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
8:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

US Gov't Shutdown Won't Stop Dredging

Mark Behan
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

General Electric's dredging of the Hudson River to clean up pollution has continued on pace during the government shutdown:  The Environmental Protection Agency says it has been able to oversee the Superfund project despite furloughs.

Crews under the direction of GE this season have removed 520,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated by PCBs, exceeding the annual goal set by regulators at the EPA.

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New York News
3:01 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

16th Annual NYS Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Sixteenth Annual New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony was held Tuesday at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. 

This year’s ceremony honored nine New York State firefighters who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

With the addition of this group of nine fallen firefighters, the state’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial now contains the names of 2,381 firefighters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. This year’s additions are:

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New York News
8:02 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

NYS Assemblyman Settles Suit Over Disabled Son's Care

Credit NYS Assembly

A New York assemblyman and longtime advocate for the disabled has settled a federal lawsuit claiming his disabled son was hit and verbally abused at the Long Island group home where he resides…

Terms of the settlement are being kept confidential ---

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and his wife, Ellen, claimed AHRC Nassau was responsible for an employee they allege repeatedly abused their son Ricky, now 55.

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Capital Region News
4:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

TV Station to Petition: "Move on..."

Some of the signatures appearing on the online petition suggest that people signing it believe they are appealing directly to WMHT.

A mass email urging Capital Region residents to sign a move-on-dot-org petition directed at a local public television station is apparently without merit.

The email begins "Dear Albany MoveOn member" - it's from one Michele Scher, who started a petition on the left-leaning move-on-dot-org website regarding  Citizen Koch, the TV documentary about the Koch brothers and their involvement with the Tea Party, which, according to the petition, has been blocked from airing on WMHT. 

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Capital Region News
12:22 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Municipalities Court Public Opinion

Residents of two Capital Region municipalities have a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their communities tonight.

Albany Medical Center's $110 million plan to replace two city blocks in Park South with new residential, commercial and retail space is up for discussion at tonight's Common Council meeting at Albany City Hall.

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Capital Region News
3:44 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Move Over, Watson!

RPI Student Ben Vreeland (with President Shirley Ann Jackson) was the winner of a campus contest to name the new supercomputer.
Credit twitter

A powerful new supercomputer is going online at the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Thursday took the wraps off  AMOS - the Advanced Multi Processing Optimized System. It's an IBM supercomputer that the college is partnering with the famous WATSON supercomputer from TV Jeopardy! fame, making RPI one of the strongest research institutes in the nation.

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Capital Region News
1:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Obama 'Insiders' Share Stories

The federal government is in the fourth day of a shutdown that makes President Obama’s 2008 campaign promise of post-partisanship and a new era of government efficiency sound almost quaint. Three former members of the president’s inner circle were in Albany last weekend for The University at Albany Student Association's  "World Within Reach" speaker series.

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Capital Region News
6:33 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Albany Conference On Human Trafficking

Credit UAlbany

According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70 percent are female and half are children.  Albany played host to a conference on human trafficking Wednesday.

The event at the University at Albany’s downtown Milne Hall was co-hosted by the college's School of Social Welfare and the State Office of Children and Family Services. Its purpose: to raise awareness about human trafficking and increase knowledge among students and community members.

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WAMC News
12:48 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Malalai Joya Speaking In NY & MA

Joya's book is entitled "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice"
Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

One of Afghanistan's most notable freedom fighters, women’s rights advocate Malalai Joya, is back in the US this fall for a national tour coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the start of the US war in Afghanistan.    The lecture series  includes several stops across the WAMC listening area. Joya’s tour is sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and Afghan Women’s Mission (AWM).

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Capital Region News
4:53 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

GE to lay off 200 workers in Schenectady

General Electric says it plans to lay off up to 200 salaried employees at its Schenectady-based Power & Water Division by the end of this year.

According to GE officials, the Fairfield, CT based company is eliminating the white-collar positions to remain competitive. While they wouldn't divulge the exact number of employees to be laid off, 15 hundred workers at the Schenectady steam turbine and generator plant will not be affected.

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