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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Christine Benedict

Longtime Republican Albany County Legislator Christine Benedict is running for Colonie town supervisor, challenging incumbent Democrat Paula Mahan.  Benedict tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas the town is ready for change, and she has a plan…

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New York's Senate has followed the Assembly and voted for a new tax check-off intended to help end the stigma around mental illness, which advocates say is common, treatable and too often unaddressed.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has launched his first push to pass the Military Consumer Protection Act.

WAMC Composite Photo By Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has made it official: Brendan Cox is the Albany Police Department’s new Chief of Police.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The so-called 'dining with dogs' bill passed the Assembly Tuesday after passing the Senate last month. It now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a signature.

Durham School Services

New York officials say an Illinois-based school bus company has returned nearly $292,000 in wages to underpaid employees across the upstate region.

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New York state leaders have reached a deal to impose a new campus sexual assault policy on private colleges and universities. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the deal Tuesday after negotiating the details with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Leader John Flanagan.

Jim Tedisco/NYS Assembly

With the search for two murderers who escaped from Clinton Correctional facility continuing for a second week, some New York state lawmakers are questioning some of the procedures and policies at the prison.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and many of his colleagues unveiled new legislation at the capitol in Albany Tuesday.  The “Prisoner Privileges Limitation Law” is crafted to help prevent incidents like what happened two weekends ago.

New York Wage Board

Hoping to capitalize on an issue receiving national attention, hundreds of fast-food workers rallied in Manhattan demanding a $15 minimum wage today before spilling into a state wage board meeting.


With September primaries and November elections in their sights, elected officials are strategizing as they begin to encounter challengers.