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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Capital Region News
2:05 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NY to auction used state office furniture

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — If you've had your eye on an old conference table, chairs or desk you once saw in a state office, this could be your big opportunity.

New York's Office of General Services is planning to auction surplus office furniture on Monday morning in Albany.

Registration and a preview are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at the Harriman State Office Campus, but you can see some items in online photographs at www.nysstore.com .

The 328 lots include 18 vertical five-drawer legal metal file cabinets to a single wooden credenza.

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New York News
12:11 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Wind Keeps Utility Crews Busy

Screenshot of NYSEG's outage map
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Thousands of homes and businesses across the Northeast remain without electricity in the aftermath of a wild storm that moved through early this morning, taking down trees and power lines. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

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New York News
6:09 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Thruway Cuts Workforce

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The New York State Thruway Authority is planning to layoff 234 of its nearly 3-thousand member staff.

Thruway officials say The layoffs — which would have to follow civil-service laws and union regulations on seniority — would save the authority about $20 million.

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New York News
4:46 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

NY legislative leaders not sold on Gov's casino plan

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislative leaders say they aren't sold on Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to restrict new casinos to three upstate locations and could push for New York City and Long Island venues.

The leaders met with Cuomo in a closed-door session Wednesday. Afterward, they said the issue of where to put casinos isn't settled.

Cuomo has proposed three privately run casinos off Indian land to boost the upstate economy. He says they'd draw visitors from New York City and Long Island, which have stronger economies.

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New York News
4:39 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Wild weather: High wind warnings for Eastern NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The National Weather Service says wind gusts could top 60 mph in parts of upstate New York as a cold front drives temperatures down from record winter highs and brings expected heavy rain in eastern areas and lake-effect snow to western parts of the state.

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New York News
11:59 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Feds: Mixed report for 2012 NY berry harvests

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials say New York's strawberry crop took a hit last year, but blueberry production was up.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says strawberry production dropped to 3.2 million pounds, down 11 percent from 2011. Many farms reported shortened seasons because of a snap of cold weather that generally hit early crops around the state.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

NY finds $665 M in unclaimed life insurance

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is requiring life insurance companies to send $665 million to beneficiaries nationwide, many of whom didn't know they were named in the policies.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the investigation and a measure he signed into law last year requires insurance companies to try to find beneficiaries, rather than wait for recipients to file claims.

Many of the beneficiaries didn't know they were named as recipients by relatives or friends and so would have likely never filed a claim.

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Saratoga
4:55 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Saratoga, NY-based operator buys Colo. Casino

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based raceway and slots company has purchased a casino in Colorado for $28 million.

Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc., which owns the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in upstate New York, announced Tuesday that it completed the deal to buy Fitzgeralds Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colo.

The new casino will be called "Saratoga Casino-Blackhawk."

The casino, open since 1995, was renovated in 2008 and has about 600 slot machines and 11 table games plus restaurants, bars and a banquet facility.

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Health
3:10 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

NY Proposes New Hospital Rules For Treating Sepsis

State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah
Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

New York is on the way to becoming the first state in the country to mandate specific protocols to reduce deaths from Sepsis, a bacterial infection that produces toxins which disrupt the body's normal reaction to infection.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Immigration Reform: NY Reacts

Bronx NY Assemblyman Felix Ortiz

Supporters of Immigration reform have generally favorable reactions to a a bipartisan national immigration reform plan outlined today. 

The deal announced today covers border security, "guest workers" and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

Inez Hernandez with Latino advocacy group Centro Civico in Amsterdam explains many "undocumented" immigrants just want to make better lives for themselves and their families.

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