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 is bolstering its fire department with federal funds.

Sen. Charles Schumer has announced the winners of his statewide lottery for 100 pairs of tickets to be part of the papal audience on the West Lawn of the Capitol following Pope Francis' address to Congress on Sept. 24.


Developers of a proposed Finger Lakes casino forced to restart an environmental review say it will meet or exceed all standards.

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Proposals to allow Internet poker in New York is dividing the gambling industry, with some companies predicting increased revenue for state government while others warn it would threaten existing gambling facilities.

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People who take public transportation tend to be opinionated regarding service. They'll have an opportunity to air grievances and praises alike tonight in downtown Albany at a meeting on bus transit policy.

  Concerns about equality, justice and fair treatment have prompted Frank Serpico, the former New York City police officer who exposed corruption in the 1960s N.Y.P.D., to suspend retirement, returning to the public eye by way of politics .

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Back in January, Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar decided, unexpectedly,  not to run for a fourth term.  In a letter to county Republican Chairman John Rustin, Mahar explained he wanted to retire and spend more time with his family...

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In its third consecutive year under the state mandated tax cap, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is offering up a 2016 budget with a zero tax increase. In what some are calling a political twist, the spending plan is out a month earlier than its customary release.


New York State Police are assigning 12 senior investigators to help campus and local police statewide deal with college date rapes under the state's new consent law.  The new victims' unit will also employ nurse examiners as consultants to ensure evidence is properly documented and cases promptly investigated.

A new study released today gives Albany a “D” for small business friendliness, but do businesses agree?