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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New York state wants banks and insurance companies to take steps to protect consumers from hacking.

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State health officials have declared the flu to be widespread and prevalent in New York state.

This year, in a break with tradition, Governor Andrew Cuomo is scrapping the traditional State of the State address in Albany and will deliver a series of regional speeches instead.  Albany-watchers say lawmakers will take it as an insult.

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The minimum wage is going up next week in New York. The increase is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's multi-year phase-in plan for an eventual $15 statewide minimum wage for all workers.

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An aerial gondola system being pitched in Albany, New York, is among a handful of urban gondola systems being studied across the U.S. to solve public transportation problems.

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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New York state is helping colleges and universities around the state cut carbon emissions and become more energy efficient.

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It’s no secret that Republicans, ascendant in Washington, want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. A new study says millions of people nationally and in New York could stand to lose their health insurance with even a partial repeal of the ACA.

A new study from AARP New York shows just over two-thirds of New York’s small businesses want the state to establish a privately managed retirement savings plan for their employees.

The daughter of the president of Herkimer County Community College is the focus of a murder investigation.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the completion of a $370,000 expansion of the Albany Crime Analysis Center.

The 30-year-old pastor of a central New York church where one teenager was killed and his younger brother badly beaten during a church counseling session overseen by the pastor has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Mayors and other local officials from New York's capital region are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remember the state's aging water pipes as he puts together his budget proposal.

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This morning at Albany City Hall, Brendan Cox confirmed he is resigning as police chief to take a position with a national law enforcement guidance organization that has worked closely with the city department. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the rotunda for the announcement.

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During World War II, some 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces, both at home and abroad. Records show that by the time war was over, more than 2 million women had worked in war industries. Some volunteered as nurses or members of home defense units, while others enlisted as full-time members of the military. In the latest installment of our weeklong series, two women of "The Greatest Generation" from upstate New York speak with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about the roles they played during the war. 

New York state's 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in new economic development funding grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the awards Thursday in Albany. The cities of Troy and Albany are getting shares of that money.

The Fight For 15 is a worldwide mobilization for a wage that meets basic needs. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas looks back at the movement which has just celebrated its four-year anniversary.

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Police agencies across New York are increasingly turning to social media to assist in law enforcement and to kick public outreach up a notch.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he met with federal authorities about a corruption case against a former top aide.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to see Uber expand into Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany and other upstate communities.

A 26-year-old upstate New York man has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of a college student from New York City.

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With the pressure to get a new budget in place bearing down upon Troy, Mayor Patrick Madden has devised a new fiscal package that would raise taxes 14.6 percent — about half his initial proposal.  Madden proposed it to the City Council Wednesday night in a bid to avoid layoffs and cuts in city services.

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Police in Binghamton says nearly $20,000 has been raised for information to find the driver who struck and killed a college student from New York City. 

A woman accused of killing her twin sister by driving their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii won't fight extradition from upstate New York.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Donald Trump didn't win the presidential election — but that Democrats lost by not paying enough attention to a fearful middle class.

Last month, Crossgates Mall in Albany County became the site of a mass evacuation, as thousands of shoppers on a busy Saturday responded to a report of gunshots in the mall. In the end, the incident was far less scary than the mental picture initially conjured. But it got plenty of people thinking about what they would do in such a situation.  This morning, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the Better Business Bureau and several area chambers of commerce to present a workshop entitled "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events."

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The 20-year old Albany man accused of firing a gun that resulted in a lockdown at Crossgates Mall last month has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges.

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Disdain for a Donald Trump presidency and the fear of the future it could bring brought a variety of activist groups together in Albany over the weekend. The "anti-KKK Presidency Rally" was held in Townsend Park.

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A new Siena Research Institute poll shows New Yorkers are evenly split about the future of the country under President-elect Donald Trump.

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Hometown Health Centers has partnered with the Schenectady City School District to open the county’s first school-based health centers.

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On this last day of November, the Siena Research Institute has released its annual poll of New Yorkers’ holiday spending plans and attitudes about the holiday season, volunteering and charitable donations. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with pollster Don Levy.

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