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
4:02 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

New Bruno Trial Stalled

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A second corruption trial against former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno encounters a delay...  more from WAMC's Dave Lucas

Chief United States District Court Judge Gary Sharpe has adjourned a Feb. 4 trial date - the Albany Times Union reports he did so because the 83-year old Bruno's attorneys are making a "double jeopardy" appeal

Bruno lawyer E. Stewart Jones Jr. told the newspaper that by appealing, the former senator from Brunswick won't have his case tried before May and perhaps as late as June, unless the matter is dismissed.

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New York News
6:01 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

NYC Transfers 815 Acres to State for More Recreational Use

New York City will convey title to a large piece of property located in Greene County to New York State for expanded recreational use. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the move will ensure water quality protection while giving tourism a boost.  

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New York News
4:51 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

NY pushing for 1st gun control law since tragedy

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York officials are scrambling to negotiate the first gun control laws since the mass shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas.

A deal could be enacted into law in a special session during the holiday week or an agreement could be part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech he's scheduled to deliver on Jan. 9.

The Buffalo News first reported the chance of a rare holiday week special session of the state Legislature.

A Senate spokesman says Thursday that no special session has yet been called by Cuomo.

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New York News
4:48 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Pension funds reconsider investments in gun makers

From California to New York, teacher and public-worker retirement funds are reconsidering their investments in gun makers. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

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Capital District News
2:31 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Concerns Over Child Poverty, Education in Schenectady

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Schenectady joins Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica on the list of most impoverished school districts in New York State... Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
3:33 am
Wed December 19, 2012

NY: 180 NY school districts lack teacher evaluations

More than 180 school districts, including New York City's, have no teacher evaluation system in place and face the loss of millions of dollars in state aid. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

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New York News
7:59 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Report: NY governments face 'dire' future

A non-partisan task force has found New York's state and local governments remain on an unsustainable fiscal path despite some improvements and a public perception in polls that the outlook is far brighter. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
4:26 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

NY groups want details on fracking health study

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Representatives of a dozen prominent organizations signed a letter sent Tuesday to Health Commissioner Nirav Shah and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens. They asked them to make public the health impact study being evaluated by a scientific panel. They also called for public hearings in potentially affected areas and a 60-day public comment period on the health study.

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Hudson Valley News
3:38 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

NY Communities Tackle Deer Management

Communities throughout New York facing decisions about managing the deer population are watching two developments that could serve as model-setting precedents in addressing the issue. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.  

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New York News
3:31 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Cuomo signs law for new oversight of disabled care

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

On Monday evening, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to create a new state agency he says will better protect about a million New Yorkers with disabilities and special needs under state-funded care. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has more...

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