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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Alexis Briggs, Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio look on as attorney Attorney Frederick Brewington speaks to reporters.
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Three former University at Albany students accused of lying about a racially-charged brawl on a CDTA bus were back on court on Wednesday.

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Uber and its opponents in the cab industry are ratcheting up their fight over Uber's proposed expansion in New York state.

A new Siena College poll released this morning — the same day of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's sentencing — finds corruption the most pressing issue among New York residents.

NY AG Eric Schneiderman meets the press in Albany during the New York State Court of Appeals Law Day.
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Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave Attorney General Eric Schneiderman the green light to investigate whenever police in any New York community kill unarmed suspects. Now, Cuomo has empowered Schneiderman to look into a police shooting that the Rensselaer County D.A. probed and dismissed.

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Albany County D.A. David Soares announced Monday that three defendants were indicted by an Albany County Grand Jury on charges related to an alleged incident that occurred on a CDTA bus on January 30th.

In 2009, the City of Troy engaged a consultant to assist with the redevelopment of the former site of City Hall and the adjoining parking structure. It was hoped that the 1.5-acre site on River Street would transform downtown, becoming the city's "crown j
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A massive revitalization plan in downtown Troy has hit another roadblock.  Here is the latest chapter in the Monument Square saga.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove is being sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
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Update 5/1/16:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order in support of an investigation by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into a police shooting that killed a Capital Region man.

Watervliet resident Edson Thevenin was killed in an encounter with Troy police on April 17th.

Last week, Schneiderman's office announced it was suing Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove over the case after police sergeant Randy French was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting by a grand jury.

Who will be crowned the new Tulip Queen?
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The City of Albany has named five finalists for the 2016 Tulip Queen and Court.

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The University at Albany has received a significant financial award to roll out a major public engagement initiative.

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New York state's comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents.

The line of cars backed up onto Whitehall Road, as folks waited to shred their documents.
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Dozens of Capital Region residents turned out during a downpour to have personal papers destroyed at “Shred Fest 2016” today.

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As Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on, Senator Chuck Schumer says historic designation is the key to unlocking vital federal Historic Tax Credits for an ambitious adaptive reuse of the “Nipper Building” at 991 Broadway.
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It’s one of the defining characteristics of the Albany skyline: the Old RCA Victor mascot Nipper, who still sits atop the former RCA Building. Visiting today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says the pup has become a regional icon. A new development plan would transform the so-called "Nipper Building" into downtown residential and commercial space.

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One of the area’s most recent police shootings has attracted the attention of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

New York state troopers have shot and killed a man they say was brandishing a pair of knives on a road in Albany County.

Two pipeline projects that would have crossed the northeast have been scrubbed: activists are now calling for a third pipeline to be stopped. 

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New Yorkers spent more on the state lottery and state-regulated electronic gaming machines than ever before last year, generating a record of almost $10 billion in revenue.

A new look and a new name: Corning Riverfront Park
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There will be a major makeover this summer for bike and pedestrian paths along Albany's riverfront.

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In the heart of "Tech Valley," a new survey is out showing Capital Region employers are having difficulty finding high-tech workers.

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The mayors of four cities in upstate New York have joined an effort to allow Uber to expand outside of New York City.

Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
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Donald Trump is receiving the endorsement of the head of New York state's Republican Party. Ed Cox, the party's chairman, had vowed to stay neutral before his state's primary on Tuesday.

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While one company has shelved plans for a natural gas pipeline from New York into New England, another project following a similar route is poised to proceed.

Officials including Nelliston Mayor Douglas Bathrick, Monolith's Tim Carr, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and David Ziskin cut the ribbon at the solar array.
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This week, officials flipped the switch on a 200-kilowatt solar garden in Montgomery County. The array is expected to save a local district $10,000 in its first year.

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Prosecutors have asked a judge to send former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to prison for over a decade while his defense lawyers say he deserves little or no time behind bars.

A Treasury official says Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman to appear on U.S. paper currency since Martha Washington in the 1890’s.
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A Treasury official says Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman to appear on U.S. paper currency in 100 years.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday night.
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New York Native Donald Trump cruised to victory in Tuesday's GOP presidential primary.

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New York voters enrolled in a party are going to the polls today to choose their presidential candidates.

Northeast states are increasingly looking to gambling as a means of budget relief and a source of tax revenue. Policy experts have their doubts. 

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought her campaign against opioid addiction to Albany's Hope House today. She continues to push for legislation regulating opioid pain medication prescriptions.

New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against an Albany-area health insurer that he says broke the law by denying coverage for expensive hepatitis C treatments until patients showed advanced symptoms of the disease such as moderate to severe liver scarring.

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