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 News
3:51 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Returning Veterans Turn To Agriculture

Credit Marc Silva

As veterans come home to New York from military service, many are considering careers in agriculture.

We've heard many stories about young vets returning from service, unable to find jobs, having difficulties re-adjusting to civilian life. Yet, there are many opportunities available: among them, programs accentuating farming in its various forms. Cornell University has developed a Small Farms Program to support returning veterans.

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Capital Region News
12:27 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

EPA/Amtrak Train Emissions Public Meeting Tonight

Credit wikipedia

Tonight, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck will host a public meeting to discuss Amtrak train emissions at the Rensselaer Rail Yard. The gathering is in response to residents' concerns about diesel smoke at the yard's Amtrak maintenance facility.

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Capital Region News
10:01 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Anti-Casino Residents In East Greenbush More Confident

Credit wikipedia

Following a Wednesday evening Town Meeting , residents opposed to building an East Greenbush casino on Thompson Hill are more confident than ever that they can stop the proposal from going forward.

The Town Board told a packed house that the casino developers had withdrawn their planning application at this time due to a lack of material. The board previously voted unanimously to support the Capital View Casino & Resort to be built, now a zoning issue has emerged that could jeopardize the project

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New York News
6:07 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

NYS-GE-CNSE Power Electronics Consortium

Credit Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was at General Electric in Niskayuna today to announce an energy initiative to commercialize new technology that will have major implications for the electronics market.

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New York News
6:14 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Schumer Pushes To Keep Export-Import Bank Running

Credit WAMC photo by Aubrey Mulvey

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was at General Electric in Schenectady this afternoon calling on fellow lawmakers to keep the Export-Import Bank intact.

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Capital Region News
11:58 am
Mon July 14, 2014

#OccupyAlbany Returns

Occupier Tom Alloco at West Capitol Park, Albany NY
Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Local voices of the national Occupy movement came together over the weekend in Albany.

In October 2011, the anti-establishment, anti-corporate movement that began a month earlier on Wall Street reached New York State's seat of political power when an "Occupy" encampment sprung up in Lafayette Park, across the street from the state capitol.

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New York News
7:24 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Schumer: Highway Funding Row Would Delay Project

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says dozens of highway projects in New York state would be delayed if Congress can't reach an agreement on federal highway funding. 

The Democrat said last week that the state would be forced to either put off projects or pay for them without federal assistance if lawmakers don't replenish the federal highway trust fund.

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Capital Region News
4:53 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

County Will Pay For City Building Collapse

Credit wikipedia

The financially-strapped city of Albany will be spared the bill for clean-up after a house collapse.

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Columbia County
6:18 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

NY Power Line Project In Discussion

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

A Columbia County power line initiative may finally get off the ground with minimal disruption to the environment and quality-of-life.

As New York state’s most prominent environmental groups ramp up their calls for green power and as other activists continue to demand a shutdown of the downstate Indian Point Nuclear Energy plant, demand for electricity has been increasing. And it has become apparent that additional transmission lines could help supply underserved areas and possibly become a buffer of sorts should a facility go offline.

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New York News
12:44 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

4 in 10 US Homes Are Cellphone-Only As NY's Telecomm System Declines

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A coalition of consumer groups, organized labor and elected officials says New York state’s telecommunication system is in decline, while a new government survey says American households are increasingly disconnecting their landline telephones.  

The coalition includes groups like the AARP, Common Cause, the Working Families Party, several unions and dozens of elected leaders from around the state. It has filed a petition with the Public Service Commission seeking a "complete and public" review of the state's telecommunication system.

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