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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New York News
1:45 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Chipfab Plant For Marcy

The Albany NanoCollege is branching out westward, stimulating even more growth.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Hear Us Now? Verizon vs. Rules & Regulations

Verizon lost a minor battle to NYS Attorney General Eric Schneidermann, conceding to give Fire Island customers a choice between VoiceLink and voice over fiber.
Credit Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Verizon has lost one small battle with government regulators, but the internet arm of the telecom giant continues its fight to create so-called "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the net.

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New York News
3:42 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

9/11 - Never Forget

On Sunday morning 9/11/11 a crowd in Manhattan watched the Jumbotron during a solemn reading of the names of the 9/11/01 WTC victims.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Dear WAMC Listeners,

Today marks 12 years since 9/11. Two years ago, I was in New York City for the 10th Anniversary of the "Attack on America."

I wanted to share this important  story with you once again.

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Capital Region News
12:48 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Sheehan Victory: Albany Democrats Ready For Change

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Democrats have spoken. The primary is over, and City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is well on her way to taking office as the capital city's first female chief executive... 

Albany Democrats have a new sense of momentum - going in a positive direction, if former city councilman and mayoral candidate Corey Ellis' concession speech is any indication. Pre-election polls had already given Kathy Sheehan a large advantage going into Tuesday's primary. Her victory address at the packed Albany Pump Station reflected the anticipation that something new is beginning.

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Capital Region News
12:51 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Albany County Receives Homeland Security Grant

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has announced that the county has received over $597,000 in grant funding - awarded by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services as part of the 2013 State Homeland Security Grant Program. The grant money will be directed to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities conducted by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and county Department of Health.

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Capital Region News
12:06 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Sheehan Takes Albany Mayoral Primary

Kathy Sheehan joined by her husband and son as she gives her victory address at the Pump Station, September 10, 2013.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is now poised to become the first woman to ascend to the post of Mayor of Albany - Sheehan took the Democratic primary by a substantial margin tuesday night over former Councilman Corey Ellis.  Sheehan is now the presumptive winner of the November general election, due to Albany's heavy Democratic enrollment. A win in the fall would make her the first new mayor after twenty years of Jerry Jennings and the first female mayor in Albany's history.

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Capital Region News
6:04 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Last Hours Of Voting In Key Albany Primaries

Credit Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Primary Day is in its last few hours, with Albany Democrats going to the polls to effectively choose the next mayor.   Democrats hope the change of guard will stimulate voter turnout, but many polling locations throughout the city have been moved, which could possibly discourage some voters. 

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New York News
2:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

NY Effort To Reveal Pols' Law Clients Has Backing

New York's anti-corruption commission that's asking state lawmakers to reveal private law clients has the backing of the state Bar Association, which says attorney-client privilege doesn't bar the disclosure required in 20 other states.

The New York State Bar Association argues the names often are already in public court records; they're just not collected in a place for the public and ethics enforcers to see.

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Capital Region News
1:58 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Albany College Campus Goes "Tobacco Free"

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in partnership with Albany Law School, have implemented a 100% tobacco-free campus policy, now in place. A Tobacco-Free Kickoff Event was held tuesday in front of the ACPHS Student Center. Officials hail the move as a "notable step" toward a healthier and cleaner environment.

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Capital Region News
12:47 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

NY: Primary Day At Last!

It's off to the polls for Albany Democrats today.

The Capital City's first new mayor in 20 years is expected to be all but decided today. With party enrollment heavy on the Democratic side, observers say whoever takes the primary is the presumptive winner in November. Recent polls show City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running ahead of former Councilman Corey Ellis on the path to succeed two-decade incumbent Democrat Jerry Jennings.

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