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's comptroller says the foreclosure crisis persists in the state, even worsening in some upstate areas.

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The battle to raise the wage in New York continues.  Franchise owners have filed formal objections to Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15, a prelude to a possible lawsuit.

He’s being remembered as an Renaissance man. We’re honoring Paul Elisha today at WAMC — a  WWII veteran, poet, professional musician and longtime voice on these airwaves who died Sunday at 92 after suffering a stroke.

  More than 300 members of the New York Guard are participating in their annual week-long training at Camp Smith in northern Westchester County.  


Officials say three people have died after a crash on the Taconic State Parkway in Westchester County.


Meet Anasha Cummings

Aug 15, 2015
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

One Troy City Council candidate aims to kick civic interest and government participation into a higher gear by running on his own "Red Beard" ballot line in the coming November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Anasha Cummings to discuss his candidacy and the potential he sees for the Collar City.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany is trying to become a more modern city, with a new focus on downtown projects and housing and a conversation about transportation alternatives. Earlier today, activists delivered about 250 postcards to Mayor Kathy Sheehan from residents, business owners and visitors who want protected bicycle lanes on Madison Avenue.

New York will soon require single-use needles and inks by tattoo and piercing studios. A new law will also require customers to sign consent forms stating the materials were sterile and unpackaged in front of them.

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The New York pension fund for state and local government workers shows an investment return of less than 1 percent for the last quarter with an estimated value of $182.5 billion.

Yearning For FiOS

Aug 13, 2015

Despite what you may have heard from civic leaders, upstate New York areas currently not served by Verizon FiOS won't be getting the high-speed internet service soon. And maybe, not at all.

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