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
2:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Public Invited To Conversation On Gun Violence

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

The debate over gun violence takes center stage once again this week in Albany.  Try as they may, politicians, police, clergymen, government officials and community activists have been unable to stem the tide of gun violence in New York's Capital City.  Forum organizer community advocate Marlon Anderson intends to instill a new dialog and a new process to a pathway to deal with Albany's gun culture. "I'm looking to create new partnerships, new commitments and to create the resources that have not been available to address the problem."

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New York News
6:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Farley-Thorne Rematch Brewing

Power Girls Pow-Wow: Madelyn Thorne (center) chats with US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Albany City Hall as Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on.
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Republican New York State Senator Hugh Farley was challenged in 2012 by Democrat Madelyn Thorne. The veteran politician coasted to reelection. Now, Thorne is eyeing a rematch this November.

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New York News
4:55 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Mayor's Driver Topped 80 mph On Thruway

Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren
Credit City of Rochester

The public information officer for Rochester's new mayor says her driver was traveling at more than 80 mph when pulled over by a state trooper on the Thruway while heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech last week.

Christine Christopher, spokeswoman for Lovely Warren, tells the Times Union of Albany that Reggie Hill was "exceeding 80" when he was pulled over last Wednesday in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 90 in the Mohawk Valley while driving the mayor to Albany. Hill wasn't ticketed.

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New York News
1:24 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Upstate D.A. To Speak At International Conference

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany County District Attorney has a speaking engagement this week... in Africa.

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New York News
1:16 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Future Of Electric Cars VS. Frigid NY Temps

This Ford Escape and utility co. bucket truck (pictured below) are two examples of electric-drive vehicles available to municipal and rural electric cooperative systems in New York State under the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Municipal Electric Drive Program.
Credit NYPA

In December, the New York Power Authority approved $2 million in funding to help municipal and rural electric cooperative systems in New York State purchase electric-drive vehicles for use in their municipal fleets. But the future for electric cars in New York state is unclear.

Electric cars were popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and came back in vogue during the late 1990s, finding a spot in the marketplace as gasoline/electric hybrids. In the last year, fully-electric cars finally made a comeback in vehicles commercially produced by Nissan and Tesla.

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New York News
3:14 am
Mon January 13, 2014

NY Lawmakers: Back To Work In Albany

New York State Capitol in Albany

New York's Legislature starts its 2014 session in earnest this week.

The session officially began last Wednesday with Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, but lawmakers did little more that day than gavel in and out. Lawmakers return to Albany for session days Monday and Tuesday .

The Republican-dominated coalition in charge of the Senate plans to issue a report on hearings lawmakers held across the state on New York's regulatory climate.

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New York News
8:03 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Pols: Rail Safety Agency To Rule On Train Cams

Two U.S. senators say a federal rail safety agency plans to propose a rule regarding the installation of video cameras aboard trains to monitor drivers and record accidents. 

Sen. Charles Schumer, of New York, and Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, said Sunday that they had been informed by the Federal Railroad Administration that it would begin the process of establishing the rule sometime this year.

It would cover cameras installed in train cabs to record unsafe behavior by drivers and outward-facing cameras that scan the tracks.

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New York News
9:02 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

NYS DEC: New Computerized System For Sporting Licenses And Game Harvest Reports Up And Running

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s new computerized sporting licensing system is operational.  Commissioner Joe Martens says the new system will allow sportsmen and sportswomen to conduct license transactions   

The transition of hunter, angler and trapper data required a temporary shutdown for sales of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, recreational marine fishing registrations and harvest game reporting.  The data transfer has been completed and individuals can resume normal transactions and reporting on the new system.

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New York News
8:56 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Las Vegas Prosecutors Watching NY Flavor Flav Case

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A prosecutor handling a felony assault case in Las Vegas against entertainer Flavor Flav says he's watching legal developments in Long Island, N.Y., after the former rap star was ticketed for speeding and driving without a license.

Chief Deputy Clark County District Attorney Richard Scow said Friday he didn't immediately plan to ask a judge to jail the 54-year-old Hip hop artist and television personality for his most recent run-in with the law.

Flavor Flav's legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr. The rapper has family ties in the Albany area.

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Central New York News
4:52 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Commuters: Highway Alert

If you’re heading west of the Capital Region, a 15-mile southbound stretch of Interstate 81 north of Syracuse is closed.

The state Department of Transportation says southbound lanes are closed this afternoon between Exit 43 in the Jefferson County town of Adams and Exit 38 near the border of Jefferson and Oswego counties. Southbound traffic is being detoured off the highway at Exit 43 and directed to Route 11 south to re-enter I-81 at Exit 38.

Local media report the closure is caused by ice to accumulating under the highway bridge over Sandy Creek in Ellisburg.

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