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
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

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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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New York News
2:21 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

GE Takes National Grid To Court

GE spokesman Mark Behan
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

General Electric has filed a lawsuit against National Grid seeking compensation for a share of costs for the $1 billion-plus Superfund cleanup of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River.
 
In a federal complaint filed Friday, GE says that in 1973 National Grid's predecessor, Niagara Mohawk, removed an 1880s-era dam downstream of GE plants in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward that caused more than 1 million cubic yards of tainted mud and contaminated sediment to wash downstream.

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New York News
10:25 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Publisher Leaks Cuomo Book Details

Credit Illustrated by Dave Lucas

 

NEW YORK (AP) — HarperCollins says it has acquired world rights to a book by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo  about his life and the "profound moments" of his first term in office, including signing gay-marriage legislation.  

The publisher told The Associated Press exclusively Monday that Cuomo's book will be a "full and frank look at his public and private life."

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Capital Region News
12:07 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

UAlbany Cheating Scandal

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A cheating scandal at the University at Albany is raising eyebrows, and neighboring schools are taking note...

The story broke Wednesday in the college newspaper. The Albany Student Press carried the headline "Cashing in on cheating: Student-run operation charges money for completion of online assignments."

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New York News
10:50 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Hunger Advocates Back Minimum Wage Hike For Tip Workers

Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

An advocacy group is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to raise New York's Minimum Wage for tip workers...

The Hunger Action Network Friday said that New York State should raise the minimum wage for tip workers to the same level as other workers. Presently, most tip workers in NYS receive a minimum wage of 69% of other workers.

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