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
4:38 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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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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