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. 

Burlington Electric General Manager Neale Lunderville holds laptop that led to hacking report
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A recent cybersecurity conference at Champlain College in Burlington discussed how companies should respond to cyber threats.  In a case study highlighting how to deal with reporters after a hacking, officials from the FBI and Burlington Electric Department discussed how they handled widely publicized reports that the utility had been hacked by Russians, when it wasn’t.

Hilary Dunne Ferrone: Gender Equity In Nonprofit Leadership

Mar 16, 2017

Last weekend I attended a panel discussion in my hometown regarding the future of our county and the role nonprofits can play in shaping that future.  We touched on many things: economics, jobs, demographics and community institutions. The conversation led to people sharing ideas as to how we can strengthen nonprofits so that they can continue to do the work that creates a sense of place and community.  Encouraging diversity – in its many forms -- on nonprofit boards was one suggestion for breaking down barriers among people, and reducing a feeling of “us” and “them.” Ironically, however, there was just one person in the room under the age of 50, the entire audience was white, and there was just one woman on the four-person panel.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 16, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 16, 2017.

SUNY administration in Albany
Patrick Garrett/WAMC

The legislature’s one house budgets make some changes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle class students.

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Desautels Faculty of Management

For nine years McGill University in Quebec has taken students to emerging economic regions of the world.  During the trip about 40 students meet with corporate leaders, government officials, and alumni.  Past treks have included Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Moscow and St Petersburg; and last year’s trip to Santiago and Bogota.  This year students traveled to Manila, Palawan and Hong Kong.

Keith Strudler: The Mensch Without A Medal

Mar 15, 2017

All dreams eventually come to an end. And such was the case this morning for Team Israel, or more specifically the national team from Israel that competed in the World Baseball Classic, the self-ordained World Championships of baseball. The Classic was founded in 2006, and perhaps took on slightly greater prominence once the sport was removed from the Olympics after 2008, making this event the most visible international championship among baseball playing nations – of which there are surprisingly few, at least compared to truly global sports like soccer or track and field.

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Some of the areas hit hardest by the winter storm were the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief has updates from a few communities still digging out from knee-deep snow.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 15, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

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Tuesday’s winter storm hit harder than expected in some areas of New York, including in parts of the Hudson Valley. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added various travel bans throughout the day.

Snow accumulates outside the WAMC Studios on Central Avenue in Albany, NY.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Authorities continue advising people to stay off the roads as a Nor'easter pummels the Northeast. Blizzard warnings remain in effect.

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Officials from the AARP recently discussed their concerns about the GOP health care overhaul proposal known as the American Health Care Act.  The group opposes the legislation and calls some of its provisions an age tax.

Stephen Gottlieb: Trump And Jobs

Mar 14, 2017

Last week I commented that scholars of intolerance tell us that feeling threatened often leads to hate. That’s one reason the economic threat to some American workers matters to all of us.

NY AG Updates Guidance For Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Mar 13, 2017
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has updated legal guidance for sanctuary jurisdictions. Two elected officials in the Hudson Valley say their cities welcome the update and have been using Schneiderman’s guidance.

Author Delves Into Nautical Logs For FDR Book

Mar 13, 2017

A Berkshires author has penned a book about Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s time on his houseboat. FDR spent three winters in the Florida Keys, hoping to reverse the crippling effect of polio that struck him in 1921. Karen Chase came upon FDR’s daily nautical log while doing research for her previously published memoir. Her newest book is, “FDR on His Houseboat: The Larooco Log, 1924-1926.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a statewide state of emergency for the duration of the major snow storm expected to hit the Northeast overnight.

Blair Horner: Trump Fires Bharara

Mar 13, 2017

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s statement was brief, but packed a punch: “Today, I was fired from my position as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.”

Stearns Square Park

  Hoping to attract more restaurants to downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the city has begun accepting applications for a new loan program.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 13, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, March 13, 2017.


The $95 million restoration of Springfield’s Union Station is nearly complete.  Now that the opening date June 26th has been announced, the rush is on to get the transportation center ready for the traveling public. 

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When Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered his sixth State of the County Address last week, he announced the next phase in his fight against the opioid crisis.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 10, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 10, 2017.

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' March Music Selections

Mar 10, 2017
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Times Union

Greg Haymes from Nippertown.com is back with his regional music selections for March.

The coat of arms of Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland

Pittsfield, Massachusetts is celebrating the 19th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Ballina, Ireland in County Mayo. As part of the celebration, town councillor Michael Loftus, who was recently elected mayor, is visiting the western Massachusetts city. 

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By a 12-3 vote, the Albany Common Council approved a resolution this week to sell downtown’s Palace Theatre.

Beth Finkel, AARP New York State Director , stands with 10,000 postcards the group delivered to lawmakers , urging support for a new retirement plan option for those without pensions or 401k's
Karen DeWitt

Members of a leading senior citizens lobby group are advocating for a retirement plan in New York that could benefit their children and grandchildren.

Bill Owens: Wire Taps By Whom And Of Whom?

Mar 9, 2017

President Trump’s latest offering of fake news is that President Obama wiretapped his campaign phones.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 9, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington City Council recently approved a nearly $158,000 contract to purchase 110 body cameras for the Burlington City Police Department.  Deputy Chief of Police Jannine Wright says that although some officers have body cams, the new contract will outfit every officer and replace aging technology.

Prof. Hendler

When you are talking to Siri, is Siri talking to the CIA? And when you are finished watching your smart TV, is that TV watching you? Those questions are being raised by Wikileaks, which alleges that the CIA is tapping into everyday technology to snoop into our private lives. Jim Hendler, the director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, says those high-tech gadgets are equipped with two-way technology that can reduce our privacy.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other Senate Democrats at a press conference to advocate for a single payer health care system for New York.
Karen DeWitt

A provision in the Obamacare replacement plan by Republicans in Congress sets up a potential clash with New York state over abortion coverage.