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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Hudson Valley News
4:41 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Claverack Community Meeting On Eminent Domain

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There will be a community meeting concerning eminent domain as utility companies look to upgrade high voltage power lines running through Columbia and Dutchess Counties.

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New York News
12:36 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Cuomo Budget: Reactions To Spending Policies And Tax Cuts

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The budget plan New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled Tuesday has drawn reaction from a variety of public officials and organizations. Here is a look at how the plusses and minuses are breaking down when it comes to spending policies and tax cuts.

Cuomo's $137 billion budget plan includes more money for schools, including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs, and tax cuts.  The 2014-15 package increases state spending by 1.7 percent.

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New York News
4:43 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Fallout From NY Gov's 'Anti-Conservative' Remarks

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his budget address today amid criticism from Republicans over comments about the conservative wing of the Grand Old Party.

Although he later claimed his remarks made Friday were taken out of context, Cuomo's words seemed to remove the "welcome mat" from the Empire State's doorstep. Speaking generally about moderate politicians’ historical power in the state, Cuomo said -quote- that “right to life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay — if that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

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WAMC News
12:44 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Study: Nearly Half Of Black Men Arrested By Age 23

Nearly half of black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23.

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Capital Region News
4:26 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

MLK Day: "Beloved Community March" More Meaningful Today

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The traditional City of Albany “Beloved Community March” from the Empire State Plaza Concourse to the King Monument was led by a new mayor and her administration today.

New Yorkers converged on Albany for Monday morning's annual official observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy.  It included a march along city streets to nearby Lincoln Park and the statue of King.

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Capital Region News
2:22 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Notable Names In Albany's Black History

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Lincoln Park (Albany, NY)
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As the nation pauses to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we take a look at some of the people and businesses regarded as milemarkers on the timeline of black history in our area...

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Capital Region News
12:49 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Community Forum On Gun Violence

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The meeting was led by former mayoral candidate and community activist Marlon Anderson, who believes community commitment is key to solving gun violence and conquering Albany's "gun culture." Anderson told the gathering he wanted their ideas. He circulated a clipboard around the room so meeting-goers could jot down their concerns and suggestions.

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New York News
4:52 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

NY, 6 Communities Agree On Sewage Cleanup Plan

DEC presser at Jenning's Landing - Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is at the podium, Commissioner Joe Martens directly behind her.
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Sewage pollution in the Hudson River at Albany will be reduced under a $136 million plan announced Thursday by New York State environmental regulators, the city of Albany and five other surrounding communities. 

A cleaner future for the Hudson River in 15 years? Officials say it's do-able. Under an agreement with the Department of Environmental Conservation, a coalition of six communities will upgrade sewer systems to reduce discharges of storm water-diluted sewage after heavy rain.

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New York News
3:13 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Protesters Greet Cuomo At Manhattan Re-Election Campaign Stop

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Protesters greeted Governor Andrew Cuomo when he appeared at New York City's Harvard Club for a re-election campaign "conversation" Thursday.

About 100 demonstrators carried signs and recited chants, urging Cuomo to move to raise the state minimum wage and ban hydrofracking. Community activist Jo Ann Lum: "So we're out here to say, like, Cuomo, you messed up with the minimum wage bill that you passed. You gotta take steps immediately to make sure this is straightened out."

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Capital Region News
12:53 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

It's on! 2nd Annual Mayor's Cup Pits RPI Against Union

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It's on! The second annual Mayor's Cup Game will pit two of the Capital Region's toughest men's hockey teams against one another.

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