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
6:36 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fracking Debate Goes On

A recent Quinnipiac Poll shows New Yorkers are opposed to hydraulic fracturing, as arguments for and against the controversial gas drilling practice continue.

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New York News
4:36 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Bruno Trial Date Set

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A federal judge has scheduled a new fraud trial in May for the ex-leader of New York's Senate.

Retired Sen. Joseph Bruno is accused of accepting more than $400,000 from a businessman for helping with state grants.

The Rensselaer County Republican led the Senate's majority for 14 years before stepping down in 2008. He has denied any wrongdoing, maintaining he was paid for outside consulting work.

U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe has set a May 12 trial date.

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New York News
4:30 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Justices Won't Hear Appeal of NY Internet Taxation

The Supreme Court has refused to consider throwing out New York State's taxes on Internet purchases on websites like Amazon.com, a move that could change the way Internet commerce works.

The high court on Monday refused to hear appeals from Amazon.com LLC and Overstock.com Inc., in their fights against a state law that forces them to remit sales tax the same way in-state businesses do.

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New York News
12:39 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fast Food Wage Strikes Planned For This Week

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Fast-food workers are planning to stage one-day strikes and protest activities in 200 American cities Thursday in hopes of building support for increasing their wages to $15 an hour.

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Capital Region News
12:59 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Cider : The NY Drink of 2014

American hard cider is making a comeback. There are many high hopes for the industry, which has gotten the welcome mat from New York's chief executive.

A new law that will take effect early next year creates a new type of license for farm cider-making operations. Sonya del Peral    is manager of Albany's Nine Pin Cider Works Company.

She agrees with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who believes that the farm cider operations, which can sell other products such as jams and souvenirs, will promote tourism and help New York agriculture.

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WAMC News
7:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Countdown To Turkey Day

Young turks "Caramel" and "Popcorn" - there will be only one winner!
Credit whitehouse.gov

    It's the day before Thanksgiving... are you ready for the holiday?   The New York Farm Bureau is out with its 2013 Market Basket Survey - shoppers across 11 districts of the state went to the store with shopping lits of 12 traditional holiday food items, ranging FROM turkey to celery to whipping cream. The average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.04, a 44-cent price decrease from last year’s national average of $49.48.  

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Capital Region News
6:45 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Schumer Pledges To Help Schenectady Battle Blight

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited Schenectady tuesday to give the city a helping hand and make some much-needed housing improvements.

The backdrop to Schumer's appearance along the electric city's Broadway in the Bellvue section: a blighted building damaged by fire four years ago. Its absentee landlord has left the property fallow for years.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

New Yorkers Unite Against Hunger

Credit Wikipedia

With Thanksgiving approaching, New Yorkers have been bracing for the impact of cuts to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That impact may not be as severe as initially thought...

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New York News
12:18 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Lawmakers Vs. "Knockout Game"

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco
Credit (WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas)

Two New York State legislators are double-teaming "The Knockout Game" with a law designed to inflict severe penalties on those who elect to play.

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New York News
7:58 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

NY Lawmaker Targets 'Knockout Game'

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Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is introducing new legislation, the “Knockout Assault Deterrent Act”, to protect innocent bystanders from being victimized by the so-called “Knockout Game”

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