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. 

NY Rep. Urges Emergency Funding To Combat Zika

Jun 10, 2016
Zika Mosquito
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A New York congresswoman is calling for her colleagues to approve federal funds to combat the Zika virus. The head of the March of Dimes is echoing that call.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 10, 2016

  

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

John Hendrickson, a special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo on the NYRA reorganization board and husband of Saratoga socialite Marylou Whitney, recently left his seat.

The New York State Attorney General has sent a letter to Charter Communications, warning the firm that it cannot simply "re-brand" Time Warner Cable services when it takes over the company.

Gov. Cuomo
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Revelations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration knew about elevated levels of the toxin PFOA in the water in Hoosick Falls a year and a half before they warned residents has led the Assemblyman who represents the village to call for a federal investigation, as well as a public forum to explain to residents the results of recent blood tests.

David Traynham, pastor of New Horizons Christian Church, at the lecturn, praising changes the city police department has made since Dontay Ivy died.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local African American clergy, the NAACP, and some Albany city officials celebrated what they call an improving relationship with the police today on the steps of Albany City Hall. But  all was not harmonious.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 9, 2016

  

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

Robert Klein with Fred Willard in "Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg"
Adirondack Film Society

The 15th Lake Placid Film Forum is being held this week.  After a few years of struggling, the event has regained its footing and is bringing notable films and filmmakers to the Olympic village.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo
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Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, director of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of the Cuomo administration. But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects, and is increasingly on the outs with the Cuomo Administration. 

Keith Strudler: Searching For Answers In Sports

Jun 8, 2016

Perhaps the most instinctive human process is the need to know “why.” As thoughtful beings, we don’t simply accept our reality. We question it, often in vain. Whenever someone does something wrong, the first question we ask is why. Why did they do it, what made them act that way. It’s often a fool’s quest, since we frequently do things that lack reason. That’s the reality of life, which might best be summed as a series of mistakes, where each day we vow to make just a few less.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 8, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

http://broadband.masstech.org/building-networks/last-mile/program-unserved-towns / Massachusetts Broadband Institute

With broadband internet increasingly becoming vital to economic and social wellbeing, areas of western Massachusetts remain without robust access. In the meantime, the state agency tasked with making the connections has undergone leadership changes and the regional cooperative committed to the cause has released a new plan.

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Expectations for major ethics reform in the state legislature are low, even though both former leaders of the legislature are facing prison time for corruption. With just over a week to go before the session ends, only one measure — to take back the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted felons — seems to be in play.

During this pledge drive, amid disputes about media coverage of the presidential campaign, it’s a good time to review how we got here.

New York League of Conservation Voters Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Christopher Goeken
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Concerned about children's exposure to lead found in drinking water, lawmakers met with reporters today at the state capitol in Albany to discuss a last-minute push to require lead testing in all public schools.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 7, 2016

  

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced $5.5 million in projects to construct visitor centers at each entrance of the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world —  Walkway Over the Hudson. Cuomo made the announcement mid-bridge before a number of local elected officials and others.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has been asked by two Western New York lawmakers to review governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development projects. The Comptroller says an ongoing audit is already looking at some aspects of the increasingly controversial project and other Cuomo Administration economic development initiatives that are currently under federal investigation.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 6, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 6, 2016.

On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York State Capitol, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York state capitol on Monday, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.

Business Expo 2016
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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Expo Thursday in Plattsburgh. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked in with some exhibitors on their perspectives regarding the economy.

I began doing these commentaries in 2005.   In 2006, after the Democrats took control of Congress, I delivered a commentary noting that a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party was brewing.   On the one hand there were a set of policies proposed and adopted by the “triangulator” Bill Clinton.   (Triangulation referred to his ability to oppose most of his own party and the Republicans at the same time – first playing one then the other against his two adversaries.)   These policies included NAFTA, which would not have passed without Republican support.   They included so-called welfare reform, which Senator Daniel Moynihan correctly identified as abolition and not reform.   During Clinton’s eight years there was no improvement in opportunities for workers to join unions.  There was however, ridiculous focus on budget balance and what turned out to be disastrous financial deregulation?   Despite record job growth and for a few years very low rates of unemployment, inequality actually increased during the entire 8 year period.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 3, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 3, 2016.

Stearns Square Park
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Springfield officials have announced plans to redevelop a downtown park to make it the center of a proposed dining district. The plan was announced during a visit this week by Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.

Ben Barrowman at the finish line!
©1995-2016 American Diabetes Association.

The Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.  The local event, which ranks first in the state and second out of 90 tours in the U.S., is set for Saratoga Springs this weekend.

An attorney representing a newly-formed coalition of yeshivas has complained to the New York state Education Department about the Rockland County Executive’s approach to fire safety inspections at private schools. The county executive makes no apologies, saying safety is his number one concern. 

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik accepts U.S. Chamber award
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik received an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today before a business-friendly crowd gathered in Plattsburgh.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

“You have shad, striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon, herring. Are all coming in from the ocean. They can’t reproduce in salt water. They have to have freshwater, tidal conditions like right here on the Hudson,” said Fran Dunwell, Hudson River Estuary Coordinator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Dunwell says many people who live and commute along the Hudson don’t realize the river itself serves as a sort-of highway for migrating fish.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 2, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Two separate bills to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports and some other forms of gambling are moving through the New York state legislature, but anti-gambling groups say they should be stopped.

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