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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Politics
2:26 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Glitch or hit? NY ethics board "leak" questioned

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Joint Commission on Public Ethics blames the recent embarrassing transmission of a closed session on a technical glitch.

Critics say they want an investigation based on the powerful board's own rules to determine if the leak, which could carry a misdemeanor charge, was an intentional political hit on the Assembly.

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Troy
7:59 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Uncle Sam statues to decorate his NY 'birthplace'

Credit WikiPedia

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Uncle Sam statues will begin popping up this spring in the upstate New York city that lays claim to being the birthplace of the iconic symbol for the United States.

Thirty white fiberglass statues depicting a man with a goatee and wearing a tall hat were delivered last week to downtown Troy. Artists will decorate the life-sized statues, which will be installed on Troy streets in April.

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Greene County
11:54 am
Mon February 11, 2013

FEMA denies Greene Co. help following Hurricane Sandy

Credit Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has notified one New York county that it will not be sending down any Individual Assistance Funding for damage resulting from “Superstorm” Sandy.

Battered and beseiged in the 2011 twin storm event of Irene and Lee, Greene county is taking it on the chin when it comes to FEMA aid relating to the October 2012 visit from Hurricane Sandy.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Lobby for Cuomo keeps donors secret

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The lobbying group created to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which had refused to identify its donors for two years, now reports no contributors over the last six months in a legally required report.

The Committee to Save New York and other lobbyists were required for the first time to disclose their donors in reports due last month. But a Freedom of Information Law request by The Associated Press shows the committee reported no donations since July.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Saratoga to Cuomo: Build Casino Here

Winslow Homer drawing from August 1865 Harper's Weekly
Credit City of Saratoga Spings & WikiPedia

Saratoga City and County leaders showed up in Albany Wednesday to make a case for building a casino in the Spa city.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

NY lawmakers want public input on fracking review

GASLAND director Josh Fox addresses anti-fracking activists gathered on the Million Dollar Staircase at the NYS Capitol Building in Albany, NY (February 2013)
Credit WAMC (Dave Lucas)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of 65 state lawmakers is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to release the Department of Environmental Conservation's review of potential health impacts of shale gas drilling for public comment before deciding whether to allow drilling to begin. 

The group headed by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton sent a letter to Cuomo on Tuesday. They said the Health Department's evaluation of DEC's "health impact analysis" should be transparent, but the public hasn't been given any information about it. It's expected to be complete within a few weeks.

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New York News
3:55 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Anti-frackers Rally at NYS Capitol

Queens Democratic Senator Tony Avella (GASLAND director Josh Fox behind his right shoulder) joins demonstrators on the Million Dollar Staircase at the State Capitol in Albany.
Credit WAMC (Dave Lucas)

Hundreds of anti-fracking advocates gathered Monday at the State Capitol to rally against the gas drilling process.

Gasland director Josh Fox, Actor Mark Ruffalo and Arun Ghandi, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi had been with  rallygoers outside a hearing room at the state Capitol, where Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens was questioned regarding his agency's proposed 2013-14 budget.

When the meeting was over, the crowd of activists moved to the Million Dollar Staircase.

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New York News
4:55 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

NY comptroller: Cabot to reduce fracking risk

Credit Tim Hurst / Flickr

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The trustee of New York's $150.1 billion pension fund has reached an agreement with Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. to disclose what it's doing to reduce risks of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Tuesday that Cabot has agreed to publicly disclose its policy and procedures for eliminating or minimizing the use of toxic substances in fracking fluids. In turn, DiNapoli has withdrawn his shareholder proposal submitted for the company's 2013 proxy statement to demand such disclosure.

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Education
12:06 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Pre-K Advocates Lobby in Albany

Cliff Bird, principal of Abram Lansing Elementary School in Cohoes, addresses fellow-advocates in Albany at the Legislative Office Building of the State Capitol.
Credit WAMC (Dave Lucas)

Advocates for early childhood education lobbied Monday at the Capitol in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to expand pre-K programs in New York's school districts.

A big push for pre-K funding in Albany as parents, educators and law enforcement officials voiced their support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's 25-million dollar proposed budget allocation for pre-K that would establish full-day programs in high need districts.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Siena Poll: NY divided on fracking DEC: No 'timetable' on decision

Anti-fracking activists line the steps along the Great Western Staircase at the NYS Capitol in Albany (Feb. 4, 2013)
Credit Dave Lucas (WAMC)


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —  A poll shows New York voters nearly evenly divided on  "fracking" the same day the state's top environmental official declared his agency has no "timetable" for finishing shale gas drilling rules.


Elected officials questioned Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens about the environmental review at a legislative budget hearing on Monday. He says he expects to get a report from Health Commissioner Nirav Shah in "a few weeks."

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