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Meet New Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce

New leadership came to the Albany County Legislature in January when Andrew Joyce was elected chairman, a seat his father held a quarter of a century earlier. 

The Democrat joined the legislature in 2016 representing the 9th District. County lawmakers picked Joyce to replace Democrat Sean Ward. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Joyce this week about his rise to power, the changes he plans to bring to the panel and the challenges he faces.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Joyce replaced Frank Commisso Sr. as chair. Joyce replaced Sean Ward as chair. 

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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