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
6:36 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

New Yorkers: Riders on the Storms

New York has made significant progress in storm recovery efforts - Democratic Ulster County Executive Mike Hein says they're ready if and when there's a "next storm" on the horizon. Republican New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez says many of his constituents are still reeling from the one-two punch of Irene and Lee - along with others in his district impacted by Sandy.

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Capital Region News
12:59 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Albany Veterans' Day Parade

Marchers carry flags honoring those who have served the country. Central Avenue, Albany NY (11 November 2013)
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

More than 900,000 veterans  call New York home. Vets have marched in Albany's traditional Veterans' Day Parade for more than fifty years. The parade stepped off at 11:11am from Central Ave & Manning Blvd,  headed down Central to Lark St and then along Washington Avenue to N Hawk Street  to the reviewing stand on the steps of the State Education building.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Same-Sex Couple Vs. Wedding Venue

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings signs documents for a same-sex couple during midnight hour marriages July 2011 at City Hall.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In 2011, New York became the sixth and largest state to sanction same-sex unions. Hailed at the time as a landmark moment for gay rights, the power of that law is being tested today.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Albany Voters Choose Kathy Sheehan

Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan gives her victory speech at the Polish Community Center, Albany N.Y. 5 November 2013
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

There’s a new leader for New York's capital city. Kathy Sheehan ushers in a new era as Albany's first woman executive.

Shortly after 10 p.m., 20-year incumbent and outgoing Mayor Jerry Jennings took the podium at the Polish Community Center to thank fellow Democrats. Not considered a close ally of the new mayor-elect, Jennings sent out a call for unity.

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Capital Region News
12:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

"We Did It" : Kathy Sheehan Elected Mayor of Albany

Kathy Sheehan gives her victory speech on Election Night 2013.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A resounding victory for City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan who takes the baton from the man who ran Albany for the last two decades, Jerry Jennings. Jennings made a brief appearance at the Polish Community Cneter, where Democrats had gathered to wait for election returns. He joked about the fact we was dressed casually, "no suit and tie."

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Education
3:26 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Report: Educators Must Target Kids' First Eight Years

Credit © 2013 The Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new report released Monday says investing in the first eight years of a child's life pays big dividends, and that’s especially true for New York kids 8 and younger who come from low-income families.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Kaaterskill Still Recovering From Irene & Lee

The CR47 bridge, December 2008.
Credit Penelope Queen

Climate change has claimed the Kaaterskill Creek as one of its victims. The deep impact from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee continue to affect the creek and nearby residents.

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Capital Region News
7:42 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day Is Here

Kathy Sheehan (D) is expected to win today's race for Mayor in the City of Albany.
Credit Kathy Sheehan

Election Day has arrived ... the polls are open ...  most of the races today entail state and city offices and issues... Americans are being urged to get out and make every vote count.  The Mayoral race in Albany will be closely-watched . City Treasurer Democrat Kathy Sheehan is expected to take the election. Those who follow politics will be looking to see which -if any- of Sheehan's 5 challengers are able to capture a significant number of votes.

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WAMC News
9:19 am
Fri November 1, 2013

The Vote: Declining Turnout

Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

As we approach election day, experts predict low turnout in of local races around the region — as usual. Why are voters staying home?
 
Low  voter turnout was apparent throughout New York during the September primaries. Some attribute it to "upstate dissatisfaction" with politics in general. Whether that's the root cause or not, New York ranks near the bottom of all 50 states when it comes to turnout, as tabulated by the United States Elections Project.  

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WAMC News
4:19 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Group Gives ACA 'Positive Spin'

Screengrab 10-31-13 1pm
Credit Google

New York state's web site for people seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s new exchange appears to be working again. Just after noon today, a message that new applications could not be processed had been taken down. Meantime, Families USA held a teleconference with state exchange officials and navigators to get an update on progress in enrolling citizens.

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