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
4:56 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Troubles with an outdated sewage treatment plant have officials in Orange County looking for options and alternatives...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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New York News
8:58 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

NY contractors frustrated with gas-drilling delays

A natural gas lawyer says industry interest in drilling in New York's part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation is at an "all-time low" because of long regulatory delays and expected lawsuits. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas.

Tom West of Albany told members of the state Association of General Contractors that he expects the Department of Environmental Conservation to finalize new drilling regulations by Feb. 27. Shale development has been banned in New York since DEC started an environmental review in 2008.

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Hudson Valley News
4:20 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Arrest made in slaying of Hudson Valley woman

Authorities say an upstate New York man has been arrested in Florida for killing a 67-year-old woman whose body was found in her Hudson Valley home on Thanksgiving Day. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

State police say that Justin Curran was arrested Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla., with the help of local police and U.S. Marshals.

Lt. James Murphy says Wednesday he'll be returned to New York after being charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Laurie Ferguson.

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Hudson Valley News
4:16 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Westchester Police Arrest Road Safety Equipment Thief

A Bronx man was arrested by Westchester County Police this week and charged with stealing close to 300 batteries from roadside Variable Message Signs that provide information and safety warnings to motorists. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more.

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New York News
4:11 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Ex-NY Mayor Koch hospitalized with pneumonia

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch has pneumonia and is expected to be in the hospital through the weekend. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

A Koch spokesman said Wednesday that the 87-year-old former mayor is being treated with antibiotics.  He was admitted Tuesday afternoon to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

In September, the former mayor was hospitalized after feeling weak while staying with friends in North Carolina. He was treated for anemia, was released after three days and said he planned to head straight to his office at a law firm.

New York News
12:29 am
Wed December 5, 2012

NY education, business leaders tackling skills gap

New York education and business leaders will brainstorm this week to address the conflicting problems of unemployment and unfilled jobs. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

A conference planned by the state Education Department will focus on how to prepare students to land jobs at companies like IBM, whose leaders describe a "skills gap" separating the availability of workers from good jobs waiting to be filled.

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New York News
8:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

USDA: Number of NY apple trees on the rise

Federal agriculture statistics show the number of apple trees in New York grew by 22 percent from 2006 to 2011. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there were 11.6 million trees last year, compared to 9.46 million five years earlier.

The agency says the acreage under cultivation dropped by 2 percent, but farmers are increasing the number of trees they grow per acre.

It says the greatest increase has been in Honey Crisp trees, which more than doubled in number. Also popular with growers were Empire, McIntosh and Zestar.

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