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
6:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

More NY Municipalities Opt To Override Tax Cap

Credit andrewcuomo.com

With another legislative session about to get underway in New York, lawmakers may have to take another look at the tax cap: new data shows about 25 percent of local governments have indicated that they may override the property-tax cap in 2013 — up from 19 percent at the same time last year. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Hudson Valley News
4:55 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

NY court OKs $1M school racial harassment award

An appeals court says a Dutchess County school district must pay $1 million to a man who was racially harassed for 3½ years in high school. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the award for Anthony Zeno. He faced repeated harassment in the Pine Plains Central School District from 2005 to 2008.  The 2nd Circuit said he faced racist, demeaning, threatening and violent conduct.

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New York News
12:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

NY Governor in DC to pitch Congress for Storm Aid

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an undated photo.
Credit (WAMC photo by Dave Lucas)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the Nation's Capitol today to make a 42-Billion dollar pitch to Congress for storm aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
4:00 am
Sat December 1, 2012

LIPA chairman resigns in wake of Sandy criticism

Another LIPA official steps down... WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

Long Island Power Authority chairman Howard Steinberg has resigned from the board of directors.

His exit Friday is the latest in a string of departures following criticism of LIPA's  performance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Newsday reports that Steinberg resigned in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He said his work as a private-sector attorney precludes him from devoting the time to address challenges facing LIPA. Steinberg was appointed by Gov. George Pataki in 1999.

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Hudson Valley News
4:46 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Southern Tier, Hudson Valley, NYC protests planned push for taxing rich

Occupy protestors in Albany, 2011
Credit ..:: WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas ::..

Protests are planned for New York City, the Southern Tier and the Hudson Valley to push New York's congressional delegation to support higher federal taxes for the wealthy. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

The mix of community activists, student groups and unions plan Saturday events.

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New York News
4:03 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

NY Commission Issues Subpoenas & Info Requests

Hurricane Sandy: gone but certainly not forgotten.
Credit NOAA

Central Hudson has been subpoenaed by the New York commission that's investigating the performance of utilities before and after Superstorm Sandy. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
 

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New York News
12:57 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Gas driller sues DEC, town over local moratorium

Credit Lenape Resources

A natural gas drilling company is suing state regulators and a western New York town where it has operated for decades over a local moratorium that threatens to put the company out of business. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Hudson Valley News
4:44 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Superstorm affects MTA

Credit MTA

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority took a serious financial hit as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Officials assure riders the cost will NOT be passed on them, but transit advocates say higher fares may be impossible to avoid . Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports 

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Hudson Valley News
12:50 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Indian Point Contingency Plan In the Works

The New York State Public Service Commission has ordered a contingency plan be drawn up in the event that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Buchanan is shut down. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The PSC has ordered Consolidated Edison to collaborate with the New York Power Authority and develop a contingency plan for closing Indian Point.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Indie Dems propose 3-leader NY Senate

The leader of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference is pursuing an unprecedented shakeup in New York politics that would see three leaders with equal power ruling the state Senate in a bipartisan coalition. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

Sen. Jeffrey Klein says he wants a formal three-way power-sharing arrangement that would be extended to every decision in the chamber, including state budget negotiations.

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