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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  New York lawmakers have approved tougher regulation of nail salons, intended to help protect some 40,000 workers, many of them female immigrants, from getting shorted on pay and otherwise mistreated. 


Pilgrim Pipeline Pitfall

Jun 20, 2015
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 Some new developments with the Pilgrim Pipeline:


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  A New York group is leading a hike to the site on a Hudson Valley mountain where a U.S. military plane crashed 70 years ago, killing six. 

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This week, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan appointed 21-year veteran Brendan Cox the new Chief of Police. Cox, who is awaiting confirmation from the Common Council, takes over from the retired Steven Krokoff. Cox had been a close ally of Krokoff’s and worked as the acting chief for the past several months. He spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Juneteenth 2015

Jun 18, 2015
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The annual holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the U.S. is being observed throughout the Northeast.

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Longtime Republican Albany County Legislator Christine Benedict is running for Colonie town supervisor, challenging incumbent Democrat Paula Mahan.  Benedict tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas the town is ready for change, and she has a plan…

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New York's Senate has followed the Assembly and voted for a new tax check-off intended to help end the stigma around mental illness, which advocates say is common, treatable and too often unaddressed.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has launched his first push to pass the Military Consumer Protection Act.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has made it official: Brendan Cox is the Albany Police Department’s new Chief of Police.

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The so-called 'dining with dogs' bill passed the Assembly Tuesday after passing the Senate last month. It now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a signature.

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