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NY County Leaders Gather In Albany

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Officials from each of New York's 62 counties are traveling to Albany for an annual conference on the challenges facing the state's local governments.

The New York State Association of Counties says the three-day legislative conference, which begins Monday, will attract more than 900 attendees from around the state.

This year's big topics include the need for state funding for 911 and the public defenders system, the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic and the proposed upstate expansion of Uber and Lyft.

County leaders are also expected to discuss Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal encouraging local governments to find ways to share resources and team up on services.

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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.