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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Earlier this week, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy promoted the “Sound The Alarm” to install 1,000 free smoke alarms across the tri-cities Oct. 14.

Four Civil War-era homes have been torn down and a relief effort for displaced residents has begun after a fire ripped through a block of row houses in Albany's Center Square neighborhood.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday announced more than $426,000 in federal funding for the Albany Fire Department.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel address the media in City Hall. (July 18, 2017)
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A Monday night fire in Albany's Center Square neighborhood has destroyed several historic buildings and displaced residents.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden briefs the press on a citywide fire investigation. (July 18, 2017)
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A huge Monday night fire has changed the landscape of an Albany neighborhood, while the hunt is on across the river in Troy for an arsonist believed responsible for a string of recent fires.

Manufacturing in New York state grew for a second month in July but at a much slower pace, as new orders and shipments both slipped.

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Following a spate of fires in the area, the mayors of Albany, Schenectady and Troy are joining a nationwide effort to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires. 


University at Albany Police policies and procedures have resulted in a union no-confidence vote against the police chief and his deputy chief.

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In November 2014, with support from the Albany police department, city planners took a serious look at transforming four underused Washington Park tennis courts into Albany's first public skate park. Phase one of the project has come full circle.

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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval ratings are slipping amid transit problems in New York City.

A lone rider waits for a bus as a snow plow passes by along Albany's Central Avenue.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says more than two dozen upstate counties are eligible for federal aid to cover costs from a late-winter storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow on parts of the region.

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Today at Albany City Hall, Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined city Water Department Commissioner Joe Coffey and representatives from The Nature Conservancy to announce a new carbon agreement. 

An unsigned agreement is leaving some travelers to Albany in the lurch.

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Albany and Troy have reportedly been dumping sewage into the Hudson River and not reporting it in a timely manner.

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New York state says it will spend more than $400 million this year to repave nearly 1,700 miles of roadway. The projects are scattered around the state.

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Work crews in the city of Albany have been quite busy in the area of Washington Park that brushes up against South Lake Avenue —  right across from the site of the August 2016 sinkhole that opened up and swallowed a small SUV,  prompting a citywide emergency. The new construction activity brings great engineering and technological changes to Washington Park Lake. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Albany City Water Commissioner Joe Coffey about the project.


Police in upstate New York are launching a new effort to reduce drunk boating. 

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State officials say New York's most recent hazardous waste cleanup effort netted more than 32 tons of chemicals and pesticides.

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New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was at Engine 10 in Albany today to push for grant money to buy a state-of the art mobile fire training center.

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A city in upstate New York is cracking down on trash…

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After a noisy Fourth of July in upstate New York,  officials are rethinking their approach to legal and illegal fireworks.

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The day after a shooting and two stabbings in the city of Albany, the mayor and police chief held a news conference to discuss a "crime surge."


It seemed like the Fourth of July was noisier than usual for residents of New York's capital city.

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One body has been recovered and police continue to search for two other men whose paddle boat capsized in the Mohawk River in central New York.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan congratulates Bam Lynch inside Cheescake Machsimo, June 30, 2017.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In case you missed it, last Friday, cheesecake was the toast of the city in Albany. 

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Last week, Utica-area state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi announced a run for Congress, becoming the second Democrat to join the field hoping to unseat Congresswoman Claudia Tenney of the 22nd House district. Speaking with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas, Brindisi discussed the issues and his goals if elected.

A plan to update Albany’s decades-old zoning code could be put on hold.

Albany Public Library, Grassroot Givers, and the Red Bookshelf will join with the City of Albany to encourage young people to keep reading this summer...

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A $2.2 million project supporters say will transform vacant space in Schenectady into an arts education facility has been unveiled.

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A 29-year-old man has been convicted of fatally stabbing a longtime city of Troy.

Developers of a new smartphone app hope it will allow residents and visitors to explore Albany in a new way.