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
12:45 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Charged in Corruption Scheme

Credit Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

In the latest arrest to stun Albany, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was taken into FBI custody this morning. He faces federal corruption charges.  Silver’s future in the chamber he has run for two decades is in question.

According to widespread reports, Silver was taken into FBI custody on corruption charges shortly before 8 a.m. after a long-term investigation. According to court documents, The 70-year old Democratic leader is accused of using the power of his office to solicit millions in bribes and kickbacks.

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Capital Region News
4:49 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

NY Lawmaker Seeks Funds For Town Near Planned Casino

Assemblyman James Tedisco
Credit Maria Valvanis

A state assemblyman says he's concerned that a planned casino in Schenectady could place financial burdens on a neighboring town.

Assemblyman James Tedisco says the town of Glenville will be across the Mohawk River from the Rivers Casino and will have to deal with more traffic congestion. Tedisco has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to consider more highway funding for Glenville to compensate local taxpayers.

Glenville is in Schenectady County, which will get a share of tax revenue from the casino.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Capital Region News
4:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Vultures In Suburbia

Credit wikipedia

Police in are using noisemakers and Canada geese decoys to scare away vultures lurking in a Capital Region neighborhood.

Neighbors have been complaining for years about the carrion-eating birds skulking on branches and rooftops. The Albany Times-Union reports that more than 30 black vultures have been observed hanging around the Guilderland neighborhood. Neighbors say the birds' smelly droppings are all over their yards and vehicles.

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New York News
4:34 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo Proposes $141.6B Budget For 2015-16

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $141.6 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, up about $4 billion from the current budget.

The plan unveiled Wednesday to lawmakers will be followed by months of negotiations before the new year starts April 1.

The administration's proposal would increase spending from state and federal operating funds and capital programs by 2.8 percent.

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WAMC News
12:30 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

#SOTU 2015 - NY Representatives React

Paul Tonko, Barack Obama
Credit WAMC photo by Jim Levulis

In his first State of the Union Address to a Republican-controlled Congress, President Barack Obama outlined an earnest agenda infused in Democratic priorities.   

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Capital Region News
9:44 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Arsenal To Host 'Boots to Business: Reboot'

The Watervliet Arsenal is gearing up for 'Boots to Business.'

Spokesman Peter Gannon says the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership is hosting a business bootcamp January 26 th thru 30th, an event designed to  expand the reach of the McNulty Center in 2015:  "We're partnering with the small business development center at Suny Albany. We're gonna be offering a consolidated version of a very popular curriculum called 'Boots to Business' called 'Re-Boot'"

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Capital Region News
6:29 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Authorities On Heightened Alert After Latest Lansingburgh Arson

Credit Troy Fire Department

A string of arsons in one Troy neighborhood has residents on edge and authorities on high alert.

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New York News
12:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Siena Poll: Cuomo Ratings Up

Credit SRI

A new Siena College poll out today reveals Governor Andrew Cuomo’s standing with New York voters has improved a little since last month and is now at its highest level since July.  Those surveyed also weighed in on fracking, the Common Core, and the death of Mario Cuomo.

On the eve of Cuomo’s fifth State of the State, voters told Siena jobs and education are the top two issues they want Cuomo to make his top priorities this year.

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New York News
6:16 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Reactions To Cuomo's 'Circuit Breaker'

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $1.6 billion dollar property tax credit program. The so-called “circuit breaker” that purports to help ease the burden on working class families.

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New York News
12:39 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

The State of New York Race Relations On MLK Day

As the nation celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., WAMC takes a look at the civil rights movement and race relations today.

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