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 boost is in store for the New York economy. Empire State Development says 43 businesses are expanding or coming to New York state to partner with colleges and universities.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has awarded a Troy police officer a Congressional Badge of Bravery for heroism in the line of duty.  Thursday's ceremony was held at Hudson Valley Community College.

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With the city’s budget’s in limbo, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has launched a social media campaign to shore up a $12.5 million dollar deficit and find a permanent solution to end the annual funding crisis.

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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse recently gave his annual "State of the City Address." The first-term Spindle City Democrat  tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas he intends to make Cohoes an "All-American City" again...

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to cut $25 million from 39 public health programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other conditions.

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The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee and the Albany Police Department hosted a forum on community policing Tuesday night at the Jewish Community Center.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is out with an updated version of its "Hate Map." The group ranks New York state fourth in the nation for the number of active hate groups.

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With the incumbent’s candidacy still unclear, another candidate has entered the race for mayor of Albany.

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As the City of Albany waits to hear if the state will contribute $12.5 million to close a budget gap, residents are being cautioned to prepare for a tax hike.

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New York State has finalized regulations that will require banks and insurers to meet minimum cyber-security standards.

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During the Grammys on Sunday, non-profit public health organization Truth Initiative launched a national campaign called #StopProfiling, calling attention to ways in which tobacco marketing is disproportionately targeted to African Americans and low-income neighborhoods. That's exactly the focus of a new paper exposing the disproportionate presence of tobacco marketing in low-income Albany neighborhoods and the health inequities that result. 

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At City Hall this morning, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan turned up pressure on the state over the $12.5 million in aid the city is seeking to close its budget gap. The city is resorting to a hiring freeze and considering cutting programs and festivals.

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"Complete Streets" policy requires that a municipal roadway accommodate all users — cars, buses, bicyclists, pedestrians — regardless of age or ability. Some Delaware Avenue residents are meeting this hour at Bethlehem Town Hall, with a "road diet" in mind.

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The Albany Symphony Orchestra unveiled its new season lineup Wednesday at the Palace Theatre.

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An arrest has been made in connection with a series of racially-charged incidents in a Montgomery County village.

Manufacturing in New York state expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years as factories received more new orders and stepped up hiring.

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A state lawmaker whose district includes Cooperstown is making a strong pitch to have New York designate baseball as the official state sport.

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Child advocates say New York's marriage law that allows children as young as 14 years old to wed can trap minors in sexual abuse and domestic violence.

The Albany County Legislature has taken the final step to "ban the box" on county job applications. They've made it official.

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Public-interest, environmental and labor groups have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of President Donald Trump's executive order requiring federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one.

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The Northeast has been digging out from two snowstorms in the past week, making the morning commute dicey. So, should the Capital District Transportation Authority offer free rides on snowy days? WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports some Albany residents say yes.

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After nearly two years without significant snowfall, a couple of major snowstorms have made the Northeast look a lot more like winter.

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Nearly back-to-back weather systems in the last few days marked the return of typical Northeastern winter and its hallmarks: delays, closings, cancellations, snow emergencies and treacherous driving conditions.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning which is in effect until 7 p.m. Monday.

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Thanks in part to the proliferation of smartphones, the combination of seven-digit numbers has all but run out in the 315 and 518 area codes in upstate New York. Enter a couple of new codes and with them, 10-digit dialing.

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Many Albany residents were caught off-guard by the city's first significant snowfall in almost two years. They woke up today to find their cars had been towed away for non-compliance with snow emergency protocol.

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The latest hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $152 billion dollar state budget proposal in Albany has been postponed due to a winter storm.

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With schools closed and many workers encouraged not to travel, the Northeast spent much of the day digging out from the first major storm of the winter.

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With schools closed and many workers encouraged not to travel, much of the Northeast is digging out from the first major storm of the winter.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is located at 301 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, just off Erie Boulevard.
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More than three years after New York voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in the state, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady opened its doors to the public today. 

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