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Former Albany County legislator dies

Richard Meyers
Meyers & Meyers, LLP
Richard Meyers

The Albany political community is mourning an outsize figure.

Former Albany County Legislator Richard Meyers, who served on the body for 18 years including 15 as Majority Leader, has died at age 86. Current Democratic Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce says Meyers left his mark.

"Mr. Meyers was always very friendly and congenial always had a smile and had a way with people in a way with the voters. And that speaks to his success that he had for so many years in Albany County. And all the wonderful work that he did for boards and institutions and through pro bono work," Joyce said.

Meyers was also a well-known attorney in Albany, practicing since 1959. He served on numerous boards including the Albany County Cancer Society, Albany College of Pharmacy, The College of Saint Rose and Big Brothers of Albany County.

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.