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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Education
12:54 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

New York Fails Common Core

New York is the second state to test students under the new Common Core standards, which require more writing, critical thinking and problem-solving. In the first results, students scores plummeted.

Back in April, when the New York State United Teachers thought Common Core testing was a risky experiment, the union launched an unsuccessful attempt to stop the exams from being given. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi said then that challenges were in store for both teachers and students and that schools weren't prepared to teach to the new standards.

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Capital Region News
4:26 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Albany Brokers Sentenced For $4M Ponzi Scheme

Credit Tax Credits, flickr

Two upstate New York investment brokers have been given federal prison sentences for diverting more than $4 million of their clients' funds to pay personal expenses, their firm's employees and its preferred clients.

Local media outlets report that 65-year-old Timothy McGinn of Clifton Park was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years and 68-year-old David Smith of Saratoga Springs got 10 years. A federal judge in Utica also ordered them to pay $5.7 million in restitution and costs.

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New York News
3:10 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

SRI Poll: NY Consumer Confidence Down

Consumer Confidence rose nationally in July, but fell in New York - Numbers from a new Siena College Research institute poll show July was a disappointing month for consumer confidence with weak retail sales while economists forecast slow growth. 

Forty-nine percent of state residents say that both gasoline and food prices are having either a somewhat or very serious impact on their finances.

Here is the poll in PDF format.

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Health
6:29 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ticks Bring New Danger To Capital Region

US Senator Chuck Schumer at the podium, along with Albany, NY Mayor Jerry Jennings at Six Mile Waterworks, August 6, 2013.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Ticks transmit the widest variety of pathogens, and as these tiny creatures proliferate across the country, they are spreading diseases you — and your doctor — probably never heard of. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was in Albany today at Six Mile Waterworks to call attention to a new and deadly tick-borne illness.

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Capital Region News
4:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Albany County DA Announces Animal Abuse Taskforce

Albany County District Attorney David Soares has announced the formation of an Animal Abuse Taskforce.

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Education
4:15 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Arne Duncan: NY Don't Be Alarmed If Test Scores Drop

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says New Yorkers should not be alarmed if this year's standardized test scores in math and English drop steeply.

Duncan says the tests that New York students took last spring will establish "a new baseline measurement of student learning."

Duncan joined state Education Commissioner John King and New York City school officials Tuesday for a press conference about test results that will be released Wednesday.

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New York News
3:03 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

NYS Releases Online Voting Data

Today,  marking  the 48th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Governor Andrew Cuomo reminds New Yorkers that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming September primary elections is August 16th.

The Governor also released new data showing that more than 200,000 New Yorkers have used the state’s  online service MyDMV, and other automated systems to register, or update, their voter registration.

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Capital Region News
3:29 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

DeWitt Clinton To Become Renaissance Marriott

Mayor Jerry Jennings at the podium for the formal announcement.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A landmark downtown Albany hotel is getting a new lease on life.  Construction is set to begin this fall on a total remake of the old Dewitt Clinton. On Monday, Mayor Jerry Jennings helped take the wraps off a project he says goes hand-in-hand with other "revitalization" initiatives in downtown Albany, and would complement the proposed convention center, which would become the hotel's next-door-neighbor.

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New York News
2:26 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Advocates: NY Will Benefit From Affordable Care Act

Recently, President Obama declared healthcare costs are growing at the lowest rate in 50 years.

Uninsured Americans face major decisions on health coverage, and the deadline is fast approaching.
The good news for New Yorkers is, they will have access to plenty of personalized help in making their Affordable Care Act choices.  Susan Dooha with the Center for Independence of the Disabled-New York says the Act is opening the door for up to a million New Yorkers to gain access to health coverage, and they won’t have to go it alone.

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New York News
1:16 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

When Radio Things Go Wrong

It is a troubling time for one of New York’s oldest public radio stations.

The last decade has been touch-and-go for WBAI, which became non-commercial and listener-supported when Pacifica bought it in 1960. The station played a pivotal role in 60s counterculture, pioneering “free-style” progressive radio, with a coverage area that blanketed New York City and radiated 70 miles beyond.

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