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
6:29 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

De Blasio, Spitzer Lead NYC Races In New Siena Poll

A new Siena poll shows candidates taking new positions in two New York City political races that have commanded national attention.

The New York Times/Siena College Poll shows public advocate Bill De Blasio, a Democrat, leading the pack in the race for New York City mayor ... Pollster Steve Greenberg says De Blasio has opened up a significant lead over the other candidates.

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New York News
12:18 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Long, Winding Road To NY Flood Recovery

Nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy devastated wide areas of New York, very little of the Congressionally-approved $60 billion in rebuilding funds has been allocated.
Credit FEMA

Two years after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and almost one year after Superstorm Sandy altered New York’s land and seascapes, relief aid --- from both private donors and government agencies --- has been painfully slow in coming, as communities struggle to return to normal.

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Capital Region News
4:43 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Changes In The Albany Mayoral Race

Alexander Portelli
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A long shot candidate for Albany mayor is leaving the race this hour – but a familiar face is taking his place.

After Steve King of the Albany City Republican Committee challenged the validity of the 1,514 signatures Alexander Portelli collected in order to be on the November ballot, the Libertarian candidate has made a decision to drop out of the race.

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Capital Region News
3:45 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Mayoral Race Plays On Social Media

Credit Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

There's a new factor playing a role in the Albany mayoral race: social media.

It has been said that politics puts social networking and communication to the ultimate test.  Libertarian Party candidate Alexander Portelli was the first to toss his hat in the ring.

Republican hopeful Jesse Calhoun hails social media as "both a blessing and a curse."

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New York News
12:30 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

US Ag Sec Argues For Commonsense Immigration Reform For NY Economy

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there are many economic benefits of common-sense immigration reform for New York.

Vilsack, who hosted a media conference call Wednesday, says the numbers are a cause for national concern. Maureen Torrey, former chair of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, is an 11th generation farmer in western New York.

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New York News
7:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Free Associate Degree Available To 6K NY High School Students

Credit governor.ny.gov/

State officials say 6,000 high school students from across New York will be able to earn an associate degree at no cost under a program designed to land them jobs when they graduate.

Governor  Andrew Cuomo says  that 16 high schools have been selected to be part of public-private partnerships designed to prepare students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and health care. The students will earn both an associate degree and a high school degree under the state's Pathways in Technology Early College High School program, or P-Tech.

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WAMC News
4:43 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ex-ranger guarded MLK; Recalls Historic Event

Gordon "Gunny" Gundrum of Grafton stands near clergyman and activist Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, as King delivered his "I have a dream" speech.

The former National Park Service ranger who stood beside Dr. Martin Luther King during his "I Have a Dream" speech says the event was a life-changing moment, helping him realize "everyone has unalienable rights."

Gordon "Gunny" Gundrum of Grafton,  says his assignment to guard dignitaries gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963 gave him a front-row view of the historic event.

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New York News
2:53 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Remembering The March And The Dream

Community organizations, labor unions, and individuals from throughout the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region are coming together this evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Groups will assemble for a night of remembrance, celebration, and discussion for the future of the civil rights movement. They'll commemorate the march and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

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New York News
3:11 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Teach-In, Speak-Out on Citzenship: Public Forum On Immigration Reform

A public forum on immigration reform is taking place this evening in Hudson.

Immigration reform advocates want Washington to make sure that millions of families are no longer separated by what they see as unjust policies, that due process is upheld, and that protections are strengthened for all workers.

Democratic Congressman Bill Owens represents New York’s 21st district in the North Country. On WAMC’s Congressional Corner program, Owens said progress on immigration reform looks to be a slow-go.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Countdown To Affordable Care

Credit NYS

With some uncertainty and much anticipation, New Yorkers join all Americans in preparing for a monumental change in the nation’s health care. Proponents of the Affordable Care Act believe it should not be feared, but embraced. They aim to set the course of public perception in a friendly direction.

Public health exchanges are scheduled to begin operations October 1st. They were created by federal mandate to make affordable health insurance available to everyone.

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