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

Brendan Cox
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany police officer has been arrested after he was caught on camera body-slamming a 15-year-old girl at a rehab facility.

Dorcey Applyrs
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Residents in Albany’s South End heard from top environmental officials Wednesday, the same day nearby Global Partners was criticized for air pollution. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  Federal, state and local government officials were in Albany's South End Wednesday night where they met with residents to talk about health risks and other issues associated with oil trains. 

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Hudson River city of Cohoes is holding a public meeting on the update of its Comprehensive Plan tonight at the Cohoes Music Hall. Mayor Shawn Morse met Tuesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss what's next for the Spindle City.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A local mayor and a Congressman joined forces to call for additional federal funding to remediate Brownfields today.

New York State

A federal audit says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration mismanaged $22 million spent to promote tourism in areas affected by three damaging storms.


Drunken boaters in New York should soon face more severe punishment if they have previous convictions for driving other vehicles while intoxicated.


New York is requiring universities using cats and dogs for research to offer them for adoption through animal shelters, humane societies or private placements.

An Albany City Court judge has agreed to resign after 10 of 13 misconduct charges against him were upheld in an administrative proceeding.

New York will maintain past crime victim statements to the state Parole Board for reconsideration every time eligible convicts return for another hearing on possible release from prison.

An Albany City Court judge has agreed to resign after 10 misconduct charges against him were upheld in an administrative proceeding.

UAW president Tim Voght
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Today marked the 99th day 41 workers were locked out of their jobs at Honeywell Aerospace in Green Island after they refused to accept dramatic increases to their health care costs and the elimination of their pensions. There was support and solidarity present at a noon picket line rally outside the Honeywell building.

Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company

Dangerous wind and lightning touched down in several Northeast areas this weekend. One of the worst storms hit the edge of the Adirondack Park on Saturday, moving through the Pine Lake Resort Village area of the town of Caroga. 

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Revenue collected to date from Albany's 35-strong red light camera network has all gone to the vendor that rents the devices to the city. City officials are OK with that.

The Whipple Cast and Wrought Iron Bowstring Truss Bridge. locally known as the Normanskill Farm Bridge, is located near the entrance to Stevens Farm in southwestern Albany, New York, United States. It was built in 1867.

In July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in enhanced assistance for local governments over the next two years to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts statewide. The timing is critical.

New York has established a certification program for the state's food producers who maintain certain agricultural practices for environmental conservation and safety.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As crews continue working to repair the broken water main at the site of a sinkhole on South Lake Avenue at Elberon place, the city of Albany is directing residents to conserve water.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Albany Wednesday, doubling down on her push to get legislation passed that she claims would bolster the manufacturing industry across upstate New York by creating a permanent program designating "Manufacturing Communities."

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The City of Albany has instituted mandatory water restrictions.

Several people were taken to the hospital following an Albany car crash involving a funeral procession.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stopped by Troy's Central Fire Station on Monday to promote legislation that would create the first ever national firefighter cancer registry, along with three major grants for the Collar City's fire crews. 

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A security breach at a company that provides ID cards for health insurance companies has exposed personal information of 3.3 million people.

The Albany Sinkhole, August 8, 2016
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Infrastructure issues continue to dog two area cities. Here's the latest on the Albany sinkhole and the Troy water main break.


A boost for New York State tourism was launched today in downtown Albany.


New York State is making progress toward its goal of providing 100 percent broadband internet access to every household and business by the end of 2018.

Events are planned in Albany this evening to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the arrests of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, who were convicted of terrorism following an FBI sting. 

Director of Planning for the City of Albany, Christopher Spencer listening to the discussion from the table sessions.
Dover, Kohl & Partners

Plans are forging ahead on two multi-million dollar projects to remake the University at Albany’s downtown campus corridor and the city’s Palace Theatre.

SUV in Sinkhole
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In the second major infrastructure failure in the neighborhood this year, a ruptured water main caused a sinkhole that swallowed a car and snarled traffic near Albany's Washington Park today.


A bypass has been successfully installed and sewage from Amsterdam is no longer flowing into the Mohawk River.

Black Lives Matter activists in New York are protesting the arrest of an anti-violence advocate who was taken into custody while videotaping police frisking a handcuffed motorist.