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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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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan address reporters at South Station as Chief Eric Hawkins looks on.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

City officials held a press conference Friday afternoon to give a clearer picture of events that unfurled during a protest in Albany Wednesday evening that turned tense when Black Lives Matter protestors threw water bottles and yelled expletives at police officers and police appeared to spray some protestors.

Funding will address the cost burden for municipalities that are required to maintain state touring routes
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Elected officials from around the Capital Region gathered in Cohoes Thursday to discuss new capital funding in the state budget meant to help municipalities absorb the cost of maintaining state routes.

El Loco Restaurant in Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Should restaurants in New York be allowed to continue to-go alcohol sales even after the pandemic? Many local leaders and business owners say yes.

ayor Kathy Sheehan joined Police Chief Eric Hawkins and Councilmembers Richa
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed legislation Wednesday banning ATVs and dirt bikes from city streets and parks.

Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County member Roz DiNardo administers a COVID-19 vaccination to one of 60 local residents, January 25, 2021
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

The federal government is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

Bethlehem Town Supervisor David VanLuven
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Public meetings on two initiatives impacting the Albany County Town of Bethlehem are set for this week.

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After years of fits and starts, the city of Albany is on a faster track to consider providing its own internet service.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Albany's annual summer concert series is poised for a comeback.

Philip Calderone, CEO of Albany International Airport.
Albany International Airport

With air travel rebounding as millions of Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19, Albany International Airport is rebranding.

Hamayun "Joey" Faizy & Jaime Lynn Puccioni
WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas / Facebook

Residents of one Schenectady County town will elect a new supervisor this fall.

Sergio Adams, Brian Scavo, Violetta De Rosa
WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas / Photos Provided

Three candidates are vying for Albany’s 7th Ward Common Council seat.

Ian Pickus / WAMC

A return to warmer weather marks the return of illegal dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles to city streets in the Northeast. Albany is taking a hardline approach in its efforts to ban the vehicles.

Flanked by his wife, Diana and Mayor Charles Patricelli, Joseph Centanni is sworn in as 19th Watervliet Police Chief.
Watervliet Police / Facebook

Watervliet in Albany County swore in its 19th Chief of Police last week.

Nelson Martinez hasn't been homeless for three years but keeps close ties with the mission. He says getting the shot was painless.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Albany County ran a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for homeless individuals at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany Tuesday.

Marlon Anderson being interviewed outside the now-defunct Our Lady of Angels Church at Central & Robin Streets in Albany.
Jesse King / WAMC

The Democratic primary race for mayor of Albany is down to two candidates.

Democratic Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce
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First-term Republican George Langdon is resigning from the Albany County Legislature after making homophobic comments late last month.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gives his daily coronavirus briefing.

Officials are keeping a close eye on coronavirus cases, watching for any uptick following the Easter and Passover holidays. It comes as New York opens up vaccine eligibility to those 16 and up Tuesday.

Albany Skyway rendering by Stantec

In 2018, the city of Albany was given more than $3 million in state funding to turn a lightly traveled interstate ramp into an elevated park giving pedestrians and bicyclists access to the Hudson River. Here's an update on the Albany Skyway.

Public Domain

Cities and counties across New York are trying to gauge the economic impact of legal recreational marijuana.

Schenectady Bike Plan

Schenectady's slow-moving Bicycle Master Plan could be shifting into gear with the arrival of federal infrastructure funding.

Top: the road to Norlite  Bottom: the road along Saratoga Sites
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a marathon public information session Wednesday night focused on issues related to the incineration of hazardous materials at the Norlite facility in Cohoes.

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

New York state expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 30 and older Tuesday, and those 16 and up can start receiving shots April 6th. Pharmacists are ready.

Unionized nurses joined by elected officials and labor leaders rallied outside Albany Medical Center in November 2020.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has charged Albany Medical Center with serious violations regarding alleged working conditions during the pandemic.

Jackie Orchard / WAMC

New data reveals a third of the U.S. military’s stockpile of AFFF was burned at Norlite in Cohoes, in Albany County.

Dillon Honyoust / Facebook

Residents of Cambridge in Washington County remain bitterly divided over the public school's use of an American Indian logo and moniker.

Most municipalities in the region have finalized and submitted their police reform plans to New York state, as the April 1st deadline nears.

Tabletop dots help maintain proper social distancing in classrooms.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Over a year since COVID-19 turned life upside down, local educators are still coping with the impact of the pandemic on students, parents and teachers.

The Elmer Avenue School
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

If you’re looking for a new home, Mayor Gary McCarthy says buyers should check out Schenectady’s Eastern Avenue neighborhood.

Capital Repertory Theatre
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Albany’s first professional resident theatre is preparing to reopen in a new location for the first time in decades.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announces new fair housing legislation.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has unveiled what some are calling "historic" fair housing legislation.