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
3:56 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Capital Region/Hudson Valley Congress Members Get Environmental Grades

Retired Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey earned career-high marks as a defender of the environment.
Credit LCV

The New York League of Conservation Voters has released a report card on how Congress Members representing the Capital Region and the Hudson Valley are doing when it comes to environmental, public health and energy issues.

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New York News
4:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

NY Gov. Cuomo proposes cheaper sportsmen licenses

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes cutting the price of hunting and fishing licenses in New York in an effort to boost the economy.

Cuomo, a recreational angler and sometime hunter, says Wednesday that he would reduce the fishing license for New Yorkers from $29 to $25 and let the license stay in effect for a full year, instead of expiring at the end of the season.

Proposed budget amendments for the 2013-2014 fiscal year would cut New Yorkers' annual hunting license fee from $29 to $22.

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New York News
2:07 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Minimum wage game changed when NY lawmakers return

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When New York legislators return to Albany next week, they will face new challenges in the proposal to raise the state's minimum wage.

The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes raising that to $8.75 an hour, while Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants it raised to $8.50 then linked to inflation.

But a year's worth of rallying and negotiations has at least been given pause now that President Barack Obama has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.

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New York News
12:55 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

NY-UUP Strike A Deal

The Cuomo Administration has reached an agreement with one of New York’s public unions.

35-thousand State University of New York employees represented by United University Professions have been working without a contract since 2011. A new, tentative agreement calls for a zero percent wage increase from 2011 to 2013. It also calls for imposition of a 9-day “Deficit Reduction Program.”

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Capital Region News
12:51 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Capital Region City Shopping For Auto Loan

Despite what you hear about recovery, you see indicators: gas back over 4 dollars a gallon. Many Americans still struggling to put food on the table unable to secure home and auto loans. Those tight lending practices apparently have trickled up to municipalities: the Daily Gazette reports the city of Schenectady failed a credit check for a loan to purchase eight new police cruisers and two vans for use in detective work.  City officials tell the paper they found another lender that takes "riskier loans" but that bank wants to run its own credit check first.

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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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