Dave Lucas

Capital Region Bureau Chief

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief.  Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.

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New York News
2:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Rail Inspectors Discover Numerous Critical Safety Defects

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Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced completion of the latest round of targeted crude oil tank car and rail inspections.

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New England News
8:51 am
Mon December 15, 2014

$814K Offered For Projects After VT Plant Closes

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Five Windham County projects have been selected to receive $814,000 in grants after the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shuts down.

Last year after the plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear, announced it was closing the plant, it agreed to contribute $10 million over five years for economic development in the county.

But Gov. Peter Shumlin said when he reviewed the 24 proposals, he found most didn't offer the "transformational new jobs and economic opportunity we were hoping for."

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New York News
3:41 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New Analysis And Science Answer Governor Cuomo’s Fracking Concerns

Pictured, left to right: Kathleen Nolan, MD, MSL; Sandra Steingraber, PhD; Larysa Dyrszka, MD; Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH; Yuri Gorby, PhD.
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Health professionals and scientists are out with two new independent summations of the risks and harms of shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing. The two documents were formally released Thursday at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Albany.

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Capital Region News
4:39 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Piece Of Americana At Troy's Victorian Stroll

A piece of Americana is on display this weekend in the Collar City.

Gramercy Communications says it will display the original newspaper copy of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” at its open house between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the Troy Victorian Stroll on Sunday, December 7th.

Gramercy's offices are located at the former home of the Troy Sentinel newspaper, which operated at 225 River Street between 1823 and 1832 and carried the first publication of “Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas” on December 23, 1823.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Should Body Cameras Be Required For Police Officers?

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President Obama’s call to equip police officers across the country with body cameras could change the way police interact with civilians, including those accused of breaking the law. Some experts say more study is needed before police agencies will know how beneficial body cameras can be and what the impacts really are.

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WAMC News
6:24 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

FERC OK's Shale Gas Line To New York, New England

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Federal energy regulators have approved a $700 million pipeline project designed to ferry cheap Marcellus Shale natural gas from Pennsylvania into high-priced markets in New England and New York. The 124-mile Constitution Pipeline could be operational by next winter.

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New York News
12:42 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

#ICantBreathe #Ferguson Demonstrations Today

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A group of some 75 University at Albany students shut down part of Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon in a peaceful protest, joining thousands of other Americans turning out in a show of solidarity against what's  perceived as police violence targeting black men. Events already were scheduled for today tied to Ferguson, but with Wednesday's grand jury decision not to indict a white New York City police officer caught on video putting a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner, the number of protests has multiplied.

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New York News
4:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

SUNY OKs Affirmative Sexual Consent Policy

New York's state university system has adopted a new definition of sexual consent that requires a clear, affirmative agreement between partners.

The SUNY Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that it has formally approved the new policy, part of a larger effort to reduce sexual violence.

The consent policy will apply to all 64 SUNY campuses. Under the new standard, silence cannot be taken as a sign of permission and consent may be withdrawn at any time.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

NY Governor: Time For Feds To Act On Oil Trains

Albany Firefighters Drill For Oil Train Disaster May 8, 2014
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York has taken steps to protect residents and the environment from the risks posed by crude oil trains and says it's time the federal government does its part.

Six months ago, Cuomo tasked state agencies with improving and assessing New York’s capacity to prevent and respond to crude oil accidents. His administration is out with a report outlining state efforts to increase rail car inspections, improve oil spill response plans and expand training opportunities for first responders.

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Capital Region News
12:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Albany, Troy Councils Act On 2015 Budgets

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On deadline day, the Albany Common Council passed Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s 2015 budget last night. The proposed $176 million budget was approved by an 11-4 margin. But across the river, city councilors in Troy chose not to bring an amended spending plan to a vote last night.

Albany's budget comes with a 1.4 percent tax hike for taxpayers. It stays under the 2 percent cap, so homeowners will get a full rebate through Governor Cuomo’s tax cap initiative.

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