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
1:25 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

A Community Divided

Troy NY Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Pastor Willie Bacote
Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

A community march sparked by a bar brawl in Troy has initiated debate and division in the Collar City and beyond.

Security and mobile phone videos of a late-January nightclub brawl seem to show police overpowering patrons at Kokopellis,  including the severe beating of one individual. Police say they followed procedure.

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New York News
10:26 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

de Blasio Strikes Back

Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn't care for Vice President Joe Biden's criticisms of New York's LaGuardia Airport.

Biden on Thursday likened the airport to "some third-world country" while touting more modern airports in places like Hong Kong. De Blasio defended the airport on Friday when asked about Biden's comments.    He said the remarks were not Biden's "finest moment" and called them "inappropriate."  He says that was "not the right way to talk about it."

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Catskills
4:22 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

NY Resort Closed Following Virus Outbreak

Credit Mohonk Mountain House

A Catskill mountain resort is closing for a week after a virus sickened hundreds of guests and employees. 

The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz  closed Friday afternoon. It expects to reopen on Feb. 14. A spokeswoman for the historic resort says several hundred guests and staff started getting sick last Friday.

Mohonk has hired a disaster-remediation company to sanitize the resort, which can accommodate 600 guests.  It is a National Historic Landmark resort and Historic Hotel of America overlooking a lake in Ulster County.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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New York News
12:39 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Call To Delay Common Core Gains Traction

NYS Assemblymember Phil Steck.

The movement to put the brakes on the national education standards known as the Common Core is gaining momentum across New York State.

Some are calling for a one-year delay while others want a two-year hold on using Common Core-based tests to evaluate teachers and place students. And there are those on the fringe calling for more drastic measures including completely eliminating the tests or withdrawing New York entirely from the standards.

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New York News
1:36 am
Fri February 7, 2014

SUNY Seeks Aid For Community Colleges, Hospitals

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

As the Legislature reviews Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed $137.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is asking lawmakers to increase aid for the state's community colleges and university hospitals.

Zimpher told the panel of lawmakers at a budget hearing Thursday that $57.3 million is needed to fund nine projects at community colleges in the state. She also pressed for an increase of $250 per full time enrolled student for base operating funds.

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Capital Region News
3:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Job Market Slightly Better Past Seven Days

The newest job market numbers are out, and they’re trending in a positive direction.   The job market in the Capital Region paralleled the national one as it rebounded a bit after an off week. Next-Act of Colonie's Dan Moran sees the numbers reflecting continued strength and employer confidence.    “ We had a couple of good weeks of run-up. We had kind of a flat week, now we're coming back up a little higher again. It's showing a new confidence in the employment market, and that's a good thing.”

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Hudson Valley News
4:15 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Senator Proposes Bigger Fines For Nuisance Calls

Sen. Charles Schumer says complaints about nuisance sales calls have risen sharply across New York and the nation because of robocalling and he's introducing legislation to sharply toughen penalties.

Citing Federal Trade Commission data, the New York Democrat says Wednesday that complaints in the Hudson Valley rose to 52,000 last year, up 400 percent from three years earlier.

Federal law has limited unsolicited sales calls by restricting hours and prohibiting calls to consumers who choose to opt out.

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Greene County
4:22 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

New Arts Center Coming To Greene County

A new center for the performing arts is coming to the Village of Catskill.

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Capital Region News
12:12 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Incident At Kokopellis: Finding Racism Where Some Say There Is None?

A patchwork of media coverage paints a picture of an evening gone awry after police were summoned late last month to quell a disturbance at a Troy, New York nightspot.

The chain of events that has ensued crystallizes tonight with a series of citizen-action events.

Police say they responded to 124 4th Street in Troy during the wee hours of Saturday, Janaury 25th, answering a call that an employee at Kokopellis nightclub had been assaulted. Initial reports stated a brawl broke out after some patrons were observed to be smoking marijuana.

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Hudson Valley News
10:40 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Westchester Medical Center Nixes Exchange Plans

The Westchester Medical Center says it cannot accept insurance purchased through the state health exchange in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.

CEO Michael Israel says the reimbursements are too low to cover the costs of the services it offers as a teaching hospital.

The Journal News says patients and lawmakers are expressing outrage.

Westchester Medical Center used to be a public hospital. After years of red ink, it became a public benefit corporation 15 years ago.

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