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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The final four Word of Life Christian Church defendants appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday.

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Three men are being held in Virginia in connection with two bodies found a day apart in Rensselear County.

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Oct 21, 2016
Tuesday, Mayor Dwyer celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $3 milllion Hudson River walkway at De Laet's Landing.
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The city of Rensselaer missed out in the casino sweepstakes and the chance to revitalize its waterfront. Then, a second chance to build a SUNY Poly tech hub apparently ran aground. Could the third time be a charm?

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A company lawyer says one of three asphalt plant workers hurt in a tanker truck explosion and fire has died of his injuries.

FRA Administrator Feinberg with Senator Charles Schumer discussing Positive Train Control at the Schenectday Amtrak station.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Schenectady Wednesday with Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Sarah Feinberg to highlight what he says is a need for a “positive-train control” system between Poughkeepsie and Amsterdam.

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For one last night this election season, "debate watching" became the national pastime. All across America and here in New York, people gathered in living rooms and public places to watch the third and final presidential debate.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended a Democratic watch party in Albany. 

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The number of farm cider makers in New York state has tripled in just two years, reflecting the surge in popularity for the alcoholic beverage. 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The city of Troy has been under severe financial stress, thanks to problems including sewer and water issues, shoddy bookkeeping, and a lack of a long-term comprehensive plan, as outlined in an audit by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli last February.  The mayor and Common Council are locked in battle over a 2017 spending plan.

New Yorkers have again set a record for online voter registration ahead of this year's presidential election.

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A forum slated for Tuesday night in Albany's Pine Hills area aims to discuss how community policing affects student neighbors.

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It was bound to happen sooner or later: doing the laundry has gone high-tech. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas went to downtown Albany to see for himself.

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area holds press event in Albany, NY, to announce new tools that aim to make it easier to explore the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Attendees include Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Acting Exe
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Some new tools are out, designed to augment interest in upstate New York's burgeoning heritage tourism industry.

Taxpayers in the town of Colonie would see a 1.9 percent hike in their tax bills under an $88.9 million budget proposed by Supervisor Paula Mahan. Mahan spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about her spending plan, under which the tax rate would increase 4.6 cents per thousand of assessed value, rendering a net tax increase for the average taxpayer of approximately $6.50.

Verizon is closing call centers in five states, including its home state of New York, drawing the ire of the governor's office.

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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released an $18.7 million dollar spending plan for the Albany County city that does not raise taxes. Morse spoke about his first proposed budget with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

The Cannabis and Hemp Association has opened a chapter upstate. Billing itself as New York City's leading voice for cannabis and hemp advocacy and industry, the group met last week to discuss the current state of the medical marijuana industry and its future possibilities.  The event marked the launch of the CHA Albany chapter.

According to NPR, Tarrytown author Washington Irving's "A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus," published in 1828, is the source of the glorification and myth-making related to Columbus today and is considered highly fictionalized.
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Today is Columbus Day, a federal holiday in the U.S. that officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World in 1492. Many Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage, while opposition dates back to the 19th century.  Some communities across the country are now casting the traditional Columbus Day holiday aside.

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The Albany County Executive has released his 2017 budget proposal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke today with Dan McCoy about the $652-million dollar spending plan...  

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York’s Southern District returned to Albany Thursday for the first time since his office announced charges against several high-profile New York officials and developers last month. Bharara, whose office also successfully prosecuted former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on corruption charges, spoke at an evening forum at the College of St. Rose.

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The top federal prosecutor in western New York will step down later this month.

New York’s middle class is struggling to afford basic necessities as retirement is becoming an illusion for them. That's the finding of an AARP-commissioned Siena College poll.

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Authorities say they're looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a police chase that ended in a crash on an Albany street.

A potential raise for New York state lawmakers has become a campaign issue in this fall's elections, with many challengers saying lawmakers don't deserve more money following a wave of corruption arrests.

Schenectady County property taxes would not change under a 2017 budget proposal introduced Monday by County Manager Kathleen Rooney.

On Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan took the wraps off her 2017 budget, a $176 million spending plan that boasts a 2 percent decrease in spending from last year, which the mayor touts as the largest annual spending decrease in more than 15 years. The Common Council is now taking a closer look.

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The New York attorney general's office has ordered the Trump Foundation to immediately stop fundraising in the state, saying it isn't registered to do so.

“My administration remains committed to sound fiscal management,” Mayor Sheehan said.  “We have delivered a lean and efficient budget that cuts spending, takes advantage of our expanding tax base, and continues to build a bridge toward a more efficient, s
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The mayor of Albany has unveiled her 2017 budget proposal. 

Cox didn't have any sample body cams to display, but here's an example.
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Beginning today, Albany police officers will be testing body cameras while on duty.

“We need to educate this generation of students to be communicators and problem-solvers in a complex healthcare environment,” said ACPHS President Dr. Greg Dewey.
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In a neighborhood that has been transformed over the last decade, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has launched a $1.65 million project to transform unused space at 84 Holland Ave. into state-of-the-art active learning classrooms.

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New York's attorney general says the state has reached an agreement with an herbal supplement maker to implement new quality control measures to confirm the authenticity of its products. 

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