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
12:38 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Activist Challenges Albany Red Light Camera Plan

"You don't have to put up the red light (cameras)" ~ Jesse Calhoun
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In May, city officials took the wraps off a plan to bring red light cameras — which snap photos of vehicles illegally zipping under traffic signals — to Albany's most dangerous intersections. Citizens and politicians are now choosing sides. Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, an Albany Democrat, introduced the legislation that would give the City of Albany the green light to engage in a five-year demonstration program deploying automatic red-light ticketing cameras at as many as 20 intersections.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Crude By Rail: Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness

The long lines of DOT 111 oil tankers parked outside of the Ezra Prentice complex in Albany are a constant reminder to some residents they are living in the shadow of potential disaster. Critics of crude oil transportation by rail are in pro-active mode when it comes to disaster preparedness.

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Capital Region News
12:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Casino Fever Crosses The River

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Another wrinkle in the regional casino picture - Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced this week that the the so-called "E23 proposal" with the casino, hotel, restaurants and water park - is not to be –  "What we have learned is that what was at least presented is not possible."

The dream is gone - left behind as wealthy Rochester developer David Flaum looks across the Hudson to Rensselaer, where Wednesday night the city council, in a 6-to-1 vote,  gave Flaum the green light to site a casino-hotel complex on a 24-acre site along the riverbank.

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Capital Region News
10:08 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Siena President Leaving For Franciscan Post

WAMC's Alan Chartock with Father Kevin Mullen.
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The President of Siena College is stepping down.

Father Kevin Mullen, who has led the school since 2007, leaves August 4th to lead Holy Name Province. The New York City based organization represents the largest Franciscan community in the United States.

Mullen told a local media outlet Thursday that being a Franciscan is his primary concern in life - once in the city he'll be the order's public face with U.S. bishops, promoting Franciscan values and work. Mullen emerged as a candidate after a straw ballot was held in March.

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New York News
4:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

All Bets Are Off E23: All Eyes Are On East Greenbush

"What was presented is not possible." ~ Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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In a hastily-called Wednesday afternoon press conference at City Hall, Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan announced the proposal for A casino that would have been built at Exit 23 of the NYS Thruway had come to halt.  Sheehan said the so-called "E23 project" was, in the developers opinion, not financially viable, and the developer is looking at Rensselaer - where will be a town board public hearing at Genet Elementary School at 7 p.m. and public comment will be heard regarding the proposed "East Greenbush Casino" that has the backing of Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

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Capital Region News
5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

NYS Comptroller Issues Albany City Financial Report

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  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report concerning the financial condition of the City of Albany. 

The report shows - that Albany has a high level of poverty - and unable to collect taxes on 59 percent of the properties which are tax-exempt, plus 17 percent of other city properties that are vacant.  Mayor Kathy Sheehan warns Albany faces a $16 million budget shortfall this year

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New York News
3:45 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Gillibrand, Tonko Tour YouthBuild Project: Vow To Keep Funds Flowing

New York US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko were in Schenectady Monday, calling for continued federal funding of educational and job training programs.

The lawmakers toured a house at 843 Emmett Street that has been under renovation by Schenectady YouthBuild over the past two years. More than 80 high school students worked on the project, turning a run-down building into an energy-efficient showcase.

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New York News
3:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

New York In Group Welcoming Pollution Cuts

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New York is among nine states already cutting greenhouse gases from power plants that say proposed federal guidelines for future national reductions are welcome.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which sets pollution caps and requires using or buying credits to exceed them, says its states collectively have reduced carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generation by 40 percent since 2005.

However, the federal target by 2030 is another 44 percent cut for New York, based on 2012 pollution levels.

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Capital Region News
6:55 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Pelosi Bus Tour Rolls On Promoting Women's Economic Issues: Locals React

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U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a busload of fellow Democrats are on a tour promoting a minimum wage hike, paid sick leave, affordable childcare and equal pay for men and women. The bus stopped in Albany Sunday. Local politicians and activists turned out to hear from the former Speaker.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

"When Women Succeed, America Succeeds"

Leader Pelosi kicked off her national bus tour in Seneca Falls Sunday then stopped in Albany.
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U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kicked off the first leg of a nationwide tour that included a stop Sunday in Albany.

"When Women Succeed, America Succeeds" - that is the theme - the economic agenda intending to strengthen working families - in the words of its proponents -  "to unleash the power of women across the country"   through support of legislative proposals to extend equal pay, a minimum wage increase, paid family and medical leave and other benefits to working women.

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