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. 

President Ford Making Remarks at the Farewell Ceremony for the U.S. Olympic Team Departing for the Summer Games held at New York University College in Plattsburgh, New York, 7/10/1976
White House photograph/National Archives

The Rio Olympics are coming to a close in a couple of days, but for some people, memories remain strong of the games 40 years ago. In 1976, the summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Quebec, about an hour’s drive from Plattsburgh, New York.  The northern New York city was the final training site for many U.S. athletes before they crossed the border to compete.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Tom Lacey, who participated in a training game against the women’s basketball team.

This is a picture of a tax return
Flickr

Two United States senators from opposite sides of the country are calling on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to release his tax returns. The staunch Democrats are also pushing legislation that would require it.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 18, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 18, 2016.

Dorcey Applyrs
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Residents in Albany’s South End heard from top environmental officials Wednesday, the same day nearby Global Partners was criticized for air pollution. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik holds transportation roundtable
WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to host a transportation roundtable. The Republican says it was vital that Congress passed long-term infrastructure funding.

Keith Strudler- The Cost Of Disappointment

Aug 17, 2016

By any estimation, this was a disappointing Olympics for American swimmer Missy Franklin. It could have been worse, I suppose. She wasn’t held up at gunpoint, like some of her male teammates. But for someone who four years ago was being called the female Michael Phelps, she’s not likely to confuse London with Rio. In London, Franklin won four golds at age 17, and a bunch more the next year at the World Championships. And, as we all know by now, Franklin passed on the big bucks in endorsement revenue that would have come with that so she could stay amateur and swim for a college team. Which she did – two years for the Cal Bears, where she won three NCAA Division I individual titles in 2015.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 17, 2016

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 15, 2016.

Last week, the group Sustainable Saratoga introduced a zoning amendment that would require new apartment developments to dedicate at least 20 percent of housing stock to “affordable” units.

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill
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Federal officials including those from the Department of Homeland Security recently held a discussion with state leaders from across the country to offer support in protecting election systems from cyberattacks and hacks. Connecticut’s Denise Merrill is the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. The Democrat tells WAMC it would be extremely difficult and highly improbable to hack Connecticut’s election systems given the established security measures. Merrill also discussed how the state's election systems worked during August's primary elections and the state's new registrar certification program.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Hudson River city of Cohoes is holding a public meeting on the update of its Comprehensive Plan tonight at the Cohoes Music Hall. Mayor Shawn Morse met Tuesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss what's next for the Spindle City.

The New York state Education Commissioner Monday announced the appointment of a monitor for the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County. Tuesday, they held a series of meetings in Rockland in what participants describe as a positive and encouraging step forward.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A local mayor and a Congressman joined forces to call for additional federal funding to remediate Brownfields today.

Battle of Bennington,  engraving after a painting by Alonzo Chappel
New York Public Library/Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

Today is a state holiday in Vermont.  August 16th marks Bennington Battle Day, a Revolutionary War clash that was actually fought in nearby New York.

 

We watched a Black Lives Matter march pass in front of our house recently. It reminded me of something that happened in 1972, when NBC aired a documentary called “Pensions: The Broken Promise.” It described many instances in which loopholes in pension plans left people without the pensions they thought they had. The narrator called the “situation” “deplorable.” The documentary won many awards and played a part in developing public support for pension legislation which now goes under the acronym ERISA.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 16, 2016

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 15, 2016.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Following Friday’s declaration of Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh a state Superfund site, people are wondering what’s next.

In November, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office would investigate ExxonMobil—the world’s biggest oil and gas company—for misleading the public about global warming.  Under New York law, the Attorney General has the power to investigate whether companies issue misleading statements that could amount to financial fraud. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 15, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 15, 2016.

UAW president Tim Voght
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Today marked the 99th day 41 workers were locked out of their jobs at Honeywell Aerospace in Green Island after they refused to accept dramatic increases to their health care costs and the elimination of their pensions. There was support and solidarity present at a noon picket line rally outside the Honeywell building.

This is a picture of an "Apartment For Rent" sign
Flickr

Saratoga Springs has become a hotbed for development. Much of downtown’s development in recent years has been in the form of new high-end apartments and condos. One recent headline showed a condo in the heart of the city for sale for $5.5 million.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Revenue collected to date from Albany's 35-strong red light camera network has all gone to the vendor that rents the devices to the city. City officials are OK with that.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 12, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 12, 2016.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

Nippertown's Greg Haymes is back in the studio with his August music selections.

Democratic candidates (from left to right) Rinaldo Del Gallo, Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington debate at Berkshire Community College.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The three Democratic candidates running for an open western Massachusetts state senate seat met for their second debate in less than a week Thursday.

      Plans to redevelop two old mill complexes are being called a “game-changer” for the downtown of a western Massachusetts city.

Supporters of the Community Preservation Act see the Springside House as one the properties in Pittsfield that could benefit from the program.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

In November, Pittsfield voters will decide whether the city joins a state preservation program utilized by more than 160 communities.

NYC DEP Employs Sheep For A Pilot Program

Aug 11, 2016
Courtesy of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has started a pilot program to maintain the grass along its water supply properties upstate. The program required new employees — but probably not the kind you’re picturing. 

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Reclaiming Poetry

Aug 11, 2016

I walk into a local library branch to pick up a book I had ordered.  After I tell the young librarian the name of my book that is on hold, she turns away from me, towards the bookshelf.  She pirouettes towards me, my book in her hands, when I suddenly notice the most interesting tattoo on her shoulder, the words, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”  I am not a big tattoo fan, but this one’s poignant irony makes me smile.  “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” is the title and last line of one of my favorite poems by the great American poet, Robert Frost:

Administration handled drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls. It comes as new studies out this week show more harmful effects from exposure to the chemical PFOA, on mothers and their children.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 10, 2016

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

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