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. 

Numerous ceremonies are scheduled for this weekend marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And while Westchester County will hold such a ceremony, it also offers residents the opportunity to serve and remember.

Plattsburgh city marina, July 2016
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh is working on expanding its marina on the Lake Champlain waterfront.  The Common Council addressed two items on its agenda Thursday night that will move the plans forward.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 9, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 9, 2016.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

WAMC's Brian Shields gets this month's music selections from Greg Haymes of Nippertown.com.

Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
Facebook: Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Incumbent Pittsfield State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier fended off a Democratic primary challenger to advance to the general election Thursday.

Facebook: Oldtone Roots Music Festival

Today marks the start of a relatively new four-day traditional music festival celebrating bluegrass, Cajun, jazz and swing. The Oldtone Roots Music Festival in North Hillsdale, NY features a number of national and area bands, music workshops, contests and a camping and eating experience. WAMC News spoke with organizer Jim Wright about what’s in store.

Phil Scott
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott released his health care plan on Wednesday.  It’s an approach that fits his affordability policy strategy.

As students head back to the classroom, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney wants to start the school year swinging in the fight against heroin and opioid abuse in the Hudson Valley. He is urging parents, teachers, coaches and community members to work together.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In January, the Albany Common Council passed, at the request of Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a trash collection tax that applies to two-, three-, and four-unit buildings.  Two months later, the council re-examined the tax, ultimately voting 8-5 to keep the trash fee as is. The Council is re-visiting the thorny issue tonight.

Ruth Abram: Fiona Lally

Sep 8, 2016

There are two kinds of people who live in rural America: those born here, and those who moved here. If you think it odd that people would abandon the attractions of big city living and move to rural America as family farms disappear, consider the case of Fiona Lally.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 8, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, September 9, 2016.

After more than 50 years in business, ITT Educational Services announced Tuesday that it is closing down all its campuses nationwide. This comes after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid, stating that ITT failed to meet its accreditor’s standards. The closure could be a boon for local community colleges.


People in need of a job in Holyoke, one of the poorest cities in Massachusetts, are being urged to enroll in a free training program .

Innovation Week logo
BTV Ignite

Burlington and technology officials announced the city’s first “Innovation Week” to be held in October.  The goal is to highlight the region’s emerging technology “ecosystem.”

Keith Sturdler: Organic Sports

Sep 7, 2016

I have grown to believe, perhaps incorrectly, that Gatorade is the most important elixir in the history of the planet. It makes you run faster, jump higher, lift more, and generally perform like an elite athlete. I’ve also grown to believe it can cure most human illnesses, something affirmed both by having two kids of my own and during a short period earlier in my life when I dated a med school pediatric resident, and on pretty much every call she told some parent to just give their kid Gatorade and let ‘em sleep. Which made me believe that being a doctor wasn’t all that hard, at least that part.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 7, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in North Adams.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Students and staff at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are starting out the school year with new leadership, more students and a pair of grants aimed at improving student success.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro Tuesday announced his selection to fill the county’s newly created position of Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.


    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker proclaimed September “Emergency Preparedness Month” and urged residents to plan ahead in the event disaster strike.

The investigation into a pedestrian fatality on the stretch of 787 that runs through Cohoes has concluded. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse.

Last time I read a portion of a dissent by Justice Sotomayor.[1] The Supreme Court of Utah had held that the Utah police had violated the defendant’s constitutional rights. The United States Supreme Court overruled that decision. In the portion of her opinion I read you last time, Justice Sotomayor explained what happens, not always, but what often happens when police stop people. And she explained what the Supreme Court authorizes police to do. Justice Sotomayor explained the ways that stops of people regardless of innocence of any crime, let alone any crime deserving jail time, can injure decent citizens. I didn’t have time to read you the last part of her opinion, so I will read it now:

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 6, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Karl Rabe / Bard

55 colleges and universities across New York state have signed REV, the Reforming the Energy Vision Campus Challenge.

There is disgusting theme being bruited about from the Trump campaign that blames the   difficulties of low income African Americans in numerous inner-city neighborhoods on the Democratic Party.   Now I am no Democrat --- and I have not been averse to criticizing the policies of the Obama and (Bill) Clinton Administrations.  However, the idea that poverty among African Americans and crime in African American neighborhoods is the fault of the Democratic Party, just because the Mayors of many of the cities where these concentrated populations of people of color in poverty are Democrats is totally false.   Most of these cities have been starved for funds by State Legislatures and federal programs that would have reduced the economic hardships for these communities, the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, raising the minimum wage, rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure have been blocked by Republican governors and Congress.

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

Sep 2, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 2, 2016.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Outside the Saratoga Springs City Center, organizers announced Equestricon 2017. The event is scheduled to take place over three days next August, during the busy thoroughbred racing season. It’s touted as the first ever international horse racing convention and industry trade show.

The Port of Albany has become a critical component of the city’s revitalization.

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

With a week to go until the primary election, the race for an open state Senate seat in western Massachusetts is heating up with infighting among the Democratic candidates.

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

Sep 1, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort met with residents in Canajoharie Wednesday night to discuss his vision to redevelop the massive, former Beech-Nut plant that sits beside the Mohawk River.