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
6:16 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Saratoga Gun Show Will Go On

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Last night, the Saratoga Springs city council passed a non-binding resolution urging exhibitors at an upcoming gun show to refrain from selling weapons similar to those used in the Newtown shootings. 

Susan Steer is a local nurse who brought the issue to a hotpoint following the Sandy Hook massacre.   Steer called the City Center and was told there was no plan to cancel the gun show. She began an online petition, which racked up hundreds of local signatures and comments in favor of calling off the event.

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New York News
4:49 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

NY commission proposes fuel reserve after Sandy

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A panel commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bolster preparations for the next superstorm has recommended a state fuel reserve, citizen training, tougher building codes, generators at gas stations, and a depot of emergency provisions. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

NY's Schoharie County to arm deputies at DMV

The shootings of schoolchildren and teachers in Connecticut and firefighters in Western New York have added to one community's worries about safety in public buildings. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports armed guards will be stationed at a motor vehicles office in Schoharie County.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Cuomo commission pushes longer school day, year

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Many of the recommendations released Wednesday have been proposed before but blocked by politics or lack of funding. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says those remain major obstacles.

Some of the ideas are already in place to some degree, including teacher competency tests and using schools to address health, mental health and other social needs.

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New York News
5:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Rep. King says Boehner promises Sandy aid votes

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Republican Rep. Peter King says the speaker will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion in flood insurance and another on Jan. 15 for a remaining $51 billion in the package. The votes will be taken by the new Congress that will be sworn in Thursday.

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New York News
4:19 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Survey: Library websites get more mobile visits

Patrons ages 18-49 were the most likely to use a mobile device for the library, while those 65 and older were the least likely. According to Pew, a 2009 University of Washington study showed 6 percent of those 16 and older using a mobile device to access a library site.

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New York News
6:03 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Capital Region Sustainability Plan: Draft Plan Available for Review

A draft of The Capital Region Sustainability Plan is now available for review and comment - more from Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas

A coalition of Capital Region municipalities and organizations has received funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create a regional sustainability plan as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities Program.

Public workshops held throughout the 8 counties and on-line yielded hundreds of strategies.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

"Polar Plunge" Site Moved

Tiny trouble: Asian clams pollute waters, force change of venue for popular winter event.
Credit Fund for Lake George

An invasive species has forced an annual event to a new location - more from WAMC's Dave Lucas

For years, upwards of 1500 people have flocked to Shepard Park Beach each New Year's Day for the "Polar Plunge" but the Saratogian reports that, this year, an infestation of Asian Clams has necessitated a change-of-venue - swimmers will hit the icy waters of Lake George's Million Dollar Beach at 1pm Tueday.

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Hudson Valley News
4:24 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Gun Group Calls For Boycott of Journal-News Advertisers

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of the advertisers of the Journal-News. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

The association wants the Hudson Valley newspaper to take down maps posted on its website that disclose the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.

The gun group is urging citizens to avoid doing business with any company that advertises with Journal News parent company Gannett until the maps are removed.

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New York News
4:01 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Free tea and coffee on Thruway New Year's Eve

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Travelers on New Year's Eve can look forward again to free coffee and tea along the New York State Thruway. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

This is the 42nd year the free beverages will be provided at the highway's 27 travel plazas from 11 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

The Thruway Authority says it's a way to remind drivers to stop for breaks to avoid getting drowsy on the road.

It also warns against stopping on the highway shoulder unless there's an emergency.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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