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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Capital Region News
4:15 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Schumer Backs Expanded 'BusPlus' Service

The Capital District Transportation Authority's "Bus Plus" initiative got a big boost from a U.S. Senator today.

CDTA rolled out its BusPlus rapid transit service in April 2011 along the Central Avenue corridor, connecting Albany, Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady.  New York’s senior Senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer, made an appearance at The College of Saint Rose in Albany.  Schumer announced the plans to launch two new BusPlus routes.

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Capital Region News
12:07 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

UAlbany Students Stranded In Troy

Homecoming weekend saw hundreds of University at Albany students stranded for a time in Troy. What could have been an explosive situation ended peacefully…

Eleven police departments from across the Capital Region descended on downtown Troy Saturday to handle crowd control after hundreds of UAlbany students were left in the streets when a homecoming event was cancelled.

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Capital Region News
6:15 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Don't Write Off This "Write-In" Candidate

Write-in candidates for political office have a tough road to hoe, but  “the write-in” candidate is no stranger to the Albany political scene.

Although perception is write-in candidates rarely win, they occasionally do, which is why more often than not, political hopefuls muster their own grassroots campaigns in hopes of getting elected. The process varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but write-in candidates can compete in any election in the United States.

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Capital Region News
6:15 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Don't Write Off This "Write-In" Candidate

Sam Coleman
Credit Dan Curtis

Write-in candidates for political office have a tough road to hoe, but  “the write-in” candidate is no stranger to the Albany political scene.

Although perception is write-in candidates rarely win, they occasionally do, which is why more often than not, political hopefuls muster their own grassroots campaigns in hopes of getting elected. The process varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but write-in candidates can compete in any election in the United States.

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New York News
12:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Poughkeepsie Fiasco Fosters Call For Resignation

NYS education Commissioner John King in Poughkeepsie
Credit youtube

Striving to maintain an open dialog on Common Core, the state Education Department is reportedly working on developing a new format  for Commissioner John King's town hall-style discussions, which he cancelled after one in Poughkeepsie erupted in anger and frustration.  

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Capital Region News
12:45 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Community Policing Forum: All About R-e-s-p-e-c-t

Assistant Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox addresses the October 15 Forum on Community Policing at Milne Hall on UAlbany's Downtown Campus.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A community forum brought activists, citizens and police together in Albany Tuesday night.   Community policing involves assigning specific officers to serve specific neighborhoods, engage residents and cultivate a community-based effort to stop crime.

It was a full house at Milne Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus, the event jointly presented by city police and the Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee.

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New York News
10:50 am
Tue October 15, 2013

NY Program On Flood & Climate Change Preparedness A Success

Credit Young's General Store, Prattsville

The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.

Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.

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Capital Region News
6:55 am
Sun October 13, 2013

Windham Mobile Service On "Hold"

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Officials in Windham concede telecommunication capabilities in the community are NOT likely to improve in the immediate future... 

Recovery has been a slow process in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which devastated the Greene County town a few years ago. 

Spotty cellular phone service has been an ongoing problem; officials say plans to build a network of cell towers is in the works, but will take years to unfold at a cost of millions.

Assemblyman Pete Lopez is looking for an alternative solution that could be fast-tracked.

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Capital Region News
3:21 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Milestone For A Troy School

The founder of a prestigious Capital Region School is being inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, Emma Hart Willard is being inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, home of the American women’s rights movement. The honor comes at the beginning of the Emma Willard School’s 200th year of educating young women.

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New York News
3:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

AARP & Hunger Action Network Offer Food Policy & SNAP Recommendations

AARP New York is out with new recommendations aimed at helping the estimated 50 percent of older adults in New York State who may be eligible but are not receiving nutrition help through the SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps.

The AARP white paper, entitled “Hunger Among Older Adults: Breaking Down the Barriers,” came out Thursday, the same day the Hunger Action Network released a paper critical of the New York Food Policy Council.

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