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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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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New York News
8:59 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

CEOs join governors in push for Sandy storm aid

More than 125 prominent CEOs based in New York are urging Congress to quickly pass a $60 billion aid package for Superstorm Sandy relief. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details.

The CEOS include top executives of Time Warner, NBC Universal, Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, Madison Square Garden and the National Basketball Association.

The plea comes as the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut urge Congress to act quickly on the aid before lawmakers break for the holiday.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

NY Utilities To Issue Superstorm Rebates

Customers who lost services during Superstorm Sandy will be getting breaks on their bills from New York utilities. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

Regulators on Thursday approved requests from Consolidated Edison, Orange and Rockland Utilities, National Grid and New York State Electric and Gas to give credits for lost days of service on customer bills.

The breaks on the service part of the bill range from several dollars for residential customers to several hundred dollars for larger users like businesses, municipalities and lighting districts.

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Hudson Valley News
4:49 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Gipson Will Go To Albany: Saland Concedes in the 41st

Senator Steve Saland

One of the four Republican Senators who broke ranks with the party to publicly support same-sex marriage in New York has conceded defeat. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos issued a statement wishing Dutchess County Senator Steve Saland "all the best" as Saland's 32-year long career in the State Legislature officially came to an end with a congratulatory telephone call to his opponent Terry Gipson, who will represent the newly redrawn 41st District at the State Capitol. Gipson says it was "a pleasure" to hear from Saland.

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New York News
12:18 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

FEMA OKs Essex, Ulster County flood-property buyouts

Destruction from Irene and Lee: an all-too-familiar sight in New York State.

Members of the public in Essex and Ulster counties have 15 days to sound off on a federal proposal to buy several flood-prone homes, many of which suffered massive damage in 2011 from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
11:51 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

First section of WTC spire hoisted atop building

The first section of the spire that will crown One World Trade Center has been hoisted atop the building. It was lifted onto the 104-story building on Wednesday. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

Nine of 18 giant steel pieces of the spire arrived at the site in New York City Tuesday via barge from Port Newark, N.J.

The arrival marked the end of a 1,500-nautical-mile journey that started in Canada on Nov. 16.

A plant outside Montreal produced the 18 pieces. The spire will make the tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

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