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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On a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer launched his effort to restore mass transit funding cuts passed by the House of Representatives last week.

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What are the odds the kids in your neighborhood will succeed? That’s the question the Siena Research Institute tried to answer in a New York State Life Chances Survey. 

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An exhibit posthumously honoring World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson, awarded of the Medal of Honor this year, opens today in the War Room of the State Capital.

New York state is also awarding Johnson the Medal of Valor, its highest honor. 

Three casino projects in New York were chosen last December as part of a plan to boost the upstate economy but are still awaiting licenses after nearly a year.

Troy Turkey Trot

More than 7,000 people from up to 36 states are expected to run and walk in the 68th Troy Turkey Trot come Thanksgiving Day.

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The Capital Region is home to the top-ranked school in the nation, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution that measures the impact of colleges on their students’ outcomes.

In a busy week in Troy politics, the city council is taking steps to alter outgoing Mayor Lou Rosamilia's proposed $68.6 million budget. An effort is under way to lessen a planned tax increase.

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New York state is opening a trade and tourism office in Puerto Rico. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the new office will promote "mutually beneficial" tourism opportunities and economic ties. It will also boast a shop selling New York products.

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One of Albany's busiest thoroughfares is getting a makeover, but there's more to the project than meets the eye.

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Election Night came with a few surprises, some close calls and a rally by voters in one town who turned the night on its head.