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
1:30 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Katz' Attorney: "No Charges; No Story"

New York City Attorney Susan Chana Lask speaks to the press outside the Coeymans NY courthouse.
Credit Dave Lucas/WAMC

Westchester County assemblyman Steve Katz was to have been in an upstate court this morning to address charges of marijuana and speeding violations dating back to mid-morning on March 14 when his car was stopped by a state trooper along a stretch of the Thruway in the Southern Albany County town of Coeymans.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Blueprint Report Addresses NY Drug Policy

A new report offers recommendations that its authors believe could make New York a national model by shifting drug policy from a criminalization-based to a public health-based approach.

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New York News
4:54 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

NY Senators Petition FAA

Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

New York's U.S. Senators have stepped in hoping to stave off the June 15th closure of two airport control towers in Central New York.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are asking Washington to keep Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County and Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport in Tompkins County open. The Senators wrote to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta encouraging him to keep the towers open --- they say the towers are essential to the Central New York economy and to security in the Northeast.

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New York News
12:58 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Push Is On For NY Fair Elections

Proponents of fair elections, particularly in New York, argue that ordinary citizens are denied a real chance at being heard in an election because running for office is expensive and the average citizen is unable contribute substantial sums of money to help fund any given campaign.

Supporters say a fair elections law would restore trust in government by giving prospective candidates for office access to public funding. For example: for each dollar raised, a taxpayer-financed public fund would match that dollar with six dollars.

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Capital Region News
4:35 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Shots Ring Out In Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Albany say they're investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded.  Officers responded to reports of shots fired 1:45 a.m. Thursday at Central near King Avenue and found two men with gunshot wounds. 26-year-old Darzee Reid of Troy was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. Police say the other victim, a 22-year-old man, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Police are continuing their investigation.

© 2013 AP

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Capital Region News
11:58 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

3-Year Old Killed By TV

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old upstate New York girl has died from injuries suffered when a television fell on her. Troy police say emergency crews were called to a home in the city around 7:30 Thursday evening after an older model TV fell off its stand and landed on the child.  Alyssa Willett was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

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New York News
4:31 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Tense Moments At Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a police bomb unit that pulled over a car with Massachusetts license plates in the city of Niagara Falls, New York, found nothing dangerous inside.

Police officials say a state police bomb disposal team used a robot to remove several items from the car Friday after it had been stopped earlier in the morning by officers checking out a report of a suspicious vehicle with Massachusetts plates.

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Science & Technology
2:29 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Cyber Attacks Can Happen Anywhere

America's "War on Terror" goes beyond the streets. Battles are being fought on a regular basis over the internet, from Chinese or Korean cyber attacks to hacks from groups and individuals within the United States.

As technology evolves and we become more reliant on the internet, the web presents a frontier of opportunity for mischief-makers, criminals and terrorists.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

NY Crowns Itself 'Yogurt King'

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York says it's now No. 1 nationally in yogurt production.
State statistics show New York producers churned out 692 million pounds of yogurt last year to take the top spot. California was No. 2 after producing 587 million pounds.

New York yogurt plants have nearly tripled production in the last five years.

New York is also the fourth largest milk producer in the country. Over the last five years, milk production increased by 1 billion pounds to over 13 billion pounds in 2012.

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Capital Region News
4:55 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Anti-Gun Group In Saratoga Demands Proof Of Insurance

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Citizens turned up the heat Wednesday on Saratoga Springs City Center, pressing officials to prove that the group holding gun shows there is properly insured.

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