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
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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Capital Region News
3:46 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

#Occupy Albany Hits The Courts Friday

Credit Courtesy Occupy Albany

Occupy Albany comes out of hibernation tomorrow - the group is urging citizens to “come out to show support at two separate hearings for activists who were arrested locally for engaging in civil disobedience in furtherance of social justice."

Occupy Albany has been monitoring the legal battle that has County District Attorney David Soares at odds with City Court Judge William Carter.  Attorneys for both officials are scheduled to appear in state Supreme Court Friday morning before acting State Supreme Court Justice Richard Platkin.

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New York News
2:22 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Watershed Groups Address Water Quality

Assemblyman Pete Lopez at WAMC's Albany studios.
Credit WAMC

Water quality in the Schoharie Valley and the Catskill Watershed has captured the attention of environmentalists and government officials who have joined forces to develop procedures and policies for dealing with "the new normal" climate change seems to have cast across upstate New York.

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WAMC News
3:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Reactions To DOMA Decision

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Today’s ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and overruled Prop 8 brought months of anticipation to a close.  Brad Hays is an assistant Professor of Political Science at Union College - he says the "interesting ruling" was expected by people who had been watching the oral arguments closely.

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Albany Mayoral Race
4:12 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

2013 Albany NY Mayoral Forum on Sustainability

Credit The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

We are just one week away from the Albany Mayoral Forum on Sustainability...  

Back in mid-May, Albany was rocked by the news that longtime Mayor Jerry Jennings was opting not to seek a sixth term. The announcement was a game-changer for a cavalcade of mayoral hopefuls, many of whom will gather for a forum co-hosted by WAMC and the New York League of Conservation Voters at the Linda July 2nd at 11 a.m.

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WAMC News
12:40 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Time To Split Food Stamps From Farm Bill?

Credit WAMC image composite by Dave Lucas

In the aftermath of the Farm Bill’s failure in the House last week, a movement to break it in two is gaining traction.

The 234-195 defeat of the 2013 Farm Bill in the House came as a surprise to many and a wakeup call to some - cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as "food stamps," became a major hurdle to progress in getting Congress to bolster farm and food programs. The $75-billion food stamp program was hotly debated.

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Capital Region News
12:20 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ticky Comes Home

Albany hoops legend Luther "Ticky" Burdem, then and now. [B&W inset shot from photo in Burden's donated memorabilia ]
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany basketball legend has returned to one of the places where his career began.

One of Albany's own NBA Stars came home Friday afternoon to the little gym that helped form the foundation for his career. Luther “Ticky” Burden made his way home to Trinity Place, which has been serving children in the city's South End for decades. Burden's pro career entailed a single season with the Virginia Squires and two with the New York Knicks in the late 1970s.

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Capital Region News
9:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Backyard Chickens On Hold In Hudson

Credit Gavin Schaefer/Wikimedia Commons

If you live in Hudson, scratch those chicken plans... for now...  

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New York News
12:21 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

NY Unemployment Falls to Lowest Level in Four Years

Some encouraging numbers are out concerning New York State's unemployment rate. Between April and May 2013, New York state's unemployment rate fell from 7.8 percent to 7.6 percent, its lowest level since February 2009.

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