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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Local officials and General Electric have announced what they tout as the largest and most ambitious municipal solar project to date in New York.

Habitat for Humanity is urging New York lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow more funds to go to affordable housing.

Legend: the original Albany Patroons
The Albany Patroons

Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople had hoped the third time would be a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise. Those hopes apparently have been dashed.

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Albany-area officials gathered today to mark Arbor Day near the New York state capitol.

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Music fans are expected to head to Proctors in Schenectady this weekend for special performances by the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

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A major fire in the city of Rensselaer Tuesday evening damaged several apartments on the 1400 block of 1st Street.


The governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware and Puerto Rico are announcing the nation's first regional gun violence research consortium.

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New York's governor is threatening to sue federal immigration officials following a raid on an upstate dairy farm that he says was illegal.

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Republican Jake Ashby is leading Democrat Cindy Doran in the special election for New York’s 107th District Assembly seat.

Many New Yorkers believe doctors are to blame for the opioid epidemic gripping their communities and the nation, according to a Siena College poll released Sunday.

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Spring is here and that means construction season is upon us. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes a look at some of the projects around the city of Albany.

Protestors were joined by two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Adam Alhanti and John Barnitt.
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Thousands of students across the country participated in another school walkout today — the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

Voters head to the polls Tuesday for special elections to fill 11 vacant seats in the New York state Legislature.

The City of Troy will honor its former Director of Operations, who was murdered three years ago, on Saturday.

A celebration of Albany's black history and tradition in music is coming up. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas previews this week's seventh annual Gospel Jubilee.

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The American Lung Association has released its annual air quality report. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has details on how the Northeast fared.

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A search for a new chief to lead the city of Albany's police force is underway following three community meetings seeking citizen input.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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A new Siena College poll suggests New Yorkers still prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo over the Democrat’s current challengers in this year’s election. Cuomo recently lost the support of groups like Citizen Action and the Working Families Party.

Government watchdog groups are renewing their call on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature to agree on measures that will strengthen transparency and crackdown on corruption.

With the arrival of tax day on Tuesday, New York’s comptroller says his office has already stopped more than $24 million in questionable or fraudulent personal income tax refunds.

As the Baby Boomers retire and turn to Social Security, staffers at Capital Region field offices are becoming overwhelmed. That's according to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, who was in Glenville, New York this afternoon.

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Someday in the near future, your glass of New York cider could come from apples grown in Albany's Washington Park.

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The University at Albany formally inaugurated its new president this afternoon.

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Officials in Albany are moving forward with a plan to radically remake Madison Avenue as a "complete streets" example. With warmer weather around the corner, the street-calming element of the so-called "road diet" is moving ahead.

Howie Hawkins, a two-time Green Party candidate for New York governor who finished third in the 2014 election, has announced that he's again seeking the party's nomination to run in the November election.

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Albany County held its annual crime victim "Ceremony of Remembrance" today.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The mayor of Troy has some changes in mind for the city police department. 

Cynthia Nixon

A week after telling two interviewers her support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New York was revenue-based, Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon said Wednesday that it's now foremost a racial justice issue for her.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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A significant parking overhaul in the city of Troy is set to begin next month.

The site of the first U.S. settlement of the Shaker Christian sect and a crumbling Erie Canal aqueduct are among some of New York's most endangered places, according to a statewide preservation group.  The Preservation League of New York State on Tuesday released its "Seven to Save" designees for 2018-2019.