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
3:29 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

UAlbany Pitches ETEC at The Capitol

Suny officials were at the Capitol in Albany today to lay out their 5-year 2020 plan to build and develop a $165 million Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurship Complex:  a 225-thousand square foot "emerging technology" Research and Development center - to be built on the west side of the UAlbany campus. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.


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Hudson Valley News
3:35 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Cuomo Names Team to Help Select Tappan Zee Design

Howard Glaser, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Brandon Sall
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is has announced the selection of a review team to assist in selecting the final bridge design for the Tappan Zee ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

 

 

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Hudson Valley News
2:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Science Journalists To Discuss Technology’s Future At Beacon Institute talk

Two of the nation's most influential science journalists are making a special appearance this week in the mid-Hudson area, where they will engage in dialog and debate – Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.


Andrew Revkin, author of The New York Times “Dot Earth” blog -and- John Horgan - who  writes the “Cross-check” blog for Scientific American, are meeting Thursday night at the Beacon Institute, where they will discuss the future of technology.

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Hudson Valley News
5:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Study: closing NY's Indian Point would be costly

A new report says ripple effects from closing New York's Indian Point nuclear plants could cost billions of dollars a year. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more.



The report from the fiscally conservative Manhattan Institute estimates a shutdown would add at least $76 to the average New York household's annual electric bill.

It says businesses and industries would pay much more, and as many as 40,000 jobs a year could be lost.

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Hudson Valley News
1:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Magazine publisher's NY tree-cutting plan eyed

Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner's plan to remove more trees from his riverfront property in upstate New York is raising concerns among his neighbors and drawing scrutiny from local officials. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more.


The Daily Freeman of Kingston reports that Wenner has already removed about 300 trees from the Hudson River's east bank where he owns a 69-acre estate in the northern Dutchess County town of Red Hook.

New York News
3:37 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Legislation would keep qualified engineers in US

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says New York's booming technology industries are threatened by a shortage of qualified engineers. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.


The New York Democrat is introducing legislation that would allow foreign students with advanced degrees to stay in the United States.

The "Brains Act" would reform the U.S. visa system to encourage students who graduate American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math to remain in the United States.

Hudson Valley News
3:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Pattern For Progress Housing Report Underscores Future Needs in Hudson Valley

Pattern President and CEO Jonathan Drapkin
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Pattern for Progress is out with its annual housing report - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has details...


In "Housing the Hudson Valley, Unlocking the Opportunities" Pattern for Progress finds the lower Hudson region not much better off than a year ago. Westchester is the only county where the housing market is poised to be getting back on track.

Unemployment rates, foreclosures, short sales and a tightening of mortgage underwriting criteria for both buyer and builder are all slowing economic recovery in the Hudson Valley.

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New York News
11:55 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Thoroughbred trainer appeals 10-year ban in NY

KentuckyDerby-winning thoroughbred trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. is asking New York's top court to overturn his 10-year ban by the state Racing and Wagering Board, saying it raises substantial civil rights issues. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

In asking the Court of Appeals to hear Dutrow's case, attorney Michael Koenig (KAY'-neg) says it should decide whether the appearance of bias by racing board Chairman John Sabini cost the trainer his right to a fair proceeding over drug violations.

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New York News
11:44 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

NY, PA National Guard Units at South Africa Air Show

Members of the New York and Pennsylvania National Guards are taking part in Africa's largest air show… more from WAMC’s Dave Lucas.

A New York Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster transport plane from the 105th Airlift Wing based at Steward International Airport at Newburgh left for Pretoria, South Africa on Friday. Other New York National Guard members heading for the air show are leaving on commercial airliners Monday.

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New York News
4:51 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

On tour: Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The only surviving version of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in Abraham Lincoln's handwriting will be making an 8-city tour of New York this fall. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The New York State Museum plans to unveil the traveling exhibit to mark the sesquicentennial of the document on Friday at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Lincoln released the preliminary document on Sept. 22, 1862. The official Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves was issued Jan. 1, 1863.

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