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 number of drivers issued a ticket for talking on a hand-held cellphone is dropping in New York state — but  more people than ever are being caught texting while behind the wheel.

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As white-nose syndrome kills millions of bats across North America, there's a glimmer of hope at hibernation spots where it first struck a decade ago: Some bats in some caves are hanging on.

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WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Three Capital Region cities are gearing up for the new "breathing lights" display.

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The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has opened a new student-run pharmacy in downtown Schenectady. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

Ted Cruz addresses the crowd in Scotia.
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Ted Cruz held a rally Thursday morning in Scotia, New York, before a crowd of about 1300 people.

Usually, New York is an afterthought when it comes to the presidential primary calendar. Not this year.

Siena College has taken the wraps off a new bachelor's degree in nursing program. 

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Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton. The presidential hopeful trekked from Manhattan, where she appeared with Governor Andrew Cuomo, up to Albany where she met with Democratic lawmakers, then on to Cohoes. At stake: 274 delegates in the April 19th primary.

When New York lawmakers announced the state budget agreement last week, ethics reform was not part of the package. That’s likely to come up at tonight’s Albany Museum of Political Corruption roundtable discussion at the College of Saint Rose.

A petition to overturn results of the troubled February 9th high school vote in Albany has been denied.

The New York budget deal came down to the final minutes before the deadline in Albany, and in the “Fight for $15,” upstate will be capped at $12.50.

Wednesday at the Albany Marriot Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul launched “The Global NY Fund Tour”
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York has kicked off a “Global NY” program created to help businesses expand to foreign markets.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York state parks, historic sites and campgrounds saw a 5-percent increase in attendance last year.

State officials say New York got through the 2015 hunting season without a single shooting fatality, the first time that has happened since the 1950s.

 Mayor Kathy Sheehan told the crowd "what has happened with policing is the result of this country trying to do things on the cheap."
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police and civic leaders gathered at the Center For Law and Justice in Albany today to announce the kickoff of a new diversion program.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York's governor is planning upcoming trade trips to Italy and China.

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Transportation officials say teams have examined another 341 oil tank cars, 132 miles of track and 69 switches, finding five critical defects needing an immediate fix and 42 others. 

A downtown Albany charter school is moving to more spacious digs.

Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are challenging a university decision impacting the 125-year-old Rensselaer Union.

Constitution Pipeline

The 124-mile Constitution Pipeline would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale fields through New York’s Southern Tier and into Schoharie County, connecting with a network of other pipelines. By now, had things gone according to plan, natural gas would be flowing through it. But, public opposition and regulatory red tape have dogged the $680 million project.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is developing a management plan for more than 5,800 acres of state forest land.

NYPIRG executive director Blair Horner and Dick Dadey executive director of Citizens Union
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With budget negotiations down to the final days before the April 1st deadline, state government watchdogs in Albany say the process has been too opaque — especially after high-profile corruption convictions of the legislature’s former leaders.

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Residents of New York who require prescription medication will no longer need to carry a paper scrip to the pharmacy.  New York’s groundbreaking electronic prescription law known as “I-Stop” is now in effect.

Likely within days, New Yorkers will find out whether the minimum wage is going up.

SUNY Poly Partnership with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization Drives Investment in and Installation of Emerging ‘Green’ Technologies at World-Class 'Zero Energy Nano' Building.
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This week, visiting Japanese officials toured SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s ZEN building in Albany. The innovative six-story structure will be home to education and business, while serving as a model for the U.S. construction industry.

Key New York lawmakers are continuing efforts to legalize daily fantasy sports following Monday's agreement by its two biggest websites to stop taking bets in New York until July.  New York's Republican-controlled Senate has already backed regulating daily fantasy sports, putting that in its recent budget proposal.

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

Some 112,000 homes, hospitals, schools and commercial buildings in New York state have completed or begun energy efficiency projects through state programs intended to encourage clean energy.

The State University Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher say they would freeze tuition if the system receives more state money in the budget.

City of Schenectady

There is debate in Schenectady over town-and-gown issues between Union College and city hall.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Schenectday Mayor Gary McCarthy, Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Former Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, State Senator Neil Breslin, Assembly members McDonald and Fahy.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With less a month to go before the primary on April 19th, Capital Region Democrats gathered last night in uptown Albany for a "Hillary for New York" organizing event.

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