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.


New York News
3:41 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

School Superintendents Discuss Civil Rights Concerns

School officials say the racial demographic of a school district affects the amount of state funding provided.

Two upstate school districts are planning to file a civil rights complaint this summer  against New York State alleging discrimination in the way state aid is distributed.

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New York News
1:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

New Data: Fracking Helped Boost U.S. Energy Reserves

A new report says U.S. oil and gas reserves are up by about a third - that number rise higher thanks to hydraulic fracturing. The paper released by the Energy Information Administration, the research branch of the U.S. Energy Department, says that reserves of oil and gas that can be developed using current technology are up 35 percent this year from 2011.

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Capital Region News
8:08 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

UAlbany School of Social Welfare Plans National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services

UAlbany's School of Social Welfare is developing a National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services, devoted to improving services and support for homeless individuals throughout the United States. Assistant Professor of Social Welfare Heather Larkin explains the center will be launched over the next year, using donor funding to partner with homeless agencies around the country with the goal of making a national impact. John Records will serve as a Public Service Professor and co-Principal Investigator to co-direct the Center with Larkin.

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Capital Region News
12:23 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

U.S. Rep. Pushing Education, Early Education Initiatives

Congressman Paul Tonko reads to pre-K students in Albany, June 2013.
Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

As another school year comes to a close, education and education funding remain among the top concerns for parents, teachers and public officials.

President Barack Obama's “Early Learning Days of Action” initiative was highlighted in New York last week as Congressman Paul Tonko read to 16 children enrolled in what's called "The Butterfly Class" at Albany Head Start. The pre-K students were delighted with Tonko's chosen work: "Welcome To Kindergarten" by Anne Rockwell.

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US News
1:52 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Sequester Continues... How Long?

Credit WAMC

Sequestration cuts continue taking their toll - U.S. Representative Paul Tonko says Congress is ready to bargain.

Sequester cuts are affecting everything from "Meals on Wheels" programs to cancer clinics being forced to turn Medicare patients away due to the high cost of chemotherapy.

Is sequestration any closer to resolution?

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

400 Years: Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

Handshake: Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper and a Two Row Wampum expert is pictured outside Albany City Hall with Albany Common Councilmember Cathy Fahey
Credit Dave Lucas

There’s a growing movement to spread the word that the first agreement made 400 years ago between Native Americans and European settlers is not only still valid, but has relevance today. In 1613 in what is now upstate New York, the first agreement was consecrated between indigenous peoples and interlopers from afar.

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New York News
4:41 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

NY Farmers Want 2% Ag Assessment Cap

The New York Farm Bureau’s efforts to cap rising agricultural property taxes are gaining legislative momentum.

While Governor Andrew Cuomo touts his business-boosting Tax Free New York proposal, the state's farmers are thirsting for relief: New York farmers pay $38.41 per acre in property taxes, according to Farm Credit East. That is the second highest rate in the country.

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New York News
11:57 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Cuomo Pushes For Women's Equality Act

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo's office kicked-started the day by spreading word that the Governor had published an op-ed in The Huffington Post titled "Restoring New York as a Leader in Women's Rights.” The timing seems right: women's groups are rallying this noonhour at the State Capitol in Albany, on the heels of Cuomo's mid-morning press event the 10-point "Women's Equality Act" which includes strengthening abortion rights in New York.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Women in MMA Call The Sport Empowering

Kimbo Slice is a Bahamian born American non-professional boxer, mixed martial artist and occasional actor. He became famous for street fights which went viral on the Internet.
Credit YouTube

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Several women who practice mixed martial arts say the New York Assembly should legalize the professional sport this year, countering arguments by female critics who say it promotes sexist attitudes and violence at home.

While the state Senate has voted to legalize and regulate the sport like most states and Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's not opposed, passage is up to the Democrat-controlled Assembly. Supporters claim 63 sponsors, including 10 Democratic women, among the chamber's 150 members, and hope the bill will come to a floor vote.

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4:35 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

War Crimes Suspect Extradited To Bosnia From Central NY

Norwegian UN troops on their way up Sniper Alley in Sarajevo, November 1995.
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UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Federal officials say a New York man has been extradited to his native Bosnia-Herzegovina to be tried for war crimes committed in the 1990s, including the torture of one prisoner and the slaying of another.

Officials say the extradition of Sulejman Mujagic was the result of close cooperation between U.S. and Bosnian authorities.

The 50-year-old former regional army commander was arrested in Utica in November. He's accused of killing an unarmed enemy soldier and torturing another during the Bosnian War in March 1995.

He moved to Utica in 1997.

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