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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Dr. David Harris will become the first African-American president of Union College on July 1st.
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The 19th president of Union College was introduced this afternoon in Schenectady.

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As spring draws near, the Albany Common Council will be evaluating capital funding requests from city departments.

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Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don't have sophisticated speed controls by a December 31 deadline.

Strands of Washington's hair were found in an envelope tucked inside a leather book. Also inside: an 1804 letter to Philip Schuyler,  son of Union College co-founder Gen. Philip Schuyler
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In olden times before cameras and voice recorders, friends and acquaintances often gave one another strands of hair as keepsakes.  Long ago, someone placed an envelope containing strands of our first president's hair in a leather book that has now surfaced at Union College in Schenectady.

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The Commission of Correction has identified five jails as the “worst” in New York state. The Greene and Dutchess County Jails are on the list.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says it's time New York made it illegal for police officers to have sex with people in their custody.

The mayor of Utica is holding the first of four community meetings on his proposed budget tonight.

In these pictures from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's flickr account,, the governor holds his new dog "Captain" during a conference of mayors in Albany, N.Y.
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New York's first family has a new first dog.

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A former Albany city employee has been sentenced to 50 years to life for two murders. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was inside the courtroom this morning.

As flu diagnoses continue to increase across the Northeast, officials are beefing up prevention and care efforts to combat the virus.

109th district Assemblywoman Pat Fahy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A month into the legislative session, it’s a busy time for state lawmakers in Albany. Budget hearings continue ahead of the April 1st deadline, and city of Albany leaders are once again request $12.5 million in state aid. 109th district Assembly Democrat Pat Fahy spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about three pressing issues.

An aide to a New York state senator faces felony assault charges after a grand jury indicted him for allegedly hitting a woman with a television cord.

The gambling parlor at the Rivers Casino & Resort
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It took $330 million to build Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady. The gambling hall is celebrating its first anniversary today.

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New York's high school graduation rate edged above 80 percent in 2017, but black and Hispanic students graduated at much lower rates than white students.

"We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best." ~ Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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A blast of snow for some, a wintry mix for others. Officials across upstate New York are scrambling to meet the challenge of the latest storm.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Advocates for DACA recipients, DREAMers, rallied in Albany today —  one day after the state Assembly passed "The DREAM Act" for the eighth year in a row.

Poor People’s Campaign

The national movement to revive the Poor People’s Campaign launched half a century ago by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to the state capitol in Albany Monday. 

New York officials say more contraband is being seized at state prisons than ever before, but the union representing corrections officers says current protocols aren't sufficiently curtailing attempts to smuggle drugs and weapons into correctional facilities.

More New Yorkers than ever are signed up for health coverage under the state's health insurance marketplace.

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko is hoping to build on a brief conversation with the president this week as part of the ongoing battle against opioids.

The hundreds of tourism signs the Cuomo administration installed along New York's highways could wind up costing the state $14 million in federal funding.

Albany author William Kennedy was honored Wednesday at City Hall on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
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Adding a warning to false accusers in the state Senate's newly revised anti-sexual harassment policy is an example of "the type of intimidation" that has kept harassment victims from coming forward, according to the only female leader of a legislative conference in Albany.

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Earlier today, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand previewed President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

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Two homes in Schenectady, New York have been demolished following a landslide Sunday morning that displaced nearly two dozen residents. Elsewhere in the Capital Region, officials in Cohoes scrambled to fix another water main break.  

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Albany today, joining with Teamsters who have suffered cuts to their pension benefits and are at risk of losing even more.

 Norman Massry at the podium as Albany Med CEO Jim Barba looks on during the announcement that "The Massry Family Children's Emergency Center" is scheduled to open this summer.
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The new pediatric emergency department at Albany Medical Center now has a name.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

There's a bright future ahead for Albany County according to County Executive Dan McCoy, who gave his annual State of the County Address last night.

ASO Music Director David Alan Miller says the programs Albany is bringing to D.C. April 11th are "incredibly exciting."
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The Albany Symphony Orchestra has been invited to Washington, D.C.to perform at the Kennedy Center for the first time in its history. 

Organizers say the 38th edition of Empire State Winter Games will be bigger and better than ever.

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