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
6:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Senator Schumer: Heroin 'Skyrocketing' In Capital Region

Senator Charles Schumer at the podium, Albany County Court House, December 1, 2015.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany today to lead the call for getting emergency anti-drug trafficking funding into the Capital Region.

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Capital Region News
12:03 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Albany, Troy Down To The Wire In Budget Processes

In early October, the mayors of Albany and Troy released their 2015 budget proposals. The road from introduction to enactment has been a rocky one for both municipalities.

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New York News
7:07 am
Mon December 1, 2014

NY 3-Year Park Pass Price Cut Cyber-Monday

Credit New York State

New York's parks office has come up with a Cyber-Monday deal of its own -  the agency is cutting the price of its 3-year Empire Passport. 

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which oversees 180 parks, says the standard price is $165. For online shoppers, it's $130.

Valid from receipt through March 2018, the passport provides unlimited vehicle access to all state parks, nature centers, recreation areas, boat launch sites, arboretums and park preserves.

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Capital Region News
4:56 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Across America, it is a week of dichotomy. For many, Thursday means a massive feast, but Thanksgiving also helps shed light on the 17 percent of Americans who struggle with food insecurity. Faith groups, low-income residents, anti-hunger groups, and Congressman Paul Tonko assembled today in Albany at Emmanuel Baptist Church for the annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger.

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New York News
4:22 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Storm On Menu For Some Thanksgiving Travelers

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Getting over the river and through the woods could prove challenging for some Thanksgiving travelers. A Nor'easter is going to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their holiday destinations.

Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for Weather Underground, says the storm should bring rain to many coastal cities, but up to a foot of snow is expected to fall inland and at higher elevations.

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New York News
4:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Cuomo Cites Agency Gains For Disabled In Veto

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation intended to clear what one lawmaker said in June was a waiting list of 12,000 disabled individuals who needed services or housing.

Cuomo says the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities keeps improving its process, that the legislation largely duplicates what's happening, and the issue should have been addressed in the budget.

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New York News
4:09 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

NY Casino Decision Expected December 17

Credit wikipedia commons

A decision on where up to four casinos will be located in upstate New York is expected to be announced December 17, the date a board reviewing casino applications is expected to meet for the final time.

New York State Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams announced plans for the meeting Monday during a meeting of the commission.

16 applications have been filed and up to four casino licenses are set to be awarded for three different upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.

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New York News
4:34 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NY Casino Board Meets As Decision Nears

A decision on where to build up to four casinos in upstate New York could come any day. The board reviewing applications for the casino licenses expects to make its choices at its next meeting.

Sixteen proposals for casino licenses have been submitted.

Up to four casino licenses are set to be awarded for three different upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.

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Capital Region News
3:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

'Countdown To Coverage' Campaign Kicks Off 2nd Year

A Spanish-language version of the NY State of Health website is now available.
Credit NYS of Health

A second year of "Countdown to Coverage" kicked off in Albany today.  Government and community leaders shared the podium to let area residents and small business owners know they need to enroll in health coverage by February 15th through the New York State of Health Marketplace — and how to get free help to do so.

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New York News
4:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Body Found In Coeymans Is That Of Missing Student

Credit Trapatsos Family

Authorities have determined the identity of a man's body that was found along the Hudson River outside Albany.

The body was found on the river's west bank Wednesday afternoon by CSX railroad employees working on a bridge near the Thruway in the town of Coeymans , just south of Albany.

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