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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Hurricane Sandy
6:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Amtrak still working on restoring NYC service

Amtrak says it's still working on restoring train service to and from New York City and plans to run a test train through a tunnel that has been cleared of water. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas.
 

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Hurricane Sandy
4:49 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Gov't paying for emergency transportation in NY

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying all the costs for emergency transportation repairs and power restoration efforts in parts of New York and New Jersey. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.
 

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Hurricane Sandy
2:46 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Catskills Return to Normalcy Following Sandy

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein with local residents at the Phoenicia Fire House.
Credit Ulster County

Communities throughout the Catskills and commuters who ride the rails to New York City are seeing a slow return to normalcy in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update.
 

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Hurricane Sandy
12:20 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Trains, Lights Coming Back Online in the Hudson Valley

Central Hudson crews are out making repairs throughout the utility's service area.
Credit Central Hudson

Some commuters were able to board Metro-North trains this morning and more households and businesses have the lights back on - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has more on the Hurricane Recovery effort.
 

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Hurricane Sandy
10:46 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Schumer: Parts of NYC look like WWII bomb zones

After his first aerial tour of storm damage, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is comparing parts of New York City to London and Dresden after bombings in World War II. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

The Senator says he saw homes burned to the ground and others smashed and thrown across streets by the raging tide.

Schumer toured the area by helicopter with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday morning.

He says the view close up is likely to be even worse, with extensive water and structural damage to countless homes and other buildings that appear fine on the outside.

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New York City
7:54 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Army, Navy units to pump out water in NYC

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says President Barack Obama is sending crews and equipment from the Army and Navy to help pump out New York City's swamped subway tunnels. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

The Governor says an elite Army "de-watering" team that had been deployed during Hurricane Katrina is being sent from Illinois. That team should be pumping out large amounts of seawater by Thursday morning. The U.S. Navy is also sending pumps used on ships.

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Climate Change
5:49 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Cuomo pushes protecting NYC against future storms

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to push protecting New York City from what he fears is a new pattern of violent storms, possibly including construction of levees and sea walls. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas

Cuomo says climate change requires rebuilding the city to help prevent future damage like that from Hurricane Sandy.

Cuomo says Wednesday the massive undertaking must begin now, repeating concerns he first mentioned Tuesday.

At a news conference with Cuomo, fellow Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand blamed Washington for failing to make climate change a priority.

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Hurricane Sandy
12:08 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the Hudson Valley

Credit Metropolitan Transportation Authority

New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy are trying to resume normal lives despite grim projections of power and mass transit outages lasting several more days. Subway tracks and commuter tunnels beneath New York City sustained heavy damage and Metro-North Railroad service remains suspended today. Utilities have crews out repairing damaged and downed transmission lines. Hudson Valley Bureau chief Dave Lucas has an update:

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Hurricane Sandy
4:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Some in NYC to be without power at least a week


Consolidated Edison says power will be restored everywhere in Manhattan and Brooklyn within four days, but it could be at least a week for other boroughs and Westchester County because power is delivered to those areas largely using overhead lines. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas.


On Tuesday morning, ConEd said that 337,000 customers were without power in the two boroughs. There were 442,000 without power in the boroughs of Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx and Westchester County following Hurricane Sandy.

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Hurricane Sandy
8:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Dozens of roads in Ulster County closed by storm

Officials in Ulster County say dozens of roads and streets are closed because of trees and power lines knocked down by Sandy. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas.

County Executive Michael Hein said Tuesday that the storm is blamed for one death. State police say 69-year-old Doreen Richardson was killed Monday evening when her vehicle was struck by a large section of roof that blew off a home in a trailer park in Kerhonkson.

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