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Cambridge mascot is gone

The Cambridge Indians image and references to it have been removed.
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas
The Cambridge Indians image and references to it have been removed.

The on-again off-again push to replace Cambridge Central School's mascot and moniker has apparently been settled.

Over the summer, the school board in Washington County voted to retire the Indian mascot, only to restore it a month later.

According to a document obtained by the Times Union, state Education Commissioner Betty Rosa in August ordered the school district to stop using the Indians name and imagery, and when that didn't happen, Rosa told Cambridge state education funding would be withheld.

The image and references to it have been removed.

Superintendent Doug Silvernell did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He told the newspaper, “When the commissioner starts talking state aid you start paying attention. That’s 54 percent of our budget.”

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.