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
3:45 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

New York Snow!

The weekend winter storm that blanketed the northeast with snow left New Yorkers digging out.
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

It was snow or sleet or a bit of freezing drizzle or even rain depending on where you live in the Northeast...

The National Weather Service in Albany reported  a little over 11 inches on the ground in Albany... 8-14 inches in Greene County, 6-8 inches in Dutchess County, 8-12 inches in Ulster County and a little over 7 and half inches in Westchester County.

New York City had to contend with a coating of ice after snow turned to rain on Saturday night.  

The storm dropped six inches on New York City's Upper West Side.

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Schenectady
7:59 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Red Kettle Appeal

Due to the shorter holiday shopping season, The Schenectady Salvation Army is more than $20,000 behind in red kettle donations – and also in toy donations that it begins distributing next week to hundreds of families. Kettle donations are down across the Capital Region, according to Major Michael Himes of the Schenectady Corps.

The Schenectady Salvation Army is scheduled to begin donating toys to more than 200 children on Tuesday – and Himes is concerned they won’t have enough. Toy donations can be dropped off at the Schenectady Corps, 222 Lafayette Street, Schenectady, NY.

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Education
4:16 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Education Charity Settles NY Claim Funds Misused

New York has settled a case against a charitable foundation for $7.7 million after claiming it misused funds to benefit a company it's associated with.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Friday the charity helped develop Common Core education tests for sale by the for-profit company.

Schneiderman says $7.5 million of the settlement with Pearson Charitable Foundation will be used to recruit and retain high-quality teachers. The charity promotes literacy and excellence in teaching.

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Sports
3:44 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Albany Looks To Attract NCAA Action

The NCAA is taking another look at Albany, and now city and county officials are scrambling to provide necessary amenities and roll out the welcome mat. 

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Central New York News
12:32 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Peace Activists Issue "Order of Protection" Against Drone Attacks on Civilians

Protestors assembled Monday at Hancock AFB, Syracuse NY
Credit The Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars

Two Yale students and a long-time peace activist from New England were arrested Monday in a unusual protest at a Central New York air base.  The trio are bent on stopping drone strikes on civilians in distant lands.

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New York News
6:24 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Albany County Bans Styrofoam Containers

Local politicians and environmental advocates stand behind Albany County Executive Dan McCoy at Bethlehem Town Hall.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The effort to go green in one upstate New York county got a big boost today as groundbreaking legislation that will change the way many fast food chains distribute their products was signed.

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New York News
3:04 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

'Gifts For Guns' Returns To Capital City

Pastor Charlie Muller
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Get gift cards for guns now through Christmas.

The popular initiative to get more guns off the streets returns for another holiday season: Drop off any working handgun that is not on a permit at Victory Christian Church at 118 Quail Street and you 'll receive a One Hundred and Fifty Dollar Crossgates Gift Card, no questions asked. Proponents say it's a great way to make the city a little safer while pocketing a little extra cash for Christmas.

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Albany
2:55 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sheehan Unanimously Elected New CDTC Chair

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan has been elected as the next chair for the Capital District Transportation Committee.

The CDTC handles federal transportation funding and programming for Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties. The agency nominated Sheehan last month and unanimously elected her as chairperson at the CDTC’s Policy Committee meeting on Dec. 5th.

The Committee meets regularly to develop the region’s Transportation Improvement Program and New Visions long-range transportation plan.

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Community Forum
4:20 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Tonight In Albany: THE CORRECTION

A former inmate and a former corrections worker will get together tonight in Albany to talk about their shared experience behind bars.   In 1973, New York Legislators enacted statutes that created mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years to life for possession of four ounces of narcotics—a comparable sentence to second-degree murder.  Those statutes became known as the Rockefeller Drug Laws and they prompted an unprecedented expansion of New York’s courts and prison system. Rockefeller’s hard-line approach set the tone for the nation’s “war on drugs.”

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New York News
12:55 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Day Apartheid Came To Upstate NY

Nelson Mandela’s life of 95 years is being honored in Soweto today. But before Mandela was a sainted founding father of modern South Africa, he was a political prisoner in nation split by apartheid.  Local activists still remember the day 32 years ago when the city of Albany briefly took center stage in the struggle.

In his remarks today at the gathering honoring Mandela, President Barack Obama made a passing reference to the Springboks.

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