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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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he'll fight legislation that would allow longer trailer trucks on the nation's highways.

The Democrat said Wednesday that a provision in the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill would authorize twin 33-foot trailers.

@ernest4troy

With Mayor Lou Rosamilia deciding not to seek another term, the political scene in Troy is wide-open ahead of the fall elections. 32-year-old native Ernest Everett would like to see his beloved Troy make a big comeback. The Democrat announced his candidacy in Lansingburgh in the spring and believes he is the one who can unify the Collar City. Everett sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss his platform.

New York State

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has authorized local prosecutors to start investigations when police kill unarmed civilians but prohibits them from giving immunity to any witnesses.

#StoryOfSunny

News is just reaching many New Yorkers that a recent University at Albany graduate was killed in Asia. 

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With primary season on the horizon, Capital Region leaders of the Civil Service Employees Association union endorsed candidates for key Albany County offices on Tuesday.

A federal prosecutor says a prominent New York state lawmaker lied repeatedly to the FBI about arranging a lucrative job for his son.

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WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York's district attorneys say Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of police is "gravely flawed."

Construction at the site of a proposed $425 million casino in the Finger Lakes has been suspended after an appeals court voided its local approval plan.

WAMC Photo by Pat Bradley

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined in Manhattan Sunday by community advocates and the New York Police Department as she announced bipartisan legislation aimed at cracking down on the daily flow of illegal guns on the nation’s streets. The legislation would make gun trafficking a federal crime.

Karen DeWitt

A "Memorandum of Understanding" between the Cuomo Administration and New York state Senate Republicans suspending a statewide ammunition registry program has opened a political can of worms, causing a commotion at the Capitol.

One provision of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, commonly known as the SAFE Act, called for an ammunition database to be rolled out in January 2014. Cost and the difficulty of implementation became obstacles apparently too difficult to sidestep.

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