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
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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New York News
10:15 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Report Sparks Parade and Rally in Albany

New York State ranks fifth in the nation in the gap between rich and poor school districts based on spending per pupil. That's the finding in a new report prepared by school reform advocates who will put on a parade and a rally in Albany today.

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Capital Region News
8:36 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Man Arrested For Bringing Gun To School

  Police on Monday arrested a man who took a concealed gun into the Doane Stuart School.  

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Capital Region News
5:02 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Albany Academy Celebrates 200th Anniversary

This afternoon Albany Academy launched a 15-month bicentennial celebration.  The symbolic chiming of the clock tower bells, rung for the first time in 84 years, commemorated the beginning of a third century of education at the Albany Academies. Students, parents, faculty and alumni gathered at the Boy's School Front Circle to mark the 200th anniversary.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

The Viscardi Center today announced the recipients of a new international award designed to identify and honor people living with disabilities for their work and influence on the global disability community of more than one billion people.

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