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
3:33 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lawmakers push Amtrak for bike baggage cars

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sen. Betty Little of Warren County appear with other lawmakers and officials at the Albany/Rensselear Train Station, 17 June 2013.
Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

New York’s senior United States Senator is trying to use his clout to convince Amtrak to accommodate bicyclists on trains to Albany, Saratoga Springs and the North Country.  

Anyone who takes Amtrak from Boston to Portland knows about the railroad's "Bring Your Bicycle On Board" program. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says it makes good economic sense to roll the initiative out on Amtrak's Adirondack and Ethan Allen Trains as well.   

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New York News
1:44 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Schumer: Proceed With Caution In Syria

Credit WAMC Photo

Days after the United States committed to increasing its involvement in Syria’s brutal civil war, New York’s senior U.S. Senator says America must be careful in its latest Middle East entanglement. Senator Charles Schumer spoke earlier today at the Albany-Rensselear Rail station.

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Central New York News
1:53 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Central NY Nano-watch

The success of the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has inspired a push for a similar nanotechnolgy center in Central New York ...

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Capital Region News
7:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Rensselaer Has A New Idea

Professor James Hendler

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced a new university-wide initiative to tackle the challenges and opportunities of Big Data.

At a morning ceremony at the Troy campus, RPI officials christened it "IDEA" - the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications – the college’s $60 million initiative involves students and faculty from more than 12 departments across the five schools of the university.

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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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