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
4:33 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

NY AG Breaks Cigarette Trafficking Ring, Hints Terror Ties

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced the indictment of 16 members of a criminal ring that flooded New York City, Albany County and Schenectady County with more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes illegally imported from Virginia.

A 12-month investigation entailed wiretaps, aerial and electronic surveillance... In announcing the arrests of 16 individuals, Attorney General Schnedierman proclaims that "today the streets of New York are safer..."  The investigation, which has so far uncovered $55 million in illegal cigarette sales, is continuing.

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Capital Region News
2:54 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Saratoga Gun Show Schedule Cutback

Credit Karen DeWitt

Gun shows have caused concerns and triggered protests in Saratoga Springs. But the events have been pared back for the coming year...

In the wake of last December's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, gun safety advocates have grown increasingly concerned with Saratoga Springs City Center's continuing to host gun shows.

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Capital Region News
3:06 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Jobs For Returning Veterans

Northeastern New York is home to approximately 5,000 veterans who served in Iraq. This past February, President Barack Obama announced that another 34,000 American troops will return home this year from Afghanistan… And the drawdown will continue…   

Marsha Lazarus is the "LegUp Workplace Solutions Project Director" at MHANYS, the Mental Health Association of New York State. She says MHANYS is hosting a free forum Thursday afternoon at 2 at the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. Lazarus is urging local businesses to take a hard look at hiring returning veterans.

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Capital Region News
12:39 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Stuck In Political Mud: Albany County Nursing Home

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners
Credit [WAMC photo by Dave Lucas]

It's been a hot-button issue: the continuing saga of what to do about the Albany County Nursing Home.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has been on a mission to privatize the County Nursing Home, favoring a lease agreement with the Upstate Services Group, a company that provides administrative and operational support to affiliated skilled nursing facilities throughout New York. 

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Capital Region News
2:57 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Worldwide Lyme Disease Protest Represented In Albany

Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas

Advocates gathered in Albany's West Capitol Park  on Friday in solidarity with the "Worldwide Lyme Disease Protest" to raise awareness and highlight the need for more recognition from government, science and medicine that Lyme Disease is a global concern.

Lyme disease is a growing public health concern throughout the Northeastern United States - the co-ordinated worldwide rally is all about getting the word out - with 30 states and 30 countries in all participating.

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New York News
4:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

NY Cities: High Taxes, Low Taxes

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A new report shows Schenectady and Gloversville rank among cities with the highest property tax rates in New York.  A study published this week by the fiscally conservative Empire Center for New York State Policy ranks the Mohawk Valley city of Gloversville the highest-taxed of 75 cities in the state, with an effective rate of $52.40 per $1,000 of a property's value.

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Hudson
12:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

City Electricity Goes "Green" In June

A Columbia County city plans to become the first community in New York state to purchase its electricity as locally-produced wind power.

Researchers say that with a little effort, New York could get the power it needs from wind, water and sunlight by 2030. The city of Hudson is leading the pack for now with the announcement it will purchase electricity through retailer Viridian Energy. Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck hails the move as a "win-win for the environment and for taxpayers."

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New York News
2:13 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

NY Film Tax Credits Pro And Con

The Tonight Show is coming home to New York - the late night program left for California in 1972, but the lure of state tax credits has proven irresistible to the NBC television network. The show is expected to generate more than 100 million dollars in economic benefits for the Empire State. But not everyone supports the film tax credit.

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New York News
3:43 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senator Outlines Priorities For New York Farms

Senator Gillibrand is pushing to allow all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at farmers markets by equipping them with EBT terminals to process SNAP payments. New York is home to roughly 520 farmers markets, second only to California. More than 2.5 million New Yorkers received SNAP benefits in 2010.

As the Farm Bill moves through the Senate Agriculture Committee as early as this week, then on to full Senate consideration, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a teleconference today in which she outlined her priorities for the legislation to strengthen New York State’s agriculture industry and rural communities.

Gillibrand, New York’s first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly four decades, put together a letter, signed by 32 other senators, to cut crop insurance subsidies and hold off any food stamp cuts.

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Technology
1:59 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Introduces More Interactive Website & Launches “AlbanyWorks4U”

Mayor Jerry Jennings addresses the press at City Hall (May 7, 2013)
Credit Photocomposite by Dave Lucas / WAMC

Mayor Jerry Jennings has announced a round of technological leaps for the city of Albany. It's a triple dose of innovation - first, a redesigned, more user-friendly city website... second, the city rolls out its second major app...  and third, a new information czar.

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