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

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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Central New York News
4:41 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Man Charged With Threatening Police Officers And Their Families

A Central New York man has been charged after allegedly making threats to harm police officers and their families.

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Capital Region News
12:19 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Capture The Energy Conference in Troy

Frank Murray is President and CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Credit WAMC Dave Lucas

Business and energy industry leaders have gathered in Troy for the two-day "Capture the Energy" conference.

Frank Murray is President and CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - NYSERDA helped sponsor the event, organized by New York Best, a consortium of government, academia and private industry focused on developing the energy storage industry in New York State.

Michael Field is with the Raymond Corporation in Green, New York just North of Binghamton. He says with new technologies, those new jobs will come.

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New York News
4:41 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Business Leaders Convene in Albany to Support Fair Elections

Leading members of New York's business community gathered today at the Albany Institute of History and Art to call for state lawmakers to pass publicly-financed fair elections this legislative session.

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New York News
2:43 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Hundreds March to Demand State Budget Aid to Restore School Programs

Angelica Rivera is an activist and mother of two who made the trip to Albany from Buffalo.
Credit WAMC Dave Lucas

Hundreds of parents, teachers and community leaders today urged state lawmakers to address a growing gap in funding levels between rich and poor school districts across the state. The rally for public education was held during the noon hour at the State Capitol in Albany.

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Capital Region News
11:21 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Trouble With Wind Turbines

Residents in one Columbia County community have had it with wind turbines:  neighbors along Carson Road on Winchell Mountain in Ancram say they've been awakened in the middle of the night by noises as loud as foghorns or hovering helicopters, so intense that the windows in their houses rattle.

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