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
11:52 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

VA program for handling vets' finances criticized

A federal program that's supposed to provide guardians to safely handle the finances mentally incompetent veterans is under fire after a critical audit. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports

The federal Inspector General of the Veterans Affairs found last year that the program had "significant weaknesses" and needs to be changed. The program assigns relatives, friends and associates of veterans to oversee their finances when they no longer can.

Now Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is accusing the VA of "needless foot-dragging" to enact reforms.

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New York News
7:49 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Study: Poor NYS schools lack basic resources

Many schools in New York's poor districts lack basic resources six years after a landmark court ruling required the state to increase spending on public education.  That's according to a study released Monday by Teachers College at Columbia University.  WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

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Hudson Valley News
4:38 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

GOP Sen. Saland paves way for quicker end to count

New York state Sen. Stephen Saland may soon be the latest casualty among Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote for the legalization of gay marriage last year. WAMC’s Dave Lucas explains…

The Republican says he's calling off his lawyer to allow for a quick count of absentee ballots in the Hudson Valley's 41st Senate District. Democrat Terry Gipson has held a consistent lead so far.

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New York News
4:24 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Jobs Cut But NY Teacher Salaries Rise

State records show that teachers' and administrators' salaries across New York have risen slightly on average over the past two years, while more than 55-hundred classroom positions were eliminated. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports. 

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Hudson Valley News
12:15 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Tappan Zee Plans Move Forward: Environmentalists Await More Info

Governor Andrew Cuomo expects environmental groups to favor the recommended option for building a new Tappan Zee bridge, one that calls for less dredging than planners originally believed would be needed. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The initiative to restore or replace the 56-year old bridge spanning the Hudson between Tarrytown and Nyack has languished for more than a decade: Governor Cuomo has placed the Tappan Zee on his administration's front burner.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Officials: Hurricane Sandy's damage to transport in billions

Credit U.S. Senate

New York and New Jersey officials say trains, tracks, tunnels, bridges, roads, and airports damaged from Hurricane Sandy will cost billions of dollars to repair — and that even more money is needed for them to withstand future severe storms. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

Sen. Charles Schumer told a Senate panel Thursday that transportation infrastructure in New York suffered $7.5 billion in damage. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city's subways, took the biggest hit — $5 billion. The hearing was intended to lay the groundwork for federal aid.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Bloomberg: NYC working on storm, climate prep

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City will work on upgrading building codes and evacuation-zone maps, hardening power and transportation networks, and making sure hospitals are better prepared for storms. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

Bloomberg discussed responding to both Superstorm Sandy and global warming in a speech Thursday at a Regional Plan Association meeting. He says the city is still focused on recovering from the Oct. 29 storm. But officials have also started thinking about preparations.

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Capital District News
4:54 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Man pleads guilty in NY teen's death last summer

22-year-old Saratoga County man has admitted to being drunk behind the wheel when his sport utility vehicle struck and killed a teenage girl standing alongside a road last summer. WAMC’S Dave Lucas has more.

The Saratogian reports that Gavin Staulters of Milton pleaded guilty Wednesday in Saratoga County Court to a vehicular manslaughter charge stemming from the death of 14-year-old Kari Liedel on July 7. The teen was hit by his vehicle as she and a friend waited for another friend along a road near her home in Milton.

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Hudson Valley News
4:52 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Orange County Officials Mull Over Harriman Treatment Plant's Fate

Troubles with an outdated sewage treatment plant have officials in Orange County looking for options and alternatives... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Last year, waters from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee overwhelmed the 40-year old Harriman treatment facility beyond anything seen previously, compromising its processing ability to the point where the plant was discharging more wastewater than allowable into the Ramapo River. Activists insist water quality vigilance must continue.

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New York News
11:46 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Amtrak/CSX Deal Will Improve Passenger Train Service

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a long-term lease agreement between CSX and Amtrak, enabling Amtrak to take full control of the Hudson Line between Schenectady and Poughkeepsie. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The New York State Department of Transportation led the efforts to transform the 94-mile Hudson Line from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie from a CSX freight-controlled line to an Amtrak-controlled line.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole notes the "transfer of power" paves the way for several significant rail improvement projects totaling $181 million...

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