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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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York will be the first state to offer English-language lessons to Spanish speakers over their mobile phones.  Cuomo announced the pilot program Monday.

It's designed to help immigrants who don't have the time or means to get traditional language lessons.

The service uses audio and texts and is free — aside from typical fees for minutes and texts.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Two Albany-area Assemblymembers  have joined the push for ride-sharing companies to be allowed to operate across New York.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

  The city of Albany has selected a vendor to install red light cameras at 20 intersections. 

Albany has signed a 3-year deal with GATSO USA to install and operate the cameras, which could be operational in just several weeks.

City officials say the program is more about safety than revenue, stressing it will make everyone on foot or bicycle safer.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation, Parks, Agriculture and Markets, and the State Arbor Day Committee, joined state and local officials today for an Arbor Day tree planting event at Albany's Tivoli Lake Preserve.

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Senator Chuck Schumer says dairy farmers in New York and across the country need help contending with falling milk prices.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new fund to support arts, education, and cultural programs in the City of Albany was announced today.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

  Two more suspicious fires in the Capital Region involving apparently vacant buildings. 

Two fires, blocks apart, in Schenectady overnight - flames shooting from buildings at 3rd and 6th streets lit up the pre-dawn skies - one of them, confirmed vacant, will have to be torn down. No injuries reported. Both blazes under investigation.

Meanwhile, officials say it could take years to redevelop the site of the massive Jay Street apartment fire in March that left four dead.

  Multiple defects have been found at Capital Region railyards in the latest round of oil train inspections. 

According to Governor. Andrew Cuomo’s office , the inspections showed 84 defects locally in the Colonie, Kenwood and Selkirk rail yards and on tracks between Fonda and Rotterdam.

Two critical defects (those are the most serious) were found after 107 tank cars in the Selkirk Rail Yard were checked. Two shipper violations were issued.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

We can't stop climate change at this point, but we can reduce how devastating it will be. That’s according to a coalition of more than 70 environmental, faith and labor groups have launched a campaign on this Earth Day to require New York to transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2030.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The immediate crisis that resulted when a landslide interrupted the flow of the Normans Kill Creek between two golf courses is over, but environmental restoration is expected to take months...

A hillside near the Normanside Country Club in Bethlehem collapsed somewhere between 8 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, blocking a significant length of the creek that separates the Normanside Country Club from Capital Hills Golf Course on the Albany side.

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