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, WAMC News
1:31 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Sybil Ludington's Ride

On a dark and rainy night 235 years ago, 16-year old Sybil Ludington rode her horse into history - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear, Of a ride of our female Paul Revere…”  Sybil Ludington's 40 mile trek was a small victory that helped lead to American Independence and the eventual formation of the United States.

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Hudson Valley News, WAMC News
12:25 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Occupy Trillion Day at Suny New Paltz

Joe Barbarito of Rifton dressed in a striped prison suit for the New Paltz action
Dave Lucas WAMC

Demonstrations and creative protests were held campuses and communities around the country Wednesday to mark Occupy Trillion Day - when U.S. student debt reached $1Trillion. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended one of those events, held at the SUNY New Paltz Campus.

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New York News
7:52 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Six Weeks Later, Trial Winds Down for Former NY Politician

After nearly six weeks, the trial of former New York Senator Pedro Espada Jr. is winding down.  WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

Espada is standing trial in Brooklyn federal court. He's charged with looting around a half million dollars from the nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network.

Espada founded the network in the 1970s. Prosecutors say he created a sham cleaning company that overcharged the not-for-profit so he could take money whenever he wanted.

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Hudson Valley News
3:47 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Earth Day Lobby Day Preview

This year's Earth Day Lobby Day at the State Capitol will focus on critically important environmental issues such as expanding solar energy, curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting New York from the dangers of fracking. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has a preview.

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Hudson Valley News
12:35 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

JIT Report Critical of Hudson Intermediate School

A New York State Joint Intervention Team conducted a review which found one of the city of Hudson's intermediate schools falling behind: Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the recommendation to restructure the Montgomery C. Smith School.

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New York News
8:37 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Report: Cuomo Official Sought to Bar Whistleblower

A published report says the Cuomo administration tried to keep a whistleblower from a Senate hearing on the state's care for the disabled. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

The New York Times named the whistleblower: state worker Jeffrey Monsour, an outspoken critic of the system that provides care to thousands of people.

It says his invitation to the Monday hearing was pulled at the administration's request. But Monsour is now expected to attend the panel discussion after the administration relented.

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Hudson Valley News
4:21 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Fracking in NY in Supportive Communities First?

Lawmakers and Lobbyists say communities that have been supportive of hydraulic fracturing are likely to be among the first areas of New York to get approval if the State Department of Environmental Conservation allows the technique... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has more.

The DEC has been involved in establishing ground rules for permitting hyrdrofracking throughout New York State since 2008 - the agency's review of the process and recommendations are eagerly awaited by individuals and entities on both sides of the issue.

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Hudson Valley News, WAMC News
12:52 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Legislators Eye Teacher Evaluations

New York State’s controversial new system for evaluating teachers and principals was enacted into law in 2010 to help the state win $700 million in federal Race to the Top funds. The system grades teachers, in part on how their students progress on state tests. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the issue has turned red hot:

 

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Hudson Valley News, WAMC News, New York News
11:38 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Tenant Accountability Act Under Consideration in Kingston

An Ulster County City is considering enacting a proposal that would make renters responsible for some duties typically expected of landlords. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

New York News
8:01 am
Fri April 20, 2012

NY Official: No Date Yet for Fracking Update

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says there's no timeline for a decision on whether fracking of shale gas wells will be allowed in New York state, but the review will likely continue through the summer. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas...

Speaking Thursday at the annual Spring Environment Conference held by the Business Council in Albany, Martens says the agency doesn't have a specific date yet for an update on the environmental review and proposed regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale gas wells.

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