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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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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Catskills Area News
12:16 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Prattsville Flood Recovery: A Progress Report

Credit Young's General Store, Prattsville NY

Most Catskill Mountain communities have recovered from the damage wrought by twin storms Irene and Lee nearly two years ago. Things are not quite back to normal for hard-hit Prattsville —  the town that, for a time, became a poster child for hurricane destruction in New York.

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Capital Region News
7:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Schenectady woman charged in death of grandson, 8

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 43-year-old old woman has been charged with beating her 8-year-old grandson repeatedly over a prolonged period, eventually leading to his death.

Gloria Nelligan of Schenectady was arraigned in city court on a manslaughter charge Monday and ordered held without bail.

Police say Sha'hiim Nelligan was found unresponsive by family members in their Schenectady home Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Gloria Nelligan was his legal guardian.

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New York News
6:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

NY School Aid Crisis May Affect Budget Negotiations

Credit Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc.

Education has been a hot-button topic in New York politics - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is turning up the heat by calling for reversing Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to withhold school aid from New York City. This development breaks as advocates warn a "Child care crisis" is set to impact the state economy.

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New York News
4:49 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

NY assemblyman stands by 'Afro-costume'

Assemblyman Dov Hikind in costume.
Credit Facebook

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A veteran New York Assemblyman says he meant no offense when he wore blackface makeup, an Afro wig, and a basketball jersey to a costume party. 

Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind  tells CBS Newsradio 880 in New York he doesn't regret the costume he wore to a party he recently held at his home in Brooklyn for the Jewish holiday of Purim.

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New York News
1:54 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

White House Outlines How Budget Cuts Could Impact New York

Northeastern states are looking at some large cuts in federal aid for a variety of programs including education, military and environmental protection--- IF President Barack Obama can't come to a budget agreement with Congress by March 1st.

Late Sunday, the Obama Administration released a 50-state report, a concise list of "local effects" in the event the so-called "sequestration cuts" automatically kick in.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

NY comptroller drops Qualcomm disclosure lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's comptroller has dropped his lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc. after the wireless technology company agreed to disclose more information about its political spending.

The lawsuit filed Jan. 2 in Delaware sought a court order to inspect company records, saying the San Diego-based corporation rebuffed prior requests for the information.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) is sole trustee of New York's pension fund for public workers, which has 5.5 million Qualcomm shares valued at $359 million.

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