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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Central New York News
10:46 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Utica businesses try to block food pantry from moving in

Some Utica business owners are looking to stop a food pantry from moving into their area.

Calling the idea "a step in the wrong direction," shop owners are expressing concern that "Feed Our Vets," a not-for-profit whose mission is to help homeless veterans, wouldn't be a good fit for downtown Utica's redesigned Genessee Street.

"Feed Our Vets" presently operates in a different downtown area, in a building that may be sold, which has prompted the organization to purchase a site.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

NY Safe Act Arrest via Social Media

New York's Gun Tipline led authorities to a man who tried to sell a deadly weapon over Facebook.

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Capital Region News
1:10 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Jewish World Ventures Into Digital Waters

Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down recently with Robert Titov, the Digital Development Director at the Jewish World. They discussed how the paper is adapting to cultural shifts away from traditional print media.

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link provided.  You can experience Robert Titov's work by visiting jewishworldnews.org ... you can follow them on twitter at @jw_news and join them on Facebook at jewishworldnews.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

No disclosure for Cuomo's girlfriend

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's government ethics board says TV star Sandra Lee can have many of the taxpayer-paid perks of being a governor's wife without requiring Gov. Andrew Cuomo governor's girlfriend to disclose financial information required of officials' spouses.

Spouses of legislators and top state officials must disclose some business relationships and financial interests to identify conflicts of interest.

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New York News
4:33 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

CSEA vs. Thruway Legal Battle Escalates

One of the state's largest unions has accused the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation of threatening layoffs to get union officials to agree to contract concessions.

Complaints have been filed with the New York State's Public Employment Relations Board. CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz confirms the union has charged the Cuomo administration with Taylor Law violations. The Taylor Law grants public employees the right to organize and elect their union representatives.

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New York News
12:32 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

SRI Releases Financial Planning Survey

Today is April 15th, tax deadline day for most Americans, and the Siena Research Institute is out with its annual "Special New York State Financial Planning Survey" -  46 percent (up from 43 percent last year) of New York residents say they paid too much in taxes this year while 42 percent believe they paid the right amount.

Here is a link to the survey (PDF file).

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New York News
10:10 am
Mon April 15, 2013

NY launches grant program for shooting ranges

Credit Pål Joakim Olsen/Flickr

The Cuomo Administration is making $65,000 in state grant money available to shooting ranges across New York.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County has developed a Shooting Range Small Grants Program.

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Capital Region News
4:35 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Assignment at Albany High: Explain Why ‘Jews Are Evil’

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Albany, New York is making national headlines again - for all the wrong reasons.

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New York News
1:23 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

High Priority: NY Dam Safety

NYC DEP workers outside the Gilboa Dam on March 2, 2013
Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

A pair of high-ranking officials are taking steps to ensure safety of New York's Dams -  Since twin storms Irene and Lee hit in 2011, there's been increased awareness and concern about the safety of New York's 2-thousand-odd dams ... there are about 400 Class C "high-hazard" dams - the state Office of Emergency management says 26 of them are in Orange County, 14 in Sullivan and 9 in Ulster. This class of dam would cause serious damage and would threaten people's lives upon failure.

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Capital Region News
4:47 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Efforts to open new concert venue in Albany

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An attempt by two Albany entrepreneurs to open a new concert venue at 28 Thatcher Street in the city's downtown warehouse district has met stiff opposition.

Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli had hoped to give the local music scene a shot in the arm by opening up a mid-range music hall, larger than WAMC's Linda but smaller than the Palace Theater.

The partners own several bars along Broadway and North Pearl Street. The plan to open a new venue at 28 Thatcher Street was a simple one.

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