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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Greene County

The in-progress Skywalk project connecting two New York historic sites is the subject of a public meeting tonight in Greene County. 

In a real-life case of "Failure to Launch," an upstate New York judge has ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents' house after they went to court to eject him.

Michael Rotondo told the judge Tuesday he knows his parents want him out of their Camillus home, near Syracuse. But he argued he's entitled to six months more time.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports the judge rejected that demand as outrageous. Rotondo told reporters he'll appeal.

Another Albany Skyway brainstorming session is scheduled for tonight.

Protesters with the New York State Poor People's Campaign marched to the capitol, blocked entrances and snarled traffic Monday.

As the LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Center in Catskill prepares to open its inaugural season, a study of its prospective economic impact has been completed. The paper examines impacts for Catskill, Greene County, and the larger Hudson Valley region.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This month Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy was installed as the president of the New York Conference of Mayors. McCarthy stopped by WAMC last week for a chat with Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police say a protest today could tie up traffic in downtown Albany.

Mayor Morse
Lucas Willard/WAMC

Six months after a massive fire leveled dozens of buildings, the city of Cohoes is applying to the third round of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. 

An Albany police officer signals Mayor Kathy Sheehan it's time to ride down Clinton Avenue on Bike To Work Day 2018.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It's become a rite of spring in New York's Capital City:  "Bike To Work Day."

Patient receives flu shot.
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For the first time since before Christmas, influenza is no longer deemed prevalent in New York state.

New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Voters in New York approved nearly 98 percent of school district budgets this week.

Hochul
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After weeks of rumors about whether New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul could leave the ticket, the Democrat picked up endorsements from local elected Democratic women Wednesday near the capitol.

Schumer says the “do not call” registry isn’t working because scammers have been able to work around safeguards.
Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says consumers should have the ability to block robocalls on landlines and mobile phones.

Sam Fein, Albany County Legislator, 6th District.
Sam Fein

Cigarettes and other tobacco products could become harder to find on store shelves in Albany County.

Ferris Coin Co., of Albany, N.Y., commissioned the limited run of silver coin-shaped “medals” which will be available in June and will go on pre-sale shortly.
Ferris Coin

Today was the 100th anniversary of distinguished war veteran Henry Johnson's heroics in battle in France. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany’s Washington Park as officials remembered the native Medal of Honor winner.

New York state and local leaders joined recreation enthusiasts at the capitol Thursday to recognize the area’s biking, hiking and walking trails and call for more options.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York state and local leaders joined recreation enthusiasts at the capitol Thursday to recognize the area’s biking, hiking and walking trails and call for more options. 

Activists representing various groups including Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration demonstrated against a speech by former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Activists rallied Wednesday outside the Albany Capital Center, protesting a controversial former sheriff's appearance there.

School board elections are coming up next week.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Karen DeWitt

The state Legislature's most powerful Democrat is planning to take another tour across New York state.

Composite photo Dave Lucas/WAMC & Be.Futureproof/Flickr

The Siena College Research Institute has released the final installment of a four-part poll that takes a comprehensive look at the scope of the opioid crisis in New York. 

Siena College Research Institute has extensively polled New Yorkers on political views and economic behavior, but one of the latest surveys trends a bit mundane: asking citizens about everyday life. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with pollster Don Levy.

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It's an idea that's been on the table for some time: New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing legislation to create a Postal Bank, which would establish a retail bank in all of the U.S. Postal Service’s 30,000 locations.

Oxycodone pills
Be.Futureproof/Flickr

In what’s being called a first-of-its-kind four-part poll, the Siena College Research Institute takes a comprehensive look at the scope of the opioid crisis in New York State.

NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Commissioner Rose Harvey discusses the installation of solar panels on the roof of the state Historic Sites’ headquarters building on Peebles Island.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Solar panels are popping up at state parks in New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at Peebles Island Wednesday for what state officials heralded as a "major" clean energy announcement.

The finalists are Sawyer Cresap, Xavia Francis and Elizabeth Stenard of Albany, Natalie Joseph of Guilderland and Katherine Donnelly of Latham.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the five finalists for Albany Tulip Queen at Washington Park Wednesday.

Albany Patroons Memorabilia from the team's CBA days.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Team officials with the minor league basketball Albany Patroons are denying a published report that the team could be gone after the current playoffs.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

New York is renewing a program that helps low-income immigrants cover the costs associated with applying for U.S. citizenship.

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with workers at employee-owned Schenectady Steel in Rotterdam. (April 30, 2018)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited an employee-owned company in Rotterdam Monday, promoting legislation she says would pave the way for more employees to obtain partial ownership of companies they work for.

The New York Bicycling Coalition is hosting an electric bicycle demonstration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany to kick off bike month.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara with Citizens Against Local Landfills
Angelo Santabarbara

A New York state Assemblyman is calling for a moratorium on sewage sludge facilities in New York.

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