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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Tuesday marked the Sixth Annual New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the capitol.

New York League of Conservation Voters Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Christopher Goeken
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Concerned about children's exposure to lead found in drinking water, lawmakers met with reporters today at the state capitol in Albany to discuss a last-minute push to require lead testing in all public schools.

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State Supreme Court Judge Vito Caruso has picked a District Attorney to investigate a high-profile Schenectady traffic case.

On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York State Capitol, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.
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On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York state capitol on Monday, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.

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The Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.  The local event, which ranks first in the state and second out of 90 tours in the U.S., is set for Saratoga Springs this weekend.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Brendan Cox speak with reporters at City Hall, June 2, 2016.
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The United States Department of Justice will be keeping an eye on the Albany Police Department.  Albany’s force is being held up as a positive example.

Race director George Regan
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The 38th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women is coming up on Saturday in Albany. The massive event is being run this year without top international competitors, in what organizers say is a bid to give more local women a chance to race.WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with longtime event director George Regan.

 Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop Ed Scharfenberger
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Albany Bishop Ed Scharfenberger joined farmworkers rallying Thursday at New York's Capitol for legislation to guarantee them overtime pay while removing the state's ban on their union organizing.

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On Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, the International Center of the Capital Region, in conjunction with Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of State, will be hosting a Women’s Empowerment Diplomacy summit in Albany.

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The fight over Uber's plans to expand throughout New York state is escalating as lawmakers enter the final weeks of their 2016 legislative session.

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The fight against tobacco use is global:  approximately 1 person dies from a disease caused by tobacco use every six seconds around the world.   New York joins a worldwide effort to discourage tobacco use.

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Eleven porcupines recently found clubbed to death in Albany and Schoharie counties have alarmed elected officials.

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New York City police say they've made an arrest in the death of an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who was caught in the crossfire between two gangs last year.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
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Now that the nice weather is here, construction crews are a common sight. But in many cases, workers are digging up roadways to repair aging water and sewer pipes. Old infrastructure can create new challenges as well as inconveniences.

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More than 200 new transit vehicles are coming to upstate New York.

A new law in New York state aims to make it easier to sign up to be an organ or tissue donor.

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Hoping to promote transparency about its precarious finances, the city of Troy has opened the books again.

Art Feder, farm child, on a makeshift tractor with its creator, farmer Genie Lucine, ca. 1939.
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In the early part of the 20th century, hundreds of recently arrived Eastern European Jewish families lived on farms in upstate New York. Their descendants are holding a reunion this October in Rensselaer County.

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New York's attorney general has sued Domino's Pizza Inc. and three franchisees, alleging they underpaid workers based on payroll reports generated by the parent company's computer system.

Health advocates gathered at the state capitol in Albany to call for closure of what they call an “e-cigarette loophole.”

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A new coalition of community organizations, faith groups and labor unions says New York can address government corruption by tightening campaign finance rules while making it easier to vote.

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An ambitious program to install solar panels at New York's public schools, already off to a slow start, has to recruit a new partner after the financial collapse of one of the nation's largest solar companies.

The Nassau town supervisor is calling for additional EPA testing for the manufacturing chemical PFOA at the Dewey Loeffel Superfund site in Rensselaer County.

March Against Monsanto in Albany, NY calls attention to GMOs
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Activists protesting genetically modified foods gathered on the grounds outside the state capitol in Albany on Saturday in solidarity with the international "March Against Monsanto.”

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State health officials say the flu virus is no longer prevalent in New York.

New York's oversight agency for the disabled in state care says it updated email lists following an Associated Press story that a district attorney didn't receive nine reports of suspicious deaths sent over the past three years.

Mayor Leads Ride To Work

May 20, 2016
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan rides to work.
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Albany’s mayor and bicycle advocates rode to work this morning as part of bike week celebrations. Bikers got good weather for the annual ride.

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Four community conversations on "implicit bias" are going to be held throughout Albany.

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Albany is conducting a public survey to evaluate its broadband options.

 

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New York health insurers have proposed premium increases averaging 17 percent for next year in the market for individuals and 12 percent for small groups. 

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