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
4:19 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Group Gives ACA 'Positive Spin'

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New York state's web site for people seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s new exchange appears to be working again. Just after noon today, a message that new applications could not be processed had been taken down. Meantime, Families USA held a teleconference with state exchange officials and navigators to get an update on progress in enrolling citizens.

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New York News
4:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Racino to Casino: A Bad Idea?

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Proponents hope that Proposition 1 will pass on Tuesday and the result will be lower property and school taxes for New Yorkers. But opponents of Governor Andrew Cuomo's casino expansion plan warn there will be consequences for all New Yorkers.

That's Republican Assemblyman Tony Jordan of the suburban Capital Region telling NewsChannel 13 those opportunities include 35 million dollars annually for school and property tax relief - and if Saratoga gets the green light to transform its slots racino into casino, there will be jobs as the staff doubles to nearly 12-hundred people.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Albany County Unveils Cogeneration Initiative

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Albany County's new Waste Heat/Co-generation facility in Menands will not only save money by creating renewable energy, it will also cut CO2 emissions by nearly 1,500 tons per year and will reuse 50,000 gallons of water per day to cool the high-efficiency system.  Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the co-gen project has long been in the works.

The facility is designed to provide long-term environmental and economic benefits to the Albany County Sewer District's eight member communities, which serve a population of 200,000.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

NY Truckers Face New Fines For Phoning

New York has outlawed texting or talking on handheld cell phones by commercial drivers at stoplights or in traffic jams, restrictions that don't apply to other drivers.

The law that took effect Monday brings the state into line with federal regulations for interstate trucking that took effect in 2012. Violations carry fines.

All states that issue commercial driver licenses must do the same by the end of next year.

Commercial drivers can use hands-free phones, as well as two-way or CB radios, even though they require one hand to operate.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

A Look Back At 'Superstorm' Sandy...

Oct. 29 marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy's destructive landfall.

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Eastern Seaboard with high winds, heavy rain and a storm surge of more than 13 feet, claiming 44 lives and displacing thousands. The Superstorm turned the greatest city in the world into a city of darkness and called new attention to climate change.

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New York News
3:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

New Plan for Universal Full-Day Pre-K in NYS

At a time when debate over the Common Core is front and center, pro-education groups are out with a new plan offering a roadmap for full-day universal prekindergarten in New York State.

The Center for Children’s Initiatives and the Campaign for Educational Equity have unveiled a statewide plan that offers a financial strategy that recognizes pre-K as an essential educational service, while providing a plan to phase in pre-K to the state's 3- and 4-year-olds over the next eight years.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

NY After The Storms: Planning For The Next One

National Weather Service image of Sandy one year ago today. Advocates say the nonprofit sector has been making great strides helping New Yorkers return to normal, but they are concerned about next storm.
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One year ago, New Yorkers were bracing for Superstorm Sandy - today, state government officials are gathered in Albany to compare notes on the response and brainstorm about plans to respond to future crises and calamities.

Many struggle to recover one year after Superstorm Sandy.  Republican New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez says many of his constituents are still reeling from the one-two punch of Irene and Lee - along with others in his district impacted by Sandy.

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WAMC News
8:57 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Saturday is “Take-Back” Day

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian is once again urging parents, grandparents, teachers, nurses and the community as a whole to help stop the abuse of prescription drugs among young people.  The problem is more widespread than people think, and there are simple things everyone can do to save those who may fall into such abuse. “The abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs happens in many, often innocent, ways, but the costs of such abuse can be astronomical,” said U. S. Attorney Hartunian.

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Capital Region News
3:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

3rd Challenge To Albany Cyberbullying Law

Cyberbullying is on the rise locally and nationally - many parents have lost young teens who chose to end their lives rather than face constant harassment on social media. But Albany County's groundbreaking law against Cyberbullying is being hauled before an appellate court, for a third time.

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Capital Region News
12:30 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

#OccupyAlbany Turns 2

This week marks two years since Occupy Albany pitched tents in Academy Park, leading to a political standoff that lasted weeks and ended in a showdown with city police.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A small band of protestors gathered quietly late Monday afternoon at the edge of Academy Park to celebrate the anti-establishment crusade that began two years ago, in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street.

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