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
2:26 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Advocates: NY Will Benefit From Affordable Care Act

Recently, President Obama declared healthcare costs are growing at the lowest rate in 50 years.

Uninsured Americans face major decisions on health coverage, and the deadline is fast approaching.
The good news for New Yorkers is, they will have access to plenty of personalized help in making their Affordable Care Act choices.  Susan Dooha with the Center for Independence of the Disabled-New York says the Act is opening the door for up to a million New Yorkers to gain access to health coverage, and they won’t have to go it alone.

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New York News
1:16 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

When Radio Things Go Wrong

It is a troubling time for one of New York’s oldest public radio stations.

The last decade has been touch-and-go for WBAI, which became non-commercial and listener-supported when Pacifica bought it in 1960. The station played a pivotal role in 60s counterculture, pioneering “free-style” progressive radio, with a coverage area that blanketed New York City and radiated 70 miles beyond.

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Capital Region News
4:42 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The Challenges Of Mounting A Political Campaign

Albany Mayoral hopefuls: Joe Sullivan (C), Marlon Anderson (I), Kathy Sheehan (D), Corey Ellis (D) and Jesse Calhoun (R).
Credit Photo composite by Dave Lucas

Launching and running a political campaign is one of the most challenging activities you can undertake. Launching a bid for local office or even mayor runs the gamut from intimidating to frustrating to exhilarating. American democracy enables all upstanding citizens to run for public office — at least, in theory. Going from idea and inspiration to launching a campaign is a process involving strict adherence to protocol, as New York Citizen One blogger Theresa Grafflin discovered when she attempted to run for city council in Albany's sixth ward.

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New York News
4:33 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

New NY Apples: SnapDragon, RubyFrost

SnapDragon and RubyFrost are the names of two new apples that will soon hit selected farm stands after more than a decade of development by Cornell University.

The official names of the varieties previously known as "New York 1" and "New York 2" were announced Thursday afternoon by New York Apple Growers.

SnapDragon is described as crisp and juicy like its parent, the popular Honeycrisp. Cornell says RubyFrost will be popular with fans of Empire and Granny Smith.

Cornell's apple-breeding program has taken a new approach to commercializing the new varieties. Instead of publicly releasing them to all growers, Cornell has forged a licensing agreement with a new industry group, New York Apple Growers.

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Capital Region News
4:25 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

An Unfriendly Town

Credit City of Albany; "X" graffiti by Dave Lucas

Looking for a warm welcome in a new city? Don't come to Albany - that's the message from a new survey of the most and least friendly places on the planet.

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Capital Region News
12:24 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Sheehan Leads in YNN/Siena Albany Mayoral Poll

Credit Photo composite by Dave Lucas

With the September Democratic primary just six weeks away, a new poll suggests Albany voters have a clear choice in mind as to who they believe will best fill the shoes of departing Mayor Jerry Jennings.  

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Capital Region News
12:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Regulators Cement Deal With LaFarge

A settlement has been reached between Lafarge Ravena and the state and federal governments that  extends by 18 months the deadline by which the company must build a new kiln with advanced air pollution controls.

In exchange for more time, the settlement with the EPA and DEC sets annual limits on allowable emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide by the Ravena plant that are at or below the limits contained in the original settlement.

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Capital Region News
5:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Association of Towns Mourns Former Leader

The Albany-based Association of Towns is mourning the death of its longtime executive director:  Jeff Haber led the Association for 27 years from 1985, until he retired in October 2012. He was suceeded by Gerry Geist.

From the nytowns.org website:

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WAMC News
4:44 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Beverages Make Headlines

A small business organization is cheering the overturning of New York City's soda ban at the same time as a Suffolk County doctor and legislator prepares to testify before the U.S. Senate about energy drink marketing.

A state appeals court has ruled that New York City’s plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants and other eateries was an illegal overreach of executive power, upholding a lower court decision back in March that struck the law down and dealt a blow to the outgoing Bloomberg administration.

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WAMC News
2:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Pope Francis: Who Am I To Judge Them?

Credit The Vatican

A few words may have changed everything for Roman Catholics: in a Monday news conference aboard the Papal airplane, Pope Francis remarked he will not "judge" gays and lesbians - including gay priests -  that statement has people talking:  “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

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