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
7:59 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

NY Utilities To Issue Superstorm Rebates

Customers who lost services during Superstorm Sandy will be getting breaks on their bills from New York utilities. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

Regulators on Thursday approved requests from Consolidated Edison, Orange and Rockland Utilities, National Grid and New York State Electric and Gas to give credits for lost days of service on customer bills.

The breaks on the service part of the bill range from several dollars for residential customers to several hundred dollars for larger users like businesses, municipalities and lighting districts.

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Hudson Valley News
4:49 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Gipson Will Go To Albany: Saland Concedes in the 41st

Senator Steve Saland

One of the four Republican Senators who broke ranks with the party to publicly support same-sex marriage in New York has conceded defeat. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos issued a statement wishing Dutchess County Senator Steve Saland "all the best" as Saland's 32-year long career in the State Legislature officially came to an end with a congratulatory telephone call to his opponent Terry Gipson, who will represent the newly redrawn 41st District at the State Capitol. Gipson says it was "a pleasure" to hear from Saland.

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New York News
12:18 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

FEMA OKs Essex, Ulster County flood-property buyouts

Destruction from Irene and Lee: an all-too-familiar sight in New York State.

Members of the public in Essex and Ulster counties have 15 days to sound off on a federal proposal to buy several flood-prone homes, many of which suffered massive damage in 2011 from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
11:51 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

First section of WTC spire hoisted atop building

The first section of the spire that will crown One World Trade Center has been hoisted atop the building. It was lifted onto the 104-story building on Wednesday. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

Nine of 18 giant steel pieces of the spire arrived at the site in New York City Tuesday via barge from Port Newark, N.J.

The arrival marked the end of a 1,500-nautical-mile journey that started in Canada on Nov. 16.

A plant outside Montreal produced the 18 pieces. The spire will make the tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

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New York News
5:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

"12-12-12" Sandy Relief Concert Tonight

A lineup of music royalty, including many artists with direct ties to the New York metropolitan area hit by Superstorm Sandy, is descending on Manhattan for a benefit concert to help storm victims. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more

Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi are native sons of New Jersey, whose shoreline was devastated by the Oct. 29 storm. Long Islander Billy Joel and New Yorker Alicia Keys  have signature songs about the city. Even Liverpool's Paul McCartney has a New York home.

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New York News
4:48 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Judge won't dismiss new charges against Bruno

Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

A federal judge has refused to dismiss two fraud charges filed against former New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno after his original convictions were overturned. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports

The 83-year-old was convicted in 2009 of two charges of honest services fraud and acquitted of five others. Prosecutors said he used his influence as a legislator to make money through undisclosed consulting on the side.

An appeals court voided the convictions last year, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision in another case that prosecutors must show direct bribes or kickbacks.

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New York News
4:38 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Moreland Commission Hearing On LI

Long Island's two county executives testified before a state commission investigating utility companies in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

The Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response held a public hearing Tuesday night at SUNY College of Old Westbury.  and  Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano were called to testify . The hearing targeted utilities' preparedness and response as well as making recommendations for restructuring utilities.

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Hudson Valley News
12:12 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Orange County School District a “Race to the Top” federal grant winner

Middletown City School District using tablet computers in the classroom.
Credit Middletown NY City School District

A school district in Orange County is one of 16 districts in the nation to receive a federal "Race To The Top" grant, as we hear in this report from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that 16 applicants – representing 55 school districts across 11 states and the District of Columbia – have won the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition. Launched in 2009, Race to the Top has inspired dramatic education reform nationwide. Middletown was the only school district in New York to receive money in this round of funding.

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Hudson Valley News
4:34 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Rep. Hayworth Passes Torch to Maloney

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth
Credit WikiPedia

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth may be approaching the end of her term, but that hasn't changed her daily routine or her concern for her constituents. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Love her or hate her, Nan Hayworth has made her mark on Washington. The outgoing GOP representative from New York’s 19th Congressional District, rode in on the Tea Party wave two years ago. She was targeted this week by activists as part of a national day of action demanding that Congress avoid the fiscal cliff, extend middle class tax cuts and end them for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.

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Hudson Valley News
12:54 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Future of Fracking Remains Uncertain in NY

Opponents and supporters of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing are stuck in limbo, both sides believing a "final decision" is long overdue, Some local governments have taken matters into their own hands, not waiting for the state to take action.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on some of the most recent developments.

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