WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
with Brian Shields
Brian Shields

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 feature reports from WAMC News bureau chiefs...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 24 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

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Hudson Valley News
7:03 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NYS Senator Proposes Unfunded Mandate Relief For Counties

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is introducing legislation to bring unfunded mandate relief to counties.

Democratic state Senator Terry Gipson is sponsoring two bills he says will help bring mandate relief during this era of a 2-percent-mandated property tax cap.

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WAMC News
6:36 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Community Meeting: Defending The Poor

Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended an Albany screening of the HBO Documentary Gideon's Army and a panel discussion that followed.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright in which the Supreme Court ruled, unanimously, that defendants in criminal cases deserved legal representation in state courts. If defendants could not afford counsel, the state would have to provide it. Those lawyers are known as public defenders. 

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New York News
6:30 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Essex County Considers 15% Tax Levy

The Essex County Board of Supervisors is debating whether to implement a 15 percent tax levy to help restore the county’s fund balance.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, December 5, 2013. 

WAMC News
3:38 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

The Mayor Goes To Harvard

Credit Kathy Sheehan

Harvard University hosted a number of the nation’s newly elected mayors this week. The gathering was organized to give the mayors-elect a head start on their new jobs, with seminars and speeches about the many issues and challenges they will face at city hall. Among those in Cambridge this week, Albany Mayor-elect Democrat Kathy Sheehan, who spoke with WAMC News.

Hudson Valley News
9:42 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

NY Congresswoman Says ACA Requirement Should Stand

Credit 401(K) 2013/Creative Commons

One of New York’s congressional representatives is calling on the nation’s highest court to turn away challenges to a health-plan requirement to offer birth control.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Vermont Health Exchange Adds Premium Processing

The Department of Vermont Health Access upgraded its health care exchange website this week, enabling it to bill individual and family customers.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

UMass To Spend $2M To Improve Security In Amherst Residence Halls

Credit WAMC

Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have released an independent report on residence hall security.  The review was commissioned following an alleged gang rape in a residence hall last year.

UMass will spend an estimated $2 million over the next three years to improve security in the residence halls on the flagship campus as recommended by the 214-page report.  UMass Amherst Police Chief John Horvath said there will be new guest registration procedures, changes to the physical layout of residence halls, fixes to problems with doors, alarms and access cards.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Future Of Public Campaign Finance Uncertain

Credit Karen DeWitt

One of the most controversial recommendations in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report released this week is to enact public financing of campaigns for statewide elections.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Keith Strudler: NY Sports Futility

Congratulations New York sports fans. You now know what the rest of the world feels like.  Both your basketball teams are awful and retreating towards the NBA lottery. The Jets and the Giants have less offensive production than the Swiss military. And even New York baseball teams, where the Yankees and sometimes the Mets can buy themselves a playoff spot, watched the postseason on their home televisions. In fact, there’s not a single pro team in the New York area with a winning record, even if you include hockey.

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