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
4:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

NYC Assemblyman Says He Is Under FBI Investigation

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A state assemblyman from Queens says the FBI has raided his home, hotel and offices in an investigation of his daily expense claims.

Democrat William Scarborough says representatives from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office and the FBI raided his hotel room at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.  He says FBI agents left his office Wednesday with boxes marked evidence. He says they took his cell phone, calendars and "just about everything."

The Legislature has weathered a series of criminal and sexual harassment scandals in recent years.

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New York News
9:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

NY In Four Loko Settlement

Credit New York State

New York is among 20 states that have reached agreement with the makers of the fruit flavored malt beverages Four Loko meant to ensure marketing through social media isn't aimed at underage drinkers. Under the agreement, Chicago-based Phusion Projects admits no wrongdoing but will pay $400,000 to authorities.

The company agrees not to sell alcoholic beverages containing caffeine, an ingredient it previously removed, or to promote sales to anyone underage or on school or college property except at retail establishments licensed to sell alcohol.

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New York News
8:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Sen. Schumer Crticizes Obama Administration's Plan To Cut Water Project Funds

President Barack Obama is “making a big mistake” by proposing a reduction in federal spending on sewers, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday.
Credit U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer criticized the Obama administration's recent proposal that would effectively cut $40 million from state sewer and water projects, jeopardizing more than 340 critical sewer upgrades in upstate New York. 

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New York News
3:13 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

DEC Scrutinizing Oil Shipping & Handling

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With Albany County worried about crude oil shipments, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are looking to the EPA for oil spill contingency plans and demanding answers from the major oil shipper at the crux of the controversy.

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Capital Region News
10:09 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Schenectady Schools Capital Project Vote Today

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A $70 million dollar city school district building project is up for a vote today in Schenectady: The project is phase one of a renovation initiative to fine tune the district with a number of k-through-5 grammar schools, a trio of middle schools and two high schools. Voters will have to approve each phase - this first one entails  the district building an addition at Howe Elementary School, replacing Van Corlaer Elementary School stage with classrooms and closing Elmer Elementary.

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New York News
6:48 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NY Extends Comment Period On High-Speed Rail

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The state Department of Transportation has extended the public comment period on plans for high-speed rail service between New York City and upstate New York.

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Catskills
6:07 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

State Police Raid Town Muni Building

People in a Greene County town are scratching their heads after state troopers swooped in on the municipal building.

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New York News
4:40 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NY Top Court To Hear Dead Sea Scrolls Case

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New York's highest court will consider overturning convictions in an Internet impersonation case of a man who argues his mockery of scholars in an academic debate about the Dead Sea Scrolls was protected by the First Amendment.

Raphael Golb, an attorney and writer, was convicted of identity theft for disguising his identity in email messages and blog posts to discredit detractors of his father, a University of Chicago professor, in a dispute over the scrolls' origins.

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New York News
4:33 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NY Budget Talks Continue At Capitol, Deadline Near

The NYS Capitol Building.
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders are negotiating over property tax relief and pre-kindergarten funding a week before a new budget is due. Leaders emerging from closed-door talks Monday at the Capitol say they continue to make progress to get a deal by April 1.

There have been differences over how much money to devote to pre-K, a signature issue for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. There also has been legislative resistance to Cuomo's property tax relief plan, which would require localities to consolidate or share services for local homeowners to benefit.

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New York News
12:01 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NY Governor's Ratings Slip In Siena Poll

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo towers over Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino in the latest Siena Poll.

His popularity is slipping, ever so slightly: Siena pollster Steve Greenberg says eight months away from election day is still too early to gauge how Governor Andrew Cuomo will fare come November.  A plurality of voters, 47-43 percent, say a Republican can beat Cuomo in this election.   "A poll is a snapshot in time. At this point in time, Andrew Cuomo remains popular with voters and has a huge lead over Rob Astorino."

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