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
2:57 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

STAR Deadline Is Tuesday

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has issued a final reminder – homeowners, must register for the Basic STAR property tax exemption by Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

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New York News
12:59 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Dredging Study: No Need To Expand

GE Spokesman Mark Behan
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Results of a study requested by New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and released late Friday show no need for General Electric to voluntarily expand dredging that's already under way in a portion of the upper Hudson River contaminated with PCBs.

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New York News
3:32 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Police Agencies Put Anti-DWI Efforts In High Gear

Credit Edwin Land/Flickr

As we draw nearer to the end of 2013, law enforcement authorities are stepping up their efforts to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.  Consumption of alcoholic beverages is part of holiday celebrations. The same can be said for public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. 

The New York State Thruway Authority and Mothers Against Drunk Driving have kicked off their annual "red ribbon" campaign against drunken driving. 65,000 red ribbons are being handed out to motorists along the Thruway. 

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Capital Region News
1:08 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Troy Police Seize $120,000+ In Drugs From House

6:30 Friday morning, search-warrant in hand, the Troy Police Emergency Response Team entered 314 8th Street as part of a robbery investigation. They found 1.2 kilos of cocaine, pure powder cocaine, along with two pancakes of crack cocaine. Some of the drugs were packaged for sale.  Arrests in the case are pending.  Police say the total street value of the drugs exceeds $120,000.

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New York News
12:57 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Study Finds NY 21st In Funding To Stop Smoking

A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates has ranked New York 21st among states in funding for smoking cessation programs.

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Capital Region News
6:45 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Ticket To Ride: Albany Keen On Public Transit

Credit CDTA

Transportation is the buzzword in many mid- to large-sized North American cities. Albany is no exception as commuters seek out alternatives to driving to work.

A new America THINKS survey from infrastructure firm HNTB Corporation finds people are getting on board with public transportation as the cost to own and operate a vehicle rises and consumers look for ways to save money.

According to the study, 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation instead of driving, up from 69 percent in 2010.

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Capital Region News
6:45 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Ticket To Ride: Albany Keen On Public Transit

Credit CDTA

Transportation is the buzzword in many mid- to large-sized North American cities. Albany is no exception as commuters seek out alternatives to driving to work.

A new America THINKS survey from infrastructure firm HNTB Corporation finds people are getting on board with public transportation as the cost to own and operate a vehicle rises and consumers look for ways to save money.

According to the study, 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation instead of driving, up from 69 percent in 2010.

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Capital Region News
12:40 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Anti-Gun Violence Dialog Ratchets Up In Albany

Community advocate Marlon Anderson.
Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

December has been marred by episodes of gun violence in New York's capital city. Albany continues its struggle to "take back the streets" following a series of shootings including three gun-related murders since December 5th.

Despite leaders’ best efforts to get guns out of circulation, they continue to proliferate.

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Capital Region News
6:59 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Seven Days Of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, the African-American holiday that celebrates family, community and culture, begins the day after Christmas. The festival has become part of the national culture.
Credit Capital Region Kwanzaa Coalition

The holiday was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Africana Studies at California State University.

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New York News
12:32 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

What To Do About Plastic Grocery Bags?

Old plastic bags discarded along the streets of Albany, NY.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Environmentalists are encouraging citizens to make the holiday season a time for recycling.   "If you walk down the street you will see plastic bags stuck in trees, you will see them in the sewers..."  Saima Anjam  with Environmental Advocates of New York believes disposable bags are usually good for a single trip from the store and have a useful life of about 12 minutes.  The group is encouraging Governor Andrew Cuomo to address New Yorkers' $10 billion disposable bag-per-year habit by imposing a fee on retailers who package consumer purchases in disposable bags.  "In Washington D-C, they

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