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
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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WAMC News
4:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Pro-ACA Families USA Holds Another Obamacare Conference Call

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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

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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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Capital Region News
12:46 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Albany Activist Calls For Civil Service Commission Accountability

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For years, the city of Albany has promised to increase the number of minorities in the fire department. But many, including one local activist, say little progress has been made.

Outgoing Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings made headlines after he intervened in a case involving an African-American man who was disqualified from a firefighting job on what some call "ridiculously trivial grounds."

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Capital Region News
12:57 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Impact Downtown Albany Kicks Off Tuesday

Capitalize Albany Corporation is getting ready for the tuesday launch of its Impact Downtown Albany revitalization strategy. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Capitalize Albany's Director of Economic Development Sarah Reginelli and Communications and Marketing Assistant Amanda Vitullo.

There will be 3 events to be held next week: the kick-off event (open to the public) on Tuesday November 19th , the tour of nano-tech (this is an internal tour) on Wednesday November 20th, and the young professionals event (also open to the public) on Thursday November 21st.

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Education
1:01 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Petition Calls For Testing Ban For State’s Youngest Students

Education advocates across New York are calling for a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, kicked off a Thursday conference call to launch a  statewide petition drive to stop expansion of standardized tests in children’s early years.

The petition comes as the union continues to call for a three-year moratorium on using tests aligned to the rigorous Common Core standards for “high stakes” decisions affecting teachers and students.

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WAMC News
3:53 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Aid Is Getting Through, Communications Being Restored

Food has arrived and is being readied to hand out to storm victims at a distribution center near Tacloban City.
Credit Photo from the facebook page of Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Congressman, First District of Leyte at House of Representatives of the Philippines.

ABS-CBN has compiled a list of survivors in areas affected by super typhoon "Yolanda."

The list is based on the updates from DZMM, Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo (BMPM) and Google People Finder.To access the complete list, go to the ABS-CBN Tulong Page, click on the Find Tab and then click on List button.* * * 

It has been a week since Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines. Relief is on the way and people around the globe are mobilizing to help.

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