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 state is setting aside $2 million to invest in new high-tech businesses owned by minorities and women. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the investment fund on Friday, targeted at certified minority- or women-owned businesses.

The goal of the initiative to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds while promoting economic growth around the state.

NY Wildfires Update

May 10, 2015

  Dry weather conditions are keeping New York firefighters busy. 

State officials say fires in Ulster, Chenango, Yates and Sullivan counties are now toally extinguished.  17 acres of Red Brook State Forest in Chenango County are charred as a result of a stubborn brush fire that began Thursday. More than 15 departments battled the blaze. Another fire involving about 60 acres in Lanesville, Greene County that also broke out Thursday was 30 percent contained at last report. 

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  A Saturday evening explosion and fire at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, 40 miles north of New York City,  touched off a small panic, WABC tv reporting an on site fire brigade put out a blaze at the facility; WCBS tv reporting a transformer blew up. Indian point officials say they safely shut down and neither the public nor employees are in any danger.


A wildfire on the side of a mountain off Route 214 has consumed some 200 acres in the Greene County hamlet of Lanesville.

The blaze broke out Thursday; water is being collected from Schoharie Reservoir by a specialized airplane that’s using it to douse the fire from the air.

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New York's highest court says it's up to the district attorney, not a city judge, to decide whether or not to prosecute protesters charged with disorderly conduct as part of the Occupy Albany movement that gripped downtown four years ago.

During the autumn of 2011, the downtown Albany "Occupy" site in the shadow of the state capitol was one of 2,000 such encampments that had sprung up across the globe. The movement took root earlier that year in New York City, as part of the response to the U.S. financial crisis, when "occupiers" converged on Zuccotti Park.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

The sixth and final season of dredging the upper Hudson River is now under way, part of an estimated $2 billion Superfund project.

Prior to 1977, GE discharged some 1.3 million pounds of PCBs into the river. A 200-mile stretch of the Hudson down to New York City was listed as a Superfund site in 1984. Cleanup was delayed amid opposition from GE and some residents. GE dropped public opposition after the EPA issued a decision calling for dredging in 2002. The cleanup finally began in 2009.


Troy Councilman Jim Gordon is formally announcing his candidacy for mayor today, joining a crowded field of hopefuls looking to replace the retiring Democrat Lou Rosamilia. Gordon spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As politicians scramble to expedite laws addressing crude oil transport by rail, citizens gathered in Albany today to demand the trains be banned from rolling on New York tracks.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York regulators have granted their first charter under the state's banking law for a commercial exchange for virtual currency to itBit Trust Company LLC, allowing it to begin operating immediately. The Bitcoin exchange is based in New York City.

Department of Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky says they've sought to establish rules to protect consumers and provide regulatory certainty for entrepreneurs. He says the technology behind Bitcoin and other virtual currencies could hold real promise.

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Albany Treasurer Darius Shahinfar announced today a 5-year savings of $750,000 to city taxpayers.

Shahinfar says the savings will be accomplished by the refinancing of $9.27 million of 2006 bonds, which has lowered the interest rates on those bonds from an average of 5.1 percent to 2.4 percent. In a statement, Shahinfar thanked the Albany Common Council for "quickly approving the necessary authorization for this transaction."