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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In May, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo requested a review of colleges’ compliance with the 2015 “Enough is Enough” sexual assault law. The results are in.

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Federal authorities in western New York say they've captured a man wanted for a fatal Father's Day shooting in Albany.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer looks out on the Catskill Creek on the Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Center site.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped by Catskill Wednesday afternoon to tour the Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Center. Schumer predicts the Center will be a major hub for world-class theater.

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A New York state agency created to protect people in institutional care from abuse and neglect has lost three criminal cases this year after judges ruled that it didn't have the power to prosecute. 

Absentee ballots have been counted, but the race for the Common Council seat in Albany's 11th ward is not over.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has mandated county governments to find ways to cut spending by consolidating overlapping services in their jurisdictions.  Progress is being made in two local counties.

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A small area of a Columbia County city has become a big concern for local residents.

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Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has been caught on a hot microphone recounting the advice he's giving to President Donald Trump.

People in Houston, Texas have begun the arduous work of cleaning and reconstructing the city as floodwaters from Harvey have receded.
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People in and around Houston, Texas have begun the arduous work of cleaning and reconstructing the city as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey have receded.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Albany’s Rossana Coto-Batres, who is working with immigrants on Harvey relief there.

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With a resounding victory in the Democratic primary, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is highly likely to earn a second term. But  it appears several new faces could be joining Albany’s Common Council.

Corey Ellis with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Voters in the city of Albany have made their choices in the pivotal primary election.

Albany City Hall at twilight, January 25, 2016
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In just a few hours, months of campaigning in Albany will be over. Here's a look back at the mayoral race on this primary day.

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It’s all about turnout in today’s pivotal Albany primaries. Candidates relish the final showdown.

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New York state's education policy-making body has approved the plan it will submit to the U.S. Department of Education to comply with the new federal education law.

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With current Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin running for mayor in tomorrow’s pivotal primary, three Democrats are vying to replace her.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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One day before votes are cast in the key Democratic primary, a new poll shows Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan holding strong.

DACA grantee Rosa Luna, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, DACA grantee Diego Cruz
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In response to the Trump administration’s decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Albany County Executive is pledging his full support to helping local residents in the program.

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New York is sending 124 National Guard members and a specialized rescue team to help with the Hurricane Irma response.

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It’s the centennial of woman’s suffrage in New York. But there is no suffrage story without the anti-suffrage story.

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A new poll finds that New Yorkers do not think Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down. And they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction under President Donald Trump.  

New York state is being sued over the way it purges names from voting rolls.

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The mayor of Stillwater resigned last Friday after being arrested on child pornography charges. Local leaders in the Saratoga County village are pressing on.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $1.4 million in funding for three energy-saving projects in Albany that officials say will help the city reduce greenhouse gas by 773 tons a year, saving $240,000 in annual energy costs.

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A new Siena College poll shows that while Governor Andrew Cuomo's favorability rating has slightly recovered, mass transit and taxes have rankled New Yorkers.

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One week from primary day, there are four mayoral debates to go in Albany.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning motorists a statewide Labor Day Weekend DWI crackdown is in place.

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Police say a 10-year-old central New York girl is recovering in hospital after she was beaten repeatedly, served food doused in hot sauce and dragged behind a vehicle.

Top row: Frank Commisso Jr., Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dan Plaat. Bottom row: Carolyn McLaughlin, Bryan Jimenez.
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Less than two weeks before primary day, the Albany Democratic mayoral candidates were back on the dais last night, fielding questions on issues unaddressed in previous forums. For the first time, they were joined by Green Party candidates.

Albany County officials are sounding the alarm over a new phone scam.

State environmental regulators have denied a key permit for a $900 million power plant being built in southeastern New York.

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