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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Education
12:06 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Pre-K Advocates Lobby in Albany

Cliff Bird, principal of Abram Lansing Elementary School in Cohoes, addresses fellow-advocates in Albany at the Legislative Office Building of the State Capitol.
Credit WAMC (Dave Lucas)

Advocates for early childhood education lobbied Monday at the Capitol in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to expand pre-K programs in New York's school districts.

A big push for pre-K funding in Albany as parents, educators and law enforcement officials voiced their support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's 25-million dollar proposed budget allocation for pre-K that would establish full-day programs in high need districts.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Siena Poll: NY divided on fracking DEC: No 'timetable' on decision

Anti-fracking activists line the steps along the Great Western Staircase at the NYS Capitol in Albany (Feb. 4, 2013)
Credit Dave Lucas (WAMC)


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —  A poll shows New York voters nearly evenly divided on  "fracking" the same day the state's top environmental official declared his agency has no "timetable" for finishing shale gas drilling rules.


Elected officials questioned Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens about the environmental review at a legislative budget hearing on Monday. He says he expects to get a report from Health Commissioner Nirav Shah in "a few weeks."

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New York News
4:31 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

NY crackdown on synthetic pot nets drugs, arrests

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State police say their investigation into the illegal sale of banned substances resulted in the seizure of more than 11,000 packages believed to contain synthetic marijuana.

Authorities say the seized drugs are valued at more than $150,000. Police say they also seized $16,000 in cash and 200 packages of suspected bath salts after launching their investigation last August along with local law enforcement agencies in the Rochester and Syracuse areas, Niagara Falls, Auburn and Port Jervis in Orange County.

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New York News
7:58 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

NY state's racing, lottery agencies merger complete

Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — The state agencies in charge of regulating New York's horse racing industry and running its lotteries are now merged into one department.

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New York News
6:12 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Northeast Patent Producers rank in US Top 20 Survey


Robust patent activity is regarded as an economic boon for any metro area -  a survey of national patent activity shows three Northeastern metro areas have been identified as places in the country most likely to be "inventive" - The survey entitled “Patenting Prosperity: Invention and Economic Performance in the United States and its Metropolitan Areas”  tracks U.S. patent activity from 1980-to-2012: the Brookings Institution finds that some of the most inventive metropolitan areas in the nation include Burlington, Vermont, New York's "North Country" and the cities of Albany and Poughkeepsie.

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New York News
4:43 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Historic Cooperstown hotel settles $550K lawsuit

Credit otesaga.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The historic Otesaga hotel overlooking Lake Otsego in Cooperstown has settled a lawsuit filed by workers who said they weren't receiving proceeds from service charges.

The Daily Star of Oneonta reports that Leatherstocking Corporation, owner of the resort hotel, has agreed to pay a $550,000 settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit filed in Albany in 2010.

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Education
12:04 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Public Schools in Fiscal Peril – Running Out of Time and Options

Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director, Statewide School Finance Consortium, addresses a crowd gathered at Columbia High School, East Greenbush NY [1-31-13]
Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

A broad coalition of parents, educators and business leaders – representing all 47 public school districts from seven Capital Region counties – gathered last night in East Greenbush for an unprecedented advocacy rally titled "Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril - Running Out of Time and Options.” 

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New York News
8:08 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NY comptroller OK's deal for new driver's licenses

Credit Joseph Spector - Politics on the Hudson

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has approved the Cuomo administration's contract for new driver's licenses that will have black-and-white photos produced by the highest bidder.

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Technology
6:19 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Watson at Rensselaer

Flanked by the avatar of IBM's Watson computer, IBM Research Scientist Dr. Chris Welty (left) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student Naveen Sundar discuss potential new ways the famous computer could be used. IBM donated a version of its Watson system to Rensselaer, making it the first university in the world to receive such a system. Rensselaer students and faculty will explore new uses for Watson and ways to deepen its cognitive computing capabilities
Credit IBM

In 2011, IBM's Watson supercomputer made national television history when it appeared on the "Jeopardy" program and knocked out two of the show's top champions. Now, the computer is in college.

RPI is the first university in the world to receive a Watson computer system from IBM - Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson left home to sharpen its skills. Course work will include English and math. It will spend three years in Troy.

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Capital Region News
2:05 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NY to auction used state office furniture

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — If you've had your eye on an old conference table, chairs or desk you once saw in a state office, this could be your big opportunity.

New York's Office of General Services is planning to auction surplus office furniture on Monday morning in Albany.

Registration and a preview are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at the Harriman State Office Campus, but you can see some items in online photographs at www.nysstore.com .

The 328 lots include 18 vertical five-drawer legal metal file cabinets to a single wooden credenza.

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