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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New York News
2:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

NY Effort To Reveal Pols' Law Clients Has Backing

New York's anti-corruption commission that's asking state lawmakers to reveal private law clients has the backing of the state Bar Association, which says attorney-client privilege doesn't bar the disclosure required in 20 other states.

The New York State Bar Association argues the names often are already in public court records; they're just not collected in a place for the public and ethics enforcers to see.

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Capital Region News
1:58 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Albany College Campus Goes "Tobacco Free"

Credit Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in partnership with Albany Law School, have implemented a 100% tobacco-free campus policy, now in place. A Tobacco-Free Kickoff Event was held tuesday in front of the ACPHS Student Center. Officials hail the move as a "notable step" toward a healthier and cleaner environment.

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Capital Region News
12:47 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

NY: Primary Day At Last!

It's off to the polls for Albany Democrats today.

The Capital City's first new mayor in 20 years is expected to be all but decided today. With party enrollment heavy on the Democratic side, observers say whoever takes the primary is the presumptive winner in November. Recent polls show City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running ahead of former Councilman Corey Ellis on the path to succeed two-decade incumbent Democrat Jerry Jennings.

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New York News
3:53 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Activists to Obama: Don't Bomb Syria

WAMC will carry special coverage of President Obama’s address on Syria beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Credit Official White House Photo/Pete Souza

With the Obama administration positioning for a possible military strike against Syria, New Yorkers are turning up the volume on their call for peace.

Candlelight vigils are being held this evening to urge Representatives Paul Tonko, Bill Owens and Chris Gibson, and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, to vote against bombing Syria.

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New York News
3:03 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

NY AG Establishes Election Day Hotline

Credit Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Saying that the effort will help ensure equal access to the ballot box on election day, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced an Election Day hotline designed to help ensure that minority-language voters, people with disabilities and all eligible voters are able to cast "an effective ballot" during the September 10th primary election.

The Attorney General urges voters to call the Office’s Hotline at 800-771-7755

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Capital Region News
12:20 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Albany Mayoral Candidates Ready For Primary Time!

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With what is likely to be a decisive primary just a day away, Democratic Albany mayoral candidates Kathy Sheehan and Corey Ellis are both ready to rumble. Despite Sunday's YNN/Siena poll giving Sheehan front-runner status, Ellis believes he'll make a strong showing.

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Capital Region News
9:07 am
Sun September 8, 2013

YNN/Siena Release Albany Mayoral Poll

According to a new YNN/Siena College poll released early  Sunday, there's a clear-cut front runner in the race for Mayor of Albany as the Democratic primary approaches.

The survey shows Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan has a wide lead over Corey Ellis: 68 per cent to 20 per cent.

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Capital Region News
4:59 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Press Conference Divides Community Leaders

Pastor Charlie Muller
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

What was intended to be a press conference about a report on African Americans and community policing turned racially divisive as it morphed into a forum of heavy criticism of the Albany County District Attorney.

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Capital Region News
12:24 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Report: Good Grades For APD Chief

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Center for Law and Justice in Albany has released its "report card" on Police Chief Steven Krokoff's performance over the past three years as head of the Albany Police

"Pathway to Change: African Americans and Community Policing in Action" examines African-American perception of how police interact with people. It focuses on the progress Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff has made when it comes to repairing what the report calls "decades of racial tensions" neighborhoods experienced under several of his predecessors via community policing.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Congressman Receives Business Award

(left to right) Ron Eidshaug, Chris Gibson, Heather Briccetti
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On Wednesday, New York Congressman Chris Gibson was at The Business Council of New York State office in Albany, where he received the Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizing his pro-business, voting record as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ron Eidshaug,  vice president of Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, presented the award.

Gibson said he appreciates the support of the Chamber and the Business Council... The Kinderhook-based Republican elected in 2010 explained his No. 1 priority is growing the economy.

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