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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Hydrofracking
7:59 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Md. gas drilling panel's work delayed again

Activists in New York are keeping an eye on a Maryland state panel that’s taking extra time to draft a report on the best practices for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

The Maryland Department of the Environment said Monday that the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission expects to put the draft report out for public comment sometime this spring instead of by Dec. 31.

An MDE spokesman says the commission still aims to issue its final report on best practices by Aug. 1.

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New York News
4:19 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Keeping New York's Schools Safe

Schools across the Northeast and the Nation are beefing up security and safety procedures in the wake of the Newtown shooting. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
1:51 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

GOP declares Amedore victory in NY 46th

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Republicans have declared victory in the last Senate race that remained unresolved after November's elections. That strengthens the hand of Republicans in a bipartisan coalition that will run the chamber beginning Jan. 1. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos  says Monday that Assemblyman George Amedore  has won the 46th District race over Democrat Ceclia Tkaczyk .

(There is a challenge: Tkaczyk's campaign says it will appeal the decision).

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New York News
1:28 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

NY Lawmakers Target Gun Control

Citizens are looking for answers in the wake of Friday's deadly shooting in Connecticut; police agencies are reviewing their preparedness and procedures; lawmakers are attempting to tighten already strict gun control laws in New York.


Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

New York is often referred to as a state where it is "difficult to get a gun". The way the law is interpreted can vary from county to county.

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Hudson Valley News
11:39 am
Sun December 16, 2012

NY police: Fake lawyer scammed homeowners

Police in Peekskill say a fake lawyer scammed distressed homeowners by falsely promising them help with mortgage refinancing and foreclosures. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

Anthony Vecchio is charged with felony grand larceny, misdemeanor scheming to defraud and petty larceny.

Lt. Eric Johansen tells Newsday that the allegations are "reprehensible."

He says victims were left in an even worse financial position than they were before.

Johansen says the alleged crimes occurred over several years.

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Hudson Valley News
6:35 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Doctor indicted in NY painkillers case

A doctor is accused in a federal indictment of illegally distributing tens of thousands of prescription painkillers.The Journal News says Rohan Wijetilaka  of Upper Saddle River, N.J., was indicted this week in White Plains, N.Y. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details.

The doctor is charged with health care fraud and illegal distribution of oxycodone.

His lawyer, Eric Sears, declined comment Friday.

Federal authorities raided the defendant's Yonkers, N.Y., cardiology office in July.

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New York News
5:25 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Cuomo demands action on federal storm aid

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York has helped out other states after disasters so it's time for the federal government to step up and help The Empire State following Superstorm Sandy… WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more.

Cuomo's push came one day after a public plea from the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They say members of Congress shouldn't leave for the holidays until they decide on aid for states battered by Sandy.

They and about 125 New York CEOs also urged Congress to quickly pass a $60 billion aid package.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Feds OK health insurance exchange plan in NY

New York has been given federal approval to set up an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services says Friday New York, Kentucky and Washington, D.C., are the latest places given the go-ahead to create health exchanges and provide options geared to the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. Six other states won approvals Monday.

Enrollment through the exchanges will begin Oct. 1 for insurance starting in January 2014.

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Hudson Valley News
12:59 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Planners eye "Catskill-Shawangunk Greenway"

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A plan to re-invent the former prison farm at Wawarsing as a recreational getaway and tourist attraction is moving forward. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Activists envision transforming the old farm at Eastern Correctional Facility into "the CATSKILL-SHAWANGUNK GREENWAY" -John Adams is founder of the Friends of Colony Farm: he says there is wide ranging support for the plan to market the town as a recreational gateway community to the 2 mountain ranges, with emphasis on agri-tourism, hiking and biking.

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New York News
2:59 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Advocates support NY special education preschool

Some education advocates in New York are out with recommendations to protect preschool special education programs. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The groups Advocates for Children of New York and the Alliance for Quality Education are worried that recent reports of costly fraud by some providers could jeopardize the programs.

At a news conference in Albany Thursday, they encouraged the state to vigorously audit programs and improve financing procedures.

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