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
4:48 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

NY Pension Fund Review: Report Issued

An outside review of New York's $150 billion pension fund for public workers shows it fixed ethical problems that led to a "pay-for-play" scandal.  

The three-year review by Michigan-based Funston Advisory Services says the Common Retirement Fund's 2009 decision to ban paid placement agents used by other pension funds does not appear to have kept it from accessing qualified outside investment managers.

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New York News
3:12 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Toxic Flame Retardants Found in Day Care Nap Mats

Children's Health Advocates were in Albany Tuesday lobbying New York Legislators to protect kids from toxic chemicals.

Advocates say cancer-causing toxic flame retardants have turned up in Day Care Nap Mats sold at Walmart, K-Mart, Target and other national retail outlets.

24 brands were tested. All but two contained dangerous flame-retardants. The Center for Environmental Health urges child care providers and parents to look for mats made without polyurethane foam.


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Capital Region News
12:48 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Law Would Help Police Track Parolees

Police in the city of Troy may soon get a bit of "enforcement assistance" with a new local law that supporters say would help control crime.  

Troy's City Council has been discussing creating a registration program for parolees that would require individuals fresh out of prison who take up residence in town to register with the Chief of Police.

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New York History
7:59 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Emancipation Proclamation on display in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is on display in Albany, wrapping up the historic document's tour of New York state.

The two-day exhibit opened Friday in the War Room on the second floor of the state Capitol. It features the only surviving version of the document in Lincoln's handwriting. The display also includes historical background and interpretation of the document, which was issued by Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862.

The final Emancipation Proclamation was issued and took effect on Jan. 1, 1863.

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New York News
4:36 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

NY fire dept.'s squirrel kill contest draws complaints

Credit "The Little Squirrel" by Dave Lucas

HOLLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A weekend squirrel-shooting contest pits Upstate against Downstate.

State Sen. Tony Avella of Queens and animal-rights activists are among those urging the Holley Fire Department to call off its annual "squirrel slam" fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday.

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New York News
4:01 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

NY Gun Owners Can Opt Out of FOIL Requests

NY Senator Greg Ball and the controversial Journal-News "gun map."
Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Gun owners were shocked when a Westchester County-based newspaper uploaded an interactive map that displayed the names and home addresses of pistol owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. Beginning today, New Yorkers can "opt out" of the public record and not have to worry about their private information being shared.

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New York News
12:53 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up in NY

New York's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Credit WAMC

Washington's concern about setting a new national minimum wage inspired the New York State Assembly to make its minimum wage legislation reflect the $9 an hour goal set by President Obama in his State of the Union proposal.

According to a January 2013 report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, a person working full-time would earn around $3,000 more a year, if New York's minimum wage goes to $8.75, as Governor Andrew Cuomo recommended in his State of the State address.

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Central New York News
2:25 am
Fri February 15, 2013

NY inspector general faults state fair bidding

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's inspector general says former officials flouted normal competitive bid procedures for State Fair catering and electronic ticketing contracts, leading to an overhaul of the annual event's management in suburban Syracuse.

Acting State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says Thursday two top officials have been replaced, others have been disciplined and the state Office of General Services has taken over fair procurement.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

NY town of 9/11 workers wages gas pipeline fight

Credit Stop The Compressor

MINISINK, N.Y. (AP) — A town known as a haven for retired New York City police officers and firefighters is battling the construction of a natural gas compressor station designed to help ease a power crunch in the nation's largest city. 

Residents of Minisink want federal regulators to make the pipeline company move the industrial facility to a more remote company-owned site that's farther from homes and farms.

Residents say they worry about health effects from the station. Studies haven't proved a link between compressor stations and illness.

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Budget
6:53 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

NY Dem co-chair urges rejection of Cuomo budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The co-chairwoman of the state Democratic Party says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget should be rejected because it doesn't include measures to save upstate cities from insolvency.

Stephanie Miner, who's also the mayor of Syracuse, says Cuomo needs to show leadership by holding a meeting with legislators and local government officials to find ways to ease the burden on local taxpayers. Miner's strongest criticism yet came in an opinion piece in Thursday's New York Times.

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