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
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

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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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New York News
4:16 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

NY Health Exchange Lists Medical, Dental Insurers

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The New York Health Benefit Exchange has listed health and dental plans for individuals and small business owners that will be available for enrollment starting Oct. 1 and coverage beginning next year.

The exchange, established under a federal mandate, is expected to help enroll 1.1 million uninsured New Yorkers and includes subsidies for those who meet certain income thresholds.

It has also changed its name to "NY State of Health"

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Central New York News
4:12 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Feds: Billboard Along NY Thruway Must Come Down

A hilltop billboard overlooking the Thruway is coming down after seven years of conflict between local, state and federal officials.

The Albany Times-Union reports that the sign in Montgomery County advertising a Holiday Inn off Exit 28 in Johnstown is scheduled to come down next Monday. It was ruled that it didn't comply with the federal Highway Beautification Act of 1965.

The 100-foot-wide billboard was erected in 1959 and was grandfathered in when the law was passed. But state officials said the sign was no longer in compliance after it was rebuilt in 2006.

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Capital Region News
6:23 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Sheehan Gets Union Nods; Outlines Economic Development Plan

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With three weeks until primary day, an Albany mayoral hopeful has unveiled her plan for economic development and job creation, while announcing new labor endorsements.

Saying that "Albany's best days are ahead of us," Democratic mayoral candidate and current City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan held a news conference in front of City Hall Tuesday, noting that since the recession ended in 2009, suburban tax bases have grown while Albany's has shrunk by nearly 7 percent.

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Capital Region News
12:20 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

UAlbany Unveils New School of Business Building

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Days before students start another semester, the University at Albany cut the ribbon Monday on its state-of-the-art $64 million School of Business building and unveiled the State University of New York’s first four-year undergraduate degree program in digital forensics. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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WAMC News
4:44 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

AP-NORC Poll: Parents Support Standardized Testing

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A new poll finds Standardized Tests have support among parents as a useful way to track student progress and school quality.

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Capital Region News
3:23 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Political Picnic On The Ropes

An annual Albany County political event once noted for high attendance and media attention has come and gone, barely noticed this year, even with a primary just days away.

For decades, the Albany County Democratic Committee's annual picnic was heralded as one of the region's showcase events, on par with "Hat Day" at the Saratoga Race Course. Thousands of party faithful attended the gatherings; the biggest names in politics were always on hand - but the dynamic has somehow changed. Fewer than 200 people turned out this year.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Bruno Appears To Be Headed For Legal "Deja Vu"

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It's back to court for former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. After an appeals court rejected his double jeopardy claim, Bruno and his attorneys are preparing for a second federal trial. In 2009, the longtime powerful Rensselaer County Republican who eventually resigned his seat was convicted of two counts of mail fraud. The U.S. Supreme Court later tossed out part of the "theft of honest services" statute Bruno was charged under, and his conviction was overturned. 

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Central New York News
4:29 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Benefit for Fort Plain Saturday

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The Mohawk Valley Collective is organizing a full day of events, including live music, BBQ, open houses at historic locations, and an antique and craft fair, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 to support those affected by recent severe flooding in Fort Plain and along the Otsquago Creek.

Many of the businesses in Fort Plain are open and looking forward to participating in the day's events, as well as future tourism. Activities will include:

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