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
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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Hudson Valley News
11:39 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Relicensing: Waiting Game at Indian Point

The final decision on Indian Point's 20-year license renewal application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has hit another snag... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

The NRC will hold off before approving new licenses for Indian Point (and other nuclear plants)  until the problem of dealing with safety and environmental threats posed by on-site storage of highly radioactive spent fuel is addressed...

Spent fuel has been building up on-site at the 40-year-old Buchanan reactors in the absence of any permanent repository. 

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New York News
5:05 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Beam signed by Obama raised at World Trade Center

A steel beam that was signed by President Barack Obama in June has been lifted into place on the 104th floor at One World Trade Center. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

A crane on top of the building lifted the beam from the ground Thursday after dozens of people, including construction workers and police officers, added their own signatures.

On June 14, Obama visited the skyscraper that's being built to replace the twin towers destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.

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New York News
4:58 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Officials: West Ghent Chemical Fire "99 % Out"

Tristan O'Neill, WAMC

A Columbia County recycling company went up in flames last night - the resulting overnight chemical fire released toxic fumes: it forced the imposition of emergency measures across parts of Columbia and Rensselaer counties in New York and Berkshire County in Massachusetts, which remain in effect this morning... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

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New York News
6:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

NY Stops Unemployment Checks Abroad

New York's comptroller says a new computer sleuth has stopped $90,000 in unemployment checks that were headed to New Yorkers apparently vacationing abroad this summer and to foreign scammers. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details.  

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli tells The Associated Press his office found the checks bound for Europe, Mexico, Vietnam and other foreign bank accounts through a computer filter installed in June.

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New York News
10:22 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

NY To Limit Noise During TZ Bridge Building

 The state plans innovative measures to protect fish and people during the construction of a big new bridge in the New York suburbs. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas A new report on the environmental impact of the Tappan  Zee Bridge says residents will be able to go online to check noise and air quality monitors. It says excessive noise has to be stopped an hour after it's reported. The report says pile driving will generally be prohibited between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. It says an underwater "curtain" of bubbles will be used to minimize the acoustic effect of pile driving on fish.

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New York News
5:35 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Malcolm For Mayor?

A New York City politician who was once the state Senate's highest ranking Democrat is thinking about running for mayor — as a Republican. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details.   Former Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith told New York City media that he is "exploring the possibility" of a run on the GOP line. The Democrat represents a liberal section of Queens.

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