Dave Lucas

Capital Region Bureau Chief

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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The student-led protest over gun violence called “March for Our Lives” will take place Saturday in Washington and communities across the nation.

Assemblymember Pat Fahy Thursday night at the Albany Public Library for a community forum about the New York budget.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With the  deadline for adopting the New York state budget days away, Albany area Assemblymembers John McDonald and Pat Fahy conducted a "community conversation" Thursday to bring constituents up to date.

Tierra Farm's Gunther Fishgold saved Albany's Madison Theater from the wrecking ball.
Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Just like the movies themselves, Albany's Madison Theater has gone through several changes since it first opened in 1929.  Its most dramatic renovation is now in the works.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Georgia Congressman John Lewis will be among the speakers at the funeral of New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Landscapers are swapping their rakes and leaf blowers for snow plows as yet another storm bears down on the Northeast, just in time for spring.

The City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development and the Capital District Transportation Committee are hosting a public meeting Wednesday to discuss the future of Washington Avenue near the University of Albany’s uptown campus.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It may be spring, but the recent snowstorms took their toll on utility companies across New York. Some customers were in the dark for days, and now the state Public Service Commission is investigating.

Senator Schumer
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Albany Monday afternoon to push for a major infrastructure proposal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from the Corning Preserve.

Governor Cuomo walks out with students from several Lower Manhattan high schools and participates in a 17-minute protest against gun violence in Zuccotti Park on March 14, 2018, exactly one month after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland
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The school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month is having an effect on New York politics.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Albany's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow. The 68th annual march, touted as a "family-friendly event" will carry on a number of traditions.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New leadership came to the Albany County Legislature in January when Andrew Joyce was elected chairman, a seat his father held a quarter of a century earlier. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is off to Puerto Rico for a week with her husband and son to assist in the hurricane recovery effort - WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with the mayor at city hall this afternoon to learn about the trip.

Albany County

The Albany County Legislature voted unanimously on Monday to recognize its first Legislative Black Caucus.


A viral video of Coeymans, New York police running over a rabid raccoon is under scrutiny. 

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The search is on for an Albany resident worthy of recognition for giving their time and talent to build a better city. 


An open house to present the findings of the I-787/Hudson Waterfront Corridor Study will be held tonight in Albany. 


The initiative to outfit Schenectady police officers with body cameras is moving forward, but not as quickly as first envisioned.


A bill to provide paid sick days for employees in Albany County is scheduled to be introduced at tonight’s County Legislature meeting.

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New York wildlife researchers are taking a new approach to gathering citizen input to guide deer management objectives.

Police in Central New York report arresting a woman after her 9-month-old baby was found crawling in a busy roadway.


Police say a Cornell University student was assaulted by a man who also used racial slurs.

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Once again, Troy, New York is looking for input on the future of One Monument Square.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Advocates say plans to create an elevated park connecting downtown Albany to the riverfront would alter the cityscape, giving an economic boost to three areas undergoing revitalization. 


The parent company that runs the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany is suing hip-hop group Migos stemming from a melee at a 2015 concert.

Utica College students shelter in place during Monday's lockdown.
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Officials at Utica College say a lockdown sparked by a telephone threat ended Monday afternoon after all buildings were searched and staff and students were taken to safe locations.

PBA Executive Director and Counsel Daniel De Federicis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State says University at Albany Police have their hands cuffed when it comes to executing their duty to protect and serve. The college disputes the criticism.

City of Albany

The city of Albany is getting more than $3 million in state funding to turn a lightly traveled interstate ramp into an elevated park giving pedestrians and bicyclists access to the Hudson River.

WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

Two New York State Troopers were hurt responding to an early morning car crash on I-90.

A former top lawmaker in New York wants his retrial on corruption charges moved to another state.

Lyall Family

Twenty years ago today, 19-year-old University at Albany sophomore Suzanne Lyall vanished shortly after getting off a CDTA bus at the campus' Collins Circle stop. Her family has never stopped looking.