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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Albany County Crime Victims
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Local officials gathered at Academy Park in Albany today for a ceremony to honor the memory of Albany County crime victims.

Nearly 2,000 nurses from around New York state traveled to the state Capitol in Albany to urge lawmakers to pass a minimum staffing law that would mandate how many nurses are on duty at hospitals and nursing homes.

The New York Racing Association board has advanced restructuring plans recommending future governance outside of state control.

Rotterdam Police today gave an update on their investigation into a fatal police shooting over the weekend.
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Rotterdam Police today gave an update on their investigation into a fatal police shooting over the weekend.

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A ceremony is planned this week at the central New York high school alma mater of Will Smith, the former NFL star slain in New Orleans last weekend.

The New York State Police advise the general public and businesses to beware of so-called Liberty Dollar medallions.

Troy Bicentennial Cake
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Mayor Patrick Madden and the Troy Cultural Alliance kicked off the start of the city’s bicentennial celebration today.

Spotlight On John Kasich

Apr 12, 2016
Gov. John Kasich speaks in Troy Monday.
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Eight days before the New York primary, Ohio Governor John Kasich took a three-stop tour of the area on Monday, making stops in stops in Albany, North Greenbush and Saratoga Springs. WAMC caught up with the Republican presidential candidate at La Salle Institute.

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Eight days before the New York primary, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich appeared before a packed La Salle Gymnasium in North Greenbush Monday Afternoon.

Three presidential candidates are in Capital Region today, leading to heightened security and road closures.

Developers of the del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes say they are making progress on its construction.

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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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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. 

HRC Barnstorms Cohoes

Apr 5, 2016
Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
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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."
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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.

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