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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Ten Albany police officer-trainees graduated in a late-morning ceremony today at the new Capital Center downtown.

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The Oneida Indians say they will expand their gambling operations in central New York with a third casino near Syracuse.

It's deadline time for New York state leaders trying to wrap up negotiations on a new state budget.

Several inches of snow have fallen on parts of eastern New York where forecasters say up to a foot of wet, heavy snow could blanket some areas.

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Bus riders throughout the Capital Region can rest easy. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the fare isn't going up under the CDTA's new budget.

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A college in Susan B. Anthony's western New York hometown has acquired a trove of 19th-century letters she wrote to a fellow leader in the women's rights movement.

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Now that it has reached a deal with the police, one area city has contracts in place with all municipal employee unions, eliminating what for many other cities often becomes a major hurdle impeding governance.

Community service organization Capital Roots announced the launch of the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment Wednesday at its headquarters and regional food hub, the Urban Grow Center, in Troy.

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New York state has remained clear of a dreaded deer disease for another year.

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A state-owned car used by Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was governor of New York is heading into the shop for some repairs.

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics.
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Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics, running for common council president.

A Women’s History Month discussion with Kathy Sheehan, Albany’s first female mayor, and Albany author and activist Barbara Smith is set for Wednesday evening at City Hall.

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Uber's first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions.

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Government officials are reacting to the latest federal threats to "claw back" funding earmarked for sanctuary cities.

While summer may seem far off, organizers of one local racing event are looking to recruit participants now, so they can train for the meet.

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A coalition of anti-hunger advocates, agricultural groups and environmental organizations are urging New York leaders to create a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits, vegetables and other products to foodbanks. 

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Uber and Lyft are making their final push to expand into upstate New York ahead of a key legislative deadline.

When the failed Republican American Health Care Act was pulled from the House on Friday, there was a collective sigh of relief among Obamacare supporters and participants. Lack of popular support for the measure is reflected in a new Siena College poll.

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Video game developers say New York will miss out on its chunk of a nearly $100 billion industry if it doesn't encourage companies to plant their roots in the state.

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Congressional Republicans have "declared war on New York" with plans to cut another $2.3 billion in Medicaid spending by local governments upstate and on Long Island. 

IN ALBANY, LT. GOV. KATHY HOCHUL LAUNCHES $70 MILLION ELECTRIC CAR REBATE AND OUTREACH INITIATIVE
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made a stop in Albany Tuesday to make a clean energy announcement.

Nearly 70 locally elected officials in New York are calling on Democratic GovernorAndrew Cuomo to halt a tax subsidy program that would allow three aging nuclear power plants to remain open upstate.

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A police officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he slammed into a vehicle belonging to another law enforcement agency.

CDPHP Cycle! set to launch in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga
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Two organizations well known by their acronyms have partnered up to bring people in the Capital Region a new way to get from here to there.

Congressman Paul Tonko met with reporters at his Albany office Sunday morning, March 19, 2017.
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Republican leaders are planning a vote Thursday to repeal and replace much of Obamacare. Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko doesn’t think much of the plan. The Democrat met with reporters at his Albany office Sunday morning.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan Launches the  City of Albany’s Poverty Reduction Initiative
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An Albany insurance broker has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a $1 million securities fraud scheme.

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Expressing alarm at what they characterize as 'draconian cuts' to the Medicaid program spelled out in the proposed American Health Care Act, a broad group of organizations from across New York have come together to create a campaign to highlight the importance of Medicaid funding to ordinary people.

Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. On Wednesday he sat down with WAMC's Dave Lucas to outline his platform.
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Albany Common Council member Frank Commisso Jr. recently tossed his hat in the ring in a bid to capture the Democratic Party’s mayoral nomination. The son of the County Legislature’s majority leader, Commisso joins a field already featuring Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Green Party hopeful Dan Plaat. First-term Democratic incumbent Kathy Sheehan has not yet announced a reelection bid. Commisso sat down Wednesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is sending more assets to New York's southern tier region.

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