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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Hillary Clinton says she hopes the free college tuition plan approved by New York lawmakers last week will lead other states to follow suit.

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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts spoke Tuesday afternoon at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

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After years of efforts, ride-sharing advocates are celebrating in New York this week. The latest state budget deal paves the way for companies like Uber and Lyft to operate upstate.  

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

Sheehan announced her intent to run days after Albany was given $12.5 million to plug a budget shortfall. This time the money is not a spin-up against future funds.

Jeff Pangburn of Creighton Manning Engineering says phase two begins in July; it will bring the new configuration all the way downtown.
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A successful radical remake along a busy stretch of Albany’s Madison Avenue will extend to where the street meets Lark and Delaware further downtown. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the College of St. Rose Thursday night for a public meeting on phase two of the “road diet.”

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Every April since 1981, communities across the nation have paused to honor crime victims and those who support them.  Local officials gathered at the Albany County Courthouse today for a remembrance.

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On Wednesday, a throng of Capital Region residents met Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the front entrance of Albany Medical Center to take a neighborhood walk. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas joined in, taking steps toward better health.

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The dairy group that has run the popular Milk Bar at the New York State Fair since 1952 says it's pulling out because of funding issues with the Cuomo administration.

With the country once again debating the future of health care, activists rallied Tuesday in Albany in support of a bill that would create a universal, publicly-financed health-insurance plan for all New Yorkers.

Facebook has lost a legal fight against a New York City prosecutor who sought search warrants for hundreds of user accounts. 

A barge run aground in the Hudson River in Catskill Tuesday.
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The U.S. Coast Guard and state pollution response teams are investigating the grounding of a barge carrying 66,000 barrels of gasoline on the Hudson River 30 miles south of Albany.

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New York lawmakers say they have a deal on a state budget, now four days late, but Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there's no need to rush.

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Work began Monday in Troy to replace a mile-long section of a 111-year-old water main that runs under the streets of Lansingburgh. 

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Ten Albany police officer-trainees graduated in a late-morning ceremony today at the new Capital Center downtown.

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The Oneida Indians say they will expand their gambling operations in central New York with a third casino near Syracuse.

It's deadline time for New York state leaders trying to wrap up negotiations on a new state budget.

Several inches of snow have fallen on parts of eastern New York where forecasters say up to a foot of wet, heavy snow could blanket some areas.

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Bus riders throughout the Capital Region can rest easy. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the fare isn't going up under the CDTA's new budget.

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A college in Susan B. Anthony's western New York hometown has acquired a trove of 19th-century letters she wrote to a fellow leader in the women's rights movement.

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Now that it has reached a deal with the police, one area city has contracts in place with all municipal employee unions, eliminating what for many other cities often becomes a major hurdle impeding governance.

Community service organization Capital Roots announced the launch of the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment Wednesday at its headquarters and regional food hub, the Urban Grow Center, in Troy.

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New York state has remained clear of a dreaded deer disease for another year.

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A state-owned car used by Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was governor of New York is heading into the shop for some repairs.

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics.
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Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics, running for common council president.

A Women’s History Month discussion with Kathy Sheehan, Albany’s first female mayor, and Albany author and activist Barbara Smith is set for Wednesday evening at City Hall.

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Uber's first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions.

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Government officials are reacting to the latest federal threats to "claw back" funding earmarked for sanctuary cities.

While summer may seem far off, organizers of one local racing event are looking to recruit participants now, so they can train for the meet.

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A coalition of anti-hunger advocates, agricultural groups and environmental organizations are urging New York leaders to create a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits, vegetables and other products to foodbanks. 

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