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
12:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

NY Report Touts School District Mergers

Credit NYSSBA

Smaller school districts facing budget issues and financial tangles may want to consider merging with neighboring schools. That's the gist of a new report issued by the New York State School Boards Association.

The recently merged Oppenheim Ephratah St. Johnsville School District in Montgomery County is regarded by many as a “showcase” model for a successful merger, in the spirit of the NYSSBA report.

»  Read the complete report.

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Central New York News
9:45 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Adirondack RR Forum Today in Utica

Supporting the Adirondack Railroad in Central NY
Credit Adirondack Scenic Railroad

The third of four public meetings on the Adirondack railroad corridor is being held today in Central New York - The meetings will weigh in deciding future plans for the 119-mile, state-owned railroad line that runs from Remsen to Lake Placid... Adirondack Scenic Railroad director Al Haywood is urging those concerned to show up for this afternoon's meeting  in Utica,  1 to 4 p.m., State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street.

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Capital Region News
1:03 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A Tale of Two Time Travelers

People who grew up in New York State's Capital City know them very well — the two mummies on display at the Albany Institute of History and Art on Washington Avenue. Now, modern science is unraveling many of the mysteries that surround the pair.
Credit Albany institute of History & Art

In 1909,  Albany Institute board member Samuel Brown purchased two mummies from the Cairo Museum. One was partially unwrapped at Brown's request so he could be sure he was getting the Real McCoy. The ancient duo traveled to upstate New York by steamship.

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Capital Region News
6:32 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

"Women of Influence in Politics: A Panel Discussion" at Russell Sage

Credit C-span

"Women in Politics" will be the focus Friday at Russell Sage College as the school welcomes three prominent female legislators from both parties to a public forum.

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New York News
1:45 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Chipfab Plant For Marcy

The Albany NanoCollege is branching out westward, stimulating even more growth.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Hear Us Now? Verizon vs. Rules & Regulations

Verizon lost a minor battle to NYS Attorney General Eric Schneidermann, conceding to give Fire Island customers a choice between VoiceLink and voice over fiber.
Credit Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Verizon has lost one small battle with government regulators, but the internet arm of the telecom giant continues its fight to create so-called "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the net.

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New York News
3:42 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

9/11 - Never Forget

On Sunday morning 9/11/11 a crowd in Manhattan watched the Jumbotron during a solemn reading of the names of the 9/11/01 WTC victims.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Dear WAMC Listeners,

Today marks 12 years since 9/11. Two years ago, I was in New York City for the 10th Anniversary of the "Attack on America."

I wanted to share this important  story with you once again.

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Capital Region News
12:48 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Sheehan Victory: Albany Democrats Ready For Change

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Democrats have spoken. The primary is over, and City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is well on her way to taking office as the capital city's first female chief executive... 

Albany Democrats have a new sense of momentum - going in a positive direction, if former city councilman and mayoral candidate Corey Ellis' concession speech is any indication. Pre-election polls had already given Kathy Sheehan a large advantage going into Tuesday's primary. Her victory address at the packed Albany Pump Station reflected the anticipation that something new is beginning.

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Capital Region News
12:51 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Albany County Receives Homeland Security Grant

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has announced that the county has received over $597,000 in grant funding - awarded by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services as part of the 2013 State Homeland Security Grant Program. The grant money will be directed to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities conducted by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and county Department of Health.

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Capital Region News
12:06 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Sheehan Takes Albany Mayoral Primary

Kathy Sheehan joined by her husband and son as she gives her victory address at the Pump Station, September 10, 2013.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is now poised to become the first woman to ascend to the post of Mayor of Albany - Sheehan took the Democratic primary by a substantial margin tuesday night over former Councilman Corey Ellis.  Sheehan is now the presumptive winner of the November general election, due to Albany's heavy Democratic enrollment. A win in the fall would make her the first new mayor after twenty years of Jerry Jennings and the first female mayor in Albany's history.

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