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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Adding a warning to false accusers in the state Senate's newly revised anti-sexual harassment policy is an example of "the type of intimidation" that has kept harassment victims from coming forward, according to the only female leader of a legislative conference in Albany.

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Earlier today, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand previewed President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

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Two homes in Schenectady, New York have been demolished following a landslide Sunday morning that displaced nearly two dozen residents. Elsewhere in the Capital Region, officials in Cohoes scrambled to fix another water main break.  

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Albany today, joining with Teamsters who have suffered cuts to their pension benefits and are at risk of losing even more.

 Norman Massry at the podium as Albany Med CEO Jim Barba looks on during the announcement that "The Massry Family Children's Emergency Center" is scheduled to open this summer.
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The new pediatric emergency department at Albany Medical Center now has a name.

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There's a bright future ahead for Albany County according to County Executive Dan McCoy, who gave his annual State of the County Address last night.

ASO Music Director David Alan Miller says the programs Albany is bringing to D.C. April 11th are "incredibly exciting."
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The Albany Symphony Orchestra has been invited to Washington, D.C.to perform at the Kennedy Center for the first time in its history. 

Organizers say the 38th edition of Empire State Winter Games will be bigger and better than ever.

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The American Lung Association released a new report this week, giving New York mixed grades on its tobacco policies.

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New York state will require internet providers to observe net neutrality or risk losing eligibility for state contracts under an executive order issued Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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New York state could adopt its own version of net neutrality under legislation state lawmakers announced Tuesday.

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Despite the abrupt cancelation of Friday night's celebration at the Times Union Center, officials say the downtown Albany venue is doing well financially.

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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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