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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Hudson
11:44 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Make Way For The Chickens!

Credit Gavin Schaefer/Wikimedia Commons

Citizens of one upstate New York city may soon be breaking fresh eggs - the US Department of Agriculture has called the city of Hudson a "food desert" - that's about to change... Last night the so-called "Chicken Law" passed: The Register-Star reports that Hudson residents will be allowed to keep up to five hens on their property - the law, which awaits approval of Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr., will "help people meet their needs for quality, cost-effective nutrition.

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New York News
4:34 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Albany Gives Budget Bill Rare Unanimous "O.K.!"

Democratic NYS Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of Long Island
Credit NYS Assembly

The elimination of $90 million in funding for disabled programs from the budget in March has been reversed by rare unanimous action in a divided Albany.

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved restoring the funds. A day earlier, the Assembly unanimously passed the measure. For the first time ever in the Legislature, every Assembly member signed as co-sponsors.

Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of Long Island, who has a disabled son, joined with Republican Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn to celebrate after final legislative passage.

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New York News
3:38 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

NY Comptroller Identifies Municipalities Facing Fiscal Distress

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is out with his first set of municipal fiscal stress scores based on his office’s new Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. The numbers were revealed during a teleconference today.

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New York News
2:39 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

NY Legislative Spotlight On Human Trafficking

Over 27 million people are slaves today: more than during all 400 years of the transatlantic slave trade.
Credit globalhopenetwork.org

As the close of New York's legislative session draws near, advocates are pressing for passage of more effective anti-human trafficking legislation.  If you search "New York Sex Trafficking" on Google news, you'll find more than 12,000 recent articles. Awareness of the problem has resulted in the growth of public concern.

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New York News
4:53 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

NY School Districts Ready For Budget Re-votes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York School districts that saw budgets fail in May will put plans up for new votes Tuesday.  Under the state's tax cap law, school districts have two chances to get budgets passed. If they fail both times, they can't raise taxes at all in the next school year.

A handful of districts are putting the same budgets on the ballot after narrow defeats the first time around.

Other districts made additional cuts in staffing and programs to reduce tax increases.

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New York News
3:33 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lawmakers push Amtrak for bike baggage cars

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sen. Betty Little of Warren County appear with other lawmakers and officials at the Albany/Rensselear Train Station, 17 June 2013.
Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

New York’s senior United States Senator is trying to use his clout to convince Amtrak to accommodate bicyclists on trains to Albany, Saratoga Springs and the North Country.  

Anyone who takes Amtrak from Boston to Portland knows about the railroad's "Bring Your Bicycle On Board" program. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says it makes good economic sense to roll the initiative out on Amtrak's Adirondack and Ethan Allen Trains as well.   

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New York News
1:44 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Schumer: Proceed With Caution In Syria

Credit WAMC Photo

Days after the United States committed to increasing its involvement in Syria’s brutal civil war, New York’s senior U.S. Senator says America must be careful in its latest Middle East entanglement. Senator Charles Schumer spoke earlier today at the Albany-Rensselear Rail station.

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Central New York News
1:53 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Central NY Nano-watch

The success of the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has inspired a push for a similar nanotechnolgy center in Central New York ...

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Capital Region News
7:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Rensselaer Has A New Idea

Professor James Hendler

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced a new university-wide initiative to tackle the challenges and opportunities of Big Data.

At a morning ceremony at the Troy campus, RPI officials christened it "IDEA" - the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications – the college’s $60 million initiative involves students and faculty from more than 12 departments across the five schools of the university.

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New York News
3:41 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

School Superintendents Discuss Civil Rights Concerns

School officials say the racial demographic of a school district affects the amount of state funding provided.

Two upstate school districts are planning to file a civil rights complaint this summer  against New York State alleging discrimination in the way state aid is distributed.

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