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
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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Capital Region News
3:25 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Albany City Budget Plan Unveiled

All eyes are on Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings as he takes the wraps off the proposed city budget for 2014.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings today released his 2014 proposed budget presentation.

Jennings, who is nearing the end of his 20-year term, unveiled a $171 million spending plan that reflects a 2-point-4 million dollar reduction in operating expenses from last year's adopted budget: the Democrat says 87 percent of the proposed budget, exclusive of debt service, is related to personnel costs.

Jennings says the city has been moving forward, despite what he terms "great challenges." The budget plan calls for an increase of 900 thousand dollars to the tax levy.

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New York News
12:02 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

NY Voters Polled On Casino Gambling

With the public referendum on casino gaming just weeks away, new polls indicating New York voters are keen on building more state-run casinos are being questioned by anti-gambling groups.

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Capital Region News
11:46 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Obama Team To Speak At UAlbany

Three men very close to Barack Obama who assisted and advised him, crafting his campaign as he rose from freshman Senator to presidential candidate and beyond, will be in Albany tonight for a public event.

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Capital Region News
3:44 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Arrests Begin In Holloway House Party Case

Newspapers attest to the fact that authorities have begun rounding up suspects in the Holloway house trashing.

The “grace period” former NFL player Brian Holloway extended to the youths who ransacked his Stephentown home to make apologies and amends is over – the arrests have begun – the young man who masterminded the house party is among those taken into custody .

Holloway, who played for the Patriots and Raiders in the 1980s, told the Associated Press he'll press charges against anyone who broke any law - quote "The parents had a chance and students had a chance to come forward, and only four did."

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Capital Region News
4:48 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Big Win for GE in North Africa

General Electric  has announced that it has signed three contracts to sell about $2.7 billion in gas and steam turbine equipment to the North African nation of Algeria.

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WAMC News
4:42 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Defunding Obamacare Pits Congressman Against Congressman

Credit ..:: WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas ::..

With about a week to go before all employers must comply with certain elements of the Affordable Care Act and individual health exchanges open, tensions are rising as lawmakers in Washington find themselves embroiled in a  bitter battle over defunding "Obamacare."

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