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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Thanks to last weekend's snowfall, three upstate NY ski centers are opening Friday.

Family Promise gets the green light to continue operations in Albany.

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Four people were shot in the wee hours of Thursday at a Central Avenue nightclub in Albany.

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An upstate New York man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for possessing a single bullet.  

The new downtown Albany convention center is expected to have an estimated economic impact of $36 million a year. But ahead of the facility's planned spring opening,  the Albany Convention Center Authority's finances are coming under scrutiny.

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One year ago, Albany revisited its musical past. Mid-1960s era local bands reformed to perform again. "Analog Fog" was such a success, they decided an encore was in order.   "Analog Fog II" is coming up later this month...

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With the Albany Common Council set to vote tonight on the mayor's proposed budget, four members have sent a letter to the mayor, critical of her administration's financial management.

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New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says officials will be keeping an eye on tax collections during this holiday season after a slight dip in receipts. 

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The day-by-day drama swirling around the Troy budget proposal continues.

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New York's top transportation official will travel to Washington next month to discuss an ongoing dispute with federal officials over the state's highway welcome centers and roadside "I Love NY" signs.

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Troy's budget situation is getting more precarious by the day.  The two sides are negotiating through the press.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden sat down Wednesday night with the city council in a continuing effort to reach level ground on Madden's budget proposal.

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New York utility regulators have approved the sale of an upstate nuclear power plant, part of the state's strategy of investing in nuclear energy while weaning itself off of fossil fuels.

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A former Troy mayoral candidate could be headed to jail.

Cyberbullying can take many forms — and inflict plenty of damage. A new Siena Research Institute poll finds 22 percent of area teens experience cyberbullying.

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It's that time of year again — crows are on the move and wildlife officials are right behind them.

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Authorities say a 63-year-old woman found beaten outside a downtown Albany apartment building earlier this month has died from her injuries.

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A major development in downtown Albany that has taken years to come together is getting close to opening. Reports were given an exclusive glimpse inside the Albany Capital Center today. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas took the tour of what's shaping up to be a main attraction for the area.

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The battle is heating up over a statewide electric rate increase to subsidize upstate nuclear power plants that pits Governor Andrew Cuomo against a coalition of "good-government groups."

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For some it was a terrifying ordeal, for others a nuisance. Saturday afternoon shopping at one the country's biggest malls was interrupted by a report of gunfire that is still under investigation.

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People lined the streets of New York's capital today for the 61st annual Veterans Day Parade. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was among the crowd of onlookers.

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Albany's most famous war veteran has been remembered at city hall. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the ceremony honoring Henry Johnson.


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Seven University at Albany students have been arrested on hazing charges.

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As Troy makes efforts to solve its latest financial crisis, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the New York state Comptroller's municipal audit of the Collar City.

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Authorities say a hot light bulb that fell onto cardboard sparked a massive blaze at the former Bethlehem Steel site outside Buffalo.

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A race that was closely-watched nationwide, expected to be a squeaker for the winner, ended up an easy victory for Republican John Faso.

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The SUNY Board of Trustees has recently appointed Dr. Bahgat Sammakia to become the SUNY Poly Interim President, replacing the embattled Dr. Alain Kaloyeros.  School officials are mostly mum on the appointment.

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When Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his 2017 budget proposal in early October, it came with a hefty 28.2 percent property tax hike and a 17.5 percent sewer rate increase. With city officials divided over the spending plan, the New York state Comptroller has weighed in.

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In a rematch of 2014, Republican Pete Vroman is challenging Democratic incumbent Angelo Santabarbara in tomorrow’s race for New York’s 111th state Assembly District seat.

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The race for New York’s 46th state Senate district pits Republican Senator George Amedore against Democratic hopeful Sara Niccoli.

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