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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In an effort to cement its presence in the renewable energy market, General Electric is employing cloud computing and holographic technology to advance wind farms.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

As it publicly grapples with staff cutbacks and a dropoff in admissions, Albany's College of St. Rose’s international program is flourishing.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  The U.S. Attorney's office says more than $9.6 million in assets seized in an international internet gambling takedown is being distributed to law enforcement agencies in New York and Florida as well as the federal government. 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation that aims to stop discrimination in adoption and foster care agencies. The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would prohibit any entity that receives federal funds from discriminating against adoptive or foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.

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New York's top bank regulator proposes amending state law to shorten the foreclosure process for homes with delinquent mortgages.

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A Saratoga Springs Police officer has been suspended after tangling with a First Amendment rights crusader from Troy.

  The New York state Senate has voted to create a public list of those convicted of violent felonies similar to the existing sex offender registry. 

The proposal is intended to prevent future crimes, and in particular domestic violence, by allowing people to check if a new acquaintance has a violent past.

The legislation is named Brittany's Law after Brittany Passalacqua, a 12-year-old from Geneva who was murdered in 2009 along with her mother by her mother's then boyfriend. The boyfriend had a prior conviction for a violent felony.

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