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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Capital Region News
6:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Albany's 'New Era' Begins

Albany 5th ward Common Councilman Mark Robinson
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With the inauguration of Kathy Sheehan as its new mayor, Albany is ushering in a new era of city politics.

Changes are coming to city hall following the swearing-in ceremonies for the Albany Common Council, Common Council President, City Auditor, City Treasurer, and of course Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the Democrat who took over from 20-year incumbent Jerry Jennings. 

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Capital Region News
12:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Sheehan Takes Oath: 'A New Era' Begins

Kathy Sheehan has taken the reins as the first female Albany mayor in more than three centuries of city history.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Breaking from city tradition in more ways than one, former city treasurer Kathy Sheehan was officially sworn in New Year's Day at Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany. Fellow Democrat New York Lt. Governor Bob Duffy gave the keynote address, hailing the day as the start of "Mayor Sheehan's era."

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New York News
5:10 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Cuomo: Two Storms Coming; Hunker Down NY

Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

  As a pair of winter storms head for New York state, Gov.

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Capital Region News
3:31 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Kathy Sheehan: The New Face Of Albany

Times have changed and Albany has a new Mayor...
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany's new mayor, Kathy Sheehan, has taken the oath of office in downtown Albany. 

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Capital Region News
3:18 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Albany Bids Jennings Farewell

Mayor Jerry Jennings emerges from City Hall, addresses and hugs folks in the crowd, including Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan, before being driven off in a black SUV.
Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

A formal ceremony was held today in downtown Albany to bid farewell to the man who has led the capital city for two decades.

Citizens, politicians, police and public service workers gathered in and around Albany city hall to say goodbye to Jerry Jennings - the colorful, outgoing Mayor who shepherded the capital city for the past twenty years.

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WAMC News
12:39 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

2013: Looking Back At The "Pope Francis Effect" And Other Religion News

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Religious news figured prominently in the headlines during 2013.   The world was shocked in February 2013, when Benedict became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. Fast forward nine months: Benedict's successor, the Argentine Pope Francis, was named Time Magazine's "person of the year." Not bad for a fellow who once upon at time worked as a bouncer!

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New York News
6:33 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Power Plans Split Community

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A Greene County community is split over whether to allow new power transmission projects to cut through municipalities to feed electricity to New Yorkers downstate.   Governor Andrew Cuomo’s so-called “Energy Highway Blueprint” aims to raise the energy supply downstate by 1,000 megawatts to head off a possible energy shortfall in the New York City area.

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New York News
2:57 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

STAR Deadline Is Tuesday

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has issued a final reminder – homeowners, must register for the Basic STAR property tax exemption by Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

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New York News
12:59 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Dredging Study: No Need To Expand

GE Spokesman Mark Behan
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Results of a study requested by New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and released late Friday show no need for General Electric to voluntarily expand dredging that's already under way in a portion of the upper Hudson River contaminated with PCBs.

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New York News
3:32 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Police Agencies Put Anti-DWI Efforts In High Gear

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As we draw nearer to the end of 2013, law enforcement authorities are stepping up their efforts to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.  Consumption of alcoholic beverages is part of holiday celebrations. The same can be said for public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. 

The New York State Thruway Authority and Mothers Against Drunk Driving have kicked off their annual "red ribbon" campaign against drunken driving. 65,000 red ribbons are being handed out to motorists along the Thruway. 

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