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 Cuomo administration says it's implementing new regulations that require employers to pay workers extra when they're called in at the last minute.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Changes are coming to the recently reopened Cohoes Music Hall.

Leadership of an Albany-area town changes hands - Yasmine Syed is the new town supervisor
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On Tuesday, voters in a Schenectady County town elected a Republican political newcomer as supervisor.

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Work has been completed on a $2.3 million project to rehabilitate and improve a busy stretch of interstate highway between New York state's Capital Region and the Southern Tier.

University at Albany students are helping local jail inmates connect with their children.

A large number of New York state lawmakers have written to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's top corrections official to urge them to end solitary confinement of prisoners.

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At an uncertain time for immigration policy in the U.S., sanctuary cities are the focus of an Albany Law symposium tonight.

Democratic incumbents Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan cruised to victories in this week's elections. Here is a peek at what comes next in local government.

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin
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Like in the Republican primary in September, it will take absentee ballots to decide the next Rensselaer County Executive.  Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has declared victory, but Democrat Andrea Smyth isn’t conceding.

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The Mayor of Rensselaer has been re-elected.

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The Columbia County sheriff has defeated a local police chief.

Frustrated about  an incident involving Burmese immigrants and an Albany Police officer, members of the South Asian community in the Capital Region gathered Monday.

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Republican Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is retiring at the end of 2017 after 16 years. Her exit opened the door for today’s high-profile election.


A 23-year-old man sought in connection with the disappearance of a woman in upstate New York has been arrested in southern Nevada on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

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Voters in the Albany area will decide a variety of city and county races Tuesday. 

In a New York county with a history of electing Republican sheriffs, a small-town Democratic police chief has mounted a challenge against the incumbent.

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The Second Annual Lantern Parade takes place in Albany’s Washington Park Sunday.

Out of four cameras the department was considering, Axon was the winner.
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After two years of preparation, the Albany Police Department body camera program goes live next week.

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City Council races in Schenectady and Troy could shift political balances in those cities.


State police say they've charged six members of the same New York family with running a marijuana growing operation on their rural upstate property.

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Absentee balloting has been the talk of Albany politics since the city’s Democratic primary in September.

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The race for the open Rensselaer County Executive is defined by a contrast in styles.

New York's Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced legislation in the Senate that could help prevent tragedies like Tuesday’s terror attack in New York City.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello may visit New York next week to see how the state rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Capitalize Albany wants to oversee redevelopment of eight acres of commercial land in downtown Albany.

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Blight — even the most successful cities deal with it. One of the most daunting issues facing local governments is the problem of vacant and abandoned properties. A conference next week at Albany Law School will take an up-close look at landscape renewal.

Albany County Legislator Frank Mauriello

Voters in Albany County's biggest town have a choice to make on Election Day: stick with Supervisor Paula Mahan for a sixth term, or back Republican challenger Frank Mauriello. Yesterday, we heard from Democrat Paula Mahan. Today, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas speaks with  Mauriello, the Albany County Legislature Minority Leader, who has deep roots in Colonie.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo headed back to Puerto Rico as the state continues to help the U.S. territory recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The finishing touches are being put in place on the Times Union Center's $19.6 million renovation.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Voters in Albany County's biggest town have a choice to make on Election Day: stick with Supervisor Paula Mahan for a sixth term, or back Republican challenger Frank Mauriello of the County Legislature. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Mahan, a Democrat who has been in office for a decade.