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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A military helicopter clipped a control tower at a former Air Force base in central New York, injuring one passenger.

Schenectady's African American community invites everyone to join the Juneteenth celebration!
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The Hamilton Hill Arts Center is hosting its 18th Annual Juneteenth celebration in Schenectady today and Saturday.

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An Albany Common Councilor wants the mayor to rescind a bill to the Poor Peoples’ Campaign for police services provided by the city during a recent protest .

Five months before Election Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking strong to win a third term, according to the latest Siena poll released this morning.

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A federal judge has denied bail for the founder of a purported self-help group under investigation for alleged sex-trafficking.

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The Schenectady County Department of Environmental Health has lifted a boil water for Rotterdam. The town is among many municipalities dealing with infrastructure issues.

Clean And Healthy New York

A new report sounds the alarm about dangerous chemicals detected in children's products purchased in Albany and Westchester Counties and on Long Island.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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New York’s Capital Region and North Country are being awarded more than $150,000 to provide permanent homes for 28 veterans experiencing homelessness.

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The Poor People’s Campaign says it will not pay a bill from the city of Albany for law enforcement provided for a 90-minute march that tied up one of the city's busiest streets.

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The 10th anniversary of the shooting death of a 10-year-old Albany girl was commemorated Monday night at city hall.

 Flags of pride fly at city hall on June 1st, 2018
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On June 1st, Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched Pride Month in Albany in front of City Hall.

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Albany County District Attorney David Soares says a series of public meetings will be held this summer to discuss marijuana laws with communities. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at Friday’s announcement.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan addresses residents at Ezra Prentice Homes (May 31, 2018)
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Theoretical recommendations on where trucks could be routed to avoid a residential area near the Port of Albany were unveiled Thursday. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the long-awaited meeting.

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Seven Democrats hoping to win New York’s 19th Congressional District seat currently held by Republican John Faso debated Thursday afternoon at WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, the Linda.

Senator George Amedore with Désirée Little
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Evolving attitudes about marijuana are resonating among some elected officials in New York.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
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A top lawmaker in New York says that if the state legalizes recreational marijuana it should also consider expunging marijuana-related criminal records that can make it harder for many people to find jobs or housing.

If you're looking for things to do now that the warm weather is here, consider adding Troy to your summer bucket list.  The Collar City has released a long list of events.

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The 30-year-old Central New York man who was evicted from his parents' home says he's OK being the punchline of jokes as he prepares to move by the legal deadline.

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New York's top financial official is warning Facebook, Google and Twitter that they must do more to protect users from fake news, sexual harassment and abuse on their social media platforms.

An Albany County Land Bank program that offers vacant lots for $100 is returning for the month of June in an expanded form.

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Albany County’s comptroller says the county should consider selling the Times Union Center.

Rep. Tonko kicks off weeklong spotlight on mental health in Albany
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New York Congressman Paul Tonko visited Albany Friday morning to kick off a weeklong spotlight on mental health.

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Global Partners this week withdrew its application to install a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. Although the decision is good news for residents of the city's South End, tenants of the Ezra Prentice homes are still battling other environmental issues.

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A Vermont police department says the vehicle of a suspect wanted in the shooting death of a South Burlington woman has been found in New York.

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After years of uncertainty, Global Partners this week withdrew its application to install a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas looks back at the long process leading up to the decision.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, flanked by Earthjustice Attorney Chris Amato and BeBe White, president of the Ezra Prentice Homes Tenants Association
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A company that handles crude oil shipped by tanker trains and Hudson River barges says it's scaling back operations at the Port of Albany.

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The names of eight emergency medical service workers who died last year as a result of on-duty injuries or illnesses have been added to the New York state EMS Memorial in Albany.

Public outcry against the so-called "Bomb trains" reached a fever pitch in 2014 over the July 4th holiday weekend - In Albany, Congressman Paul Tonko marked the one-year anniversary of the oil train disaster in Quebec.
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A company that handles crude oil shipped by tanker trains and Hudson River barges says it's scaling back crude operations at the Port of Albany.

Greene County

The in-progress Skywalk project connecting two New York historic sites is the subject of a public meeting tonight in Greene County. 

In a real-life case of "Failure to Launch," an upstate New York judge has ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents' house after they went to court to eject him.

Michael Rotondo told the judge Tuesday he knows his parents want him out of their Camillus home, near Syracuse. But he argued he's entitled to six months more time.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports the judge rejected that demand as outrageous. Rotondo told reporters he'll appeal.

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