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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The heat's turning up in the coming battle for New York’s 22nd Congressional District seat.

The internet age has presented opportunity and challenges to newspapers.  It's a new era for several regional publications.

A new study finds highways and bridges in New York and Massachusetts rank among the most deteriorated in the nation.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan tries out the ParkAlbany app with on eof the city's 12 new experimental pay-by-phone parking meters.
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A "smart" approach to parking was unveiled this morning in Albany — a city where downtown parking is always at a premium.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy Friday, talking about the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut SNAP benefits by $193 billion dollars over a decade.

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Two of the front-running Albany mayoral candidates have been trading barbs over tax exemptions.

A popular suburban Albany shopping mall is losing one of its long-time anchors.

Operation Wrecking Ball Marks The Sixth Bust Since AG Announced Crackdown On Violent Drug Traffickers In Suburban And Upstate NY – Taking A Total Of 265 Dealers Off The Streets
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced the indictment of 19 people charged with conspiring to transport large amounts of narcotics from New York City to the Capital Region, for distribution purposes.

Havidán Rodríguez is the 20th president of the University at Albany, the first Latino President of any SUNY institution.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new president has been chosen to the lead the University at Albany.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a deal Tuesday that would require agencies to buy American-made iron and steel for projects like bridges, subways and new state buildings.

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The governor of New York has ordered a review of the cyber security of the state's election system following reports that Russian elements tried to hack into American voting systems.

TSA Director Bart Johnson; TSA Agent Francesco Genovesi
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With the summer travel season upon us, Transportation Security Administration officials were at Albany International Airport today to talk about items that need to be checked under the current terror threat.

With ongoing concern about drinking water in places like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh making national headlines, residents of one upstate New York city aren't taking any chances.

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Police say a man was shot and killed at a Father's Day barbecue in Albany. 

State police say a six-month investigation into illegal bird fighting led to Saturday's raid at a landscaping business in the Herkimer County town of Frankfurt, in the Mohawk Valley where more than three dozen people were arrested.

“We work hard to make sure that only those who need assistance receive it and we will not tolerate those who seek to game the system.”
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In an effort to expose fraud involving Medicaid benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple today announced the arrests of county residents on fraud charges .

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Late last week, Troy's Police Department placed its entire Drugs and Firearms Interdiction Unit on administrative leave.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped a veteran judge to serve on the state's highest court.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Revitalization funding is on the way to 18 cities and towns across New York.

Asha Burwell (Ariel Agudio standing behind her) outside the Albany County Courtoom after sentencing.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On January 31, 2016, three women who were then students at the University at Albany set off a firestorm when they reported being assaulted in a racially-motivated attack during an early morning argument on a CDTA bus. A jury found two of them guilty of falsely reporting the incident. But today’s sentencing in Albany County Court may not be the last stop.

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Survivors of child molestation are urging lawmakers in New York to loosen the statute of limitations on lawsuits for past abuse.

City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar addresses the media in city hall as Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Albany's financial picture looks sharper and brighter. Officials announced the numbers Thursday morning at City Hall.

Nippers Pop Up In Albany

Jun 15, 2017
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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A public art project based on Albany’s famous canine resident and local landmark Nipper the Dog has taken off.

Residents of Albany are being invited to meet their refugee and immigrant neighbors at a panel discussion Thursday.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is using salty language to express her frustration with Washington politics.

Former EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck addressed the crowd in Academy Park across from Albany City Hall
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President Donald Trump's early June announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord has been sharply criticized by environmental advocates  who have been organizing protests and demonstrations.

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One the area's largest school districts in Clifton Park has been making national headlines in the culture wars.

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Visitors and residents will have an easier time getting from place to place this summer in Albany. CDTA has kicked off a free downtown shuttle service.

Sgt. Matt Dearing and Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Schenectady police continue to investigate the shooting of a city man during a confrontation with officers that was livestreamed on Facebook.

New York state's education department is finalizing plans for a hearing on whether one-time candidate for governor Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board.

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