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
11:23 am
Tue March 12, 2013

NYS Officials Announce “Work For Success” Tour

The New York State Labor Department and Empire State Development have announced a new state-wide employer outreach tour: "Work for success" will provide training and employment for the formerly incarcerated. The tour will begin with outreach events in New York City, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.

Businesses will be eligible for up to 24-hundred dollars in tax credits for each individual they hire through the program. The applicants will have been trained and classified as "pre-qualified."

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WAMC News
7:10 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Judge strikes down NYC sugary-drinks size rule

Credit Marlith/Wikimedia

New York City's groundbreaking limit on the size of sugar-laden drinks has been struck down by a judge shortly before it was set to take effect.

The restriction was supposed to start Tuesday.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling writes that loopholes "effectively defeat the stated purpose" of the rule.

The rule prohibits selling non-diet soda and some other sugary beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces. It applies at places ranging from pizzerias to sports stadiums, though not at supermarkets or convenience stores.

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WAMC News
7:05 am
Tue March 12, 2013

GE to study Hudson River cleanup expansion

Credit ..:::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas:::..

General Electric Co. says it will study a possible expansion of its PCB cleanup of the upper Hudson River after a request by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

GE, which released poly-chlorinated biphenyls into the river decades ago, is preparing for a fourth season of dredging as part of a federal Superfund project. But DiNapoli says Monday that GE could potentially be found liable for contamination outside the Superfund site and filed a shareholder resolution calling on the company to evaluate its risks.

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Saratoga
4:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

2013 Saratoga Jazz Festival Line-up

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced the lineup for the 36th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest running jazz events in the world.

Two-days and two-stages of live, world class jazz comes to Saratoga at the end of June. SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White says this year's roster of artists is nothing short of electrifying.

The jazz festival will be held on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The festival will be topped off by a fireworks display

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Central New York News
12:31 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Advocates: Sequester Hurts Utica/Central New York

Community organizations and agencies gathered in Utica today to call on Washington to repeal sequestration and support measures that will help close the federal deficit without hurting vulnerable groups.   

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Central New York News
3:44 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Sequestration Impacts Rome NY

Credit U.S. Air Force

Sequestration is behind the planned closure of an air-traffic control tower in Central New York.


The air traffic control tower at Griffiss International Airport in Rome is on a list of 173 towers at small and mid-sized airports nationwide the federal government plans to close on April 7

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente notes that international carriers Air Canada and Trans Aero use Griffis for maintenance and repair operations for wide body aircraft.

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Capital Region News
3:38 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Safer Streets For Albany

Safe streets are the goal of every major city. Albany is no exception, as details begin to surface regarding plans to improve traffic flow while accomodating pedestrians and cyclists. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
11:57 am
Fri March 8, 2013

A Snowy Day In March

The scene along Albany's Central Avenue outside the WAMC studios just before Noon Friday.
Credit WAMC Dave Lucas

A slow-moving winter storm has blanketed the region with up to 10 inches of snow in some spots. It is expected to add a bit more snow by the time it clears out early this afternoon. 

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New York News
4:52 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Sequester rankles NY Dems, GOP Congressman responds

Republican Congressman Chris Gibson
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New York Democrats are calling on their Republican colleagues in Congress to work with the president to find a solution to the budget cuts that took effect last Friday.

Capital District-area Congressman Paul Tonko  was joined by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, the state party co-chair, on a conference call today to discuss the effects of sequestration.  Mayor Miner says that the sequester is hitting Syracuse hard.  Tonko labeled sequestration as "mindless.” He says he been against the process from the beginning.

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New York News
3:36 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Activists Call For Passage of NY Farm Worker Bill

Union leaders, politicians and activists joined forces in Albany this morning to promote the Farm Worker Fair Labor Act and  the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights "Speak Truth to Power" curriculum, as well as the American Federation of Teachers' "Share My Lesson" initiative.

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