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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Capital Region News
3:15 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Viewing Party For Fallon Debut As Late Night Host

Students at an upstate college are planning a TV "viewing party" Monday.

College of Saint Rose Students, faculty and staff will gather late Monday night at the Touhey Forum for a Student Association-sponsored viewing party to watch on the big screen and cheer as Saint Rose alumnus and Saugerties native Jimmy Fallon debuts as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” 

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Central New York News
4:10 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Upstate NY School Districts Use Up Snow Days

Some upstate New York school districts had already used up their allotment of snow days even before the latest blast of winter weather forced many districts to cancel classes for a second straight day.

In Dutchess County, nine of 16 local school districts either used their maximum number of snow days or had gone over the allotted amount before Thursday's storm hit the region. Most schools in the mid-Hudson Valley were closed Thursday and remained closed on Friday.

The Dover Union Free School District took its seventh snow day on Thursday, two over the budgeted amount.

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New York News
3:14 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

New York Lawmakers Push For Public Financing Of Elections

Three New York Congressmen have joined forces in an effort to fight big money in elections.

Last week the House Democrats introduced a bill to create public financing of elections for federal elections. Just two weeks before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his intention to create publicly financed elections for the state legislature and for all statewide offices.

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Capital Region News
11:58 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Dreaming Of Timbuctoo At Albany City Hall

Albany City Hall is hosting a Black History Month exhibit in its rotunda. "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" is a traveling historical installation that tells the story of a free black community in the 1840s Adirondacks.

Initiated in 1999 to help shed light on an important but little-known chapter in American and New York State history, "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" explores the nexus of history, land and meaning. 

Martha Swan is the executive director of John Brown Lives!, one of the organizations that helped bring the exhibit to city hall.

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New York News
6:31 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Cuomo Repeats Call For Medicaid Boost From Feds

Credit Leon Brooks

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York needs a Medicaid funding infusion first requested in 2012 to support hospital overhauls and expanded primary medical care to meet growing patient demand under the state's new health insurance exchange.

The exchange has enrolled more than 412,000 New Yorkers for health insurance coverage since October.

Meanwhile, state officials are pursuing a waiver to use up to $2 billion annually from Medicaid over five years to help struggling hospitals cut beds and admissions in a shift to more primary and outpatient medical care.

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New York News
4:26 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Cuomo Says NY Has Exceeded Original Winter Budget

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the state has exceeded its original winter budget due to the string of heavy snowstorms this season.

Cuomo says Thursday that operational expenses, the cost of salt, overtime and equipment repair have been unusually high.   He says the extra spending is nothing that can't be handled through the budget process.   His administration says it's working on getting the budget number and actual expenses together for public release.

© 2014 AP

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New York News
3:48 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

NY Gov Pushes Anti-Violence Programs

Credit Flickr/Smarter's Photos

With an uptick in the call for community action against gun violence,  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has fostered the launches of programs aimed at stopping such incidents in their tracks.

Cuomo recently announced seven programs will share more than $2 million in grants designed to reduce gun violence in communities across New York. The initiative promotes street-level outreach and intervention.

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Capital Region News
1:19 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Trains, Oil, Albany: 2nd Community Meeting Held

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Concerned South End neighborhood residents spoke out Wednesday night in Albany about health and safety concerns surrounding Global Companies’ proposal to build seven oil heating facilities at the Port of Albany and increase the amount of oil being shipped through the port.  

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Hudson Valley News
4:52 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

NY Task Force: Expand Lower Hudson Valley Bus Service

Credit Courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority

The governor's Mass Transit Task Force is recommending an expansion of the bus-rapid-transit network in New York's Lower Hudson Valley to support the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Journal News reports the plan addresses the fact that commuters travel locally more than they travel to Manhattan.

The proposal estimates the new bus service and bridge will lead to travel times 25 percent faster on local roads and 20 percent faster on Interstate 287.

The four-lane bridge will have an express bus/emergency access lane.

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New York News
4:48 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

NY Offers Lifetime Licenses To Hunt, Fish, Tour Parks

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York is offering lifetime licenses to hunt, fish and visit state parks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday that he hopes a portion of the 2 million people who buy annual hunting licenses, fishing licenses and park permits in New York will make the switch. Lifetime hunting licenses cost $535, lifetime fishing licenses $460 and lifetime Empire Passport park permits cost $750.

As an incentive, lifetime license holders will be able to receive for free scenic-themed license plates playing off the "I Love NY" theme that promote fishing, hunting or parks.

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