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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Albany attorney James Long officially launched his campaign for City Court Judge Wednesday.

Alicia Ouellette, president and dean of Albany Law School, signs agreement with James K. Reed, M.D., president & CEO of SPHP.
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St. Peter's Health Partners and Albany Law School have partnered to help seriously ill patients who need legal assistance.

The New York State Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would prohibit cities from requiring a permit for the singing of the national anthem or the reciting of the pledge of allegiance.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is renewing her push for bipartisan measures to help military families.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has withdrawn his lawsuit against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove stemming from the police shooting death of an area man.
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has withdrawn his lawsuit against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove stemming from the police shooting death of an area man. 

SUNY Poly’s CEO Alain Kaloyeros is allegedly a key focus of an investigation by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.
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Federal forces have been peering over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's shoulder, looking at the chief executive's dealings and contacts for any sign of possible conflicts-of-interest as well as unusual deals or agreements.  SUNY Polytechnic is also being investigated.

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New York students won't see a tuition hike at state colleges next year, but it's still possible for out-of-state students.

The event was hosted by Mayor Kathy Sheehan at Albany’s historic City Hall.
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This morning at Albany City Hall, The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and the Hudson River Valley Greenway announced 17 grants to cultural and historic organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.

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An American Association of University Professors report out this week criticizes cuts and layoffs at the College of St. Rose in Albany, saying they resulted from “...a lack of responsible stewardship at the board and presidential levels, ” that undermined academic freedom and rendered tenure virtually meaningless.

The region’s rite of spring, Albany’s Tulip Festival, begins Friday, May 6, and runs through Sunday.

New Yorkers who were molested as children have joined lawmakers at an Albany rally to push for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees repeated victims.

Congressman Paul Tonko discusses the Zika funding crisis in his Albany office on May 1, 2016.
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Zika virus may be more dangerous than we thought. The first Zika-related death in the U.S. was reported last week. While communities beef up mosquito control efforts, an upstate Congressman wants more federal funding to fight Zika.

Alexis Briggs, Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio look on as attorney Attorney Frederick Brewington speaks to reporters.
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Three former University at Albany students accused of lying about a racially-charged brawl on a CDTA bus were back on court on Wednesday.

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Uber and its opponents in the cab industry are ratcheting up their fight over Uber's proposed expansion in New York state.

A new Siena College poll released this morning — the same day of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's sentencing — finds corruption the most pressing issue among New York residents.

NY AG Eric Schneiderman meets the press in Albany during the New York State Court of Appeals Law Day.
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Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave Attorney General Eric Schneiderman the green light to investigate whenever police in any New York community kill unarmed suspects. Now, Cuomo has empowered Schneiderman to look into a police shooting that the Rensselaer County D.A. probed and dismissed.

Screenshot of video - altercation aboard a CDTA bus.
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Albany County D.A. David Soares announced Monday that three defendants were indicted by an Albany County Grand Jury on charges related to an alleged incident that occurred on a CDTA bus on January 30th.

In 2009, the City of Troy engaged a consultant to assist with the redevelopment of the former site of City Hall and the adjoining parking structure. It was hoped that the 1.5-acre site on River Street would transform downtown, becoming the city's "crown j
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A massive revitalization plan in downtown Troy has hit another roadblock.  Here is the latest chapter in the Monument Square saga.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove is being sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Update 5/1/16:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order in support of an investigation by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into a police shooting that killed a Capital Region man.

Watervliet resident Edson Thevenin was killed in an encounter with Troy police on April 17th.

Last week, Schneiderman's office announced it was suing Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove over the case after police sergeant Randy French was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting by a grand jury.

Who will be crowned the new Tulip Queen?
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The City of Albany has named five finalists for the 2016 Tulip Queen and Court.

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The University at Albany has received a significant financial award to roll out a major public engagement initiative.

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New York state's comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents.

The line of cars backed up onto Whitehall Road, as folks waited to shred their documents.
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Dozens of Capital Region residents turned out during a downpour to have personal papers destroyed at “Shred Fest 2016” today.

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Pipeline Developers Vow To Fight NY Permit Rejection

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As Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on, Senator Chuck Schumer says historic designation is the key to unlocking vital federal Historic Tax Credits for an ambitious adaptive reuse of the “Nipper Building” at 991 Broadway.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It’s one of the defining characteristics of the Albany skyline: the Old RCA Victor mascot Nipper, who still sits atop the former RCA Building. Visiting today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says the pup has become a regional icon. A new development plan would transform the so-called "Nipper Building" into downtown residential and commercial space.

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One of the area’s most recent police shootings has attracted the attention of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

New York state troopers have shot and killed a man they say was brandishing a pair of knives on a road in Albany County.

Two pipeline projects that would have crossed the northeast have been scrubbed: activists are now calling for a third pipeline to be stopped. 

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New Yorkers spent more on the state lottery and state-regulated electronic gaming machines than ever before last year, generating a record of almost $10 billion in revenue.

A new look and a new name: Corning Riverfront Park
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There will be a major makeover this summer for bike and pedestrian paths along Albany's riverfront.

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