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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Once again, the University at Albany is saying goodbye to its president. Robert Jones announced his departure this week.

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A 39-year-old New York man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after authorities found large amounts of drugs and nearly $300,000 in cash stashed around his rural upstate property.

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New York State is launching an investigation into the working conditions of employees in the dry cleaning industry.

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Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community.  Last week, the Palace took center stage at its own press conference, where officials announced an ambitious project to revitalize the old movie house, with the intent to position the Palace as a gateway to downtown.  But there are a few loose ends.

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New York will require professional boxers and mixed martial artists to get $1 million of insurance to cover life-threatening brain injuries under regulations slated to take effect in September.

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The president of the University at Albany is stepping down to take a job at the University of Illinois.

Earlier this year, Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders announced the University at Albany’s $60 million plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  On Monday, many of those leaders gathered once again at the old school to share with the public their plans to conduct a joint study to look at "improving connections to downtown campus."

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Calling it a hub of job creation and economic activity critical to the regional economy, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Port of Albany today. The New York Democrat announced a major push to secure a federal grant for the port he says will help upstate manufacturers export their products across the nation and globe via the Hudson River.

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The next two weeks are all about politics, but with a laundry list of unaddressed issues, Capital Region Democrat Paul Tonko says Congress shouldn't be taking a vacation.

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After months of discussion, Congress adjourned for the summer Thursday with no Zika legislation in sight.

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Authorities say much of the Northeast is experiencing drought conditions, with sections of New York and Massachusetts among the driest.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is paying a former prosecutor up to $450,000 for his review of the Buffalo Billion project.

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Some big names in New York law enforcement have announced the takedown of multi-state drug pipelines.

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New York state is taking steps to address the illegal sale of the drug K2 following a mass overdose in Brooklyn that sent 33 people to the hospital.

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An outside review of New York's $178 billion pension fund for public workers shows it has been managed responsibly for the past three years but needs more staff and higher pay to continue the quality performance and cut costs for outside advisers.

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A new University at Albany-led study finds that while local regulation helps reduce tobacco availability, there is increased concern about the rise of electronic cigarettes.

At STAR Plaza: U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Olive Niccoli, Sara Niccoli and NY State Senator Neil Breslin. Niccoli also made campaign stops the same day in Kingston, Athens and Amsterdam.
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New York State Police have been asked to investigate threatening online comments directed at state Senate candidate Sara Niccoli, whose Quaker faith prohibits her from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. 

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The not-for-profit corporation that operates the historic Palace Theatre in Albany today presented its vision for a $65 million renovation and expansion project.

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With the memory of the destruction of Hurricanes Irene and Lee still fresh five years later, government agencies are participating in a three-day drill to prepare for catastrophic flooding along the Mohawk River.

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The University at Albany has launched a new bachelor’s degree program in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity.

A congressional committee chairman is threatening to subpoena New York's attorney general for records about his investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about global warming.

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A national debate about the relationship between police and citizens has been raging in recent days. Now, an event featuring Albany police advising young people about interactions with the cops has gotten mixed response on social media. 

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Under new policies that went into effect this month, thousands more low-income New Yorkers are now eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits.

It's been a bad few months for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature economic development programs.

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Citizens joined activists and community leaders in Albany chanting enough is enough.

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A landmark theater in Utica is headed to the auction block.

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Efforts to repair Troy's new City Charter are progressing. The City Council has advanced toward authorizing the document.

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Authorities are still learning about the shootings in Dallas that killed five police officers and wounded several more. That violence follows two civilian deaths at the hands of police this week that galvanized protestors.

New York auditors say Empire State Development Corp., which provides millions of dollars in tax credits to companies that promise to expand and add jobs, has been unable to verify that many companies met their obligations.

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Just before the major party conventions, there’s a new poll out from the Siena Research Institute. But if you’re ready for a break from politics, you’re not alone. This poll is about New Yorkers and their summer plans.

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