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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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Thomas Schwaab, MD, is Roswell Park's Chief of Strategy, Business Development and Outreach.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cancer patients in the Capital Region will have more options under a new partnership announced Tuesday.

The Albany County Legislature met virtually via Zoom.

The Albany County Legislature has approved a new local Clean Air Act.

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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A vote by the Albany County Legislature on a local clean air law is expected tonight.

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A weekend shooting in Albany claimed four victims.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Sunday, August 9th, 2020.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar,  Congressman Paul Tonko
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko were in Albany Friday afternoon calling on Washington to provide local governments with direct federal relief.

One-third (33%) of U.S. adults reported stress, anxiety, and great sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, compared to about a quarter or less in other countries.
The Commonwealth Fund

A new survey finds COVID-19 is taking a toll on Americans' physical and mental well-being.

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Abigail Barker

An Albany woman has filed a sexual abuse suit against a Troy church.

The symbol of medicine, the caduceus.
WAMC File Photo

More than 5 million Americans have lost their employer-sponsored health plans during the pandemic, and have not secured alternate health insurance. That’s according to a study by nonprofit consumer health care advocacy group Families USA.

Former Rensselaer Mayor Joseph Kapp

Former Rensselaer Mayor Joseph Kapp was killed in an explosion Wednesday at a Schenectady business.

The symbol of medicine, the caduceus.
WAMC File Photo

More than 5 million Americans have lost their employer-sponsored health plansduring the pandemic, and have not secured alternate health insurance. That’s according to a study by nonprofit consumer health care advocacy group Families USA.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy

Albany County is looking to help the city of Albany deal with raging gun violence.

Albany Common Councilors meet via Zoom, August 3, 2020

We've all been tested by the coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. Many of us have endured the technical difficulties associated with working remotely. That extended to the Albany Common Council meeting Monday, as frustrations boiled over.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local police agencies continue to grapple with a summer of gun violence some say has been fueled by the pandemic.

Mont Pleasant Middle School COVID-19 Testing Site
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Hospitals nationwide are experiencing shortages of materials used in coronavirus testing. A medical team at Saratoga Hospital is now sharing its "pooled COVID-19 testing" method.

Sgt. Henry Johnson, Albany’s World War I hero
Composite Image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

The City of Albany continues to seek nominations for the fourth Annual Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

The Capital Region still is still feeling the impact of COVID-19 with two seperate outbreaks causing concern.

School bus
Pat Bradley/WAMC

As school officials scramble to shore up reopening plans, parents across the Northeast are wondering if they'll be sending their children back to school or be keeping them home come September.

On the Bethlehem police force since 1985 and chief since 2003, Corsi began his law enforcement career in 1979.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police, fire and Bethlehem town officials gathered Thursday afternoon outside the town hall for a walkout ceremony retiring Police Chief Louis Corsi.

Medical professionals take oral swabs to test for COVID-19 infections in New Rochelle, New York, March 14, 2020. Drive-thru sample collection sites have been set up as part of New York’s response to COVID-19.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Sean Madden

Communities of color have traditionally faced disproportionate challenges, including air and noise pollution, lower incomes, and limited access to healthy food and medical care. Experts say the coronavirus pandemic has magnified all of these challenges.

ATVs and dirt bikes along Lark St., Albany.

Police in Albany are taking a cautious approach as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles return to the streets.

WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Two Capital Region school districts will be operating on contingency budgets after two of three area spending plans were defeated in Tuesday’s revote.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gives a July 28 COVID briefing.
County of Albany

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, the Capital Region is trying to keep control after a slight uptick in new cases.


Residents in three upstate New York school districts go back to the polls today to cast budget revotes.

NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Assemblymember John McDonald, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden outside Unity House in Troy.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped by Unity House of Troy Monday to meet with local child care providers and call for critical support for the industry.

10th ward Councilor Owusu Awane and City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs on Albany's Hudson Ave.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A July 4th party on Albany's Hudson Avenue has been identified as ground zero for a COVID-19 outbreak. Officials gathered on the street Monday afternoon to emphasize the importance of mask-wearing and social distancing.


A new survey finds the number of New Yorkers touched by opioid abuse is rising.

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Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the 2020 Albany Tulip Queen and her four court members outside the Washington Park Lakehouse on Saturday.

Albany County Legislature

Albany County legislators gathered outside the county courthouse this morning to kick off what they say will be the most independent, inclusive redistricting process in the panel's history.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A Siena Poll finds New Yorkers have mixed emotions when it comes to consumer sentiment.