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 fallout from a scathing report by the New York Attorney General into a Troy Police civilian shooting death and its aftermath continues.

In her first State of the University System address, Chancellor Kristina Johnson mapped out her vision for the future of SUNY today in Albany.

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Lawmakers in New York and Connecticut are pushing to ban the sale and possession of  “bump stocks,” devices that convert semiautomatic weapons into automatic firearms. 

Troy Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy at the TU Center (January 2018)
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Later this month, ice hockey rivals will meet at the Capital Region’s biggest venue for the sixth annual Mayor's Cup. This year women's teams will also take part.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered the State of The City Address Thursday night.

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People brought to the U.S. when they were children, known as Dreamers, have found themselves caught up in the latest political debate in Washington. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is scheduled to expire in March if lawmakers don’t extend it.

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The attorneys general for New York and Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in the latest multi-state effort to compel federal regulators to reduce smog blowing in from upwind states.

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A long-awaited report released this afternoon by the New York Attorney General’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit carries no charges in the shooting death of a local man by a Troy police officer. But the report found the department made several mistakes during the incident and its investigation, and the unit is urging it to make procedural changes.

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A state panel created to study how to reduce the environmental impact of disposable plastic grocery bags has released a report, but makes no recommendation.

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The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Part two of a new Siena Research Institute poll released this week finds Governor Andrew Cuomo enjoying his best favorability rating in years. The poll also measured New Yorkers' feelings about the new tax law. 

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New York state gave $3.5 million last year to support municipal recycling projects across the state and the donation of wholesome food as officials strive to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists are using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save the lives of pachyderms that are being slaughtered for their tusks in Africa.

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The annual New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday ceremony ends with the "Beloved Community March" from Albany’s Empire State Plaza to the King Monument in Lincoln Park. Contemporary politics dominated this year's march.

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A new Siena Research Institute poll released on this Martin Luther King Day surveyed New Yorkers on race relations, discrimination and sexual harassment. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with pollster Steve Greenberg.

If you drop clothing in a collection bin – check the signage to learn what will become of your donation.

 The Troy Police Department honored retiring Police Chief John Tedesco Friday morning, with a farewell “walk out” ceremony.
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A farewell “walk out” ceremony for retiring Chief John Tedesco was held at Troy Police Headquarters this morning.

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New York state officials are investigating extended delays in delivering propane to customers during the recent cold snap.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for more federal funds to help upstate New York battle the opioid crisis. 

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New York state is stepping in to help thousands of Salvadorans facing deportation following a decision by the Trump administration.

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The leader of New York's Republican Party remains upbeat about the GOP's chances against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo this fall, even though the number of potential Republican candidates continues to shrink.

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New York State Trooper Michael Anson was remembered today for three decades of service. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from Anson’s funeral service at Siena College.

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of influential artist Thomas Cole’s first visit to the United States.  The Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art are paying tribute.

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A new report is slamming the state of New York for the slow pace of expansion in pre-kindergarten programs.

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Ride-hailing service Lyft has partnered with the newly renovated Times Union Center in downtown Albany. Here's a look at ride-hailing six months after Uber and Lyft began operating in upstate New York.

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Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove announced today that a grand jury has handed up a 17-count indictment in the quadruple murder that rocked Lansingburgh two weeks ago. 

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Consumer confidence in New York is on the rise, according to a survey released Thursday.

The suspects in last month’s quadruple homicide in Troy were back in court today. 

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Republican Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, who has been in office since 2001, announced in May that she would not seek another term. She endorsed her deputy to succeed her, but Chris Meyer lost the GOP primary to Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, a controversial candidate who won the general election and takes office next week. 

Community leaders rallied outside the Governor’s Mansion on New Year’s Day to demand that Andrew Cuomo fulfill his commitment to Albany families to address growing pollution concerns.

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