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
12:30 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

400 Years: Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

Handshake: Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper and a Two Row Wampum expert is pictured outside Albany City Hall with Albany Common Councilmember Cathy Fahey
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There’s a growing movement to spread the word that the first agreement made 400 years ago between Native Americans and European settlers is not only still valid, but has relevance today. In 1613 in what is now upstate New York, the first agreement was consecrated between indigenous peoples and interlopers from afar.

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New York News
4:41 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

NY Farmers Want 2% Ag Assessment Cap

The New York Farm Bureau’s efforts to cap rising agricultural property taxes are gaining legislative momentum.

While Governor Andrew Cuomo touts his business-boosting Tax Free New York proposal, the state's farmers are thirsting for relief: New York farmers pay $38.41 per acre in property taxes, according to Farm Credit East. That is the second highest rate in the country.

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New York News
11:57 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Cuomo Pushes For Women's Equality Act

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Andrew Cuomo's office kicked-started the day by spreading word that the Governor had published an op-ed in The Huffington Post titled "Restoring New York as a Leader in Women's Rights.” The timing seems right: women's groups are rallying this noonhour at the State Capitol in Albany, on the heels of Cuomo's mid-morning press event the 10-point "Women's Equality Act" which includes strengthening abortion rights in New York.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Women in MMA Call The Sport Empowering

Kimbo Slice is a Bahamian born American non-professional boxer, mixed martial artist and occasional actor. He became famous for street fights which went viral on the Internet.
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Several women who practice mixed martial arts say the New York Assembly should legalize the professional sport this year, countering arguments by female critics who say it promotes sexist attitudes and violence at home.

While the state Senate has voted to legalize and regulate the sport like most states and Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's not opposed, passage is up to the Democrat-controlled Assembly. Supporters claim 63 sponsors, including 10 Democratic women, among the chamber's 150 members, and hope the bill will come to a floor vote.

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Utica
4:35 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

War Crimes Suspect Extradited To Bosnia From Central NY

Norwegian UN troops on their way up Sniper Alley in Sarajevo, November 1995.
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UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Federal officials say a New York man has been extradited to his native Bosnia-Herzegovina to be tried for war crimes committed in the 1990s, including the torture of one prisoner and the slaying of another.

Officials say the extradition of Sulejman Mujagic was the result of close cooperation between U.S. and Bosnian authorities.

The 50-year-old former regional army commander was arrested in Utica in November. He's accused of killing an unarmed enemy soldier and torturing another during the Bosnian War in March 1995.

He moved to Utica in 1997.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Cuomo Announces Crackdown On Drivers Who Text

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting tougher on drivers who text or chat on their phones while at the wheel.  Cuomo, the father of three teen-agers, said Friday that a change will go into effect starting Saturday. The revised penalty applies to any kind of cellphone activity while driving.  Drivers will see the penalty for texting while driving increase from three points off their driver’s licenses  to five points. Cuomo told CBS New York he spends a lot of time in a car and he sees people texting while driving every day.

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New York News
4:20 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Phone Company Pushing Wireless Over Copper Line

The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a plan by Verizon to eliminate its landline service on western Fire Island off the south shore of Long Island. Critics fear the move seals the fate of the old copper line system.

The telephone has been immortalized in story and song, woven deep into the tapesty of 20th century social culture... but this is the 21st century, and some fear the landline is going the way of carburetors and VHS tapes.

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New York News
2:44 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Tax-Free NY Not For Everyone

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been touring New York touting his Tax-Free New York proposal. Despite Cuomo's “speak, rinse, repeat” approach, not everybody's on board.

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New York News
3:36 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Medical Marijuana : Support in NY Grows

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One-third of Americans now reside in a state where medical marijuana is legal. Lawmakers in Albany are considering a bill that would create a state-regulated medical marijuana program allowing seriously ill patients to have access to the drug under the supervision of a healthcare practicioner. Mental health and treatment professionals participated in a conference call to discuss the issue today.

Advocates say more than 600 doctors from across the state have pledged support to end criminalizing patients who use medical marijuana under professional supervision.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Aftermath: Climate Change?

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Powerful storms rolled through upstate New York Wednesday night, flooding streets, downing trees and closing roads.  

Wednesday evening saw mobilephones abuzz with storm alerts, watches and warnings as Albany-area TV meteorologists hunkered down to anchor extended coverage of dangerous inclement weather that ran up close to 9 p.m. The storms originated in Central New York and wreaked havoc as they traveled eastward.

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