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
4:37 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Albany/Schenectady/Troy Finalist In Bloomberg Art Project

The Capital District is one of 12 U.S. cities in the running to receive up to $1 Million for a public art project.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Thursday that the entry jointly submitted by the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy has been designated a finalist and the 12 cities have been invited to submit full proposals.

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New York News
3:36 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

NY Environmental Groups Want $800M For Water Projects

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Environmental groups say New York needs to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fix its aging water and sewer systems.

With Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers haggling over the budget this month, several advocacy groups are highlighting their wish lists.

A coalition including Environmental Advocates, Riverkeeper, the New York League of Conservation Voters  and the Adirondack Council is pushing for lawmakers to earmark $800 million from the state’s $5 billion bank settlement windfall for various clean water projects around the state.

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New York News
12:55 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Siena Poll: New Yorkers ❤ Smartphones

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Could Ma Bell be going the way of the telegraph? Ninety percent of New Yorkers now carry cell phones, while more than one-fifth of households across the state have disconnected their landlines, according to a newly-released Siena "smartphone" survey.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

NY Charity Report: Telemarketers Get More Than Half Of Funds

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New York's attorney general reports that for-profit telemarketers operating in the state have been keeping more than half of the funds they raised on behalf of charities, although the percentage has declined overall.

The report released Wednesday shows that telemarketers in 2013 raised more than $302 million, up 20 percent from a year earlier, and kept about $156 million.

About 48 percent, or $146.5 million, has gone to the charities' missions.

That share is up from 2012 when only 37 percent of the money went to the charities.

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New York News
3:55 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

US Senators From NY Urge Canada To Raise Duty-Free Amount

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The U.S. senators from New York are urging Canada to raise a threshold for duty-free purchases by its citizens to boost shopping excursions to places like Buffalo, Watertown, Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.

In a letter to the Canadian ambassador, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say raising Canada's threshold from $20 per shipment up to the U.S. level of $200 for imported goods shipped home would have "a significant and positive impact" on U.S.- Canada trade.

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Catskills
2:02 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Task Force To Unveil Model EMS Plan

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A proposal to create a unified EMS system faces its first test tonight in Greene County.

14 towns and 5 villages would benefit from the countywide system that would be overseen by a not-for-profit group coordinated through the county's 9-1-1 center.

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New York News
5:59 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Bill To Legalize MMA Advances In NY

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The fight to legalize mixed martial arts in New York — the last state to prohibit cage matches with small gloves — has resumed with a state Senate committee advancing legislation.

The Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation has voted 4-2 to approve the bill to give the New York State Athletic Commission authority to regulate the sport as it does professional boxing.

The bill’s sponsor, Oneida County Republican Sen. Joe Griffo,  predicts it will pass the Senate again easily.

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New York News
3:54 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Cuomo Goes To Bat For Juvenile Offenders

Governor Andrew Cuomo and juvenile justice reformers say New York should stop automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults.

Supporters of the change came to the state Capitol Tuesday to make their case to lawmakers. They want to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18, so all but the most violent 16- and 17-year-old offenders would be handled by the juvenile justice system.

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New York News
3:34 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Rebuild NY Now Continues Push For Budget Surplus Funding

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Members of Rebuild NY Now, a broad-based coalition seeking to raise awareness about the state’s infrastructure needs, spoke at the Albany County Office Building Tuesday.

Local elected officials, members of organized labor, local Chambers of Commerce and representatives of private businesses gathered to bring attention to New York's crumbling highways and aging bridges, in efforts to underline their cause: convince the state to use its $5 billion budget surplus from recent settlements against overseas banks to fund infrastructure projects.

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New York News
7:55 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

NY Teachers Unions Criticize Charter Schools Over Rally

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The New York State United Teachers union is criticizing charter schools for taking children out of the classroom to rally at the New York state Capitol later this week.

NYSUT wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state education officials expressing concern about Success Academy Charter Schools' plans to bring some 8,000 students, parents and teachers to Albany for Wednesday's pro-charter rally. Cuomo has called for an increase in the number of authorized charter schools.

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