
Mayor de Blasio in Albany on Wednesday.
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Proponents of raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest say they have a new impetus to increase the state’s revenue: the continued bad news from Washington about deep federal cuts to health care and other areas. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has called an amendment to the federal repeal of Obamacare that would force the state to pick up county Medicaid costs “unconscionable." 

From left: Jonathan Rajewski, Devi Momot, Vermont Assistant Attorney General Ryan Kriger, JayKramer, Paul Konschak
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Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont is home to the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation.  The state-of-the-art lab allows students to assist in computer forensics and digital investigations in the public and private sectors.  The facilities recently hosted a cybersecurity forum for businesses and non-profits to help them understand digital threats.

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Tuesday was a busy day for village elections. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief reports on some of the places in our region that will see new leadership.

Keith Strudler: Getting It Right

Mar 22, 2017

No matter who you cheer for in college basketball, no matter how busted your bracket is, whether your Kansas or Kentucky, we can all agree on one thing during this NCAA men’s college basketball tournament. And that is, we all can’t stand the officials. Now that’s a normal truism in sports. No one ever really likes the refs. At best, we might concede the challenge in their jobs, which is predicated upon applying highly objective standards to a universe of subjectivity. Where you are deliberately judged and second guessed every moment of your workday, and even on the best of days, half of your customers are going to be angry on every play. Where there is literally no glory, something well indicated by your assigned wardrobe – usually a black and white striped jersey that’s oddly reminiscent of prison outfits of the early 1900’s. And where the speed and intensity of the games you officiate make precision an absolute impossibility – so much that your job is routinely supplemented by video replay. So I think rational sports fans might objectively concede how hard it is to officiate a modern sporting event – at least when the game’s over.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 22, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Medicaid Shift Gets Cool Reception In Albany

Mar 21, 2017
Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
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A provision to shift Medicaid health care costs in New York from counties to the state as part of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare by Congress is meeting with a cool reception from state leaders. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo calls it a “targeted war on New York,” while the leader of the Republicans in the legislature is voicing skepticism.

Canada’s Consul General in New York spoke to a crowd of northern New York officials Monday evening in Plattsburgh.

IN ALBANY, LT. GOV. KATHY HOCHUL LAUNCHES $70 MILLION ELECTRIC CAR REBATE AND OUTREACH INITIATIVE
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made a stop in Albany Tuesday to make a clean energy announcement.

Stephen Gottlieb: Chemicals, Infertility And Morals

Mar 21, 2017

You’ll be subjected to rolling commentary on innumerable aspects of the Gorsuch hearings. I prefer, as I often do, to address deeper aspects of our competing value systems that underlie the surface of our political battles. One is the human impact of our treatment of planet earth.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 21, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

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    The Trump administration is trying to turn up the pressure on so-called sanctuary cities, but so far activists in western Massachusetts are not backing down in their efforts to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Dutchess County Monday, reintroducing his bill to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by creating pre-booking drug diversion programs. The idea is to allow police officers to use their discretion to divert individuals directly to treatment instead of booking them and processing them through the criminal justice system. Maloney made the announcement in the Dutchess County Stabilization Center, whose grand opening was last week.

Reverend Emily McNeill of the Labor Religion Coalition and other religious leaders lobbied for extension and expansion of the state's millionaires tax in the budget
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The next two weeks at the New York state Capitol are going to be very busy as lawmakers face the deadline for a new budget as several issues remain unresolved.

CDPHP Cycle! set to launch in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga
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Two organizations well known by their acronyms have partnered up to bring people in the Capital Region a new way to get from here to there.

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Gearing up for a reelection campaign next year, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today continued a recent series of meetings with Massachusetts constituents.

The Trump Administration continues to distract the nation with a daily stream of misinformation that often provides cover for the policy work of the Administration and the Congress.  The latest is the Trump Administration’s accusations (without evidence) that the Conservative Government in Britain and the Obama Administration had wiretapped the Trump campaign in the months leading up to the election.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 20, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, March 20, 2017.

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