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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Wanda Willingham at the podium outside the DMV on South Pearl Street, Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Elected officials and civic leaders appear to be at an impasse over controversial remarks by Albany County Board of Elections officials about the city’s South End community.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on as Police Chief Eric Hawkins addresses a crowd during the swearing-in of 19 police recruits at City Hall.
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Nineteen new police recruits were sworn in Thursday at Albany city hall. It’s an interesting time in the city, with a new police chief and continued stress between the police union and the mayor. Things may be improving.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Nineteen new Albany police recruits received their badges during a swearing-in ceremony Thursday at City Hall.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has presented his 2019 budget proposal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Those gathered at the vigil heard words of scripture from the Reverend Kent McHeard.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Many of the victims killed in Saturday’s limo crash in Schoharie had close ties to Amsterdam, New York, about 25 miles away. Monday night, the city came together for a candlelight vigil and memorial service honoring the 20 people killed.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Several members of the Albany County Legislature gathered with civic leaders Monday in Albany's South End following controversial remarks by a Board of Elections official about the community.

Consumer sentiment among New Yorkers is up - a new Siena poll says the trend is driven by increasing future optimism.

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for two programs aimed at building a smarter, more responsive power system across the state.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden on Friday released his proposed 2019 city budget.

District Attorney P. David Soares today announced that an Albany County Grand Jury cleared Albany Police Officer Elston Mackey of any criminal wrongdoing in relation to the death of 20-year-old Schuyler Lake.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany County Grand Jury has cleared a city policeman for his part in a June fatal shooting by a police officer in Albany. A warning that audio contained in this report could be disturbing to some.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In July, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that Southfield, Michigan Police Chief Eric Hawkins was her pick to become the new Police Chief in Albany. In the days that followed, Hawkins met with members of the media and the community, saw his appointment confirmed by the Common Council, moved into the city and began work. This week, Hawkins sat down with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas. Here are both segments of their two-part interview.

With its mayor facing calls to resign from Governor Andrew Cuomo and other local officials, the city of Cohoes is facing more apparent gridlock.

WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

New York State Police say the body of a 21-year-old woman missing since leaving her job at a convenience store last week has been found in a rural Mohawk Valley town.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
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The proposed budget in the town of Colonie would increase taxes beyond the state’s tax cap.

General Electric Co.

General Electric is replacing its chairman and chief executive after a little over a year on the job. The change has raised interest in Schenectady.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York state will now allow people to take pets on any kind of public transportation when evacuating during an emergency.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy presented his budget proposal Monday night at City Hall.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan took the wraps off her proposed 2019 budget Monday morning. Now, the Common Council and city residents are taking a closer look.

Many residents were displaced, the Times Union reports one civilian was injured in the Quail Street fire.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Two weekend fires in Albany destroyed multiple buildings and left more than two dozen families homeless. 

The New York State Bar Association says the FBI should investigate allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh.

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An Albany activist group has launched a probe of its own into the August shooting of a city man by a police officer.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Assemblyman John McDonald.
WAMC photo by Jesse King

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in downtown Albany Thursday to announce the city won a $10 million state grant to redevelop the area downtown near the Palace Theatre.

Doctors James Allison of the University of Texas, Carl June of the University of Pennsylvania, and Steven Rosenberg of the National Cancer Institute
WAMC photo by Jesse King

Three trailblazing immunotherapy researchers have won this year’s Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. 

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed upstate weather for prompting New Yorkers to flee to other states.

Albany city officials have scheduled a public meeting on the Lincoln Park Master Plan design project.

Ralph Boyd Sr. (center) poses with members of Community Fathers Incorporated.
Community Fathers Incorporated

A beloved Schenectady activist died over the weekend.


Five schools in the greater Capital Region have reported cases of "hand, foot and mouth" disease, also known as Coxsackievirus.

City of Albany

After years in limbo, the City of Albany has sold a parcel of land once earmarked as a target for landfill expansion.

Crossroads Ventures, LLC

Opponents of a proposed large-scale Catskill Mountains resort have lost their legal challenge, but they say they'll continue to scrutinize the project. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Central New York's drone technology industry is growing.

Six companies announced plans to open or expand offices in central New York and the Mohawk Valley.