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. 

Bob Goepfert: Julius Caesar

Jun 15, 2017

I recently attended the Public Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”.  Perhaps I’m naïve, or it’s the times in which we live, but when I left the Delacorte Theatre in New York’s Central Park, I never expected the production to be so controversial.  I certainly never expected Shakespeare’s political drama to be criticized for being political.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 15, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 15, 2017.

The state capitol in Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A faction of breakaway Democrats in the New York State Senate, known as the Independent Democratic Conference, has been in the news lately for receiving stipend payments for chairing committees that the senators in fact did not chair. What is the history of this power brokering group of senators and what may be in store for its future?

Burlington, VT Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

This week, the Burlington City Council passed a Fair and Impartial Policing Policy that meets a state mandate, but avoids federal designation as a sanctuary city.

Pittsfield City Hall
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With Pittsfield City Councilors counting every penny, the biggest city in the Berkshires has approved a $156 million operating budget. 

      A divided legislative committee today voted on a bill that would make extensive changes to the voter-approved marijuana law in Massachusetts.

Keith Strudler: Grade School To College Football

Jun 14, 2017

Want to know what three numbers make most parents sick to the stomach? 5. 2. 9. That 529, the college account where families aspire to store away their extra change in the fading hope they might be able to pay for some small part of their kids’ college education. Granted, it’s a little like trying to climb Mount Everest. You can’t really make it a little a time, and you might just die trying. So, lots of families look for other ways to fund a college education.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 14, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Dutchess County legislators intend to put forth a resolution to censure one of their own. If passed, the legislature chairman says it would be the first censure in county legislature history. The legislator targeted says his words have been misconstrued. 

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Legislative leaders are dug in on remaining issues in the 2017 session, and are accusing each other of unfairly linking unrelated items to renewal of mayoral control over New York City schools. As time is running out for scheduled meetings.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

The Burlington City Council passed a budget Monday evening.  In presenting his formal request for passage, the mayor said the plan includes strategic investments in public safety, infrastructure and sustainability — without resulting in a tax increase.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

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      Massachusetts legislators are expected to vote Wednesday to put the so-called millionaire’s tax on the 2018 election ballot.  A new report from a well-respected fiscal watchdog group warns the proposal to raise taxes on the rich to bring in more revenue could backfire.

AG Jeff Sessions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying about the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election before the Senate Intelligence Committee. You can watch live here. Transcripts and live analysis are also available.

Grant Aims To Stem Food Waste In The Hudson Valley

Jun 12, 2017
farm produce
US Department of Agriculture

A group that counts seven Hudson Valley counties as its members has received New York state funding to continue its work in food rescue and combating food insecurity. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.


Residents of Cheshire, Massachusetts will vote tonight on a $5.9 million budget for next year. The hot button issue is the proposed closure of Cheshire Elementary School.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The New York state legislative session is drawing to a close. Democrats and Republicans are digging in on the remaining issues of 2017 including a measure to extend the New York City mayor’s control of the public schools, which has now been linked to a number of diverse issues affecting people in the rest of the state.

One of three street pianos in Springfield, MA

   The newest public art venture in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts was formally unveiled today.

     Springfield is now one of about 40 cities around the world with “street pianos.”

     Upright pianos that have been colorfully decorated by professional artists have been put at three locations downtown. The pianos have signs inviting people – regardless of skill level – to sit down and play.

     Morgan Drewniany, Executive Director of the Springfield Central Cultural District, said the pianos will add vibrancy to downtown and create a feeling of community.

While the nation was transfixed by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on the Russian efforts to influence the 2016 Presidential election and the possible involvement of the Trump campaign, Albany was moving legislation which could dramatically lower electric utility rates across the state. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 12, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 12, 2017.

Tax Credits, flickr

New York state’s budget has been in place for just under two months, and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons.

An artist's rendering depicts the finished Wellspring Harvest worker cooperative greenhouse at the actual construction site in the Indian Orchard neighborhood of Springfield, MA.

Lettuce, greens, and herbs will soon be growing at a location in Springfield, Massachusetts that was once dangerously polluted. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Hyde Collection, an art museum in Glens Falls, New York, has expanded to accommodate the collection of a Schenectady architect. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the new gallery is dedicated to modern art.

This is a picture of a stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012.
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

At an Environmental Appeals Board in Washington Thursday, General Electric disputed the EPA’s current plan that calls for the company to pay to remove PCBs from the Housatonic River in Western Massachusetts.  

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 9, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 9, 2017.

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' June Music Selections

Jun 9, 2017
Greg Haymes
Times Union

Greg Haymes of Nippertown.com is back with his June music highlights.

Adirondack Film Society

The annual Lake Placid Film Forum is under way this week with a focus on diversity, foreign films and a tribute to the late filmmaker Jonathan Demme.

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With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, some New York lawmakers are pressing for reform of the state’s economic development contracting process, in light of a scandal that’s led to federal corruption charges against several former associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Vermont Governor Phil Scott recently signed legislation aimed at holding polluters accountable for contaminating water supplies with the chemical PFOA. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the bill may give the state a significant amount of leverage as it negotiates on behalf of people in the Bennington area.

Judith Enck: The Rose Garden As A Crime Scene

Jun 8, 2017

The White House Rose Garden is typically used for positive Presidential announcements, a place where heads of state are greeted.