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.


Western NY
4:57 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Buffalo-area students satirize Rihanna assault in blackface

A pep rally skit by three white high school students who wore blackface and parodied rapper Chris Brown's arrest for assaulting pop-star Rihanna has officials in the largely white western New York school district vowing to set clearer expectations for school events... more from WAMC's Dave Lucas

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Hudson NY
3:36 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

From Hot Dogs to Health...


Profits from Hot dogs, salty pretzels and soda pop sold at a hot dog stand became a financial engine that launched a health-oriented nonprofit - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has the story...

In 2010, Jon Salkin restored an original New York City bicycle-wheel hot dog cart... he set up his business along historic Warren Street in Hudson... as they say, the rest is history.

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1:12 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Global Foundries: All Is Well In Malta

Chip-fab manufacturing plant employees.

News in recent days that AMD - Advanced Micro Devices - is about to layoff 20 percent of its global workforce triggered speculation - along with rumors - about the impact this would have on the chipfab plant in Malta.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Columbia County
4:56 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Officials Await Word on Funds to Protect Land in Columbia County

A collective of agencies, institutions and individuals is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to prevent hundreds of acres of pristine land in Columbia County from falling into the hands of developers. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Officials have their fingers crossed that the federally-supported Forest Legacy Program will help a band of groups including the Columbia Land Conservancy, Darrow School and the Berkshire Farm Center and Services For Youth, permanently protect 13-hundred-ten acres located in Canaan and New Lebanon.

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4:51 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

NY nuke plant opponents try to block new licenses

A technical discussion about how to predict corrosion dominated  the first day of hearings on new licenses for a nuclear plant in the New York suburbs. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas…

3:07 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Indian Point Re-Licensing Hearings Begin

Federal hearings are set to begin today on whether the Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan should be re-licensed for another 20-years. Environmental groups and the state of New York have assembled 10 challenges to the renewal. Riverkeeper held a briefing this morning on the Indian Point relicensing process...  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Ulster County
6:05 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Woodstock fire department treasurer charged with embezzlement

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

An audit and investigation by the New York State Comptroller into the financial activities of a local Fire Company has ended in an arrest ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports...

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NY Politics
4:47 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Former NY state senator pleads guilty to tax fraud

Former NYS Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr

Former New York state Sen. Pedro Espada has pleaded guilty to tax fraud. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The plea on Friday also resolves pending charges in a separate case involving the looting of a Bronx nonprofit health care network.

Espada was convicted in May of plundering funds from the Soundview Health Network for personal use. But the jury had deadlocked on some counts and a retrial had been expected.

Espada will remain free on bail until sentencing early next year.


Invasive Species
12:30 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Help Entomologists Track Invasive Insects Using Your SmartPhone

Researchers are following the travels of two invasive species of insects as they make their way up the Hudson Valley - they're looking for citizen scientists to help track the creatures: Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

With the days growing shorter and evenings cooler, two species of insect join many others looking to use our homes as temporaty shelters to increase their chance of survival.

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Glens Falls
11:44 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Underground blast rattles downtown Glens Falls

Authorities say an underground explosion damaged several buildings in Glens Falls… more from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

Fire officials in the city 45 miles north of Albany tell the Post-Star of Glens Falls that the explosion occurred at 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Police and witnesses report seeing flames shooting several feet from manholes on downtown streets, where residents reported feeling their buildings being rattled by the blast.

Officials believe the blast was caused by an underground transformer that exploded.

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