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
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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Catskills
1:56 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Local Leader Hospitalized

The head of an area legislative body has been hospitalized.  Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden tells the Catskill Daily Mail that County Legislature chairman Wayne Speenburgh was admitted to the emergency room at Albany Medical Center around 9 a.m. Tuesday. He is reportedly conscious and alert. The paper says little else is known about the 68-year old's illness or how long he will stay at the hospital.  The legislature's next meeting is set to take place January 8th. Groden expects Speenburgh have returned to his duties by that time.

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New York News
6:59 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Winter: Prime Time For Auto Crime

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will provide nearly $4 million in grant funding to 29 police departments, district attorneys’ offices and other agencies to combat motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud in New York State.  The Albany Police Department, Albany County and Westchester County district attorney's offices are getting just over $400,000 combined.

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New York News
4:47 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Defunct Company Sues NYS Over 'Fracking Delay'

A bankrupt company that hoped to drill for gas in New York is suing the Cuomo administration over what it calls an unreasonable delay in deciding whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

A trustee for Norse Energy USA said he filed a lawsuit Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Albany naming Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his commissioners for health and environmental conservation.

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has been banned since the state began an environmental review in 2008. Cuomo says he's waiting for an opinion from his health commissioner.

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Capital Region News
12:38 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Downtown Albany Convention Center A "Go!"

Credit accany.com

The Albany Convention Center Authority was created in 2004. Now,  a decade later, the Albany Convention Center plan is headed toward fruition. The idea for building an Albany Convention Center has been floating around for more than a decade, seeded in outgoing Mayor Jerry Jenning's "Capitalize Albany" plan.

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New York News
6:05 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Dewey Loeffel Landfill Subject Of Town Hall Talk

Issues involving the Dewey Loeffel Landfill in Rensselaer County were fodder for discussion this afternoon at Nassau Town Hal,  as officials expressed concerns over the potential release of contaminants into local waterways.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Next In NYS: Legal Marijuana?

Opinions differ on the chances for passage of a bill that would legalize marijuana in New York State. It was introduced last Wednesday by state Sen. Liz Krueger of Manhattan, shown here in a gathering outside City Hall.
Credit Krueger office

A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in New York State was introduced last week. The measure would regulate the sale of pot and tax it, treating it similarly to alcohol.  Proponents are cautiously optimistic that the governor might see the plan in a favorable light.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Hunger Groups Ask Senator To Block Food Stamp Cuts

Senator Charles Schumer is being urged to block cuts to food stamps by activists like Mark Dunlea.
Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

Anti-hunger groups are calling on one of New York's U.S. Senators to block cuts to food stamps.

Anti-hunger activists have launched a statewide campaign urging New York Senator Chuck Schumer to vote against any farm bill that includes cuts in food-stamp funding. They also want Schumer to push to restore recent cuts.

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Transportation
1:41 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Bicycles: Viable Automobile Alternatives

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

An analysis of the 100 largest urban areas in the country found that since 2000, fewer commuters are using cars to get to work. In fact, in most cities, the use of public transportation has been rising since 2005, and more people are biking to work — even in winter.

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