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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The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is now employing a new "Crime Suppression Initiative."  Its effectiveness, and legality, is likely going to be tested. 

Brandeis University

A national Child Opportunity Score ranks Albany in its "Top Ten." But it also finds access to opportunities for children of color in Albany rank second from last on a list of 100 metro areas in the U.S.

tobacco products including e-cigarettes (vaping products) on UAlbany campuses will not be permitted
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The University at Albany is joining a number of college campuses across the country in becoming tobacco free.

Bethlehem, NY Town Supervisor David VanLuven
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Bethlehem, New York Supervisor David VanLuven gave his State of the Town address Wednesday night.

More than two dozen College of St. Rose graduates are pledging to halt donations to the school over media restrictions, they're urging fellow alumni to join them.

Law enforcement officials from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties discuss the impact of bail and discovery reforms set to go into effect January 1st
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A Siena College poll released today measures New Yorkers’ thoughts on the state’s new criminal justice laws and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Albany County District Attorney David Soares has kicked off his re-election campaign.

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As Martin Luther King's life and legacy are celebrated across the country today, a Siena Poll indicates New Yorkers’ views of race relations have soured compared to a decade ago.


New York's high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019.


New York's high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019.

Superintendent Jeff Simons discusses school start times at a community forum in the Howard L. Goff Middle School cafeteria.

If you have teenagers, you know it can be difficult to get them out of bed and off to school in the morning. Now, there's a growing movement to move high school start times to later in the morning.


The Albany Police Department is tweaking the operations of its Neighborhood Engagement Unit. Beat zones were combined and community policing was affected as the number of beat officers was reduced.  A "Team Policing" policy is emerging.


The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is rolling out a new "Crime Suppression Initiative."

As New York state Democrats wrestle with bail and discovery reforms, the Rensselaer County Legislature is weighing in.

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New York has become the 10th state to allow adopted adults unrestricted access to their original birth certificate, a step that will help some investigate their family histories.

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Update: Workers at two financially struggling care facilities in Albany County say they are delaying a strike. 1199SEIU said Jan. 17 that the prospective buyer of Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Kenwood Manor in Delmar has requested an extension in bankruptcy court and will bargain with the union. The Lutheran Care Network is in the process of declaring bankruptcy and selling the facilities. Fearing the loss of wages and benefits, workers had planned a three-day strike starting January 24. About sixty union members work at the facilities.

More than 40 statewide organizations call for immediate action on youth tobacco crisis, new urgency needed due to state Supreme Court ruling.
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Legislators and activists joined forces Monday at the state capitol in Albany to promote legislation that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products.

Retired Chief Brendan Cox: “Repealing New York’s 50-a law is a critical step to protect the public safety of all New Yorkers.”
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A former Albany Police Chief says a law that blocks public access to records detailing police misconduct and abuse should be repealed.

"Red X"  house along Albany's Delaware Street.
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In mid-December, a national report heard on this station showed Albany has some of the biggest inequities among children living in different neighborhoods. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas garnered reactions from local officials.

NY Assemblywoman Pat Fahy steps off a CDTA Electric Bus
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The Capital District Transportation Authority unveiled its first four zero-emission, electric buses today.

Consumer sentiment levels, both nationally and in New York, are at or within reach of the highest readings seen in the last decade, according to a survey released this week. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Don Levy, the director of the Siena College Research Institute.

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Schenectady, New York Mayor Gary McCarthy gave his State of The City address Monday night at City Hall.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed changing New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Control law to make it easier to allow alcohol sales at movie theaters. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the proposal is gaining momentum.

NYS Assemblywoman Pat Fahy holds a copy of her newsletter.
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New York lawmakers are set to return to Albany Wednesday for the start of the new legislative session. 109th District Assemblywoman Pat Fahy sat down this morning with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas for a preview of what’s ahead. The Democrat says she anticipates "a lot of challenges on a host of issues."

The Albany County Board of Elections has moved into its new home.
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After months of planning and debate, the Albany County Board of Elections has moved into its new home.

The protest was timed to coincide with the Albany County Legislature's swearing-in ceremony.
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Environmentalists gathered outside the Albany County Courthouse New Year's Day to raise awareness about their efforts to stop an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel.

Dr. Alice Green
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District attorneys and police chiefs across New York have voiced their opposition to new criminal justice reforms but a longtime Albany activist says "people should be considered innocent until they are proven guilty."

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan hosted a New Year's Day ceremony at City Hall to swear in three new leaders.

New York state Capitol
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The 2020 New York state legislative session is about to begin.

Service flags
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The New York Army and Air National Guard are on track to provide military honors at the burials of about 11,050 veterans during 2019.