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
4:26 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Andrew Cuomo, Environmentalist?

Governor Cuomo's office responded to a request for comment by emailing a single-page copy of Veto #176.
Credit Governor Andrew Cuomo

This month Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his veto of the Environmental Protection Fund Enhancement Act, which would have added $56 million of existing Bottle Bill revenues to the Environmental Protection Fund  over six years. The veto caused some to question whether or not the Governor was an environmentalist.
 Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
 

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New York News
12:10 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

3D Printing: The Future is Here

Scanning a Stradivarius to a computer file that will be used to make a 3-Dimensional copy.
Credit 3DEA

A group is working to download a gun's design and build it on a 3-D printer. And 3-D printing is positioned to become the next consumer craze - Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

It's the nearest thing to those old teleporters you've seen in science fiction movies and television shows for the past 50 years - push a few buttons and a three-dimensional object emerges from a microwave oven-sized appliance.

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New York News
7:53 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Snow storm blows into upstate NY

The first major snowstorm of the season is heading into upstate New York, with forecasters predicting up to a foot or more of snow mixed with sleet or freezing rain. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

Governor Cuomo activated the State Emergency Operations Center early Wednesday evening to monitor the storm and any emergency needs. Dangerous travel conditions are expected through Thursday evening. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of upstate New York.

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New York News
4:55 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Control of NYS Senate Rests On Court Decision

An appeal has been filed in the wake of a court decision awarding New York's 46th district Senate seat to Republican George Amedore. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

Court papers were filed Wednesday by Democratic candidate Cecilia Tkaczyk: she is appealing a Montgomery County judge's decision to invalidate 333 absentee and affidavit ballots in her race against Amedore.

Acting Supreme Court Justice Guy Tomlinson certified Amedore the winner last week after supervising the ballot count which placed the Republican 37 votes in the lead.

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New York News
7:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

New Year's Day 'open house' at Executive Mansion

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit Pat Arnow

Governor Andrew Cuomo is opening the Executive Mansion in Albany to visitors on New Year's Day. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

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New York News
3:30 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Beet juice and brine mix to prevent NY Thruway ice

The New York State Thruway is getting special treatment this winter to help prevent icing. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas.
 

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New York News
12:37 am
Mon December 24, 2012

NY sues WA company for selling untaxed cigarettes

The state Attorney General's Office has filed a lawsuit accusing a Washington-based tobacco manufacturer of illegally selling hundreds of thousands of untaxed cigarettes in New York State. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details.
 

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New York News
3:06 am
Sat December 22, 2012

NY report shows telemarketers get the money

The New York Attorney General's Charities Bureau reports telemarketers kept on average 61.5 cents of every dollar they raised last year, providing 38.5 cents for the charities themselves. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more.

The report, issued Friday,  shows 602 campaigns brought in almost $240.6 million, with $92.7 million going to the charities, which actually lost money in 76 telemarketing campaigns.

Many campaigns also list large amounts of uncollected pledges.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sandy K.O.'s NY Jobs Numbers

State labor officials say job losses from Superstorm Sandy cut into gains made this year in New York's employment numbers. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more.

Statewide Labor Market Analyst Kevin Jack says 29,100 private sector jobs were lost in November because of the storm's impact on the New York City area, cutting total job gains for the year to 83,500.

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New York News
4:02 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

New Bruno Trial Stalled

Credit ..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

A second corruption trial against former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno encounters a delay...  more from WAMC's Dave Lucas

Chief United States District Court Judge Gary Sharpe has adjourned a Feb. 4 trial date - the Albany Times Union reports he did so because the 83-year old Bruno's attorneys are making a "double jeopardy" appeal

Bruno lawyer E. Stewart Jones Jr. told the newspaper that by appealing, the former senator from Brunswick won't have his case tried before May and perhaps as late as June, unless the matter is dismissed.

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