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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“We need to educate this generation of students to be communicators and problem-solvers in a complex healthcare environment,” said ACPHS President Dr. Greg Dewey.

In a neighborhood that has been transformed over the last decade, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has launched a $1.65 million project to transform unused space at 84 Holland Ave. into state-of-the-art active learning classrooms.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York's attorney general says the state has reached an agreement with an herbal supplement maker to implement new quality control measures to confirm the authenticity of its products. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After a close primary decided on absentee ballots last week all but decided a new city court judge, Albany's mayor today appointed him to a vacant city court judge position.

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This year's $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Biomedicine and Biomedical Research is being shared by three recipients.

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Beginning on Monday, Albany police officers will be testing body cameras while on duty.

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A New Report Shows Concussion Diagnoses Among New York youths rose 72 percent over the past five years. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Phone, cable and utility companies in New York may no longer charge early termination fees when service has been discontinued due to the death of a customer.

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The Troy Industrial Development Agency Board met Friday and approved three projects for the "Hedley District."

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The water emergency in Albany is over. The water main line under South Lake Avenue near the intersection with Elberon Place has been repaired, restoring water service for the major water transmission line there. Citywide water restrictions have been lifted, but the street remains closed.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros was arraigned in Albany City Court on Friday.
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Suspended SUNY Poly president Alain Kaloyeros made his first court appearance this morning.

An artifact from the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago has been given to Albany International Airport. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the airport Thursday morning when the artifact was officially put on permanent display.

When polls closed the night of the Albany Democratic primary, Joshua Farrell led Jim Long by a slim margin: 2,921 to 2,825. But more than 500 absentee ballots that came back need to be counted, and that happened Tuesday at the Board of Elections.

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Two Rensselaer police officers will not go unpunished for killing a woodchuck on a Troy golf course.

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The Occupy Movement began five years ago as "Occupy Wall Street," when activists flooded a park in New York City with demands for economic equality. The movement takes credit for introducing income inequality into the broader political discourse, for inspiring the fight for a $15 minimum wage and even the Democratic presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The local anti-establishment crusade against the power of elites — the so-called 1 percent — was known as Occupy Albany.

A kickoff event was held Sunday at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center to promote The Maccabi Games, expected to bring more than 700 athletes from around the world to the area next year. 

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Five years after the Occupy Wall Street began and then seemingly fizzled, demonstrators gathered once again in New York City's Zuccotti Park Saturday to mark the movement and what they say has been its lasting impact.

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A New York state lawmaker is proposing help for property owners who must pay to remove trees infested with an invasive beetle.

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Flood-prone areas in Albany are getting relief. Officials are taking steps to counter the perennial problem.


New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The first debate between the candidates for New York’s 19th Congressional district seat is in the books. Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout faced off today at WAMC’s performing arts studio, the Linda. The debate between two former gubernatorial candidates mostly stuck to the issues.

“I became a firefighter because my father said, ‘Give it a try,’... the best advice he ever gave me, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.” ~ Deputy Chief Maria Walker
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In August, Captain Maria Walker was promoted to Deputy Chief, the highest rank ever held by a woman in the Albany Fire Department. She is a third generation firefighter, following her grandfather, Frank J. McGarry, and her father, Frank A. McGarry, who both served as firefighters in the Buffalo Fire Department. Walker recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss her new rank.

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The U.S. Army has approved Albany High School’s proposal to establish a full-fledged Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Word came from Senator Chuck Schumer, who had intervened on the school’s behalf.

The winner of the Democratic Primary race for Albany City Court Judge is yet to be determined.

New York's attorney general says he has reached settlements with Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro and Jumpstart Games stopping them from using tracking technology on their popular children's websites.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Schenectady has a new police chief.

Safyre Terry

A New York woman has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for lying to a federal grand jury about the fire that killed her ex-boyfriend and three of her children and left a fourth child with severe burns.

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The University at Albany's Rensselaer County campus is getting a curriculum upgrade and a new name.

The race for Albany City Court Judge has split local Democrats. The outcome of Tuesday's primary could chart a future course for the party.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York's attorney general says abortion rights provided by U.S. Supreme Court rulings can't be diminished by the state law against late-term abortions enacted before the court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In January, the Albany Common Council passed, at the request of Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a trash collection tax that applies to two-, three-, and four-unit buildings.  Two months later, the council re-examined the tax, ultimately voting 8-5 to keep the trash fee as is. The Council is re-visiting the thorny issue tonight.