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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Capital Region News
4:01 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

The Show Goes On At Landmark Albany Theatre

The Palace Theatre's new management team: Owen Smith, Kevin Johnson and Holly Brown.

The Palace Theatre, the grand cultural and entertainment facility that sits in the heart of downtown Albany, will soldier on. A new management team promises to keep the venue’s momentum, and traditions alive.

The RKO Palace's doors first opened in October 1931. Built during the Depression, it was the largest theatre in a city already noted for having several opulent movie houses. A nickel would buy an afternoon of entertainment.

The Palace was sold to the Fabian chain in the early 1940s. Fabian operated it until closure in September, 1969.  

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Capital Region News
11:59 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Debate : Albany SNUG Program

Albany community advocate Marlon Anderson at the WAMC studios, March 2013.
Credit Dave Lucas

The SNUG program was launched by the New York State Senate in 2009. The program aims to reduce gun and gang violence. SNUG, which is “guns” spelled backwards, came to Albany in 2010, but funding the program has been a struggle. Shootings dropped by 29 percent during SNUG’s first eight months of operation in New York's Capital city. Albany Common Councilor Barbara Smith, representing the 4th ward, hails the program as a success.

 

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Capital Region News
4:59 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Decision Promised on Porco made-for-TV Movie

An appeals court judge has reserved decision on whether to grant Christopher Porco's request to keep a made-for-TV movie about his life from being shown on cable televsion.

A New York judge had temporarily barred Lifetime from showing its made-for-TV movie on Christopher Porco, the upstate New Yorker serving 46 years to life after bieng convicted for the 2004 ax murder of his father and maiming of his mother. The cable network scheduled "Romeo Killer: The Christopher Porco Story" to debut on Saturday night and repeat on Sunday.

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New York News
12:28 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

NYS + Israel = Nano Partnership

Credit CNSE

New York State has a new agreement with the nation of Israel aimed at increasing collaboration on nanotechnology research.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that his administration has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel that will expand technological and economic relations in nanotechnology, which involves manipulating matter on an atomic scale.

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New York News
6:08 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Hotbutton Issue: The Minimum Wage

New York's current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
Credit WAMC

While New York is posturing to join 19 other states that have raised their minimum wages above the current federal level of $7.25 per hour, lawmakers in Washington are trying to promote passage of legislation that would hike the federal minimum wage to new heights.

Labor, community, religious and policy groups from around New York welcomed a reported agreement to increase the state minimum wage to $9 per hour over the next three years. Not everyone embraces its tenets.

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New York News
6:08 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Hotbutton Issue: The Minimum Wage

New York's current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
Credit WAMC

While New York is posturing to join 19 other states that have raised their minimum wages above the current federal level of $7.25 per hour, lawmakers in Washington are trying to promote passage of legislation that would hike the federal minimum wage to new heights.

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Capital Region News
4:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

No Spin on CNSE Spin-off from UAlbany

CNSE's Dr. Alain Kaloyeros
Credit Dave Lucas (WAMC)

A proposal leaked last week by the Associated Press indicating the State University at New York may spin its fast-growing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering away from the University at Albany, creating a 65th campus, was addressed by a CNSE official Wednesday.

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Capital Region News
1:44 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Meet Albany Mayoral Candidate Kathy Sheehan

Credit WAMC

This November, residents of the City of Albany will go the polls to elect a Mayor. Capital region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Albany's Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer Kathy Sheehan,  the first person to launch an official campaign challenging incumbent Mayor Jerry Jennings.

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New York News
1:32 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Two Iraq vets now serving as New York lawmakers

On the 10th Annivesary of the US Invasion of Iraq, Capital Region bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with two Iraq war veterans who are now political leaders.

105th District Assemblyman Kieran Lalor was with one of the first Marine Corps units in Iraq, based out of Albany. He explains his batallion had been activated the year after 9 eleven, but stayed stateside until being discharged from active duty in 2002, only to be mobilized again in March 2003.

 

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Central New York News
10:55 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Memorial service held for fallen K9 officer slain in Herkimer shootout

Memorial service held for fallen K9 officer Ape.
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A fallen K9 officer memorialized - WKTV reports that a memorial service was held on Monday for Ape, the FBI dog killed in last Thursday's shootout with Kurt Myers in Herkimer.  The Czech German Shepherd protected his human handler when lawmen decided to enter the former Glory Days bar on North Main Street. After Ape was shot, authorities returned fire, killing Myers.

Ape began serving with the FBI on February 25, 2013 after successfully completing training last October. The agency says "he will be missed" - Ape was buried in Quantico, Virgina
 

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