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Firm Paid $300 For S. African Cranes Photo Used In NYS Report

WAMC image by Dave Lucas

A New York City advertising agency paid $300 for a photograph of South African construction cranes that the Cuomo administration used in a state report to illustrate economic development in New York.

A copy of the receipt for the photo obtained by The Associated Press shows the agency bought the image in July 2016 from Getty Images. The photo's cost is listed as $575 on the stock photo company's website. The ad agency paid a discounted price for it.

The picture, titled "Forest of cranes #2," shows seven towering construction cranes. It appeared across pages 5 and 6 of the 2017 annual report released last month by Empire State Development, the state's economic development agency.

ESD officials said Tuesday that the ad and marketing firm provided the image to the state agency, which compiled the 127-page report.

(C) 2018 AP

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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