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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New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been battling with Texas based oil giant ExxonMobil for nearly a year.  Last year, the Attorney General launched an investigation into whether ExxonMobil had deliberately ignored its own research about the dangers of global warming and instead set about a campaign to mislead the public – and investors – about the dangers caused by burning fossil fuels, one of which is oil.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 19, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, September 19, 2016.

Courtesy Occupy Albany

The Occupy Movement began five years ago as "Occupy Wall Street," when activists flooded a park in New York City with demands for economic equality. The movement takes credit for introducing income inequality into the broader political discourse, for inspiring the fight for a $15 minimum wage and even the Democratic presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The local anti-establishment crusade against the power of elites — the so-called 1 percent — was known as Occupy Albany.

The Ludlow Mills Clock Tower from high above
WestMass Area Development Corp

    Massachusetts will fund enhancements to a riverwalk project in Ludlow that is part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England. 

     The town of Ludlow has officially signed an agreement with the state to accept a $429,500 grant from the MassWorks program. It will be used for lighting, benches, signage explaining the history of the property, and other amenities along the 1.7-mile Ludlow Mills Riverwalk. 

A kickoff event was held Sunday at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center to promote The Maccabi Games, expected to bring more than 700 athletes from around the world to the area next year. 

Sanders Rallies For Teachout In New Paltz

Sep 16, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders rallied Friday in New Paltz for Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate for the 19th Congressional district seat. It’s a race that has drawn national attention. Sanders repeated some of the themes from his presidential campaign, saying Teachout believes in the same. With the State University of New York at New Paltz one block from the park, many of those in attendance were college students.

Audrey Kupferberg: Florence Foster Jenkins

Sep 16, 2016

Have you seen the advertising stills and posters for FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, the late summer release from director Stephen Frears?   In just about every image, the three major characters smile in a carefree, bubbly fashion as though they just tasted the most delicious champagne.   There are Florence herself played by Meryl Streep, her husband St. Clair Bayfield played by Hugh Grant, and highly talented Simon Helberg from THE BIG BANG THEORY appearing as her piano accompanist. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 16, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 16, 2016.

    Environmental activists are lobbying city councilors in Springfield to approve a ban on single-use plastic bags in retail stores in hopes it will lead to a statewide prohibition in Massachusetts.

The exhibition explores people's fear of shadows.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

You may have noticed the Halloween candy and decorations already creeping onto store shelves. Now, some rather spooky items have found their way out of the Berkshire Museum’s storage areas and into its exhibit halls.

Plattsburgh was one of 10 communities statewide to win $10 million under the governor’s $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  This afternoon, the local planning committee held an organizational meeting with the consulting team, state officials and the public to kick off the planning process.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The first debate between the candidates for New York’s 19th Congressional district seat is in the books. Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout faced off today at WAMC’s performing arts studio, the Linda. The debate between two former gubernatorial candidates mostly stuck to the issues.

One of the 3D printers at Taconic High School.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Berkshire Community College and area business leaders showed off cutting-edge technology on Thursday that they believe will grow the region’s innovation and manufacturing sectors.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 15, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, September 15, 2016.

State of the Park 2016 cover
Photo by Carl Heilman II of Boreas Ponds and the High Peaks Wilderness / Adirondack Council

An annual report assessing policy affecting the Adirondack Park has just been issued by the Adirondack Council.  This year it’s largely positive, driven by the state’s acquisition of wilderness lands and investment in the Environmental Protection Fund.

Jennifer Trainer Thompson was announced as the next CEO of Hancock Shaker Village Wednesday.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The new leader of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is someone who has been involved in the region’s cultural realm for quite some time.

Keith Strudler: The NCAA And North Carolina

Sep 14, 2016

If five years ago someone told you that in 2016, the NCAA would boycott one of the two American Carolinas, you’d bet the farm it was South Carolina. You know, the one that flew the Confederate Flag at the statehouse. The home of Strom Thurmond. The one the NCAA already boycotted since 2001. And you would be wrong.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 14, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, September 14, 2016.


  A woman who dedicated the majority of her adult life to public service in a western Massachusetts city was honored at a ceremony today. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Republicans battled for their parties’ nomination in the 112th and 113th Assembly Districts on Tuesday.

An effort to establish a town in Orange County took a step forward with the delivery of a petition to the county legislature. Village of Kiryas Joel leaders are initiating the process.  

Stephen Gottlieb: Democracy And Compromise

Sep 13, 2016

Since Obama’s election, congressional Republicans and their Tea Party challengers made Obama’s defeat their overriding goal, and when they couldn’t do that, they did everything they could to make him seem like a total failure, an example of politics gone completely awry. To accomplish those goals, they refused to give him any victories – not on infrastructure, not on economic stimulus, not on judicial nominations and they tried to retract his success with the Affordable Care Act under a Democratic Congress.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 13, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Schenectady has a new police chief.

A group of state lawmakers is teaming up with environmental groups to ask New York Governor Cuomo’s administration to ban the use of waste water from hydrofracking and other oil and gas extraction from being spread on public roadways.


  Hospital emergency rooms are on the front lines in saving lives during the opioid crisis. Now some ERs in western Massachusetts will be getting an additional resource.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A ceremony was held Tuesday morning in the Fireman’s Home in Fort Plain, located on a block that was underwater in June of 2013. The storm dumped 8 inches of rain and swelled a nearby creek beyond its banks. Homes and businesses were damaged and one person died.

One of three Berkshire Regional Transit Authority hybrid buses run on either diesel and electric or gasoline and electric.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

As part of a countywide clean air challenge, Berkshire Community College and the regional transit authority are highlighting bus use between the school and downtown Pittsfield.

Mark Schmidt, UAlbany

The University at Albany's Rensselaer County campus is getting a curriculum upgrade and a new name.

Blair Horner: The Sad State Of Voting In New York

Sep 12, 2016

This week, New Yorkers will vote again – for the third time in six months – in primary elections. Yup, that’s right, New Yorkers vote in, and pay for, two primary elections, and this year a Presidential primary as well.  In June, New Yorkers enrolled in political parties, voted in Congressional primaries and this week they voted for state legislative candidates.