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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WAMC News
4:38 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Famed Racing Trainer Allen Jerkens Dead

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Thoroughbred racing loses a legend.

Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, died Wednesday in a south Florida hospital due to complications from an infection. He was 85.

New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association President Rick Violette Jr. said Jerkens, nicknamed “The Chief,” was "larger than life" and called it "a sad day for racing" -   

In 1975, Jerkens was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He was the leading trainer on the New  York Racing Association circuit four times from 1957 to 1969.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Paid Family Leave Moves Forward

Family leave for New Yorkers, and possibly all American workers, is getting closer to becoming a reality. The idea is being embraced by state legislators and by one of New York's representatives in Congress.

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New York News
7:58 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Unnecessary Medical Tests Common in Northeast

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If you receive health care in the Northeast, you may be more likely to undergo medical tests that you don't need. That's according to a new study out of New York University.

Researchers surveyed patients with low-risk breast and prostate cancer and found that on average more than 40 percent of them received imaging tests that were expensive and unnecessary. And the figure was higher in the Northeast than elsewhere. Dr. Danil Makarov, the study's lead investigator, says imaging rarely proved useful for patients with those types of cancer.            

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Capital Region News
4:31 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Albany Marks Women’s History Month

Albany is celebrating Women’s History Month this evening at City Hall - the public is invited.

Speakers will gather in the rotunda of Albany City Hall - Nathaalie Carey, is President of the Albany, New York Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.   "Tonight the leaders of all African-American sororities will be discussing our history, our legacy and our future, in addition to the work that we do right here in the Capital Region."

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New York News
2:14 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Senator Implores Colleagues: Extend CHIP

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is urging his colleagues in Congress to pass legislation that would extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program until 2019. 

Schumer made his pitch on a Wednesday conference call with reporters, arguing that nearly 275,000 New York children are currently in jeopardy.

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Capital Region News
6:50 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Fire-Ravaged Buildings Coming Down

Credit Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Two burned out buildings in Schenectady have a date with the wrecking ball. 

Crews are preparing this morning for the demolition of two fire-gutted apartment buildings in the 100-block of Jay Street. The takedown will reportedly occur over the span of a month at a cost of around $420,000 - the city will likely pay that bill then seek reimbursement from the building's owners.

Danger of collapse prompted Mayor Gary McCarthy to place the area around the buildings under a state of emergency through noon saturday.
 

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Capital Region News
3:53 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Schenectady: Jay Street Demolition Plans Fast-Tracked

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Plans to demolish two Schenectady buildings gutted by a March 6 fire are now in high gear.

Monday, Schenectady's corporation counsel disclosed the probe of the fire that destroyed two Jay Street apartment buildings had been officially declared a criminal investigation.  Searchers going through the rubble have found remains of at least four people to date. About 60 people were left homeless.

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Washington County
1:04 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Race For Cambridge Mayor In Eleventh Hour

This mahogany ballot box held the certificates for the official tally on January 6, 1969, that confirmed the election of Richard Nixon as president.
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Village elections are set for tomorrow in New York. WAMC takes a look at the mayoral race in the Washington County village of Cambridge, one of few competitive races in our region.

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New York News
9:49 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Business Leaders Praise Cuomo's Minimum Wage Increase

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

More than 40 business owners and chamber of commerce executives from New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley announced their support Monday for Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to raise the state minimum wage to $10.50. 

The current $8.75-an-hour minimum wage will go to $9 at year's end. The Democratic governor wants to raise it to $10.50 statewide and $11.50 in New York City.

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New York News
6:39 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Schumer Pushes For Student Loan Forgiveness In Case Of Death

Senator Chuck Schumer with Leonard and Linda Tanski.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has renewed his push to get "Andrew's Law" passed.

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