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
12:17 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

SUNY Chancellor Outlines Ambitious Goals

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This week, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivered her third annual State of the University Address, highlighting the value of a college degree, and setting an aggressive agenda for the year ahead.  

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New York City
6:59 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Poll: Quinn leads NYC Democratic mayoral pack

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NEW YORK (AP) — A new poll finds New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has a big lead in a Democratic primary for mayor.

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Politics
1:38 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Cuomo's big donors boost his campaign fund to $22M

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has collected mostly five-figure donations to build an almost unassailable campaign fund over the last six months even as he seeks to limit future donations in a campaign finance reform law.

A New York Public Interest Group analysis shows about 80 percent of Cuomo's donations were for $10,000 or more to give him a mid-term campaign fund of $22 million.

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Newburgh
6:57 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Bystanders grab gunman after man shot in NY store

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Police are crediting bystanders with subduing a gunman after he opened fire inside a Hudson Valley store and wounded a man during a robbery attempt.

City of Newburgh police say 21-year-old Thomas Rodriquez Jr. was outside the South Side Deli Tuesday night when a man approached him and demanded money. Rodriquez ran into the store and the gunman followed.

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New York News
4:43 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Gun-rights backers expect suits against NY gun law

Senator Kathy Marchione

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —Gun rights advocates expect court challenges to New York's tightest-in-the-nation restrictions on guns.

A Republican state senator from Saratoga says her online petition for repealing the provisions has drawn more than 37,000 signatures since yesterday. Sen. Kathy Marchione says if legislative attempts at repeal fails, she'll go to court.

Besides banning assault rifles, the state law calls for mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases and tries to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who may be a threat.

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New York City
4:41 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Deadline looms, no NYC teacher evaluation deal

Credit City of New York

(NEW YORK) New York City and its teachers' union have still not reached a deal on evaluations despite a Thursday deadline. 

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New York News
12:38 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

NY reports more assaults in state's youth prisons

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The State Commission of Correction has reported 337 assaults in New York's four youth prisons last year, triple the total in any of the previous four years.

Commission data show 226 assaults against other juveniles and 111 attacks on staff in 2012, compared with 112 total violent incidents reported in 2011.

Citing the "alarming increase" through the first half of last year, the commission chairman in August requested an explanation and measures planned by the Office of Children and Family Services.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Contested NY Senate seat vote goes to top court

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court will soon decide whether to count additional ballots in a tight state Senate race.

Both Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk (KAT'-chik) have filed appeals over ballots in the new 46th Senate District. .

lthough a judge in December declared Amedore the winner by 37 votes out of 126,000 ballots cast, a midlevel court last week ordered 99 ballots added to the tally.

Most were challenged by Republicans.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Business Brisk at NY Gun Shops

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Sales of guns and ammunition at shops across New York State have been brisk today.

Gun shop owners saw increases in sales begin within a week of the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident, as talk spread about imposing stricter gun control measures. Sales are off the chart today: lines of vehicles along roadways leading to gun stores - citizens anxious to purchase equipment before Governor Andrew Cuomo's sweeping gun reform measures become law.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

NY Gun Control Legislation: Reactions

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New York State's response to recent mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and Webster, New York comes in the form of the toughest gun laws in the Nation.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's gun law package features many measures he presented in his State of the State address.   Budd Schroeder is Chairman of the board of directors of SCOPE - the Shooters Committee on Political Action, which has 200 affiliated gun clubs across New York State. Schroeder thinks Cuomo has overstepped his leadership position.


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