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
6:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

NY Had Highest State And Local Tax Burden In 2011

A Washington-based policy group says New York residents had the highest state-and-local tax burden in the country in 2011.

The Tax Foundation says Wednesday that they used the latest data available to show New York residents paid 12.6 percent of their collective incomes in state and local taxes in 2011.

New Jersey was No. 2 at 12.3 percent. The national average was 9.8 percent.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Congressman Tonko Slams Supreme Court Decision

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Congressman Paul Tonko has condemned the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case that ruled caps on the total amount of money an individual can contribute to political campaigns and Political Action Committees (PACs) are unconstitutional.

Wednesday morning, in a 5-to-4 decision, the US Supreme Court struck down overall contribution limits to federal campaigns and committees. Tonko branded the decision "flawed" - saying America should be a government of the many, not the money. 

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New York News
6:57 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Sex Trafficking: NY Couple Arrested in Utah

A couple from New York is  under arrest out west on human trafficking charges. A Utah newspaper reports Tara Pinnock of Albany, was arrested Monday for investigation of human trafficking along with  26 year old Jean Joseph, of Valley Stream, the couple was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of human trafficking, kidnapping, aggravated assault and rape. Police believe Joseph kidnapped a 23-year-old woman in New York City about

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Capital Region News
5:04 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Albany County Leaders Agree To Establish County’s First Land Bank

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Municipal  leaders announced this afternoon they've agreed to establish Albany County’s first land bank. The initiative sets the stage for revitalization of blighted neighborhoods, a longstanding problem ... 

County Executive Dan McCoy announced that an application has been filed with the NYS Empire State Development Corporation to formally establish the Albany County Land Bank, to "restore the community."

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New York News
12:44 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

NYS Public Campaign Financing Effort Limited To Comptroller

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers are being criticized by good-government advocates for a budget agreement that tests public campaign financing only with the state comptroller’s race, and only for one year.

"The comptroller-only plan that was passed late last night is really very flawed."  Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner says it's back to business as usual with the governor's blessing.

The $140 billion spending plan signed Tuesday morning includes testing public campaign finance in the state comptroller race this year.

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New York News
6:29 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Rob Astorino's Children Will Opt Out Of Common Core

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says his three school-aged children won't be participating in new testing standards as part of the Common Core exams starting this week. The Republican candidate for governor of New York released a video statement on his website Monday explaining he made the decision along with his wife Sheila, a special education teacher.

Common Core is being implemented in schools across the country, but it has been heavily criticized by many parents and educators.

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Western New York News
6:08 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Jury Selection For WNY Woman In 2012 Webster Ambush

Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday for a woman charged with buying the guns a western New York man used to shoot four suburban Rochester firefighters on Christmas Eve 2012.

Prosecutors say Dawn Nguyen lied on a gun purchase form in 2010 when she claimed the rifle and shotgun she bought were for her, when they were really for ex-convict William Spengler.

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New York News
4:58 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

NY AG Sues FedEx Over Cigarettes

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The New York state attorney general says FedEx Corp. has cost the state more than $10 million by unlawfully shipping contraband cigarettes to consumers.  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman made the allegation Monday.

The A.G.  announced the state has joined a federal lawsuit that New York City officials brought against the high-speed mail carrier in December.

The revised lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleges FedEx made nearly 33,000 illegal shipments of cigarettes to consumers in New York state between 2006 and 2012.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

812,000+ NYers Sign Up For Health Insurance

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New York state health officials say more than 812,000 people have enrolled for health insurance statewide under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. 

Monday marked the deadline for open enrollment through the state's health plan marketplace, called NY State of Health. Residents can choose from plans from 16 insurers and 10 dental insurers.

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New York News
12:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Reaction To NYS Budget Package

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Lawmakers are in Albany as the finishing touches are placed on the state's fiscal plan due April 1. There is mixed reaction to the spending package.

The $140 billion budget deal puts forward the state’s largest education allocations to date, including an increase of about $1.1 billion in school aid, $340 million for universal full-day pre-k, and a bond act to modernize classrooms.

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