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Upstate D.A. To Speak At International Conference

Albany County District Attorney David Soares
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas
Albany County District Attorney David Soares

The Albany County District Attorney has a speaking engagement this week... in Africa.

The Times Union reports on its Capitol Confidential blog that David Soares will speak Thursday at a drug policy conference in the West African nation Cape Verde. A spokesperson for the D-A tells the paper Soares plans to attend various roundtable discussions and other conference sessions in addition to touring law enforcement offices while in his home country this week. The trip is being sponsored by a nonprofit entity. Soares has attended and spoken at international drug conferences in the past. The T-U says the gathering is being funded by Open Society Foundations, an organization founded by George Soros. A Cape Verdean criminal justice delegation visited Albany back in October

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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