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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By and large, American cities are far safer today than they were decades ago. But problems persist. In the first part of our weeklong series on urban crime, WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas surveys the landscape in Albany.

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New York is moving to expand a ban on synthetic marijuana to keep with drug makers who create new chemical recipes to evade the existing law.  Governor Andrew Cuomo told the state's health department on Friday to broaden the regulations to outlaw new formulas.

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A project to uncover and preserve previously unknown wall paintings by 19th century Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole will go forward with $460,000 in federal funding.

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District Attorneys across New York are bristling at state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's new authority to investigate police killings of civilians.

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Troy police were called to the home of a mayoral candidate Thursday night.

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State regulators have approved the addition of a new area code in the 18-county 315 region of central New York.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the New York National Guard to bring the Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to World War I soldier Sgt. Henry Johnson of Albany upstate to be put on public display.

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On Monday, July 20, at 12:00 a.m., the red light cameras at the eastbound approach of Shaker Road and Northern Boulevard and the westbound approach of Washington Avenue and Quail Street will be fully operational and going “live.”

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he'll fight legislation that would allow longer trailer trucks on the nation's highways.

The Democrat said Wednesday that a provision in the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill would authorize twin 33-foot trailers.

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With Mayor Lou Rosamilia deciding not to seek another term, the political scene in Troy is wide-open ahead of the fall elections. 32-year-old native Ernest Everett would like to see his beloved Troy make a big comeback. The Democrat announced his candidacy in Lansingburgh in the spring and believes he is the one who can unify the Collar City. Everett sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss his platform.

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