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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As part of National Bike to Work Day, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan cycled her way through her morning commute...

  Some legal developments regarding charter schools and common core.

The state attorney general's office has asked a Supreme Court judge to toss out a lawsuit challenging New York's formulas for charter school funding. A group of parents filed the challenge, claiming the formulas discriminate against charters in favor of traditional public schools. The judge did not issue an immediate decision.

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  Two U.S. Senators will lay out a four point plan for rail safety this morning. 

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  A hat officially goes into the ring for Mayor of a Capital Region city.

Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse announced Thursday he will run for mayor of Cohoes:  his uncle. incumbent mayor George Primeau, cited health reasons for a decision not to run earlier this year.

Morse, who is a city firefighter and area labor leader, vies for the Democratic nod against Councilwoman Dianne Nolin.

The city committee will endorse candidates after petitioning concludes in July.

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The City of Albany has embarked on a program to award new scholarships to provide free Emergency Medical Technician training and certification to economically challenged Albany residents.

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After years of effort, a Capital Region military hero is getting a prestigious award.

On June 2nd, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Albany Army Private Henry Johnson “for conspicuous gallantry during World War I.”

Johnson served as a member of Company C, 369th Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division, American Expeditionary Forces. The White House announced the news Thursday after a renewed push for the recognition by Sen. Charles Schumer and others in recent years.

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Each day, the city of Albany’s population swells as commuters come to work within the city limits. But the capital’s largest suburb, Colonie, has more than 80,000 residents and its own set of unique issues and challenges, according to Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan. The Democrat recently announced she is seeking a fifth two-year term. She spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas and saysher political mantra is a focus on the people.

The top three officials of New York state government gathered Wednesday behind closed doors for the first time since the Senate picked a new leader.

Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan says the meeting with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo focused on priorities for lawmakers before their annual session ends next month.

The Senate picked Flanagan to be its new leader on Monday following the resignation of Long Island Republican Dean Skelos, who is keeping his Senate seat while he fights federal corruption charges.

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Prosecutors say two teenagers and a man have been arraigned on charges stemming from a fatal shooting in Albany earlier this month.

The Albany County D-A's office says a 16-year-old boy and two men, ages 18 and 24, were arraigned in state Supreme Court Wednesday morning on charges that include second-degree murder and attempted murder.

They're charged in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Courtney Yates. Police say the father of six was hit by gunfire shortly after 1 a.m. on May 5 on Lark Street. Two other men, ages 29 and 33, were wounded.

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A bipartisan group of New York state legislators are calling for passage of a bill that would "rein in" the State Liquor Authority.  A local liquor store is at the center of the story.

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