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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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.
WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

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.

Once again, the three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor will get together for a pre-primary debate tonight. This time they will be joined by Green Party candidates.

“It is great to welcome back professional basketball to the Washington Avenue Armory and the Capital Region. I can’t wait for the first tip off,” said Assemblymember John T. McDonald III.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople are hoping the third time's a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise.

A New York federal appeals court says it's the job of Congress and the president, not the courts, to confront claims that female cadets face a sexually oppressive culture at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has unveiled enhancements to the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.

August 29 Albany mayoral debate at the Hearst Media Center
Times Union

The three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor debated for the second time Tuesday night at the Times Union’s Hearst Media Center before a capacity crowd.

Paul Tonko
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko stopped by Albany Medical Center Tuesday morning to headline a press conference on water systems and infrastructure.

New York has 31 new environmental conservation officers and nine new forest rangers.

Glenville Police Chief Steve Janik & Scotia Police Chief Pete Frisoni speak with reporters at State Police Troop G HQ
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York State Police issued an update today in the case of a local elementary school teacher shot and killed by police.

St. Peter’s Hospital CEO Virginia Golden, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Acting Police Chief Bob Sears and other officials at Bethany Reformed Church, August 2017.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany not-for-profit has teamed up with the city to undertake a traffic study in a rapidly developing stretch. 

 "As long as you have a reason for running, and you have strong stands on the issues, a candidate can do very well." ~ Joe Sullivan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Democrats have an overwhelming enrollment advantage in the city of Albany, meaning the September 12th mayoral primary is the biggest hurdle for the candidates. But that isn’t scaring off several third-party hopefuls. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Conservative candidate Joe Sullivan about the race, campaigning and the voting process.

Statue of J. Marion Sims on Fifth Avenue, on the wall of Central Park
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Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth.

The Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley operated along the proposed trail corridor. The line transported millions of passengers over its three decades of service.
Albany-Hudson Electric Trail

The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail is a proposed 35-mile bicycling and pedestrian rail-trail path, running from the City of Rensselaer to the City of Hudson. Officials hope to have the trail operational by 2020.

Confederate memorial tombstone at Natchez City Cemetery in Natchez, Mississippi
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Officials in several states are calling for the removal of statues and monuments along with the renaming of buildings and streets associated with the Confederate States of America. 

Riverkeeper/Cacophny

The federal government is designating critical habitat for the Atlantic sturgeon in a step regulators say will help the fish recover its population.

Brown and daughter Robinson
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A 12-year-old girl has been named Albany County’s "Citizen of the Month.”

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Heat or cool your home, or cut back on food and medicine? Area residents may be faced with that decision next spring.

Constitution Pipeline

New York's authority to block construction of a major natural gas pipeline by denying a key permit has been upheld by a federal court.

The state Public Service Commission approved the 838 area code last September to ensure there will continue to be enough telephone numbers to meet demand in eastern New York.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

If you haven't done so already, it's time to reprogram your cell phone and/or speed dialer to include the 518 area code.

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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas caught up with them after the event.

#AlbanyDebate at The Linda, August 2017
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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary.

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State police say a truck driver from New York’s Capital Region was shopping online on his cell phone when his vehicle rear-ended a car, killing its driver.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Ahead of the pivotal September 12 primary, three leading Democrats aspiring to get the party nod in the race for mayor of Albany are debating for the first time tonight.

Corey Ellis, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Alfredo Balarin and Leah Golby
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Citizen Action of New York has announced its endorsements in Albany’s city elections.

 Wayne Bennett
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A former New York State Police superintendent has died.

A press conference and rally in defense of immigrants got under way at 5 p.m. in New York City. Regional activists are taking part.

Local leaders say a new initiative called U-CAN has the potential to change the lives of young offenders.  "United Against Crime - Community Action Network" is the brainchild of Cohoes City Court Judge Andra Ackerman.

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