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
5:59 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

NY Plays Central Role In GMO Labeling Debate

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Agricultural, food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat legislation to require labels on food containing genetically modified crops in New York, highlighting the state's pivotal role in debates about what Americans should know about the products they consume.

Supporters argue people should know if food contains GMO ingredients.

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New York News
4:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Negotiations Underway Over NY Medical Marijuana

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

The lead sponsor of a measure to legalize medical marijuana in New York says negotiations are underway with the governor's office and the Assembly in hopes of having an agreement by Monday.

Sen. Diane Savino's comment came Thursday as Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's open to the so-called "Compassionate Care Act," but has reservations about the drug being exploited.

While the Staten Island Democrat met with reporters, the bill moved from the finance committee to the rules committee, its final stop before a vote in the Republican-led Senate.

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New York News
1:01 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Albany Airport Unveils 6 Electric Car Chargers

EV's recharging at Albany (NY) International Airport
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The New York Power Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on Wednesday unveiled the first of 100 planned installations they’re partnering on to charge electric vehicles statewide.  It's part of a larger effort that seeks to encourage more electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them.

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New York News
4:58 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Micah Kellner: Assembly Harassment Findings

Credit New York State Assembly

A New York assemblyman faces the loss of his staff and offices after an ethics committee found he continued to violate that house's sexual harassment policy.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says Assemblyman Micah Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat, will lose his Albany and district offices and staff allocation by month’s end.

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New York News
4:42 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NY Speaker Pushes For Minimum Wage Hike, Dream Act

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has renewed his push to increase the minimum wage and pass the Dream Act as lawmakers work toward adjournment.

Silver told reporters Wednesday the two measures are top priorities :  the minimum wage proposal would raise the wage to $10.10 per hour and allow cities like New York to impose a local minimum wage  up to 30 percent higher.

The Dream Act would extend financial aid to students who are in the country illegally.

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New York News
7:01 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

From Electric City to Vegas East?

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Just days after a casino proposal for Exit 23 in Albany collapsed,  Schenectady has taken a key step in luring Vegas-style gambling to the city.  

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New York News
2:20 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

To Keep Or Not To Keep: Oil Train Secrets

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

CSX is among U.S. railroads instructed to turn over details regarding volatile crude oil shipments to local emergency responders to assist teams in disaster preparedness.  CSX is asking New York State not to give the public any information about how much oil trains are carrying and what routes they will take.

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New York News
11:51 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Family Leave Gets Push In NY As Session Winds Down

Credit Vermont Workers' Center

Supporters are making a final push to pass paid family leave legislation in New York state as state lawmakers enter their final weeks of work.

The bill passed the state Assembly in March. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined advocates of the measure Monday to call on her colleagues to pass the bill before adjourning June 19th. 

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New York News
9:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

NY Data: Most Vets Get Timely Visits

Federal data show nine veterans' medical centers in New York scheduling 95 percent or more of their patients for appointments within 30 days, though hundreds are waiting longer at each facility.

The Department of Veterans Affairs report shows centers in the Bronx, Hudson Valley and New York City seeing all but 1 percent of their patients within the 30-day span.

Centers in Northport on Long Island and Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes schedule 98 percent of patients within 30 days:  the rate in Albany and Buffalo was 97 percent.

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Capital Region News
7:03 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Advocates: FBI Entrapment Is 'Inventing Terrorists'

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A Muslim advocacy group is out with a study critical of methods used by the federal government to identify, entrap and prosecute terrorists.

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