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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Catskills
7:50 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Day-Trippers: Head To Catskill

  

Looking for something to do today? A Cinderella story of sorts is taking place this weekend in the Catskills. 

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Capital Region News
7:43 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Housing Board May Face Re-organization

Saratoga County is highlighted in red.
Credit wikipedia.org

There's trouble ahead for a local Housing authority. 

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Capital Region News
12:02 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

UAlbany & Capital Region Leaders Support New SUNY Capital Plan Request

UAlbany President Robert Jones
Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

The new president of the University at Albany is appealing to Capital Region business and community leaders to support a new five-year funding plan.

President Robert Jones presented a plan that calls for $293 million over five years for critically important capital improvements, renovations, and upgrades to the university’s aging campus facilities, spanning more than 5.8 million square feet.  He says the revitalization and renewal plan will preserve the university’s existing infrastructure while creating an estimated 2,500 Capital Region jobs.

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New York News
12:06 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

New Food Hardship Data Impacts NY

"Food Hardship" is a growing problem in America.  New data from FRAC - the Food Research and Action Center - shows 1 in 6 of us can't afford to buy enough food for ourselves or our families. Those studying FRAC's report blame the economy and say government isn't doing enough to fill a growing need.

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New York News
6:05 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

NY Gov Affirms Belief in Gun Law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Governor Andrew Cuomo says gun control is controversial, but the law he pushed through in New York has broad support and he believes it will save lives.

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Capital Region News
3:39 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Schenectady: Open For Business, Large and Small

Credit Schenectady Chamber

Business and political leaders met today in Schenectady to discuss the economic impact of long standing small businesses to the Eastern New York city …  


Officials gathered at one of Schenectady County's oldest businesses, celebrating its 175th anniversary: the law firm now known as Higgins, Roberts and Suprunowicz dates back to the 19th Century - Michael Supronowicz notes the firm first hung out its shingle in 1837. Supronowicz believes the Capital Region is re-defining itself in areas such as nanotechnology and manufacturing.

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Capital Region News
7:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Capital Region TV Merger In The Works

More changes may be in store for Capital Region Television viewers.

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Capital Region News
6:18 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

County Exec moves to privatize Albany County Nursing Home

Some call it Albany County's "never-ending story" - the battle that pits the County Executive against the County Legislature. 

While other New York counties have sold or privatized their nursing homes.  Albany County's Nursing Home and what to do about it has just about everyone frustrated. It's been the topic of debate - argued about for 23 years or more – with no resolution in sight.

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Capital Region News
4:55 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

District Officials Mum on Principal’s Dismissal

A popular Albany public school official is on leave, without explanation.

Officials with the Albany city school district say New Scotland Elementary School principal Gregory Jones has been placed on administrative leave until further notice. There was no explanation, no communication to parents regarding what has been termed an "unusual suspension".

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New York News
4:43 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

NY AG: Deceptive Price Chopper Business Practices Cost Shoppers Millions

A war of words has broken out between the State Attorney General's office and a regional grocery chain.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced an agreement with Price Chopper that will require the grocery store chain to change the way it advertises and promotes its coupons in New York State and pay a $100,000 penalty.  Schneiderman's office conducted an investigation which revealed that Price Chopper advertised its stores accepted double coupons but failed to disclose important restrictions that applied to that policy.

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