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
3:09 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

NY Gun Control Debate Continues

Credit M. Glasgow / Flickr

As New York authorities begin a series of visits across upstate to explain the new gun control law, a New York City police officer argued on National television  that handguns pose a more serious threat than assault weapons.
 

New York's tough new gun law rolled out after the Newtown school massacre and West Webster firefighter ambush continues to be the subject of debate.

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Capital Region News
10:58 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Dunn Bridge Advisory

The Dunn Memorial Bridge connecting Albany and Rensselaer, N. Y.
Credit Boston Public Library

A reminder for motorists using the Dunn Memorial Bridge to cross the Hudson River .

Beginning Monday, lanes on the Dunn Memorial Bridge will be closed so workers can remove safety screening that was installed back in 2011 to protect peregrine falcon nesting boxes while construction crews worked nearby.

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Capital Region News
7:59 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

NY, gun show operator agree on monitoring rules

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities and a major gun show operator have worked out new rules to make sure weapon sales are properly tracked and done safely.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Friday the "Model Gun Show Procedures" will be in place for this weekend's show at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

That show is run by the New York State Arms Collectors Association Inc., which also puts on the Syracuse Gun Show at the state fairgrounds in April.

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Capital Region News
4:28 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Clean & Green: Electric Power Rules!

An early 20th Century electric car and its modern counterpart.
Credit Image composite by Dave Lucas with help from WikiPedia

Electric technology has come full circle in two different ways affecting two upstate communities.

A power generation station in Columbia County that dates back to the 19th century has been restored to service. The Stuyvesant Hydro Electric Station came back online in December providing power to National Grid, albeit on a temporary basis. The facility is nearly completely rehabilitated.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

January is Stalking Awareness Month in NY

The National Center For Victims of Crime has named January 2013 as National Stalking Awareness Month.

Stalking is a crime in New York, and both sexes are victims. “Know it. Name it. Stop it” is the theme for January's Stalking Awareness Month.

Barbara Palmateer is Program Director of Family, Community and Victim Services for Community Action Agency of Greene County’s Columbia-Greene Domestic Violence Program. She notes that victims suffer anxiety, social dysfunction, and severe depression at much higher rates than the general population, and many lose time from work or have to move as a result of their victimization.

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Niskayuna
11:56 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Upstate NY school district leaves lunch program

School lunch staff and students enjoy the new school lunch menu created to meet the new standards at the Yorkshire Elementary School in Manassas, VA on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.
Credit Lance Cheung / U.S. Department of Agriculture

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York school district is opting out of the National School Lunch Program as students throw out fruits and vegetables required under new nutritional guidelines.

The Niskayuna Central School District near Albany plans to opt out April 1. Officials in the suburban district say the number of students buying lunch dropped significantly this year and the program is running a $70,000 deficit.

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Utica
6:04 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Central NY Lawmakers consider Brine ban

Actor Mark Ruffalo, appearing at an Albany NY rally, holds up a jar of well water activists say was contaminated by a nearby hydrofracking installation.
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As New Yorkers continue to wait for word from Albany as to whether hydraulic fracturing will be allowed in any part of the state, a separate debate has sprung up regarding the use of wastewater from the fracking process as a de-icer on highways.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Syracuse mayor questions Cuomo's borrowing plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Democratic party chairwoman and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for what she considers his questionable proposal to use borrowing to ease a fiscal crisis for local taxpayers.  

Cuomo has proposed allowing municipalities facing potential insolvency to borrow against future savings in the state's new pension reform plan. Miner tells the Syracuse Post-Standard and The New York Times that seems unwise.

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New York News
4:53 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

NY wholesale electric rates hit 12-year low

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) — New York's electrical grid operator says the average price of wholesale electricity hit a 12-year low last year, thanks to a glut of cheap natural gas and market competition that drives greater efficiency.

The New York Independent System Operator, or NYISO, said Wednesday that the average annual wholesale price of electric energy in the state was $45.23 per megawatt hour. The previous record low was $48.63 in 2009.

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Schoharie County
11:57 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Constitution Pipeline Proposal Changes

Credit Constitution Pipeline

There's been a change in plans for the proposed Constitution Pipeline that officials claim would make the project more environmentally sound. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.


The controversial 122-mile pipeline would bring natural gas produced by hydrofracking in Northern Pennsylvania to a terminal in the Schoharie County Town of Wright, where it would then be sent on to other existing lines in the area. Constitution Pipeline LLC is planning to submit a permit application to build the line early this year to FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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