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
1:14 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

In Lieu Of Bank Cards...

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A nationwide push to reduce bank card fraud is paving the way for consumers to use smartphone apps to purchase goods -  Bitcoin is on the cutting edge of the "digital currency" revolution.

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Capital Region News
12:15 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser Nov. 1 In Albany

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The public is invited to a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research.

The historic Fort Orange Club in the heart of downtown Albany is hosting "Autumn Mix and Mingle," to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Donna Clark is executive director of the foundation. She says the November 1st event is an adults-only evening of wine and beer tasting and great food selection, and all for a good cause:

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New York News
7:52 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Obama Praises NY Ebola Response

  President Barack Obama is praising New York's quick reaction to its first Ebola case. 

Obama says he's promised local officials any federal help they need. Meanwhile, Dr. Craig Spencer, being treated for Ebola in New York City remains in the hospital where he's been since Thursday. He came back from Guinea on October 17th after treating Ebola victims with the group Doctors Without Borders.

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New York News
7:47 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Local Economies A Factor As NY Mulls Casino Sites

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  Developers competing to build a casino near Binghamton claim that this Southern Tier city has been listed among the most depressed, obese, pessimistic and fastest-shrinking in the nation. 

It may seem odd for backers of the Traditions resort to highlight local lowlights to the state officials who will soon choose upstate casino sites. But a big goal of New York's gambling expansion is to bring jobs to upstate areas that need them the most. Casino applicants like Traditions are promoting not only their ability to make money with a local casino, but also how badly it is needed.

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New York News
6:59 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

NY Green Bank To Stimulate $800 million In Clean Energy Investments

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Governor Andrew Cuomo this week announced the first transactions of the New York Green Bank to kick off clean energy projects across the state. These initial transactions are expected to produce investments totaling more than $800 million.

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New York News
5:01 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

NYC Ebola Patient "Relatively Stable"

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An adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio says the New York City Ebola patient is in "relatively stable" condition.

Dr. Irwin Redlener spoke today outside Bellevue Hospital, where Dr. Craig Spencer is being treated. Redlener says Spencer's fiance also is hospitalized in isolation. He said Spencer is not "out of the woods" yet, but the chances of his condition dramatically worsening are "very, very limited."

City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett says Spencer visited a restaurant, went to a bowling alley and jogged for three miles before being admitted to a hospital today.

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Capital Region News
4:59 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Madison Goes LIVE!

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Albany's Madison Theater is going to feature live performances.
 

The Madison Theater's  live entertainment venue will open Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

Dan Laiosa is the Madison's general manager. He says "It's the final phase of our renovations at the theater"

The opening show features live jazz from the Nancy and Spencer Reed Quartet.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New York: Ready For Ebola

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New York City’s first case of Ebola, confirmed late Thursday, has government officials scrambling and health officials mobilizing.

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New York News
7:29 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Ebola In NY: Governor Responds

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New York City (and state's) first case of Ebola takes center stage this morning: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo scheduling appearances on NBC, CBS and CNN today...  Cuomo has become part of New York State’s response to a positive test for Ebola in Dr, Craig Spencer, hospitalized at Bellevue in New York City – Here's Cuomo on the Today Show, courtesy NewsChannel 13 and NBC "We have been preparing literally for weeks on a co-ordinated effort plan between New York City, New York State, federal government CDC, we just done a training with 5 thousand healthcare workers, the health care union has

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New York News
7:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Making A Case For After School Programs

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Over the past decade, much progress has been made nationally to increase enrollment in afterschool programs – programs advocates say keep children safe, inspiring them to learn and supporting working families between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.  Vermont and Massachusetts have made the list of Top 10 States for Afterschool, prepared by Washington, D.C.-based After School Alliance.

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