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
12:45 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Community Policing Forum: All About R-e-s-p-e-c-t

Assistant Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox addresses the October 15 Forum on Community Policing at Milne Hall on UAlbany's Downtown Campus.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A community forum brought activists, citizens and police together in Albany Tuesday night.   Community policing involves assigning specific officers to serve specific neighborhoods, engage residents and cultivate a community-based effort to stop crime.

It was a full house at Milne Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus, the event jointly presented by city police and the Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee.

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New York News
10:50 am
Tue October 15, 2013

NY Program On Flood & Climate Change Preparedness A Success

Credit Young's General Store, Prattsville

The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.

Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.

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Capital Region News
6:55 am
Sun October 13, 2013

Windham Mobile Service On "Hold"

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Officials in Windham concede telecommunication capabilities in the community are NOT likely to improve in the immediate future... 

Recovery has been a slow process in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which devastated the Greene County town a few years ago. 

Spotty cellular phone service has been an ongoing problem; officials say plans to build a network of cell towers is in the works, but will take years to unfold at a cost of millions.

Assemblyman Pete Lopez is looking for an alternative solution that could be fast-tracked.

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Capital Region News
3:21 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Milestone For A Troy School

The founder of a prestigious Capital Region School is being inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, Emma Hart Willard is being inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, home of the American women’s rights movement. The honor comes at the beginning of the Emma Willard School’s 200th year of educating young women.

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New York News
3:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

AARP & Hunger Action Network Offer Food Policy & SNAP Recommendations

AARP New York is out with new recommendations aimed at helping the estimated 50 percent of older adults in New York State who may be eligible but are not receiving nutrition help through the SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps.

The AARP white paper, entitled “Hunger Among Older Adults: Breaking Down the Barriers,” came out Thursday, the same day the Hunger Action Network released a paper critical of the New York Food Policy Council.

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Capital Region News
12:32 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Reactions To 2014 Albany City Budget Proposal

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Mayor Jerry Jennings' 2014 budget proposal for Albany has elicited reactions from other political figures in the city.

Jennings, nearing the end of his 20-year term, last week unveiled a 171-million dollar spending plan, reflecting a 2-point-4 million dollar reduction in operating expenses from last year's adoptive budget.

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Capital Region News
3:58 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Don't Go Near The Water, Albany

Credit WikiPedia

The public is being urged to avoid two water bodies within the city of Albany.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has identified that Washington Park Lake and Buckingham Pond have been infected with Blue-Green Algae Bloom. Both lake and pond are located in heavily-trafficked populated areas.

Residents should be aware of the following guidelines:

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New York News
2:50 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

NYS Food Policy Council Gets Poor 'Report Card'

Mark Dunlea
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Hunger Action Network of New York State released a performance audit of the New York State Food Policy Council today.

The report examines how well, over the past six years, the Food Policy Council has met the directives of the executive order that created it. Mark Dunlea, Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State, says the paper found that the Council had few initiatives it could point to as success stories over the years.

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New York News
12:31 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

40k New Yorkers Sign Up For Obamacare

Credit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov

Affordable healthcare is just a click away in New York, where officials are trumpeting the rollout of the state's health exchange as a success. 

Since the health exchange went live online October 1, more than 40-thousand New Yorkers completed the application process for health insurance: officials say the number surpasses the numbers reported by any other state.

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New York News
8:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

US Gov't Shutdown Won't Stop Dredging

Mark Behan
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

General Electric's dredging of the Hudson River to clean up pollution has continued on pace during the government shutdown:  The Environmental Protection Agency says it has been able to oversee the Superfund project despite furloughs.

Crews under the direction of GE this season have removed 520,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated by PCBs, exceeding the annual goal set by regulators at the EPA.

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