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
4:56 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Cuomo Announces Crackdown On Drivers Who Text

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting tougher on drivers who text or chat on their phones while at the wheel.  Cuomo, the father of three teen-agers, said Friday that a change will go into effect starting Saturday. The revised penalty applies to any kind of cellphone activity while driving.  Drivers will see the penalty for texting while driving increase from three points off their driver’s licenses  to five points. Cuomo told CBS New York he spends a lot of time in a car and he sees people texting while driving every day.

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New York News
4:20 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Phone Company Pushing Wireless Over Copper Line

The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a plan by Verizon to eliminate its landline service on western Fire Island off the south shore of Long Island. Critics fear the move seals the fate of the old copper line system.

The telephone has been immortalized in story and song, woven deep into the tapesty of 20th century social culture... but this is the 21st century, and some fear the landline is going the way of carburetors and VHS tapes.

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New York News
2:44 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Tax-Free NY Not For Everyone

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been touring New York touting his Tax-Free New York proposal. Despite Cuomo's “speak, rinse, repeat” approach, not everybody's on board.

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New York News
3:36 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Medical Marijuana : Support in NY Grows

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One-third of Americans now reside in a state where medical marijuana is legal. Lawmakers in Albany are considering a bill that would create a state-regulated medical marijuana program allowing seriously ill patients to have access to the drug under the supervision of a healthcare practicioner. Mental health and treatment professionals participated in a conference call to discuss the issue today.

Advocates say more than 600 doctors from across the state have pledged support to end criminalizing patients who use medical marijuana under professional supervision.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Aftermath: Climate Change?

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Powerful storms rolled through upstate New York Wednesday night, flooding streets, downing trees and closing roads.  

Wednesday evening saw mobilephones abuzz with storm alerts, watches and warnings as Albany-area TV meteorologists hunkered down to anchor extended coverage of dangerous inclement weather that ran up close to 9 p.m. The storms originated in Central New York and wreaked havoc as they traveled eastward.

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New York News
4:55 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

GPS Case Before NY's Top Court

Typical OEM GPS receiver module measuring 15×17 mm.
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Civil Liberties Union lawyer tells the state's top court that the GPS device placed on the family car of a state worker suspected of falsifying time sheets violated his constitutional right to privacy.

In 2008, the Labor Department suspected that Michael Cunningham  of Colonie was taking unauthorized absences from work as well as falsifying time records.

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WAMC News
3:52 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Freedom Rider: Congressman John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis was one of the "Big Six" leaders in the American Civil Rights Movement and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Lewis was 21 years old in 1961, when he became one of thirteen original "freedom riders" - seven whites and six blacks who were determined to ride from Washington, DC, to New Orleans in an integrated fashion, to end racial discrimination in public transportation .

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Capital Region News
3:42 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Albany College Campus Gun Scare

Albany Police cruisers blanket the College of St. Rose campus during a midday lockdown Thursday.
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There were some tense moments Thursday on an area college campus.  The College of Saint Rose campus in downtown Albany was locked down for close to an hour after someone reported seeing a gunman enter a school building. School officials released a terse text alert, and many students took to Twitter, worried that more bad news was imminent.

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New York News
2:07 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

NY Gov Announces "Tax-Free NY"

Press event at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering clean room, Albany NY 22 May 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today unveiled "Tax-Free NY," which he touts as "a game-changing initiative" that will transform SUNY campuses and university communities across the state into tax-free communities.

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Capital Region News
4:52 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Mayoral Candidate Presses For Discourse And Debate

Candidate Marlon Anderson has two seats reserved for his opponents in the Albany mayoral race. Anderson held a press event Monday afternoon at the Main Branch of the Albany Public Library.
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An Albany Mayoral hopeful fears voters may have resigned themselves to the notion there may be only one candidate with any chance of winning the coming Democratic primary.

City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan was endorsed last week by the Albany County Democratic Committee following Jerry Jennings' announcement he would not seek a sixth term as Mayor. But Corey Elllis, who gave Jennings a run for his money in the 2009 primary, is still up for the challenge, as is Marlon Anderson, who is advocating for proper vetting of all candidates.

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