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
4:48 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

New York Casino Process Edges Forward

The casino process continues moving forward in New York State. The New York Public Interest Research Group is out with a paper indicating that casino interests have poured millions of dollars into advancing their agendas in Albany over the past two years.

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New York News
1:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Oil Train Protests Recall Quebec Disaster

Pat Bradley

Public outcry against the so-called "Bomb trains" reached a fever pitch over the holiday weekend - as communities across North America marked the one-year anniversary of the crude oil train disaster in Quebec.  In the heart of a Canadian town, 47 people were killed, thousands had to be evacuated and dozens of buildings were destroyed.  

Names of the victims were read during several of the memorial gatherings in communities bordering rail lines where residents fear the next derailment, explosion or fire could affect in their neighborhood.

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New York News
4:07 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

New York Considers Releasing Oil Train Details

The federal government has ordered railroads to give states details about shipments of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken Shale region, but New York officials haven't decided whether to share that information with the public.

The Associated Press and eight environmental groups filed Freedom of Information Law requests with the state Office of Emergency Management this week. They argue that it's in the public interest for communities to know more about the shipments. There were eight major accidents during the last year, including one that killed 47 people in Quebec.

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Weather
4:04 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

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Partly Cloudy this evening then clearing - cooler - with lows in the middle 50s

Sunny with highs near 80 for Saturday.

Sunny Sunday tempertaures in the low to mid 80s.

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Weather
2:24 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

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Today: 

Partly sunny this afternoon, cooler with highs in the mid and upper 70s.

Tonight: 

Clearing skies, cooler and less humid, lows in the low 50s.

Saturday: 

Mostly sunny, nice, highs in the mid 70s to near 80°

 

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New York News
6:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

NY Consumer Sentiment Up 3rd Straight Month

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Consumers across New York are optimistic as we enter the second half of 2014. A new survey out shows that while they may not sold on the future, New Yorkers are happy with the present...

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Capital Region News
12:57 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

400 Teens Participate In Albany Work Camp

Reverend Dr. Miriam Leupold, Spencer Nally & Christy D'Ambrosio
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some 400 teens and young adults are in Albany this week, attending a work camp that has taken on repair and painting projects throughout the city.   First Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a work camp in Albany through July 5th to provide small repairs and painting at 70 sites in the South End. 

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New York News
4:59 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Clean Energy Advocates Call For Continuing Support For NY's Green Energy Programs

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As the state convened stakeholder discussions on the future of New York’s clean energy funding today, a coalition of clean energy advocates put forward its own vision of New York’s “Clean Energy Fund.”

The state is considering combining three successful programs – the Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS, the Systems Benefit Charge, and the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard – into one revenue stream: the Clean Energy Fund.

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New York News
2:23 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

High Court: Albany County Cyberbullying Law Invalid

New York's highest court has ruled that a local cyberbullying law in Albany County violates Constitutional free speech protections.

Tuesday’s  Court of Appeals ruling involves the case of a high school student who anonymously posted photographs of fellow students on Facebook along with personal details and offensive descriptions of their supposed sexual beahvior.

The teen was charged with violating  a 2010 county law prohibiting cyberbullying.

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Capital Region News
1:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NY Court Upholds Communities’ Right To Protect Residents From Fracking

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New York State continues wait for final word on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial gas drilling method on hold since 2008.  Monday's Court of Appeals decision upheld communities’ right to use traditional local zoning laws to keep fracking out of their borders.

The New York Court of Appeals ruling came in two cases decided jointly:  one brought by an oil company and the other a dairy farm that wanted to lease its land, challenging the towns of Dryden and Middlefield’s decisions to ban the industrial activity there.

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