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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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UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez

Siena College President Chris Gibson, UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez and College of Saint Rose President Marcia White came together today to discuss plans for the return of students to Albany County for the spring semester.

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan has delivered her final state of the town address.

Albany Common Councilor Richard Conti.
Albany Common Council

An Albany Common Councilor in his final year after more than two decades in office is proposing a radical change in city politics.

January 19 City of Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Meeting

The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative has presented its draft final report.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (Jackie Orchard / cdc.gov)

New polls are shining a light on two of the most pressing social issues of our time: COVID and race relations.

Lukee Forbes, a fixture at protests and community events throughout the Capital Region, says he’s running for mayor of Albany.
Michael Sulzman / Photo Provided by Lukee Forbes Campaign

Activist Lukee Forbes, a fixture at protests and community events throughout the Capital Region, says he’s running for mayor of Albany.

Tri-City ValleyCats

After being spurned by Major League Baseball, the Tri-City ValleyCats have found a new league for the 2021 season. 

Screenshot of a recent County Town of Bethlehem’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative

As municipalities comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo's directive to reimagine local police policies, much of the attention has been on big city departments. But smaller forces have been taking a look at their own practices, too.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at the podium, with officials at the Port of Albany.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Officials are celebrating the selection of the Port of Albany as the first offshore wind tower manufacturing site in the United States.

Mayor Patrick Madden
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden says he has recovered from a bout with COVID-19. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the second-term Democrat earlier this week.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has released its annual facts and figures report and there is some promising news.

Concrete barriers block access to Albany’s Capitol Hill via State Street.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

State capitols across the region are beefing up security amid heightened safety concerns following last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.

Protesters line up at Albany Police Department's South Station May 30, 2020
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative will begin working on its draft report after its public comment period ended Monday night.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his 2021 agenda includes addressing a $15 billion budget deficit partly by legalizing recreational marijuana. Some area lawmakers have concerns.

Officials announce new mobile vaccination initiative

Albany County, the city of Albany, and Mohawk Ambulance are partnering to distribute the coronavirus vaccine to seniors.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new survey finds consumer sentiment among New Yorkers was largely unchanged from the third to fourth quarters in 2020.

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There's new life in the cards for the long dormant Tobin Packing Company grounds in West Albany.

St. Joseph's Provincial House, located in Latham, NY, is the center and headquarters of the Albany Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

The COVID-19-related deaths of nine nuns at a Latham convent have made international headlines.

An ampitheatre style classroom with whiteboards at the front of the space
Josh Landes / WAMC

Capital Region schools have been getting mixed messages from Albany County amid a state-high COVID-19 rate.

Democratic County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce

Albany County officials have announced applications for small business grants will open on Monday.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

One thing 2020 will be remembered for: the emergence of the face mask as a way to help protect against COVID-19.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Dave Lucas

Capital Region municipal leaders continue to warn of looming cuts after the latest federal COVID relief package left out direct aid to states and localities.

Albany Police Headquarters
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In April, the early days of the pandemic, the Center for Law and Justice in Albany published a 15-page report on structural racism and public safety in the city. Among other things, the report called upon city leaders to acknowledge the existence of structural racism in the police department. A month later, there were nationwide protests over similar issues following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden is under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Activists recently held a Zoom meeting to discuss the ongoing effort to regulate the Norlite incinerator in Cohoes. The commercial hazardous waste-burning operation is in a densely populated urban neighborhood in the Albany County city.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The Cohoes Common Council has passed a local law putting a levy on the income received by Norlite for its treatment and disposal of hazardous waste.

Albany Med CEO & President Dr. Dennis McKenna
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Leaders of Capital Region hospitals gathered at Albany Medical Center Tuesday afternoon to give an update on COVID-19 and vaccine distribution efforts.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for re-election, saying the challenges of 2020 have led her to seek a third term.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed in New York’s Capital Region, but there's a new threat: a chance that a variant of the coronavirus may already have arrived in the U.S.

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When the pandemic struck early this year it crippled the arts economy. Albany’s Palace Theatre went into a near total shutdown. The venue is hanging on for dear life.