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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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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New York News
9:49 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Food Stamps A Concern As Farm Bill Nears Senate

As the Farm Bill moves through the Senate Agriculture Committee and eventually on to the full Senate, New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand leads one-third of the Senate in calling for the protection of critical food assistance, urging her colleagues not to balance the budget deficit by cutting food stamps. 

The Farm Bill under consideration would slash $4.1 billion in food stamps funding over the next decade. Government statistics show that half of food stamp beneficiaries are children.

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Albany Politics
12:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Albany 11th Ward Council Member Anton Konev on Redistricting

Albany 11th Ward Council Member Anton Konev, at the WAMC studios (2013)
Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas

Albany Common Council Member Anton Konev, who represents the city's 11th ward, talks about how redistricting is changing Albany city politics with Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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Hudson
4:23 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Basilica Hudson: Season #3 Opening

Credit Basilica Hudson

The Basilica Hudson, part of a citywide renaissance that has taken hold in recent years, is kicking off its third season .  Artist-owned and operated since 2010, Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century factory converted into an art, performance, production and event space located next to the Amtrak station on the town of Hudson's waterfront. 

Creative Director Melissa Auf der Maur, known best for her days in the alternative rock bands Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins, says Basilica is gearing up for a new and busier season than ever.

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Capital Region News
12:22 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Park-n-Text Coming To Albany

Smartphone technology is growing, with cutting edge apps aimed at drivers that are changing the way people drive — and will serve as liaisons between motorists, parking meters and vehicles.

Head to any downtown area and the first thing on your mind is "where am I gonna park?"  Parking always seems to be at a premium in cities from Saratoga Springs to Poughkeepsie...

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Capital Region News
5:01 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sidewalk Chalk Art: A Sign Of Spring!

Sidewalk chalk art is viewed as a public form of expression, but like anything else, beauty - and sometimes legality - is in the eye of the beholder.

If that beholder happens to be  a police officer who finds you with a piece of chalk in hand and your “art” on a public sidewalk, you might be in some trouble.

It’s one of those grey areas…

Albany Police spokesperson Steve Smith says there is no specific general city ordinance for using chalk on sidewalk.

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Capital Region News
12:12 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

UAlbany Students Present Demands At May Day Rally

Credit WAMC Dave Lucas

University at Albany students staged a May Day rally Wednesday to protest several issues, including the installation of Sodexho as the campuswide food service provider.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Gov ♥'s New York

Credit Times Union Website Crime Confidential Blog

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is big on tourism. The state's leader has called a summit meeting for next week. Cuomo announced Wednesday he will host New York State’s first ever Tourism Summit to hear ideas from industry leaders, business owners and other stakeholders to help ensure that the tourism industry continues to grow and create jobs in New York.

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New York News
4:51 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

NY AG Launches New Animal Protection Initiative

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the formation of a new Animal Protection Initiative. Schneiderman aims to shut down criminal animal fighting rings, ensure compliance with New York State's Pet Lemon Law, charge those who abuse or neglect animals, and crack down on the abuses of so-called “puppy mills” in order to protect the welfare of the animals being sold and the consumers they are sold to.

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Capital Region News
4:25 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Gay Rights Activists View Jason Collins’ Coming Out As Positive Step

State lawmakers, gay rights advocates and labor and law enforcement officials rally in West Capitol Park, State and Swan streets, Albany.
Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas

A day after veteran NBA player Jason Collins made national headlines by becoming the first active male athlete in the four major sports to come out as gay, state lawmakers, gay rights advocates and labor and law enforcement officials participated in Empire State Pride Agenda's annual lobby day in Albany.

Although New Yorkers are becoming more accepting following the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011, activists and advocates want to ensure that gay rights and gay pride stay in the media spotlight.

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