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: A Closer Look At Free Tuition

Jan 23, 2017

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo held a news conference with the U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders to announce a new initiative: to make public college tuition free for families whose incomes were up to $125,000.

Garett Argianas' Afternoon Weather Forecast

Jan 23, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the afternoon forecast for Jan. 23, 2017.

UVM students rally for the environment and social justice
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Two hours before Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, students at the University of Vermont held a rally to call for continued environmental protection and progressive social justice policies.

WAMC

     For many in Massachusetts, Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States was no cause for celebration. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 20, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 20, 2017.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A state senator from the Hudson Valley says more action is needed to help reverse the trend of climbing death tolls from opioids. He applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently released plan to combat New York’s heroin and opioid epidemic but says more is needed.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

One of Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature economic development programs is being downsized in Cuomo’s new state budget. Start Up New York is being rebranded, as other economic development projects have suffered setbacks.

Sonny Perdue 2007 file photo
Public Domain

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday announced the last of his cabinet nominees.  Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has been chosen to lead the Agriculture Department.  Farm advocates in our region say it’s a good choice and are hopeful he will be a strong advocate on key agricultural issues.

Bill Owens: Unite Behind Trump?

Jan 19, 2017

Vice president-elect, Mike Pence, has called on Americans to unite behind President-elect Trump.  He and the Trump campaign have claimed that the election was a “landslide,” “blowout” or that it was an “historic victory”.  The facts belie those claims.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 19, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 19, 2017.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Vermont Legislature

This year, as Vermonters see a new governor and lieutenant governor begin their terms, new presiding officers are also overseeing the legislature.  In the Democratically controlled House, Mitzi Johnson became the third female speaker to lead that chamber.  The Senate is being led by a Democrat/Progressive from Burlington.  Tim Ashe has been a member since 2009, sitting on key committees including Finance and Judiciary. Now in charge of the Senate agenda, he says the legislators’ key challenge comes from outside the Statehouse.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2017 budget proposal.
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget is not just facts and figures about what taxes to collect and how to spend them. Cuomo’s also put a number of unrelated changes into the spending plan - everything from allowing ride hailing services to expand in New York to enacting ethics reforms.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo briefed the media on his budget proposal Tuesday night. This morning, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul appeared at the Glens Falls Civic Center to explain to local officials what it means for their region.

Keith Strudler: Leaving Paradise

Jan 18, 2017

A lot of people have a list of cities. A list of places they’d really love to live, if cost or work wasn’t an issue. For example, a lot of people might pick San Francisco, or Savannah. I’ve got Austin and Vancouver on my list, in case you’re wondering. But if you’re looking for a city that almost everyone wants to live in, look no further than San Diego. It’s sunny and warm all the time, the beach is perfect, and everyone is fit. It’s like living on the set of a Corona commercial.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 18, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

         Criminal justice reforms are expected to be debated in the Massachusetts legislature during the two-year session that began this month.  Already, one bill has been filed at the request of a mayor who says rules about bail need to change to keep violent criminals off the streets.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Local elected officials in Ulster County and a citizens group are among those calling on the New York state Public Service Commission to retain the net metering compensation model for future community renewable projects. They held a press conference Tuesday in Kingston saying net metering is important to their business models.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has issued three executive orders to restructure parts of state government.  The new Republican governor says the new agencies are designed to improve administrative functions, expand the economy and make the state more affordable.

WAMC

For the first time in five years, Massachusetts is offering financial help to build new public libraries.  Demand for the money is expected to be high.

Stephen Gottlieb: The Future

Jan 17, 2017

What are the lessons of the election for the future of democracy?

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 17, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Open Clip Art/Public Domain

A refugee resettlement program in the Hudson Valley is on schedule to welcome its first families this month. Church World Service has found office space in Poughkeepsie and volunteers in the region are ready to lend a hand.

Cuomo's Budget Due Tuesday

Jan 16, 2017
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his budget on January 17th. Revenues are down, and the repeal of Obamacare could cost the state billions of dollars.

Last week, Governor Cuomo took to the road to unveil his State of the State addresses.  The State of the State is a constitutional requirement that the governor report to the legislature on issues of concerns and to offer his recommendations.  For nearly 100 years, the State of the State address was delivered in a written and verbal format in the State Capitol complex.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 16, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 16, 2017.

A rendering shows the view at night of the 9/11 memorial planned in Riverfront Park in Springfield, Ma.
Spirit of Springfield

After years of delay and false starts, plans have been unveiled in Springfield, Massachusetts for a permanent 9/11 memorial that will include a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center.

Governor Cuomo Accelerates Woodbury Transit Project

Jan 13, 2017
NYS DOT

Help is on the way sooner than expected for an area in Orange County that can be a traffic nightmare. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, during his Mid-Hudson regional State of the State address this week, announced the acceleration of a transit project in Woodbury.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Capital District Transportation Authority has officially launched its Navigator smartcard system.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

One week after taking office, Vermont Governor Phil Scott held a press conference this morning to discuss the sale of his interest in a business that contracts with the state.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

Greg Haymes from Nippertown.com is back with a look back at his favorite local albums of 2016 and one fresh selection from the new year.

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