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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This week the Binghamton City Council held a special meeting at City Hall, called by Mayor Richard David, where it voted to support the establishment of a casino in the city. Supporters say the casino would be a “true Southern Tier” resort after the region was passed over for a license in December in favor of a project in the Finger Lakes. WAMC's Dave Lucas spoke Wednesday with the mayor regarding the casino and the role it will play if built in Binghamton.

Spring Valley Police Dept.

Authorities in Rockland County say a Spring Valley mother who couldn't handle her 4-year-old son tied him to a bush while she went into an apartment to baby-sit.

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The Press & Sun-Bulletin reports Mayor Richard David requested a special council meeting to vote on the resolution after an unnamed bidding group indicated it was prepared to move forward with a casino proposal.

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The Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan was developed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development at the request of Governor Andrew Cuomo. But a Buffalo-area news outlet alleges the initiative is burdened by favoritism and lack of transparency.

Capital District Against Fracking

Environmentalists are welcoming the official end to the years-long fracking debate in New York. 

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New York officials say $7.3 billion is going to 25 networks of health care providers statewide to help overhaul the delivery of care and cut unneeded hospital visits. Meanwhile, state health officials say average spending for the state's Medicaid patients has declined to $8,233 annually while enrollments rose by 500,000 to nearly one-third of the state's 19 million people.   

New York Wage Board

The three members of a state board meeting in Albany to consider minimum wage increases for New York's fast-food workers say salaries should rise, though they haven't immediately determined how high and when.

NYS Energy Plan

Renewable energy is taking center stage in New York, as the state forges ahead in its quest to develop and expand solar, wind and hydropower.

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The Fight For 15 campaign could see results today. The board considering a minimum wage increase for New York's fast-food workers has begun public deliberations on the issue.

A Million Honeybees...

Jun 26, 2015
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Beekeepers have quite the task ahead of them as they remove an estimated 1 million honey bees that have taken up residence at a New York home.

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