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 State is on "fire watch" - Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging all New Yorkers to take extra caution, as dry weather conditions have led to a very high danger of wildfires across the State. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

New York State is on "fire watch" - Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging all New Yorkers to take extra caution, as dry weather conditions have led to a very high danger of wildfires across the State. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

It's a big week for New York State's elementary school students and their teachers, as we hear in this report from WAMC's Dave Lucas…

For three days beginning today, students in grades 3 to 8 will hunker down with No. 2 pencils to take the state standardized tests in English Language Arts.

Next week, they'll tackle standardized math assessments.

Under a new state law, student performance on the tests will now account for as much as 40 percent of annual reviews for certain teachers.

A dry winter coupled with record-breaking temperatures and concern about
global warming have people in the vast New York City Watershed worried
about what may happen to the ecology in the weeks to come... Hudson
Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Severe drought conditions extend up and down the east coast, and the
lack of water is of particular concern throughout the Catskills -
potentially affecting everything from tourism to fire safety to the
delivery of fresh water to New York City.

A growing body of science is raising concerns about hydrofracking's public-health impacts from air pollution, just as the Federal EPA is completing rules to protect air quality from onshore oil-and-gas development — including fracking operations. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Questions continue to surround the legality of local towns and municipalities enacting total bans of hydraulic fracturing as one environmental group sounds a new alarm about fracking. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

Tuesday the Ulster county town of Olive enacted a year-long moratorium prohibiting fracking for natural gas - Wednesday, hydrofracking was the center of a jobs forum at Broome Community College.

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress has released a discussion brief analyzing how solid the region's educational infrastructure is for the decade to come... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has details

The report, titled "Closed Schools, Open Minds: Hudson Valley's School Enrollment Dilemma and Opportunities for Adaptive Reuse" looks into the dilemma school districts all over the Valley are facing: declining enrollment rates.

New York's two most-visited state parks are getting two of the biggest shares of the $89 million in additional funding the Legislature has approved to fix up the aging system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

The Ulster County Executive sends a message to the gas industry. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports Mike Hein has taken a stand against hydrofracking "brine" ---

Brine is a concoction of substances sprayed on roadways in winter as a de-icer, in summer as a way of keeping down dust. The practice began several years ago - in Pennsylvania. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein wants to be sure NO brine is spread on local roadways.

New York State will foot the bill for local costs associated with storm-related clean-up in 25 counties. In the first of two reports, Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas tells us about the announcement Governor Andrew Cuomo made in Schoharie County...

Schoharie County suffered the most when it came to total damages from last year's tropical storms Irene and Lee: an estimated $102.5 million dollars in recovery projects, with a local cost of over $12.8 million.

A fire that burned nearly 600 acres of a New York state park has been contained. 

NEW PALTZ, NY (WAMC) - Unemployment numbers for two Hudson Valley counties show that recovery has been difficult - but there is a glimmer of hope - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Last week the New York State Department of Labor released February unemployment data : about 2500 Columbia County residents were categorized as "unemployed" - the data shows a rise in the county unemployment rate to 8.5 percent in February, up from 8.4 percent in January and 8.2 percent in February 2011.

NEW PALTZ, NY (WAMC) - Homeowners experiencing property damage from New York City's leaking Delaware Aqueduct will have the option to participate in a buy-out, now that an agreement has been signed between the City's DEP and Ulster County. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Officials say the buy-out is the first step in finding relief for the flood victims Town of Wawarsing Supervisor Scott Carlsen points out the aqueduct tunnel has been leaking for at least 30 years.

NEW PALTZ, NY (WAMC) - This is the time of year when many people are shopping around for a new apartment or home to rent. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports a housefire in Rockland County has authorities scrambling to enforce existing laws that have been ignored...

Early this week, about 20 tenants living in a two-family house in Valley Cottage, New York found themselves temporarily homeless after fire tore through the building, which, it turns out, had seen some illegal alterations.

YONKERS, NY (WAMC) - Four days after a hack attack shut them down, Westchester County's websites are back in operation. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The security breach affected several of Westchester County's offices, including the county's homepage, as well as pages pointing to the county executive, the DA, the county clerk and the Board of Legislators. The hacker left a signature message on the sites mocking the county's computer security, saying "Security is a joke! ... Your box owned by Mr.XHat."

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (WAMC) - Congresswoman Nan Hayworth was in Dutchess County Monday afternoon, where she met with coalition of environmental groups to discuss a host of environmental issues important to the Region. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report.