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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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'

Credit youtube

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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WAMC News
4:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Pro-ACA Families USA Holds Another Obamacare Conference Call

Credit wikiepedia

A new report by Families USA finds less than one percent of the non-elderly U.S. population is at risk of losing its current insurance plan and paying more for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Families USA has been a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and has worked to counter negative public opinion during the botched rollout that had President Obama apologizing earlier this month. The organization's executive director, Ron Pollack, says the ACA prevents insurers from selling substandard plans.

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New York News
12:29 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Good Gov't Groups Call For Campaign Finance Reform

Fair elections supporters held a conference call this week to push for New York State campaign finance reform and public funding of elections.

A coalition of citizen activist groups including Citizen Action and the Working Families Party used the call as a platform to state their case for establishing a public financing system for New York state elections.

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Capital Region News
6:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Common Core Forum Tonight In Albany

NYS Education Commissioner John King

Another Common Core forum is taking place tonight as  parents and community members are invited to attend a gathering at Albany High.

Common Core is a national set of standards that most states, including New York, have adopted, establishing benchmarks for what students should know in math and English by the end of each grade, K through 12.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Report: NY Gets Good Grades For Student Data Tracking

The Data Quality Campaign, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that advocates for high-quality data, has released a paper showing how far states have come in developing and using the data.

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WAMC News
6:59 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

State Health Exchanges Progress Report

Credit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov

Amid federal rollout troubles surrounding the online marketplace healthcare.gov., state health exchange directors gathered on a conference call today to counter the negative publicity.

President Obama promised to fix the broken promises and broken website stemming from his Affordable Care Act.  Observers say the flawed rollout of the federal website in six weeks accomplished what Republicans failed to do in three years: undermine support not only for Obamacare but for Obama the president.

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