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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(March 2016) Amherst, Ma. Chief of Police Scott Livingstone joins activists for a photo beneath the " Black Lives Matter" banner that hangs over South Pleasant St.
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Authorities are still learning about the shootings in Dallas that killed five police officers and wounded several more. That violence follows two civilian deaths at the hands of police this week that galvanized protestors.

New York auditors say Empire State Development Corp., which provides millions of dollars in tax credits to companies that promise to expand and add jobs, has been unable to verify that many companies met their obligations.

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Just before the major party conventions, there’s a new poll out from the Siena Research Institute. But if you’re ready for a break from politics, you’re not alone. This poll is about New Yorkers and their summer plans.

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Summer is here, with hazy, hot and humid days that can give way to dangerous storms. It’s also hurricane season — and as the Northeast has learned in the past several years, we’re not immune.   FEMA is helping people prepare for severe weather with a new smartphone app.

NYS Assemblyman McLaughlin addresses reporters at the State Capitol in Albany.
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Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) spoke with reporters inside the first floor of the state Capitol.

New York lawmakers want all the state's medical examiners and coroners to share fingerprints and other information about their unidentified dead with a federal data center trying to match remains with America's missing.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is ramping up an end-of-session push for federal emergency funding to combat the Zika virus.

 Pressing the cross button at the intersection of 787 and Bridge Street now stops traffic in all four directions, handing control of the intersection over to pedestrians.
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When a teenage pedestrian was killed crossing the dangerous highway that runs through his Hudson River city in June, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse said enough is enough. Now, Morse wants that stretch of 787 re-made into a boulevard.  Change is already on the way.

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at the revised city charter that became effective last Friday.

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Another upstate New York locality is considering banning the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21.

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

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Montgomery County Town of Palatine supervisor Sara Niccoli has kicked off a campaign to unseat Republican George Amedore  in New York’s 46th state Senate District.  The Democrat recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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Two weeks after lawmakers left Albany, New Yorkers still have their doubts when it comes to ethics reform in the state legislature.

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The campaign for New York’s 46th state Senate District contest has become one of the closest-watched races, ever since the district was created after the last round of redistricting.

Democrats argued the 46th was carved out specifically for then-Assemblyman George Amedore, but one of their own, Cecilia Tkaczyk, won the first two-year term. Amedore rebounded to take the seat in 2014. He's up for re-election this year and recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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New York state is funding the creation of six new recovery centers to help people trying to overcome heroin and opioid addiction.

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New York Sen. Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains.

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Republicans have made their choice in New York’s 19th Congressional District: Former New York state Assembly Minority Leader John Faso has topped Andrew Heaney.

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Nearly 1,600 cities, counties and villages throughout New York will share in $100 million in new state funding for road projects.

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In an effort to make a positive impact on the well-being of children in inner-city neighborhoods and on education in the Albany,  Albany Medical Center has formally launched what it calls “a ground-breaking community-based partnership.”   

Tomorrow, the public gets a first look at Albany's long-awaited "Complete Streets" design manual, which sets guidelines for the creation and installation of sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, crosswalks, road diets, traffic calming measures and more.

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Former Assemblyman John Faso and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout hold commanding leads in a new Time Warner-Siena College poll released on the eve of New York's 19th district Congressional primary.

In New York’s Capital Region, "getting from here to there" has long meant traveling by car, bus or taxi. Times have changed: more people have taken to bike riding and walking — and that has raised new safety concerns.

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New York is imposing new requirements on mortgage lenders to maintain abandoned houses before foreclosure.

Troy launches SafeCam initiative; allows private security cameras to be registered with police.
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If you’re in public, you’re probably on camera. The city of Troy is embarking on a new initiative called "SafeCam," geared to take advantage of private camera systems by incorporating them into the city's plan to solve crimes and other urban mysteries.

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New York State is limiting opioid drug prescriptions to seven days of painkillers following a patient's initial visit to a doctor.

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New York environmental regulators are looking statewide for potential sites of groundwater contamination from a cancer-causing chemical previously used to make Teflon and other products.

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The father of a 19-year-old New York man who was beaten to death during a church counseling session has pleaded guilty for his role in the attack, which also injured another son.

The third defendant in the University at Albany CDTA bus fight that made national headlines has accepted a plea deal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany County Court Tuesday afternoon when 21-year-old Alexis Briggs read a tearful apology...

Skateboard pro Kanten Russell and local skaters brainstorm on proposed layouts for Albany's new skate park.
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Albany is home to a vigorous skateboard culture. The Washington Park tennis courts along Madison Avenue have long been the center of the local skating community, even though the pasttime was technically illegal for some 30 years.  Now, the city is going forward with an ambitious plan to build a skate park.

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