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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Schoharie County
11:57 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Constitution Pipeline Proposal Changes

Credit Constitution Pipeline

There's been a change in plans for the proposed Constitution Pipeline that officials claim would make the project more environmentally sound. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.


The controversial 122-mile pipeline would bring natural gas produced by hydrofracking in Northern Pennsylvania to a terminal in the Schoharie County Town of Wright, where it would then be sent on to other existing lines in the area. Constitution Pipeline LLC is planning to submit a permit application to build the line early this year to FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

NY recovers $335M from Medicaid fraud, abuse

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office recovered more than $335 million last year from Medicaid fraud and abuse. 

The total, including $146 million from a multi-state settlement with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, is the second highest annual recovery by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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Hydrofracking
6:05 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Senators, Activists Re-affirm Anti-Fracking Stance

State Senator Tony Avella of Queens
Credit WAMC Photo/Dave Lucas

State Senator Tony Avella of Queens and two newly-elected colleagues joined New Yorkers Against Fracking at a press conference in Albany re-affirming their commitment to banning the practice in New York State.

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Politics
12:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Gov. Cuomo set to outline $132 billion NYS budget

Credit andrewcuomo.com

Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to detail his budget proposals for the state's 2013-2014 fiscal year beginning April 1. He's expected to propose about $132 billion in spending and attack a deficit of at least $1 billion.

When Governor Cuomo takes the wraps off his budget for 2013, he'll explain how programs he announced earlier this month in his State of the State message will be funded. Cuomo is NOT expected to propose a tax hike to pay for the initiatives and to close the budget deficit. The Governor has promised that his budget address will be notable for its lack of surprises.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

DREAM Act would provide aid to illegal immigrants

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Support is building in New York for a "DREAM Act" that would provide financial aid and other assistance to college-bound illegal immigrants in the state.

The proposal is being pushed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Republicans who share control of the state Senate are interested in discussing the bill.

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Albany
4:32 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honored in Albany

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings at the wreath laying, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln park. (2013)
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Hundreds of people gathered in Albany today at the Empire State Plaza for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance.

Dr. King would have been 84 years old today - the Albany observance in his honor took place in a time of hope and change far removed from the bittersweet days of America's non-violent civil rights movement. New York's Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, Alphonso David, read from Governor Cuomo's official proclamation marking the holiday.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk wins NY 46th Senate District seat

Credit WAMC

It’s official… Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk will join the state Senate after election officials in Ulster County opened 90 remaining absentee ballots - Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

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Capital Region/Hudson Valley/NYC
2:21 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

NY unemployment rate dipped slightly In December

Officials say the New York's unemployment rate dropped in December for the fourth month in a row, another indicator that the state is slow but sure economic recovery.

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Schoharie
2:31 am
Fri January 18, 2013

NY soldier charged in theft of several guns in 2011

Credit Jason Lawrence / Flickr

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a soldier stationed in the Pacific Northwest has been charged in the theft of several firearms from an upstate New York home two years ago.

Troopers say Thursday that 21-year-old Luke Aulita of the Schoharie  County town of Wright was arrested earlier this month and charged with criminal possession of stolen property after an investigation into the theft of firearms from a residence. Police did not identify the types of guns stolen.

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Oneonta
8:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Fire at SUNY Oneonta dorm displaces 177 students

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that displaced nearly 180 students living in a State University at Oneonta dormitory was sparked by the improper use of a power strip.

SUNY Oneonta officials say Thursday the fire started around 4 p.m. Wednesday because of the improper use of an electrical power strip in a bedroom in a third-floor suite in Matteson Hall.

Officials say the 177 residents of the dorm all got out safely from the four-story building. The fire was under control in less than an hour.

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