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
11:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Presidential inauguration to include NY products

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New York wine and food will again be part of presidential inauguration in the celebration for President Barack Obama on Jan. 21. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details.

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Politics
7:55 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Cuomo 2016?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's aggressive State of the State Speech has fueled speculation that he's already in planning to make a bid for the U.S. Presidency in 2016. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
4:57 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Cuomo Begins Major Women's Rights Push

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's first big push in his 2013 legislative agenda is to further protect women's rights in the workplace, crack down on the criminal exploitation of women, and better protect abortion rights. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

Cuomo met Thursday morning with women's rights advocates a day after he made the cause a rousing part of his State of the State speech. Cuomo made it clear Thursday that he will give the same high-octane effort he gave the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011 which remains the capstone of his progressive agenda.

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NY State Capitol
12:04 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

NY Activists' pre-SOS Rally: 'Ban Fracking Now!'

Dominic Frongillo, Deputy Supervisor and Councilor of the Tompkins County Town of Caroline
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More than a thousand protesters chanting "Ban Fracking Now!" crowded into Albany's Empire State Plaza concourse where lawmakers had to pass on their way to Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

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New York News
10:36 am
Wed January 9, 2013

CNY school hoops game cut short by teen with gun

Authorities say a 14-year-old boy is in custody after an armed encounter with Utica police when he dropped a pistol while attending a basketball game. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

Officials tell local media outlets that an off-duty Utica police officer was at Tuesday night's girls modified basketball game at a middle school when he heard something hit the hardwood floor and noticed a teenage boy picking up a handgun.

The officer yelled to another officer who was on duty during the game. Both officers chased the teen as he ran out of the gym.

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New York News
8:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

3 NY Assemblymen seek more fracking regs comment time

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Three New York state Assembly committee chairmen are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to suspend the comment period on new gas drilling regulations until a health review is completed. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

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New York News
6:08 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

NY Lawmakers Call For Gun Law Changes

As the New York State legislature prepares to reconvene for 2013, a coalition of nearly 100 State legislators is calling for prompt passage of a specific, comprehensive State plan to reduce the firepower available to criminals and stop many preventable acts of gun violence. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The call for broad new legislation comes in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY, and ongoing gun violence throughout the nation.

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New York News
5:57 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

NY senator pitches mold relief in Sandy aid bill

New York Sen. Charles Schumer says the second part of the Sandy relief aid package includes as much as $1 billion to help homeowners deal with mold remediation. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

Schumer estimates as many as 300,000 homes in New York alone suffered flood damage in the October storm. Many of those homes are now inundated with dangerous mold.

FEMA strictly limits reimbursements for mold relief. However, Schumer says part of the $51 billion aid package to be voted on by the House next week includes money to address the problem.

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New York News
4:20 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

New Tech Center Coming To GlobalFoundries

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that GlobalFoundries will build a new multi-billion dollar research and development facility at its Fab 8 Campus in Saratoga County. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas.

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New York News
3:41 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Report Examines NY Campaign Cycle Spending Trends

The League of Women Voters of New York State and the New York Public Interest Research Group are  out with an analysis of spending trends in the most recent campaign cycle - Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The report found that fundraising for state legislative races dropped nearly 10 percent during the past two election cycles as money shifted to independent expenditures and spending on Senate races fell.

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