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Taste NY: A Success

Lucas Willard

Taste NY, New York state's effort to highlight locally produced foods and beverages, saw sales at its events and stores triple in 2015.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Taste NY sales jumped to more than $4.5 million from $1.5 million in 2014.

Taste NY was created in 2013 to encourage sales of food and beverages produced throughout the state. The program operates stores and hosts events around the state that bring together local manufacturers of products such as yogurt, syrup, beer and cider.

Some 11 stores are now open, including one in Puerto Rico and the newest location, a Taste NY cafe at Whiteface Mountain.

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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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