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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Capital Region News
12:33 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Between A City And A Promise

Rev. Frank O'Connor, co-Vice President Family Promise of the Capital Region Board of Directors, cuts the ribbon at 783 New Scotland Avenue.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Over the weekend, Family Promise opened a new day center along Albany's New Scotland Avenue. The appearance of the program in the upscale neighborhood has some cheering, others scratching their heads.

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Capital Region News
9:26 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Funeral Services Today For Taser Victim

Funeral services are scheduled for this morning for an Albany man who died in police custody.

39-year old Donald “Dontay” Ivy died April 2nd after being tased during a confrontation with Albany Police. The incident is being investigated by police internal affairs. A separate probe has been launched by Albany County D.A. David Soares.

Calling hours are at 11 this morning followed by a noon funeral at Greater Saint John’s Church of God in Christ in Albany.

Ivy will be buried beside his mother in Graceland Cemetery in Albany.

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New York News
8:11 am
Sun April 12, 2015

DEP Monitors Limited 'Oil Spill' On Schoharie Reservoir

The Schoharie Reservoir is a small reservoir in the Catskill Mountains of New York State that was created to be one of 19 reservoirs that supplies New York City with water.
Credit wikipedia

  Officials are monitoring a possible oil spill on the Schoharie Reservoir.  The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says the apparent spill was spotted last Monday afternoon in a 50-foot-wide section of water downshore from the mouth of the Shandaken Tunnel, where water from the reservoir flows to New York City.  The DEP blocked it off with absorbent booms.

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US News
7:40 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Waiting For Hillary

Credit twitter @HillaryClinton

  Today is the day - Hillary Clinton is expected to officially announce her presidential campaign. 

A big send-off last night in Manhattan for the former first lady and one-time New York state senator as dozens of supporters, elected officials and Democratic leaders gathered at a fundraiser.

The group has raised more than $15 million over the last two years and held events in all 50 states.

Two senior advisers tell the Asscoaited Press Clinton will portray herself as a fighter who can get results in a tough political climate.

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WAMC News
1:00 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Jill Stein Weighs A Run For President...

Much of the political world is paying attention to names like Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton this weekend. But third party hopeful Jill Stein was in Albany Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the communities the so-called "oil trains" pass through. She referred to this portion of her "listening tour" as "the height of environmental injustice," and that's just one issue on Stein's list of priorities as she mulls over a run for the presidency.

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New York News
4:02 am
Sat April 11, 2015

'Toxic Toy' Bill Gets Another Push In NY, Industry Objects

Credit cleanhealthyny.org

Legislation to ban the use of certain chemicals in toys may get another chance in New York state before lawmakers adjourn in June.

The measure would require manufacturers to phase out the use of chemicals deemed harmful, such as benzene, mercury and cobalt.

The bill passed the Assembly last year but didn't get a vote in the Senate. Republican Sen. Phil Boyle and Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright have reintroduced the measure this year.

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WAMC News
4:32 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Anticipation: Clinton Expected To Launch Presidential Campaign Sunday

Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday.
Credit twitter @HillaryClinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to make the announcement Sunday that's been anticipated for months.  New Yorkers now have a former Senator and former governor potentially in the field.

The former secretary of state and New York senator is about to undertake her second presidential bid, entering the race in a strong position to succeed President Barack Obama as the nominee of the Democratic Party.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

White House Calls For End To 'Conversion Therapy'; LGBT Conference Kicks Off At UAlbany

Credit wikipedia

This week the White House announced opposition to so-called "conversion therapy." The disclosure coincides with the 20th annual Northeast LGBT College Conference set for tonight at the University at Albany.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Report: Women In Albany Out-Earn Men

Credit wikipedia

When it comes to bringing home the bacon, some women in the Capital Region are doing it better than men –  

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New York News
6:19 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Schumer: Feds Have 1 Inspector For 3000 NY RR Bridges

Credit Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer launched his push to increase the number of federal railroad bridge safety specialists nationwide today. It’s the latest chapter in what has become a months-long effort to cut down on the dangers of shipping oil.

Schumer revealed that there are currently just seven specialists overseeing audits for the Federal Railroad Administration. Less than 1 percent of the 70,000 to 100,000 privately-owned train bridges nationwide are audited in any given year. It would take 100 years, at that rate, to audit all of the bridges.

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