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Lawmakers In Albany Get Down To Business

The State Capitol Building, Downtown Albany
..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..
The State Capitol Building, Downtown Albany

  The top Democrat in the Senate says the state's $5 billion windfall from financial settlements should pay for housing, transportation and school upgrades and tax rebates for low-paid workers. Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the plan Thursday.

Meanwhile, the new speaker of the Assembly says raising the minimum wage, expanding higher education access and protecting New York City's rent rules have emerged as his priorities as he settles into his position. Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie tells the Associated Press that ethics reform is another goal of the Assembly's Democratic majority.

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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