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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A former New York state official has admitted lying under oath about being unable to pay restitution for fraud after he put a down payment on a horse farm and helped pay for his daughter's wedding.

The second of three workers injured in an explosion at an upstate New York asphalt plant has died.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with a report on immigration in New York. Speaking with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas, DiNapoli notes immigrants have played a significant role in shoring up what would otherwise be flagging populations in several upstate cities, including Buffalo, Utica and across the Mohawk Valley.

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Local officials gathered Thursday at a public showing of the new "Streetscape" at the Town of Colonie's Municipal Training Center in Latham.

Authorities have charged five young people in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident on an upstate New York road.

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Questions are being raised by Albany city government leaders whether the treasurer can cut his own pay so  his staff can be awarded raises.

Hundreds of union workers at an upstate New York chemical plant have gone on strike after efforts to reach a new contract with the company failed.

A New York federal judge says he'll rule by the end of the week on a challenge to a state law banning people from showing their marked election ballot to others.

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The City of Albany and Albany County appeared to be headed toward a falling-out over the city's contentious trash fee. But an 11th hour compromise was reached.

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New York regulators say the country's largest package delivery company turned a blind eye for years to the prohibited shipment of untaxed cigarettes.

The first of four new casinos planned for upstate New York could be open by the end of the month after state gambling regulators gave final approval to regulations for table games.

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Come November 8th, voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making recreational marijuana legal for all adults. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on what impact electoral victories in these nearby states may have on New York State.

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A state appeals court has reversed the conviction that sent an Albany teenager to a nine-year prison term for a sneaker robbery.

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Albany County has been chosen to join the World Health Organization’s Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

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New York's 46th state Senate district candidates presented their campaign issues and agendas last night at the Guilderland Public Library during a “Meet The Candidates” event.

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A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of an upstate New York man whose roommate also was found slain last week.

Administrators at an upstate New York school that lost its football equipment in a suspected arson fire say it could cost more than $500,000 to replace the gear and the building where it was stored.

A judge has allowed the New York Farm Bureau to intervene in a lawsuit that could dramatically affect farm wages in the state.

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Two reported sexual assault cases at the University at Albany have officials reexamining security measures.

New York is cracking down on Airbnb rentals with one of the nation's toughest laws on short-term rentals.

The insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy of requiring doctors to fill out extra paperwork before giving patients a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

The final four Word of Life Christian Church defendants appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday.

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Three men are being held in Virginia in connection with two bodies found a day apart in Rensselear County.

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Tuesday, Mayor Dwyer celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $3 milllion Hudson River walkway at De Laet's Landing.
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The city of Rensselaer missed out in the casino sweepstakes and the chance to revitalize its waterfront. Then, a second chance to build a SUNY Poly tech hub apparently ran aground. Could the third time be a charm?

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A company lawyer says one of three asphalt plant workers hurt in a tanker truck explosion and fire has died of his injuries.

FRA Administrator Feinberg with Senator Charles Schumer discussing Positive Train Control at the Schenectday Amtrak station.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Schenectady Wednesday with Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Sarah Feinberg to highlight what he says is a need for a “positive-train control” system between Poughkeepsie and Amsterdam.

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For one last night this election season, "debate watching" became the national pastime. All across America and here in New York, people gathered in living rooms and public places to watch the third and final presidential debate.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended a Democratic watch party in Albany. 

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The number of farm cider makers in New York state has tripled in just two years, reflecting the surge in popularity for the alcoholic beverage. 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The city of Troy has been under severe financial stress, thanks to problems including sewer and water issues, shoddy bookkeeping, and a lack of a long-term comprehensive plan, as outlined in an audit by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli last February.  The mayor and Common Council are locked in battle over a 2017 spending plan.

New Yorkers have again set a record for online voter registration ahead of this year's presidential election.

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