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 District News
4:49 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Charges filed in NY crash that killed 2 students

Dennis Drue, a 22-year-old Siena College student, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday to a 59-count indictment. Drue was released after posting $50,000 bail.

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New York News
12:41 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

State comptroller: NY government debt tops $63B

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli briefs the media on his priorities for the New Year.
Credit WAMC's Dave Lucas

Each January, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli invites the media to his office for an informal breakfast discussion about current challenges facing state and local governments and his priorities for the New Year...

WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended this morning's event, and filed this report.
 

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Capital District News
2:39 am
Sat January 5, 2013

NY soldiers wed at airport before catching flights

A military couple has enlisted the help of a New York airport's staff to get married while awaiting flights to their respective military assignments. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

The Times Union of Albany reports that Caitlin Murray and Sean Whitney's spur-of-the-moment wedding occurred Thursday in the observation deck at Albany International Airport. The soldiers, both privates first class, decided to get hitched as they awaited separate flights, hers to North Carolina and his to St. Louis.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

UFT ad criticizes NYC mayor; he criticizes ad

The United Federation of Teachers has released a TV ad blasting New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for taking a "his way or the highway" approach to education. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

In turn, Bloomberg accused the union of walking away from negotiations over a new teacher evaluation system.

The UFT ad released Friday accuses Bloomberg of "going after teachers" instead of supporting them.

Bloomberg responded in his radio show on WOR. He said calling people "bad things" in ads makes it unlikely that the parties will reach an agreement.

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New York News
5:56 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

NY advocates: mentally ill are maligned

Advocates say the mentally ill are far more likely to be victims of violence than to be attackers, faulting media reports and gun rights interests for perpetuating inaccurate stigmas following recent crimes. More from Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas

Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the New York Association of Rehabilitation Services, says referring to the mentally ill with phrases like "violent psychotics" and "monsters" vilifies one-fifth of Americans who have various psychiatric disabilities.

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Capital District News
4:35 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Official: Girl dies after upstate NY house fire

Fire officials say a girl has died after being carried from a burning home near Albany. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports

Niskayuna Fire Chief Dale Lingenfelter tells local media outlets the girl was found unconscious in a downstairs bedroom after a neighbor spotted smoke and firefighters were called to the house just before 8:30 a.m. Friday.

He says the girl, believed to be about 13 years old, died at a nearby hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Lingenfelter says it's believed to have started in a kitchen.

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New York News
1:05 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

1st flu outbreak arrives early in Northeast

Credit NYS DOH

The latest round of the flu virus has local emergency rooms and urgent care centers seeing patients in record numbers - Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports...

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New York News
7:59 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

NY AG: Charities raise $400m for Sandy relief

Eric Schneiderman's office surveyed 88 nonprofit groups that have been soliciting donations for storm relief. As of mid-December, the fundraising had been dominated by five charities.

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New York News
6:16 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Saratoga Gun Show Will Go On

Credit M. Glasgow / Flickr

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

Credit Bill Tiernan / AP

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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