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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Capital Region News
7:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Schenectady woman charged in death of grandson, 8

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 43-year-old old woman has been charged with beating her 8-year-old grandson repeatedly over a prolonged period, eventually leading to his death.

Gloria Nelligan of Schenectady was arraigned in city court on a manslaughter charge Monday and ordered held without bail.

Police say Sha'hiim Nelligan was found unresponsive by family members in their Schenectady home Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Gloria Nelligan was his legal guardian.

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New York News
6:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

NY School Aid Crisis May Affect Budget Negotiations

Credit Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc.

Education has been a hot-button topic in New York politics - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is turning up the heat by calling for reversing Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to withhold school aid from New York City. This development breaks as advocates warn a "Child care crisis" is set to impact the state economy.

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New York News
4:49 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

NY assemblyman stands by 'Afro-costume'

Assemblyman Dov Hikind in costume.
Credit Facebook

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A veteran New York Assemblyman says he meant no offense when he wore blackface makeup, an Afro wig, and a basketball jersey to a costume party. 

Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind  tells CBS Newsradio 880 in New York he doesn't regret the costume he wore to a party he recently held at his home in Brooklyn for the Jewish holiday of Purim.

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New York News
1:54 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

White House Outlines How Budget Cuts Could Impact New York

Northeastern states are looking at some large cuts in federal aid for a variety of programs including education, military and environmental protection--- IF President Barack Obama can't come to a budget agreement with Congress by March 1st.

Late Sunday, the Obama Administration released a 50-state report, a concise list of "local effects" in the event the so-called "sequestration cuts" automatically kick in.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

NY comptroller drops Qualcomm disclosure lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's comptroller has dropped his lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc. after the wireless technology company agreed to disclose more information about its political spending.

The lawsuit filed Jan. 2 in Delaware sought a court order to inspect company records, saying the San Diego-based corporation rebuffed prior requests for the information.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) is sole trustee of New York's pension fund for public workers, which has 5.5 million Qualcomm shares valued at $359 million.

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New York News
4:41 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

NY counties urging gun law repeal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's new gun law has prompted opposition in many of its 62 counties, with 22 county legislatures calling for partial repeal and public hearings while warning that new requirements for gun registration, law enforcement and mental health reporting will be a costly burden.

The upstate counties passing the nonbinding resolutions say the law infringes on the right to bear arms and threatens to make criminals of law-abiding residents.

Others are expected to follow.

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Capital Region News
7:59 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

NY college cancels men's soccer season over hazing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The men's soccer team at an upstate New York college has had its spring season cancelled after school officials said players were involved in hazing during a party last November.

Officials at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs announced Thursday that 24 players and four other students were disciplined for participating in an initiation known as "rookie night." Details of the hazing haven't been released.

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New York News
4:14 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Squirrel Slam: A Look Back

Last weekend's Squirrel Hunt in Western New York caused quite a stir. It made national headlines and drew protestors from as far away as New York City.

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New York News
3:36 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Thousands of NYers share $1.8B in mortgage relief

Thousands of New York homeowners have gotten an estimated $1.8 billion in loan relief from five U.S. banks as part of the national mortgage settlement over foreclosure abuses.

Following the release of the second official report on the implementation of the National Mortgage Settlement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman noted encouraging progress on behalf of New York State homeowners. The report issued  by the settlement’s national monitor showed that over $1.8 billion in consumer relief has been delivered to New York homeowners since March of 2012.

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New York News
4:14 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

NY County Legislatures React to SAFE Act

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo puts his pen to the gun bill.
Credit Karen DeWitt

County legislatures around New York state have been mulling over the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act - or SAFE act - some taking up resolutions against it.

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