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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Politics
3:47 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

NY Lt. Gov Duffy Addresses Women's Rights Rally in Albany

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy waiting to be introduced at a gathering of Women's Rights advocates at the Well in the Legislative Office building near the State Capitol in Albany.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York's Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy joined other elected officials and Women’s health supporters at the Capitol to boost Governor  Cuomo’s call for passage of a Women’s Equality Act.

Family Planning Advocates of NYS President and CEO Tracey Brooks was upbeat as she greeted some 400 supporters at  FPA's signature advocacy event for the start of the 2013 legislative session.  Women in pink scarves, and men wearing pink ties, felt particularly empowered by the Governor's strong pro-gender-equality message delivered within his State of the State address - 

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Capital Region News
4:46 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Hospitals Roll Out Flu-Season Visitor Guidelines

Albany Medical Center
Credit Rupert Millard

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New rules are being rolled out at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Health Partners, Ellis Medicine, Saratoga Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital, to further protect patients from influenza and other infectious diseases. Implementation of the new guidelines began Friday at some of the hospitals and start Monday at others.

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Saratoga
12:13 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Gun Show Will Go On In Spa City Despite Post-Sandy Hook Opposition

Photo from a previous Saratoga Gun Show.
Credit NEACA, Inc., NEACA Show Promotions

With gun control in the National spotlight, scores of protesters are expected to greet gun enthusiasts when they arrive at an upstate New York venue that's hosting a firearms show this weekend. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Schoharie County
3:34 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Upstate NY VFW post casualty of membership drop

A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in a rural upstate New York community is the latest veterans club to close because of a decline in membership. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas.

The Daily Star of Oneonta reports that VFW Post 5088 in Cobleskill will auction off the contents of its building on Saturday.

Post Commander Brian Goodrich says membership has fallen from around 30 seven years ago to about a dozen. He says keeping up the post had become a major expense for the remaining members.

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New York News
11:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Presidential inauguration to include NY products

Credit WAMC Photo

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

Credit Pat Arnow

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
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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

Credit WAMC News

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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