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. 

Blair Horner: The Myth Of Voter Fraud

Oct 31, 2016

As the national election season races to the finish line, one issue that has made its way to the top of the debate is voter “fraud.”  It is stated frequently and consistently that voter fraud is a huge problem that could undermine the results of the national elections. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Garett Argianas' Afternoon Forecast

Oct 31, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the afternoon forecast for Oct. 31, 2016.


            Weekday commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike saw big changes today, but not the big traffic jams some feared might occur.  This was the first work day of all-electronic open-road tolling statewide.

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Clarkstown in Rockland County became Orange & Rockland Utilities’ first customer to purchase its streetlights Friday. A few other Rockland municipalities are next in line. The town supervisor says the benefits are both financial and environmental. 

Clarkstown is Rockland County’s most populated town and Supervisor George Hoehmann says its 86,500 residents will soon see those benefits.

On October 30, the National Geographic Channel will broadcast the first episode of the second season of a series entitled Years of Living Dangerously.  The series explores the dangers of global warming and associated climate change.   The first episode, A Race Against Time, focuses two compelling stories:  the promise of solar energy in India and the political obstacles to wider use of solar energy in the U. S.


     Work has begun to secure a dam in western Massachusetts that was flagged almost a decade ago as a threat to public safety and property.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says one of the reasons he is actively campaigning for Democrats to take over the New York State Senate, is that he believes he will have more success getting ethics changes done without the GOP in charge.

Gannett Layoffs Hit Two Hudson Valley Papers

Oct 27, 2016

Gannett has announced a 2 percent cut in its workforce across the U.S., including at its headquarters. In addition to the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, the cuts hit hard at two newspapers in the Hudson Valley — The Poughkeepsie Journal and The Journal News.

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and state Health Commissioner Harry Chen recently announced proposed changes to the Health Department’s rules that would severely restrict the prescribing of opioids for pain. Much of the outgoing governor’s tenure has been devoted to countering the heroin and opioid crisis.

Imagine a social, political and economic environment in which domestic violence has disappeared.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 27, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, October 27, 2016.

 A rallygoer holds a sign supporting Marquis Dixon.
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A state appeals court has reversed the conviction that sent an Albany teenager to a nine-year prison term for a sneaker robbery.

Schumer Campaigns By Not Campaigning

Oct 27, 2016
Senator Charles Schumer
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It looks like New York Senator Chuck Schumer will be reelected to a fourth term on November 8, barring any major turn of events. Schumer is nearly 40 points ahead of his nearest opponent in the polls, and the bigger question now is, will Schumer be the next Senate Minority Leader or Majority Leader?

New York state health officials have been notifying New Windsor residents of the results of private well testing in the vicinity of Stewart Air National Guard base. The state declared the base a Superfund site in August after identifying it as a source of PFOS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and environmental leaders urge passage of ballot questions
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There are six questions on the city of Burlington’s ballot in November.  Mayor Miro Weinberger and key environmentalists met recently to urge voters to pass four of the questions related to the development proposal for the downtown core.

Keith Strudler: Firing Josh Brown

Oct 26, 2016

It is an overwhelming time in American sports. First, we have two feel good stories in the World Series and the end of at least one curse. It's also the midpoint in both the college and professional football seasons, when programs focus there gaze towards both the playoffs and bowl games. Add to that the start of the MLS soccer playoffs and, in case you missed it, the first game of the NBA season last night. It can be hard to simply know what's happening, much less to have any sense of mastery. So that said, it's fairly easy for the case of Josh Brown to be buried amongst the highlights. For the uninitiated, Brown is the newly unemployed punter of the New York football Giants. He was released this week by the team after spending last week on the NFL’s exempt list. Meaning he couldn’t play, but he did get paid. Which to be honest, is most everyone’s dream.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 26, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Arrgianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, October 26, 2016.


     A federal grant has been announced to help preserve rare pieces of Americana in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Hillary Clinton’s widening lead over Donald Trump, is likely to affect down ballot races for Congress , where there are several contested seats, and for control of the State Senate in New York, where Republicans are barely clinging to the majority.

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The final debate between the three candidates in New York’s 21st Congressional district was taped Monday at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.

A judge has allowed the New York Farm Bureau to intervene in a lawsuit that could dramatically affect farm wages in the state.

Stephen Gottlieb: A Scary Election

Oct 25, 2016

Over a century ago, populism was sweeping the country, with white and African-American workers standing together, until a scared Southern aristocracy started race-baiting. Whites took the bait, breaking the back of Southern populism. The rest of the country surged forward because their governments cared about the people, the regular people, not just the fancy financiers. But not in the South, which languished.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 25, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

     People have gotten used to posting profiles about themselves on social media and now one western Massachusetts city is encouraging its residents to create public safety profiles too.

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Two reported sexual assault cases at the University at Albany have officials reexamining security measures.

Letters have gone back and forth between seven state lawmakers and the chair of the New York State Public Service Commission. At issue is what the lawmakers say is an unfair statewide electric rate increase to subsidize upstate nuclear power plants.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $790,000 is available for Mid-Hudson Valley municipalities to convert to LED streetlights. The idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state reach its energy goals.

During the lazy, hazy days of last summer, the Cuomo Administration approved a plan to hike New Yorkers’ electric utility bills by billions of dollars. The hike is to bail out three upstate nuclear power plants in central and western New York. Some of these plants, built during the Vietnam War era, were slated to be shut down because they were no longer efficient or profitable, having run well past their projected lifespan of 40 years.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 24, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, October 24, 2016.


     A new era in Massachusetts elections began today with early voting offered for the first time.