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
4:57 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

NY Corruption Commission Quietly Closing Down

The Moreland Act Commission appointed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate political corruption in New York is quietly winding down this week.

Cuomo says the legislature has passed new laws to toughen bribery prosecutions and establish a new campaign finance policeman. He established the panel after abandoning efforts to get reforms through the legislature last year. That followed federal bribery and embezzlement charges filed against several state lawmakers.

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New York News
6:32 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Amedore vs. Tkaczyk, Round Two

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Some old rivals are facing off for New York’s newest state Senate district — again.  A bitter quest for public office that grabbed headlines two years ago has been renewed.

Two years ago, Republican George Amedore faced off against Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk in a race for the new 46th Senate seat, added during the once-a-decade redistricting process. Many observers saw the Senate district as drawn specifically for Amedore, and on election night, Amedore even gave an acceptance speech at a GOP shindig.

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New York News
2:59 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Harrison Union's Karen Magee Elected NYSUT President

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The Common Core controversy has claimed another victim: New York State United Teachers president Dick Iannuzzi, who lost his seat over the weekend. The vote is remarkable for many reasons.

Over the weekend, NYSUT convention-goers elected Karen Magee, the 11-year head of the Harrison teachers union in Westchester County, to a three-year term as president of the New York State United Teachers. She unseated Richard Iannuzzi, who served since 2005, and was just the second NYSUT president in the union’s history.

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New York News
4:02 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

New York: MMA's Final Frontier

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As proponents of Mixed Martial Arts kick off what they call the 17th round of fighting for regulated professional MMA in New York, a new study says about a third of matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts.

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Capital Region News
2:17 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Central Ave. Merchants Welcome The Low Beat

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With longtime Albany music club Valentine’s now shuttered, WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports the scene has shifted across town.

Howard Glassman ran Valentine’s, an important stop for local and indie rock groups, for years before an Albany Med expansion plan spelled the end for the club in December.

"There's plenty of reasons for people to come up this way, and not just to see music. They can come have dinner, and then go see music," said Glassman.

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New York News
1:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

UAlbany Researchers Develop CSI Tool

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Researchers at the University at Albany are developing a fast, accurate method for crime scene investigators to detect and recover gunshot residue from a crime scene or suspect. The process has a promising future.

For years, New York's gun control lobby pushed hard in favor of a process that involves a gun's firing pin stamping cartridges with unique identifying numbers.

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Central New York News
7:23 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Islamic Group Gets OK To Cut Crosses Off NY Church

A city board in upstate New York has given a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.

More than 200 people had signed an online petition calling on the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board to deny an application by North Side Learning Center, the church's new owner, to remove the crosses and build a six-foot chain-link fence.

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New York News
6:55 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

NY Police Enforcing School Bus Safety Law

Law enforcement officers across New York state are participating in a crackdown on motorists who illegally pass school buses when they're picking up or dropping off students.

State troopers, sheriff's deputies and local police officers are taking part Thursday in Operation Safe Stop. They'll be following behind school buses in marked and unmarked patrol vehicles on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal passing complaints.

Motorists caught passing stopped school buses will be issued tickets.

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New York News
4:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Reactions To Supreme Court Ruling Removing Campaign Contribution Limits

After the U.S. Supreme Court decision, thousands of Americans took to the streets, including these folks in Albany.

New York's campaign finance system may be about to change, but not the way good-government groups and many Democrats in public office had hoped for. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Wednesday morning, in a 5-to-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down overall contribution limits to federal campaigns and committees. Observers say the ruling could have an immediate impact on the 2014 midterm elections, and the decision opens the door to a possible challenge to New York's campaign contribution limits.

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New York News
12:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

New Yorkers Tighten Purse Strings

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The recession may be over, but many New Yorkers say they still feel a pinch in the pocketbook, paying more for just about everything on stagnant salaries. For many it's another day, another bill. People in high places have heard citizens' cries.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino has been holding a mirror to citizen sentiments with his campaign mantra.   "We're losing more people to other states than any other state in the country. 400,000 people in the last four years.  We are losing because we have the highest taxes in America. And it's not even close."

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