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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The initiative to outfit Schenectady police officers with body cameras is moving forward, but not as quickly as first envisioned.


A bill to provide paid sick days for employees in Albany County is scheduled to be introduced at tonight’s County Legislature meeting.

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New York wildlife researchers are taking a new approach to gathering citizen input to guide deer management objectives.

Police in Central New York report arresting a woman after her 9-month-old baby was found crawling in a busy roadway.


Police say a Cornell University student was assaulted by a man who also used racial slurs.

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Once again, Troy, New York is looking for input on the future of One Monument Square.

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Advocates say plans to create an elevated park connecting downtown Albany to the riverfront would alter the cityscape, giving an economic boost to three areas undergoing revitalization. 


The parent company that runs the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany is suing hip-hop group Migos stemming from a melee at a 2015 concert.

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Officials at Utica College say a lockdown sparked by a telephone threat ended Monday afternoon after all buildings were searched and staff and students were taken to safe locations.

PBA Executive Director and Counsel Daniel De Federicis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State says University at Albany Police have their hands cuffed when it comes to executing their duty to protect and serve. The college disputes the criticism.

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The city of Albany is getting more than $3 million in state funding to turn a lightly traveled interstate ramp into an elevated park giving pedestrians and bicyclists access to the Hudson River.

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Two New York State Troopers were hurt responding to an early morning car crash on I-90.

A former top lawmaker in New York wants his retrial on corruption charges moved to another state.

Lyall Family

Twenty years ago today, 19-year-old University at Albany sophomore Suzanne Lyall vanished shortly after getting off a CDTA bus at the campus' Collins Circle stop. Her family has never stopped looking.

A CDTA bus picks up passengers outside the WAMC studios on Albany's Central Avenue.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A major Nor'easter hit the East Coast overnight, dumping heavy wet snow with strong winds forecast throughout the day. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has the latest.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has activated the state's emergency management apparatus ahead of an approaching storm expected to dump more than a foot of snow on parts of New York.

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The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza has dropped across New York state, the first decline since the flu was deemed widespread in December. 

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The recent school shooting in Florida reignited debate about safety at schools. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports one Albany County official is assembling a panel in hopes of improving current safeguards and dispelling the fear students might face about attending school.


Albany is beginning a busy month of hosting college basketball tournaments with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament under way today in the newly renovated Times Union Center.

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Preservation League of New York State is asking legislators to support changes to historic tax credits.

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New York Senate Democrats are rolling out 12 gun control proposals following the Florida school shooting.

Once again, the city of Albany's budget hangs on receiving $12.5 million from the state of New York. With five weeks before the state budget is due, the annual Albany nail-biter is in full swing.

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A false report of a possible gun at Albany-area mall Colonie Center over the weekend sent shoppers running for safety. Officials say it’s always good to be prepared.


Suicide vest-detection technology is coming to New York City's Penn Station. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says Monday that the federal Transportation Security Administration will start testing the screening equipment on Tuesday.

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

Clean energy advocates are holding an informational forum tonight in Albany to share the potential benefits of group-purchasing electricity.

The Mechanicville city council will hire outside legal counsel to look into allegations of misconduct made against Mayor Dennis Baker by members of the city police department. 


A group of news websites abruptly shut down late last year after reporters in New York unionized have new life thanks to public radio.

SNAP Eligibility is based principally on income and household size. Those who apply must be 150 percent below the federal poverty level, which stands at about $2,500 for a family of three.

As President Donald Trump ponders a 30-percent cut to the nutrition program's budget, a new study finds the maximum SNAP benefit does not cover the cost of an average meal in all of New York's 62 counties.


A racially insensitive menu for a Black History Month meal at New York University has led to a company apology and workers being fired.

Freihofer's® Run for Women

Wednesday's taste of spring reminded New Yorkers that warmer days are ahead, and with them, Albany's signature race.