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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Central New York News
4:11 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

DEP & Public Officials Tour Gilboa Dam Reconstruction

Water gushes out of a siphon at the Gilboa Dam.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York City Department of Environmental Protection officials opened the Gilboa Dam site to government leaders, the media and the public Tuesday to get a firsthand look at reconstruction.

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New York News
5:08 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

NY OGS pegs cost of gun rally clean-up at 60K

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Over the years hundreds of groups of citizens and organizations have held demonstrations, rallies and protests on the grounds of the New York State Capitol. Now, Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports a few eyebrows have raised after media reports concerning the cost of clean-up after one particular event.

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New York News
5:02 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

NY “Distracted” Driving Awareness Month – More than Just Texting

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month: experts say the distracted driving problem goes way beyond just handheld cell phone calls. Joel Feldman with the Casey Feldman Foundation notes that New York State already bans both hand held calls and texting while driving, but he says three quarters of all distracted driving injuries and deaths are unrelated to cell phones.

"You can’t legislate against me reaching for my GPS, me reaching into my glove compartment, me reaching around if I’ve got an infant in the back in the car seat..."

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New York News
12:22 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

NY "Common Core" Under Fire

Parents, teachers, unions and government officials all are weighing in on the pros and cons of standardized testing in New York State.

Many parents across New York are wrestling with the question - should they allow their children to take New York's math and English tests, part of the new "Common Core" curriculum for grades three through eight scheduled for this month.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Albany Common Council Candidate Dorcey Applyrs

Dorcey Applyrs was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Albany, NY after graduating from Delaware State University with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is a graduate of the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY Albany) School of Public Health with a Master's of Public Health. Dorcey is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health degree at SUNY Albany.
Credit Lesley Adewunmi

Three-term Albany Councilman Dominick Calsolaro recently announced he won’t see re-election to a fourth term.

He is backing political newcomer Dorcey Applyrs, a 31-year-old Ph.D. student in public health at the University at Albany, to be his successor as leader of the First Ward. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas talked with Applyrs, a Washington DC native, about her affection for Albany and decision to run for public office.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Advocates: Medical Marijuana in NY closer than ever

This could be the year that New York joins the 18 other states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Vermont, that already have medical marijuana laws on the  books.  

On Tuesday, New York State Senator Diane Savino and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, along with 68 other co-sponsors, introduced a bill to allow seriously ill patients in the Empire State to use medical marijuana legally with a doctor’s recommendation. Gottfried argues passage of the law is long past overdue.
 

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New York News
4:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Gov Offers New Yorkers Tax Help

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With the April 15 tax deadline approaching, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is encouraging residents to avail themselves of free tax assistance.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is available to individuals and families with an annual income of $51,000 or less. Taxpayers can have their federal and state taxes prepared and filed for free by IRS-certified volunteers at more than 400 locations across the state.

VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.

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Capital Region News
3:07 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Albany App Targets Graffiti

A decades-old problem that plagues large cities is about to meet a new, digital foe.

The city of Albany is turning to smartphone technology in the fight against urban blight: Mayor Jerry Jennings announced the activation of The Graffiti Buster.   The free app was about a year in the making, the brainchild of Tim Varney, a partner at Troy Web Consulting. Albany's Department of General Services cleans up hundreds of incidents of graffiti every year.
 

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New York News
12:48 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

NY's New Minimum Wage: You'll Pay For It

A provision buried deep in New York's tentative budget shows taxpayers will get part of the bill for raising the minimum wage.

The deal to raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 by 2015 includes a "minimum wage reimbursement credit" for employers. The credit would reimburse employers for part of the difference in wages from the current $7.25 minimum wage as it rises to $9 an hour by 2016. Once it reaches $9 an hour, employers would pay 40 cents and taxpayers $1.35 of the extra $1.75 an hour workers are paid.

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New York News
4:46 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Activists: New NY Minimum Wage Not Enough

Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network
Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas

Wall Street may be booming but Main Street is still struggling:  activists vow to push for an even higher minimum wage in New York.

Although some say an American revival is underway, activists argue the current “recession recovery” has been the weakest in American history. Mark Dunlea with the Hunger Action Network says we’ve only seen about half the normal number of jobs come back into the economy:

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