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.

Ways to Connect

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In the heart of "Tech Valley," a new survey is out showing Capital Region employers are having difficulty finding high-tech workers.

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The mayors of four cities in upstate New York have joined an effort to allow Uber to expand outside of New York City.

Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
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Donald Trump is receiving the endorsement of the head of New York state's Republican Party. Ed Cox, the party's chairman, had vowed to stay neutral before his state's primary on Tuesday.

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While one company has shelved plans for a natural gas pipeline from New York into New England, another project following a similar route is poised to proceed.

Officials including Nelliston Mayor Douglas Bathrick, Monolith's Tim Carr, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and David Ziskin cut the ribbon at the solar array.
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This week, officials flipped the switch on a 200-kilowatt solar garden in Montgomery County. The array is expected to save a local district $10,000 in its first year.

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Prosecutors have asked a judge to send former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to prison for over a decade while his defense lawyers say he deserves little or no time behind bars.

A Treasury official says Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman to appear on U.S. paper currency since Martha Washington in the 1890’s.
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A Treasury official says Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman to appear on U.S. paper currency in 100 years.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday night.
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New York Native Donald Trump cruised to victory in Tuesday's GOP presidential primary.

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New York voters enrolled in a party are going to the polls today to choose their presidential candidates.

Northeast states are increasingly looking to gambling as a means of budget relief and a source of tax revenue. Policy experts have their doubts. 

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought her campaign against opioid addiction to Albany's Hope House today. She continues to push for legislation regulating opioid pain medication prescriptions.

New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against an Albany-area health insurer that he says broke the law by denying coverage for expensive hepatitis C treatments until patients showed advanced symptoms of the disease such as moderate to severe liver scarring.

Albany County Crime Victims
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Local officials gathered at Academy Park in Albany today for a ceremony to honor the memory of Albany County crime victims.

Nearly 2,000 nurses from around New York state traveled to the state Capitol in Albany to urge lawmakers to pass a minimum staffing law that would mandate how many nurses are on duty at hospitals and nursing homes.

The New York Racing Association board has advanced restructuring plans recommending future governance outside of state control.

Rotterdam Police today gave an update on their investigation into a fatal police shooting over the weekend.
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Rotterdam Police today gave an update on their investigation into a fatal police shooting over the weekend.

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A ceremony is planned this week at the central New York high school alma mater of Will Smith, the former NFL star slain in New Orleans last weekend.

The New York State Police advise the general public and businesses to beware of so-called Liberty Dollar medallions.

Troy Bicentennial Cake
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Mayor Patrick Madden and the Troy Cultural Alliance kicked off the start of the city’s bicentennial celebration today.

Spotlight On John Kasich

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Gov. John Kasich speaks in Troy Monday.
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Eight days before the New York primary, Ohio Governor John Kasich took a three-stop tour of the area on Monday, making stops in stops in Albany, North Greenbush and Saratoga Springs. WAMC caught up with the Republican presidential candidate at La Salle Institute.

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Eight days before the New York primary, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich appeared before a packed La Salle Gymnasium in North Greenbush Monday Afternoon.

Three presidential candidates are in Capital Region today, leading to heightened security and road closures.

Developers of the del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes say they are making progress on its construction.

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The number of drivers issued a ticket for talking on a hand-held cellphone is dropping in New York state — but  more people than ever are being caught texting while behind the wheel.

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As white-nose syndrome kills millions of bats across North America, there's a glimmer of hope at hibernation spots where it first struck a decade ago: Some bats in some caves are hanging on.

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WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Three Capital Region cities are gearing up for the new "breathing lights" display.

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The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has opened a new student-run pharmacy in downtown Schenectady. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

Ted Cruz addresses the crowd in Scotia.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Ted Cruz held a rally Thursday morning in Scotia, New York, before a crowd of about 1300 people.

Usually, New York is an afterthought when it comes to the presidential primary calendar. Not this year.

Siena College has taken the wraps off a new bachelor's degree in nursing program. 

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