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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A 7-year-old New York boy is back selling lemonade and raising money for a friend in need after a state health inspector put the squeeze on him last month.

"We join the growing number of Albany County faith leaders in the calling for the passage of Local Law C,” said Ivette Alfonso, President of Citizen Action of New York
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Area clergy gathered outside the Albany County Building Monday to call on legislators to support guaranteed paid sick days.

The city of Albany is receiving $2.2 million in state funding toward combatting violence.

Albany Fire Chief Joe Gregory with Mayor Kathy Sheehan in the City Hall Rotunda, August 17, 2018
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan swore in Joseph Gregory as Fire Chief this morning.

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Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of one of upstate New York's most riveting unsolved missing persons cases.

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The Albany City Landfill apparently has a few more years before its closure.

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An Albany-based carsharing non-profit has added its first electric vehicle to its fleet.

Many countries, including the U.S., contribute plastic pollution, and it all adds up. For example, in 2010 alone 8 million metric tons of plastic entered the world's oceans.
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This week, the Albany County Legislature voted to broaden its existing ban on polystyrene. It’s not clear if the county executive will sign it.

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Police in upstate New York have charged the mother of a missing baby with multiple felonies after the remains of a child were found near her home.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said America "was never that great" during remarks criticizing President Donald Trump and his slogan, "Make America Great Again." 

More than 9,000 people have watched Patrick Robinson's video.  "To add more insult to injury, they took the rims down. On both courts. Took the rims down."
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Neighbors in Albany's Arbor Hill were up in arms over the weekend after the city placed a dumpster in the middle of a popular basketball court.

Officials say a freight train that derailed along a stretch of the Delaware River separating New York and Pennsylvania included railcars carrying low-level radioactive soils but none of those cars wound up in the water.

Christopher Neumann of Castleton and Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove in court, August 13, 2018.
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A man who injured two New York State Troopers and a tow truck driver on I-90 was sentenced today in Troy. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there...

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At a difficult time for the dairy industry, farmers are coming up with new products to milk an increased demand for dairy products.

Congressman Paul Tonko, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar at Google’s 2015 eCity award ceremony in downtown Albany.
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Last month, New York regulators revoked their approval of Charter Communications' merger with Time Warner Cable and ordered the company to find another cable provider for its more than 2 million customers in the state. The move is encouraging municipalities to find alternatives to expensive cable internet service.

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General Electric says it’s laying off 200 hourly workers at its Schenectady plant that produces steam turbines for the company’s power unit.

Artist's rendering of the Cohoes 787 project.
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When a teenage pedestrian was killed in June 2016 crossing the dangerous highway that runs through Cohoes, Mayor Shawn Morse said enough is enough. Morse and other city officials have been working since to that stretch of I-787 re-made into a boulevard.  Now help is on the way from New York state.

An Albany police officer is on administrative leave following his arrest in Tennessee.

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Police are looking for a man suspected of vandalizing a nearly 150-year-old fountain linked to the founder of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs.

Internet retail giant Amazon may be facing a legal battle in its quest to build a fulfillment center in Rensselaer County.

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Public safety and police staff safety are at risk, according to the Albany Police Officers Union.

An assistant Rensselaer County District Attorney resigned over the weekend following his arrest on a drunk driving charge. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

A survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide was recently in Schenectady for what he describes as life-changing surgery.

Communities in our region are bracing for another heatwave.

A state appeals court has upheld the University at Albany’s decision to expel Ariel Agudio, one of three students involved in a January 2016 fracas aboard a CDTA bus that made headlines worldwide.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that a group consisting of New York state government and law enforcement officials, advocates and academics has been appointed to draft legislation for regulating recreational marijuana.

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Police Chief appointee Eric Hawkins says he'll bring policies and procedures to Albany that worked well in Southfield, Michigan.

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Activists have long insisted that the terrorism case against two Albany residents in 2004 was more of a frame-up than a sting.  The two were given 15-year federal prison sentences for their involvement in an alleged money-laundering incident tied to the sale of a fake shoulder-fired missile. The local Muslim community is hosting an annual rally Saturday, the anniversary of the arrests.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has launched a push to expand railroad bridge inspections and increase the number of federal bridge safety specialists nationwide.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will pay any fees associated with a 7-year-old boy's lemonade stand after it was shut down by a state health inspector for not having a permit.

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