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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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The Schenectady City Council has unanimously approved an $88.5 million budget.

NY 19th CD write-in candidate Ola Hawetmeh
Ola Hawetmeh

Although Poughkeepsie fashion designer Ola Hawatmeh lost the Republican primary to Kyle Van De Water of Millbrook in New York’s 19th Congressional district, she hasn’t stopped campaigning this fall. She spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about her write-in effort.

Schenectady Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Zoom Screenshot
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After two organizational meetings last week, the Schenectady Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative is holding two more virtual gatherings this week.

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Environmentalists are calling on New York state to end fossil fuel subsidies.

NYS Assemblywoman Pat Fahy holds a copy of her newsletter.
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New York state Assemblywoman Pat Fahy is vying for a fifth term in the 109th district. The Democrat spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Steve Greenfield is running for Congress in New York’s 19th District.
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Two years after garnering 1.5 percent of the vote, Steve Greenfield is once again the Green Party candidate for Congress in New York’s 19th District. Greenfield spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Albany Common Council Meets Virtually Monday, October 19, 2020.
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As the tally of shootings continues to climb in Albany, elected officials area calling for action.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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A public information meeting on the future of the Norlite Hazardous Waste incinerator in Cohoes, New York is set for Wednesday night.

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined other elected officials at Hudson’s Public Square/7th Street Park, October 19, 2020.
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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined other elected officials at Hudson’s Public Square/7th Street Park Monday to promote legislation to help small businesses recover from months of limited operations.

ICU Nurse Jennifer Bejo says single-use N95 respirators are being “decontaminated” for reuse at AMC.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Nurses from Albany Medical Center assembled in front of the hospital on Sunday to highlight conditions they say may threaten nurse and patient safety, ahead of an anticipated second wave of COVID-19.

Gary Greenberg
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The race for New York’s 46th state Senate District seat, which includes parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster Counties, and all of Montgomery and Greene Counties, includes a write-in candidate. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Gary Greenberg.

Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon says Capitaol Region people who commit gun crimes couold face federal charges.
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Acting U.S. Attorney Toni Bacon of New York’s Northern District joined with Capital Region law enforcement leaders Thursday to declare a united front against gun violence.

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Rich Amedure, a recently retired New York State Trooper, is among those in the race for the 46th Senate District seat currently held by his distant relative, retiring Republican George Amedore. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Republican about his candidacy.

Michelle Hinchey
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The daughter of the late Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey is running for the 46th state Senate District seat held by the retiring Republican George Amedore. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently spoke with Michelle Hinchey, a Democrat, about her candidacy.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden (file photo)
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The mayor of Troy has released a $75.8 million dollar budget proposal for 2021. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Patrick Madden about his spending plan.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy enters the Cahill Room at the County Office building to give a COVID-19 update.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has released his budget plan for 2021. McCoy says the proposal is under the state mandated tax cap for the eighth straight year and does not increase the tax rate.

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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden has released his budget proposal for 2021.

Siena College Research Institute

Consumer sentiment among New Yorkers is on the rebound according to the latest Siena College poll.

of Senator Joseph Bruno’s bust at Albany International Airport.
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Funeral services are set for Friday afternoon for a political giant of the Capital Region. Joe Bruno, the former New York State Senate Majority Leader, died this week at age 91. The Republican leaves a complicated legacy that includes several area development projects.

Senator James Tedisco/Thearse McCalmon
WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas | Original Photographs by Lucas Willard and "Thearse For Senate - A New York For All" via Facebook

After a strong but unsuccessful challenge to Schenectady's Gary McCarthy in the 2019 Democratic mayoral primary, Thearse McCalmon is now running for New York state Senate in the 49th district. The popular incumbent, Republican Jim Tedisco, says he’s proud of his long record in state government.

tobacco products including e-cigarettes (vaping products) on UAlbany campuses will not be permitted
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The New York State Department of Health has released new statistics showing a large percentage of cancer survivors continue to smoke, putting their lives and health at further risk.

Albany Schools Superintendent Kaweeda Adams
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The Albany City School District is working to absorb massive layoffs blamed on the pandemic.

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Supervisors of three Capital Region suburbs have released their 2021 budget proposals.

Albany Police Officer Chris English, who is assigned to Albany High School as the school resource officer, implemented the program locally.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany city school officials and police are rolling out a program to promote good behavior among young people.

Congressman Derek Kilmer of Washington
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Congressman Derek Kilmer of Washington delivered the Weekly Democratic Address.  Congressman Kilmer serves as the Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition and the Chairman of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  In this week’s address, the Congressman discussed the severe challenges to making ends meet that people are facing and the long overdue need to invest the necessary resources to support Americans and crush the virus, as outlined in the updated, House-passed Heroes Act.

Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's forecast for Saturday.

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The idea of a state-run program modeled on the New Deal-era Works Progress Administration that would create jobs for unemployed and underemployed residents to stimulate the economy is catching on in some quarters.

The collaborative was formed as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order directing municipalities to formulate plans for police reform by April 1st, 2021, or risk losing state funding.
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The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative continues to meet as it works to develop a plan to modernize policing in the city.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered a $180 million spending plan for 2021.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is rolling out a new budget today, including a plan to revitalize Lark Street.

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