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
9:49 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Business Leaders Praise Cuomo's Minimum Wage Increase

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

More than 40 business owners and chamber of commerce executives from New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley announced their support Monday for Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to raise the state minimum wage to $10.50. 

The current $8.75-an-hour minimum wage will go to $9 at year's end. The Democratic governor wants to raise it to $10.50 statewide and $11.50 in New York City.

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New York News
6:39 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Schumer Pushes For Student Loan Forgiveness In Case Of Death

Senator Chuck Schumer with Leonard and Linda Tanski.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has renewed his push to get "Andrew's Law" passed.

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New York News
12:21 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Lawmakers To Consider New Bill Being Pushed For Future Missing Children's Cases

Kenneth White
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An upstate sheriff and two New York legislators are announcing legislation that would force Child Protective Services to quickly turn over records when a child is missing.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Republican Senator George Amedore and Democratic Assemblymember Pat Fahy are backing a bill to expedite access to CPS records for missing children.

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New York News
4:25 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Cuomo Calls For New Policy After Criticism Of Email Purges

Credit Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a new email retention policy for state leaders following criticism of his administration's practice of purging emails after 90 days. The Democratic governor's policy concerned government watchdogs and some lawmakers who said it was an affront to government transparency.

On Friday several good-government groups urged Cuomo to issue an executive order requiring emails to be kept for seven years.  Cuomo's top spokeswoman says the administration would work with other state leaders to create new, uniform retention standards.

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Capital Region News
3:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Aftermath: The Jay Street Fire

Mayor Gary McCarthy
Credit City of Schenectady

A search-and-recovery mission continues at the scene of two burned-out apartment buildings in Schenectady.

It's been a week since the five-story brick buildings along Jay Street, not far from City Hall,  were ravaged by a pernicious blaze that ultimately affected about 60 people. Seven people were hospitalized, including one individual who jumped out of a five-story window to escape the intense flames.

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Capital Region News
1:02 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

The Pipes Of Troy

Could frozen pipes influence a citywide election?
Credit Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Thanks to frigid temperatures that froze supply lines, some Troy residents had to do without water for 11 straight days. The water woes may have eroded public confidence in city leadership.

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New York News
4:55 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Prepare For Cyber 9-1-1

Credit Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Brace for a "Cyber Nine Eleven" -  that warning comes from Benjamin Lawsky, New York State’s top bank and insurance regulator.

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Capital Region News
4:46 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Police Charge 3 After Albany Hip-Hop Concert Melee

Albany's Washington Avenue Armory has banned Migos.
Credit twitter

Police say three people have been charged in connection with a melee at an Albany hip-hop concert that left six men with stab wounds and a woman assaulted and robbed.

The Albany Times-Union reports 21-year-old Dywuan Blunt of Albany was charged with first-degree riot and sent to the county jail without bail after being arraigned on Thursday.

Police say two other people also face charges after the brawl early Saturday at a concert by the Georgia-based hip-hop group Migos.

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New York News
3:39 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

SUNY: We Need More State Aid / Investment

Chancellor Zimpher, Chairman McCall and Ambassador Spielvogel at Invest in SUNY press conference
Credit SUNY

A delegation of State University of New York trustees and leaders are calling for increased state investment in SUNY.   

SUNY campus presidents in every region of the state have been holding press events in recent weeks, asking the legislature to “Invest in SUNY” as the system campaigns for the establishment of a SUNY Investment Fund and extension NYSUNY 2020 legislation in the budget.

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WAMC News
1:00 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

UAlbany Study: Social Media Potentially Addictive, Linked To Substance Abuse

Credit Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

If you can't resist the urge to check Facebook on your smartphone during every waking hour, you're not alone. A  recent University at Albany study finds excessive use of online social networking can not only be addictive, but may also be associated with other impulse control disorders, including substance abuse.

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