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
6:02 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

NY Officials Pass Along Holiday Boating Safety Tips

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A long Fourth of July holiday weekend means that many people will be enjoying their favorite outdoor activities:  The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner is alerting boaters to potentially dangerous conditions during the upcoming holiday weekend.  Also, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds everyone who participating in outdoor recreation to take precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday.

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New York News
4:28 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

NY Gov. Gives Flood Update

Governor Andrew Cuomo has provided an update on state assistance for residents in flood affected communities.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

AQE Releases College & Career Readiness Report Card

An end-of-year “report card” (different from the old-school one above) has been issued by New York education reformers. The “grades” they’ve given to the state’s education policies are not going to earn anybody a congratulatory ice cream cone.
Credit Mark Scheerer

Now that New York’s public schools have sent students – and report cards — home for the summer, New York education reformers have issued the state a "report card" of their own... with two plusses, four minuses and an "incomplete."

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Capital Region News
4:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

#AlbEco Forum: Albany Mayoral Candidates Discuss Issues

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The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and WAMC Northeast Public Radio held the 2013 Albany Mayoral Forum on Sustainability this morning at the Linda Norris Auditorium on Central Avenue, one of the only times the candidates to replace Mayor Jerry Jennings will gather during the campaign.
 
Five of the six declared candidates fielded questions from WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock and Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Appoints Moreland “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption”

Albany County DA David Soares, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo and NY AG Eric Schnedierman before announcement.
Credit Karen DeWitt

This morning at the New York State Capitol, Governor Andrew Cuomo made good on his promise to establish a powerful investigative body to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.

Unable to sway legislators to agree on a package of campaign finance and legislative ethics reforms before the end of session last month, Governor Cuomo made it clear he intended to tackle public corruption in a year that has already seen several sitting state legislators indicted on federal corruption charges.

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WAMC News
4:58 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Talk About Climate Change...

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Roger Hill with Weathering Heights Consulting in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom has been forecasting for more than 35 years. With the region struggling with rain and floods, Hill discussed the change in climate and the "new normal" with Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.


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New York News
4:13 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Gillibrand To Flood Victims: We Will Get Through This

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured storm damaged communities in Herkimer and Montgomery Counties Monday. Gillibrand tells WAMC that the devastation is widespread.

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New York News
12:31 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Storms, Flooding Wreaking Havoc

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It has been raining just about everywhere across the Capital Region, Catskills and Hudson and Mohawk Valleys, creating dangerous and even deadly conditions in some places.

The rain and the floods that came with it resulted in states of emergency being declared in several counties including Montgomery and Schoharie. 

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New York News
4:57 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Duke Study Links Hydrofracking To Water Contamination

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A new Duke University study links hydraulic fracturing, the controversial gas drilling process, to water contamination. But, like similar studies in the past, there are pros and cons, and questions linger.

The study, co-authored by Rob Jackson, a professor of environmental sciences at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, found that homeowners living near shale gas wells appear to be at higher risk of drinking water contamination from stray gases.

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New York News
1:47 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Montgomery County Train Wreck Impacts Passenger & Freight Rail Service

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo walks Route 5 along the CSX tracks in Montgomery County following a major freight train derailment. [June 27, 2013]
Credit (Flickr) Governor Andrew Cuomo

Two freight trains traveling in opposite directions sideswiped each other around 8 a.m. Thursday in the town of Mohawk, near Fonda.   Governor New York Andrew Cuomo, on his way back to the capital from Utica, stopped by the crash scene and spoke to reporters about the wreck.

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