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NY Helping MA Dig Out

New York state is sending dozens of front-end loaders and dump trucks to help Massachusetts dig out from record snowfalls that dropped several feet of snow. The equipment left New York Wednesday morning for Worcester, Massachusetts, and a staging area outside Boston.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York received a request for help from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

New York's contribution includes 66 personnel, 18 front-end loaders, 19 dump trucks, 17 tractor-trailers and several other vehicles. The crews are expected to be in Massachusetts for about a week.

Cuomo says that "neighbors help neighbors" and notes that Massachusetts has sent similar assistance to New York state in the past.

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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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