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.


Hurricane Sandy
8:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Dozens of roads in Ulster County closed by storm

Officials in Ulster County say dozens of roads and streets are closed because of trees and power lines knocked down by Sandy. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas.

County Executive Michael Hein said Tuesday that the storm is blamed for one death. State police say 69-year-old Doreen Richardson was killed Monday evening when her vehicle was struck by a large section of roof that blew off a home in a trailer park in Kerhonkson.

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New York News
5:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Divided NY court upholds sex offender confinement

New York's top court has upheld continuing civil confinement of a sex offender who completed his prison sentence, with the court majority saying there's an adequate record to support the conclusion he suffers from a qualifying "mental abnormality." WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

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4:35 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy Recovery Efforts Continue; Restoration Will Be Slow

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino addresses reporters in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy during a press briefing.
Credit Westchestergov.com

Hurricane Sandy has left a path of destruction behind in its wake and Hudson Valley Bureau Chief reports there are ongoing problems with travel disruptions and power outages as clean-up efforts continue.

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Lower Hudson Valley
1:28 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Effort Underway

Credit @NYGovCuomo / twitter

Hurricane Sandy's greatest impact in the Empire State affected New York City and much of the watershed area including Westchester, Ulster and Dutchess counties - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update...

Major flooding along the Hudson River, some areas now receding... New York City the heaviest hit... with severe power and property losses extending up through Westchester and beyond...   

Crystal Payton with FEMA says the agency is in "triage" mode.

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Orange County
4:28 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Technology Expo at Warwick

Visitors to the Warwick Tech Expo will learn about digital curriculum resources and how the School District is creating a bridge between school and home via technology and mobile-optimized learning.

Students, parents and teachers in an Orange County School District are embracing mobile-optimized learning technology, as we hear in this report from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

NYS Utilities Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Utility companies, emergency responders and support personnel across New York and New England are on heightened alert: their customer relations centers and websites are prepared, and materials are on hand or on the way to repair any damage that may be caused by Hurricane Sandy. In a series of three reports, you’ll hear how your area is preparing. We begin with Hudson Valley bureau chief Dave Lucas…

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7:12 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Utility Companies Bracing For Hybrid Storm

Credit NOAA

The region's major utilities are bracing for a possible brush with Hurricane Sandy. 

National Grid, Central Hudson, Orange and Rockland, Consolidated Edison and other power companies spanning the Hudson Valley are preparing for a risk of severe weather on Monday and Tuesday.

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12:36 am
Fri October 26, 2012

NY Utilities in "Storm Prep" Mode

Devastation in Upstate NY from last year's twin storms, Irene and Lee.
Credit Ryan Delaney/WAMC

The region's major utilities are bracing for a possible brush with Hurricane Sandy. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

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New York City
7:39 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Statue of Liberty reopens on 126th birthday Sunday

The Statue of Liberty is set to reopen to the public on Sunday, the U.S. landmark's 126th anniversary. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details.

The statue has been closed for renovation to its interior, although the public has been allowed to visit its Liberty Island grounds in New York Harbor.

The $30 million renovation that began last year included replacing the stairs to the crown and making them less steep. There are now 393 steps, instead of 354.

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Pop Culture/History
4:57 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Middletown kicks off anniversary in style

1964 the Tribute is a Beatles' tribute band that was formed in 1984. They have performed over 2900 shows and released their own albums and videos. They're playing Middletown on Friday night!
Credit Facebook

A yearlong celebration gets underway Friday in Orange County... with a visit from the Fab Four... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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