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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

A New York state lawmaker says Pokemon Go and similar games could inadvertently give sexual predators a "road map" to unsuspecting victims.

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With hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage having already spilled into the Mohawk River from the city of Amsterdam's wastewater treatment system, an area Assemblyman is calling on the state of New York for emergency funding.

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Do you have a criminal record? That can be a daunting question for a job seeker. Some Albany County legislators are taking steps to eliminate that query from county job application forms.

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The Palace Performing Arts Center and the City of Cohoes today announced new programming and initiatives at the Cohoes Music Hall — part of the grand reopening of a venue that dates to 1874.

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A “topping off” ceremony was held this week in downtown Albany to commemorate a major milestone: the completion of the vertical structural framework of the new Albany Capital Center. The new convention center is changing the skyline.

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A Central New York police officer who left his baby son inside a hot vehicle for hours won't face charges in the boy's death.

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New York's attorney general is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking records about his investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change.

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The Port of Albany will receive millions in federal funding that will help the Capital Region and Upstate manufacturers export their products across the nation and globe via the Hudson River.

Rivers GM Mary Cheeks speaks with reporters on the casino construction site as Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Karlin and NYSGC member John Poklemba look on.
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The New York State Gaming Commission met Monday afternoon in Schenectady. They discussed horse racing and casino gambling before heading off to tour the under-construction Rivers Casino.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed New York state agencies to conserve electricity to help the state avoid brownouts during the ongoing heatwave.

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Investigators are trying to determine why 24-year-old Rachael Mattice made up an abduction story that touched off a social media campaign for her safe return along with a multi-agency search and rescue effort.

New York is lifting its ban on serving food or beverages at funeral homes next year under a law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Low-income New Yorkers age 60 and older can get free produce at local farm stands and farmers markets under a new policy of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

All of New York State's medical examiners and coroners will soon have to share fingerprints and other information about their unidentified dead with a federal data center trying to match remains with America's missing.

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New learning standards being crafted for New York are likely to be similar to the Common Core standards they will replace, according to a new research report from the New York State School Boards Association.

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New York has authorized fluorescent pink as alternate protective coloring for young hunters in an appeal to girls who'd rather not wear blaze orange.

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