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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Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino.
Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino.

Republican Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, who has been in office since 2001, announced in May that she would not seek another term. She endorsed her deputy to succeed her, but Chris Meyer lost the GOP primary to Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, a controversial candidate who won the general election and takes office next week. 

Community leaders rallied outside the Governor’s Mansion on New Year’s Day to demand that Andrew Cuomo fulfill his commitment to Albany families to address growing pollution concerns.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan address those gathered Monday for swearings-in at Albany City Hall.

A new year brings new leadership in many area communities. Here's a roundup of the swearing-ins in the Capital Region and beyond...

 5-year-old Shanise Myers, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers, their 36-year-old mother Shanta Myers

Police, community members and the families of four people killed in Troy over the Christmas holiday are asking for help from the public. Here's the latest on the investigation into the quadruple homicide.

Carolyn McLaughlin
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Although city voters kept Mayor Kathy Sheehan for a second term in November, Albany is losing a city hall fixture in the new year. Carolyn McLaughlin was elected to the Albany Common Council in 1997, representing the Second Ward. The Democrat most recently served as Common Council President, a city-wide office, capping a public service career that spans two decades. McLaughlin, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor, is being succeeded by Common Council President-elect Corey Ellis. McLaughlin sat down this week with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

A proposal to bring trash from Connecticut to Ravena for incineration is under fire from Albany County officials and a former top Environmental Protection Agency appointee.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco
Dave Lucas

Authorities have named the four people found dead in a Troy apartment the day after Christmas.

Investigators remain at an apartment house in Troy, New York where the bodies of four people were found Tuesday afternoon.

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Investigators remain at an apartment house in Troy, New York where the bodies of four people were found.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police say four people have been found dead inside a home in New York's capital region, and investigators believe the people may have been killed.


Alarmed by reports that tons of trash will be sent to southern Albany County, Capital District Leaders are holding a news conference Wednesday morning in the town of Coeymans.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, December 26, 2017.


A New York "cigarette strike force" has seized more than 1.5 Million illegal cigars -- a 476 percent increase from last year...

With the temperature predicted to fall into negatives, the homeless are being urged to seek shelter.

Sexual Harassment Review

Dec 26, 2017
This is a picture of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling for a review of sexual harassment policies in Connecticut's executive-branch agencies in light of the spate of complaints that have been made across the country.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Karen DeWitt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has selected 23 historic sites for inclusion on the state and national registers of historic places.

Albany Housing Authority

The first phase of redevelopment is complete at a former public housing unit in Albany.


With many holiday gift packages still in transit, Albany police are warning citizens about "porch pirates."

New Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Several women's groups and Renselear County politicians are calling on Steve McLaughlin to resign from the New York State Assembly — and not take  office in January as Rensselaer County Executive.

WAMC file photo

70 Connecticut towns shopping around for a new place to dispose of solid waste have southern Albany County in their sights.

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy’s mayor and city council president remain at odds over the Collar City's budget shortfall.


The U.S. Census says New York state's population bumped up slightly to 19.85 million.

Albany Police Department

An Albany police officer has been arrested and suspended following an early morning crash in Lincoln Park.

Maura Siobhan

New details in the allegations of domestic violence against Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse have been published. But the embattled Democrat has continued resisting calls to resign. 

Activists rally outside Congressman John Faso's Kinderhook office.
Columbia County Sanctuary Movement

Nine people were arrested Monday during a pro-DREAMer demonstration at Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office. 

With the risk of deportation looming over their heads, young undocumented immigrants across the U.S. are hoping lawmakers will resolve their status before 2017 comes to an end. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will propose $11.5 million for afterschool programs, job training and other educational efforts in a bid to stem gang violence.

Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

The shoulder-shrugging reply "whatever" continues to annoy Americans more than other words or phrases, but "fake news" is coming on strong.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Republicans in Washington are confident they can pass their tax overhaul this week. Democratic New York Congressman Paul Tonko has misgivings about the legislation.

U.S. Representative John Faso
U.S. Representative John Faso

Pro "dreamer" activist groups throughout congressional district 19 are rallying today  outside congressman Jon Faso’s Kinderhook office to demand a clean DREAM Act before the holidays.