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
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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New York News
6:25 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

NYS Jobless Rate Drops

NYS Economy Hits Another All-Time High Private Sector Job Count in November
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A sign that New York State's economic fortunes are on an uptick — some encouraging numbers have been released by the labor department.

State officials say New York's unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent in October to 7.4 percent in November, the lowest level in nearly five years.  Career-transition expert Dan Moran with NextAct of Colonie says while the number may seem small, it is "significant."  "That's a nice, healthy drop in the unemployment rate, and as well the number of new jobs that hit the market. We are seeing real job growth."

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New York News
12:38 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Gov. Cuomo Signs Food Bills

Credit Karen DeWitt

A broad coalition of farming, conservation and environmental organizations are applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo for approving legislation that will strengthen the state’s local-food economy and protect New York farms.

The coalition is excited that Cuomo has approved food-related bills, hailing them as "good for farmers and consumers."  Mark Dunlea is Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State.  "The one we've been working on the hardest had been to get the state to begin to collect data on how much local food they were actually purchasing."

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WAMC News
7:51 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Whatever...

When it comes to phrases that annoy, it looks like it's "whatever" forever.

Pollsters at Marist College in Poughkeepsie N.Y., found that Americans considered "whatever" to be the most annoying word or phrase in conversation for a fifth straight year.

Thirty-eight percent of adults polled said "whatever" was most annoying in conversation, followed by "like" at 22 percent and "you know" at 18 percent. Bringing up the rear were "just sayin,'" and "obviously."

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New York News
4:42 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

NYC Mayor Regrets Not Changing City Elections

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he never plans to run in another election. But he still rues not having persuaded New Yorkers to make city races nonpartisan.

The mayor said on his local WOR-AM radio show Friday that the election issue may be his biggest regret as he reflects on his 12-year tenure. He leaves office Dec. 31.

The Republican-turned-independent mayor says an unaffiliated voter "doesn't get a real, practical chance" to participate. He says in an overwhelmingly Democratic city, "it's only the primary that matters."

With that said, no Democrat had won the mayor's office in a generation before Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

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Capital Region News
2:04 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Funeral Services For Fallen Trooper

A final tribute to a fallen comrade: Nearly 1500 law enforcement officers from as far away as California gathered at the Grace Fellowship Church in Latham friday morning.

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