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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Hudson Valley News
3:42 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

TCI Fire in West Ghent UPDATE

The TCI Fire that lit up Columbia County skies earlier this month has left a lot of questions in its wake - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief  Dave Lucas reports

When the TCI plant in West Ghent went up in flames on August 1st, plumes of thick black smoke and a series of explosions forced the imposition of emergency measures across parts of Columbia and Rensselaer counties in New York and Berkshire County in Massachusetts.

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Hudson Valley News
12:29 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Owners of Irene-damaged properties in Greene County apply for federal buyout

Hurricane Irene Approaches the Outer Banks in August 2011
Courtesy NOAA

A federal buyout program will take 40 Greene County properties and turn them into permanent "open space" - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

The owners of 40 parcels of land that incurred irreparable damages as a result of Tropical Storm Irene have applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a federal buyout

Assemblyman Pete Lopez explains the buyout plan falls under FEMA's Flood Mitigation Program

Under the buyout plan, property damage totaling at least 50 percent of the land’s value makes the parcel eligible to be bought out through FEMA

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New York News
4:33 am
Tue August 14, 2012

US statistics show 24.5 percent of NY adults obese

A new federal government survey shows New York has a relatively low level of obesity among adults. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has the numbers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures for 2011 released Monday reports more than a third of adults nationwide were obese.

The rate in New York stood at 24.5 percent.

That compares with 12 states where at least 30 percent were obese.

Colorado was lowest, at just under 21 percent, and Mississippi was highest at nearly 35 percent.

Hudson Valley News
4:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Probation expected for NY babysitter

A Westchester County woman is expected to get probation after pleading guilty to endangering a child who died at her illegal home daycare. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The Journal News says Maria Villaloja of Ossining will be sentenced Oct. 31. She pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor last Thursday.

Charges against her husband were dismissed in May. Prosecutors said he was not home when the April 2011 tragedy occurred.

New York News
3:33 am
Tue August 14, 2012

NY Senate Dems: We have $1M on hand for campaigns

A rare, large campaign debt dating to 2010 is playing a big role in New York's fall elections… WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details

State Senate Democrats say Monday they're on a roll raising money, with $1 million on hand after covering about half of the previous $3 million debt.

But they'll still be paying $19,000 a month on the remaining $1.4 million balance.

The chamber's Republican majority says that shows Democrats can't handle their own finances, let along taxpayers' money.

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New York News
4:32 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Environmentalists Support DEC Commissioner Joe Martens

NYS DEC Commissioner Joe Martens
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has come under increased scrutiny as questions have arisen over the agency's ability to oversee Hyrdraulic Fracturing, should the process of extracting natural gas from shale be legalized in the state. In the eyes of environmental activisits, the leadership of the DEC is strong and solid... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Hudson Valley News
1:28 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Aging Infrastructure: Sinkholes

City of Kingston

Officials in the city of Kingston say repair work is expected to begin today on an expanding sinkhole that opened along a busy street. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports…

The sinkhole, formed in April near a city intersection, is being blamed on a leaky tunnel 75 feet deep that was constructed by New York City about 100 years ago.

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New York News
4:55 am
Sat August 11, 2012

NY governor says tolls for new bridge are too high

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to scale back his administration's proposal to nearly triple the toll on the Tappan Zee Bridge. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

In a letter to the state Thruway Authority, the governor calls for a task force to find ways to reduce the increase by 2017, when the bridge is expected to be finished.

The current toll is $5.

Cuomo's top staffers presented a plan last week to raise the toll to $14 to pay for a $5.2 billion replacement of the aging bridge. Many regular users reacted unhappily.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Upstate NY man kicked by escaped horse dies

Authorities say a 64-year-old upstate New York man trying to corral an escaped horse died after being struck by the leaping animal's hooves. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

Emergency officials tell the Times-Union of Albany that James Bodnar was driving near Saratoga Springs Thursday evening when he noticed that two horses had escaped from a nearby farm. When he stopped to help a friend bring the horses under control, one of them charged Bodnar and jumped over him, striking him in the chest and head.

Hudson Valley News
4:49 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Sewage Spill Stopped in Westchester; Advisory To Be Lifted

A broken sewer line in Tarrytown sent thousands of gallons of sewage into the Hudson River -  at one point threatening part of the first-ever New York City Ironman triathlon. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has the latest...

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