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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“We work hard to make sure that only those who need assistance receive it and we will not tolerate those who seek to game the system.”
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In an effort to expose fraud involving Medicaid benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple today announced the arrests of county residents on fraud charges .

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Late last week, Troy's Police Department placed its entire Drugs and Firearms Interdiction Unit on administrative leave.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped a veteran judge to serve on the state's highest court.

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Revitalization funding is on the way to 18 cities and towns across New York.

Asha Burwell (Ariel Agudio standing behind her) outside the Albany County Courtoom after sentencing.
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On January 31, 2016, three women who were then students at the University at Albany set off a firestorm when they reported being assaulted in a racially-motivated attack during an early morning argument on a CDTA bus. A jury found two of them guilty of falsely reporting the incident. But today’s sentencing in Albany County Court may not be the last stop.

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Survivors of child molestation are urging lawmakers in New York to loosen the statute of limitations on lawsuits for past abuse.

City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar addresses the media in city hall as Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on.
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The city of Albany's financial picture looks sharper and brighter. Officials announced the numbers Thursday morning at City Hall.

Nippers Pop Up In Albany

Jun 15, 2017
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A public art project based on Albany’s famous canine resident and local landmark Nipper the Dog has taken off.

Residents of Albany are being invited to meet their refugee and immigrant neighbors at a panel discussion Thursday.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is using salty language to express her frustration with Washington politics.

Former EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck addressed the crowd in Academy Park across from Albany City Hall
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President Donald Trump's early June announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord has been sharply criticized by environmental advocates  who have been organizing protests and demonstrations.

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One the area's largest school districts in Clifton Park has been making national headlines in the culture wars.

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Visitors and residents will have an easier time getting from place to place this summer in Albany. CDTA has kicked off a free downtown shuttle service.

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Schenectady police continue to investigate the shooting of a city man during a confrontation with officers that was livestreamed on Facebook.

New York state's education department is finalizing plans for a hearing on whether one-time candidate for governor Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board.

DA Soares Announces Criminal Justice Reform Efforts in Albany County
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares is publicizing a new series of criminal justice reforms.

A replica of Johnson's medal has been permanently affixed to the Henry Johnson Statue on Washington Park Road in Washington Park, near the corner of Madison Avenue and Willett Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The City of Albany has unveiled a replica Medal of Honor on the Henry Johnson statue in Washington park and presented the first Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service.

RPI, Cornell University and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), have announced the creation of the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) Consortium.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan rallied with supporters Sunday afternoon at her Madison Avenue campaign headquarters - chit-chatting and serving slices of pizza.
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Tuesday represents another mile-marker for citywide races in Albany: June 6th, when candidates begin building their petitions.  Among those gathering signatures - the incumbent mayor and her latest challenger.

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A University at Albany grad who has directed three successful short films is dabbling in the literary world.

With the New York State Legislative session scheduled to wrap up at the end of this month, a familiar face — and voice — will bid farewell to Albany.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Barbara Bartoletti, a longtime advocate for reform at the capitol, who will be retiring from her job as the League of Women Voters' legislative director. 

New York law enforcement is cracking down on underage drinking at summer concerts and festivals across the state.

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The federal government is contributing about $17 million to upgrade airports in upstate New York.

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Federal regulators say a six-year cleanup of the Hudson River is producing positive results, but PCB levels in fish remain high.

Albany Beams With Pride

Jun 1, 2017
The City Flag flies alongside the Gay Pride flag, the Bisexual Pride flag, and the Transgender Pride flag on Albany City Hall.
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June is Gay Pride Month across the nation. Albany's observance kicked off this morning at City Hall.

The New York Public Interest Research Group has opened an online database giving residents a shortcut to accessing federal and state test results for contaminants in drinking water.

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The Albany Police Department and race organizers say security measures will be in place for the 39th Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K on Saturday.

Some lawmakers and officials are irritated a Rochester brewery receiving state economic development funding has purchased beer fermentation tanks from China that could have been produced in New York.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
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City Hall is defending itself after Albany Common Councilor and Democratic mayoral candidate Frank Commisso, Jr. called a press conference this morning to focus attention on an independent report regarding city finances.

 A rallygoer holds a sign supporting Marquis Dixon.
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Marquis Dixon, the Albany youth who was sentenced to nine years in an adult maximum security prison for stealing a pair of sneakers when he was 16, is back in trouble with the law.

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