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
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

Credit wikipedia.com

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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New York News
4:15 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Gillibrand & Sheehan Unveil FAMILY Act

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the podium in the rotunda at Albany City Hall.
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Friday announced federal legislation that would create paid family and medical leave.

Mayor Sheehan welcomed US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to city hall for the historic announcement.

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Capital Region News
2:53 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Sheehan Announces Staff Picks

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan nominated Daniel Mirabile as Commissioner of the Department of General Services. Sheehan's campaign manager Matthew Peter has been named Chief of Staff.  Jonathan Jones will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Recreation, Youth and Workforce Services. Sheehan has picked former Schenectady finance commissioner Ismat Alam as Budget Director. The mayor expects to make additional appointments in the near future.

The full Press Release:

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New York News
7:54 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Astorino Still Considering NY Gubernatorial Run

Credit Office of the Westchester County Executive

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino says he has yet to decide whether to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, even as he criticized the governor's performance.

The Republican says he expects to make a decision on whether to run in the next 60 days. Astorino is considered by Republicans to be one of their best candidates to take on the popular Democratic governor this year.  Astorino visited Albany on Tuesday. He says he's been traveling the state and talking to donors, but is also considering the toll a campaign would take on his family.

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New York News
6:33 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

People's 'State of the State' 2014

Credit SOS coalition

With a focus on addressing income inequality for 2014, a coalition of political action groups gathered Tuesday at noon at the State Capitol State Street entrance for the 24th annual People's State of the State rally.

"Biden is here today. Obama will talk about income and equality. De Blasio will talk about income and equality. But where is our Governor in the most unequal state in the country on income and equality?" That's  Sara Niccoli with the New York State Labor Religion Coalition, leading the call at the People's State of the State rally.

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New York News
4:52 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

NY Says Company Will Clean PCBs From Lower Hudson

Credit Courtesy of Riverkeeper

Atlantic Richfield Co. has agreed to clean up PCB-contaminated soils and Hudson River sediment in Westchester County in a project New York conservation officials estimate will cost more than $250 million.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the consent order with ARCO is for the Harbor at Hastings site where its predecessor company, Anaconda Wire & Cable Co., released polychlorinated biphenyls and metals into the soil, groundwater and river sediment from manufacturing operations.

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New York News
11:36 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Reactions: Cuomo Plans Simplifying NY Tax Code

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to simplify New York's tax code by striking provisions he calls a nuisance, such as the boxing and wrestling exhibitions tax, a tax on agricultural cooperatives and the stock transfer tax.

Cuomo's proposals are part of a larger tax effort unveiled Monday that includes corporate income tax cuts and property tax freezes. Senate and Assembly leaders are all-for tax relief. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dubbed Cuomo's initiative a "bold vision" while Senate co-leader Dean Skelos says he is encouraged by the Governor's remarks.

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