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 recent years, The College of St. Rose in Albany has been experiencing conflict between the administration and faculty. The college has faced financial challenges even as it celebrates enrollment milestones. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with St. Rose professor Angela Ledford to discuss a recent faculty letter calling for the president’s removal. Ledford is vice president of the Faculty Association of St. Rose and vice president of the St. Rose chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan invites citizens to check out rezonealbany.com to get a better handle on the plan.
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In March, Mayor Kathy Sheehan released the final ReZone Albany draft — a long-awaited plan intended to simplify city zoning ordinance. Critics warn it could further deplete the financially strapped city's coffers.

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John Boyd Thacher State Park has been a Capital Region destination for decades. Now, the historic site with gorgeous views and extensive nature trails has a new visitors center.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says local governments should share resources to ease tax burdens that could increase under federal tax proposals.

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A popular state park that offers panoramic views of the Albany area has opened its new $4.3 million visitor’s center to introduce folks to the park's trails and to provide environmental education. 

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Some 78 people die each day across the country from prescription opioid-related overdoses and statistics show 4 out of 5 of heroin users started with prescription opioids.  Albany County now has a task force in place to battle the crisis.

New York state lawmakers are gaining momentum in a measure to expand medical marijuana coverage to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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More than 300 jobs will be lost in the Kellogg Co.'s previously announced plans to close its New York facilities.

Airbnb hosts from around New York state have gathered in Albany to encourage lawmakers to roll back what amount to some of the toughest rules for short-term rentals in the nation.

A push to outlaw the declawing of cats in New York would make the state a feline first in the nation.

With higher education becoming more expensive, students looking to maximize their college experiences are getting help from their schools.

National Grid recently announced it will ask New York state’s Public Service Commission to raise electricity delivery prices beginning in April 2018. The change would add $22 a month to average utility bills.

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May Day has seen millions rally nationwide for worker and immigrant rights. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from Albany’s “Day Without Immigrants” protest.

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The University at Albany is dealing with eight confirmed cases of mumps among the student body.

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The Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill is showing off its renovations this week. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas got a tour of the main home Thursday, experiencing both an "immersive installation" and the "Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills" exhibit...

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This week, two former University at Albany students were found guilty of falsifying reports surrounding a racially-charged assault on a bus in January 2016. They were cleared of more serious related charges. Here's a look back on a case that made international headlines.

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The City of Albany is seeking input on a preliminary Request For Proposals (RFP) for a proposed solid waste transfer station.

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Filling technology jobs in the Capital Region remains a challenge, but employers are seeing some improvement in hiring and feeling more optimistic about job growth, according to the latest Linium Hiring Index. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief with Linium Recruiting's managing director Miriam Dushane about the Spring 2017 survey.

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New York would release the state tax returns for Donald Trump and other New Yorkers holding high office under state legislation crafted by Democratic lawmakers. 

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New York's mental health leaders are uniting to condemn psychological treatments designed to alter the sexual orientation of a minor.

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Fire heavily damaged the upstate New York mill owned by a Cooperstown-based wood baseball bat company.

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The perception of Albany as a sheltering place for the undocumented began around 2009 and has continued through the present day.  There has been ongoing debate over whether or not Albany is a “Sanctuary City.” 

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On Monday, the State University of New York's Board of Trustees unanimously approved Kristina Johnson's appointment as the new SUNY chancellor.

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AARP New York, the state Attorney General’s Office and the Albany County Department for Aging teamed up to host a free paper-shredding event for the public today.

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The New York State Canal System is getting a spring cleanup.

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Sol Greenberg's trademark wavy silver hair and pipe once personified the office of District Attorney in Albany County. Greenberg died Thursday at age 95.

The UAlbany community partnered with Albany Medical Center to assemble "survival kits" to support victims of sexual violence at our annual We Care event in SEFCU Arena.
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Hundreds of volunteers gathered Monday evening in Albany to pack and deliver "survival kits" to victims who have undergone forensic testing in the aftermath of sexual assault.

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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman  is warning seniors to be wary of new phone schemes demanding money through gift cards or pre-paid debit cards.

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The area is mourning Capital Region Chamber of Commerce President, Chuck Steiner.

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As top Albany Democrats get ready for campaign season, some familiar faces are jumping into citywide races as well.

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