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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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Any time after a station moves, rescan your TV or convertor box to find all the available channels in your area.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some TV stations in the Northeast are switching frequencies this week.

Chiquita D’Arbeau
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Housing Authority is getting a new Executive Director.

Absentee Ballot Return Envelope
Christopher Chen-Lumachrome/Flickr

Absentee ballot counting began today as four candidates in two Democratic primaries in the Capital Region await the final tally.

Albany NY saw protests and civil unrest in the wake of the George Floyd killing.
WAMC photos by Jackie Orchard

A month after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, a Siena College poll finds New Yorkers are troubled by systemic racism and police behavior. But  they don’t support calls to defund the police.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region’s Arbor Hill Food Pantry Manager Andre Lewis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited a food pantry in Albany's Arbor Hill this morning to help pack healthy meals for New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new survey takes a look at health coverage during the COVID-19 recession, finding more people uninsured, with many furloughed workers holding onto employer coverage.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins with Mayor Kathy Sheehan at police HQ.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After two more gun homicides in the past 24 hours, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins called another press conference this afternoon. WAMC's Dave Lucas was at police headquarters for the update.

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

There have been major developments related to the Norlite Hazardous Waste Facility in Cohoes.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

Municipal leaders have had to adapt quickly to deal with both the coronavirus pandemic and social unrest that followed the death of George Floyd. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently spoke with Troy Mayor Patrick Madden.

John McDonald, Sam Fein
NY League of Women Voters

Albany County legislator Sam Fein is looking to unseat incumbent John McDonald in today's Democratic primary to represent the 108th district in the New York state Assembly.

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Officials say there is zero tolerance for gun violence in the city of Albany, where shootings have continued almost daily.

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The Democratic candidates for Albany County District Attorney have solidified their positions going into Tuesday's primary.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins fields reporters' questions at police HQ.

Albany’s mayor, police chief and common council members representing wards impacted by the violence held a press conference Friday at police headquarters to urge an end to a rash of shootings.


Coming in the middle of a national conversation about race, today is Juneteenth, commemorating the day enslaved people in Texas learned they were free in 1865. A number of state and local celebrations are marking the day.


A new survey finds the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't stopped Capital Region companies from hiring new employees, but the pace of hiring has slowed and employers’ expectations for the future are uncertain.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins at a Facebook Live ACCPAC presentation.

The death of George Floyd and the national outcry it spawned has municipal police departments and elected officials scrambling to institute changes some say are long overdue.

An Albany police officer signals Mayor Kathy Sheehan it's time to ride down Clinton Avenue on Bike To Work Day 2018.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Albany is seeking public input as it works to improve biking and walking networks.

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Albany County legislator Sam Fein is looking to unseat incumbent John McDonald in the Democratic primary to represent the 108th district in the New York state Assembly. The two recently debated ahead of June 23rd’s election.

Alcove Reservoir Dam
Albany Water Dept.

Albany's municipal water system made it through the worst of the pandemic without a hiccup.

A Toporowski lawn sign displayed outside an Albany residence.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Eleven days before the primary, Albany County district attorney candidate Matt Toporowski picked up two endorsements from two high-ranking area officials late Friday.

District Attorney P. David Soares today announced that an Albany County Grand Jury cleared Albany Police Officer Elston Mackey of any criminal wrongdoing in relation to the death of 20-year-old Schuyler Lake.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Since announcing his bid for a fifth term in January, Albany County District Attorney David Soares says he’s running on his record in June 23rd’s Democratic primary. Soares spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Altamont Fair

Another large Capital Region event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Alice Green, outside the Center For Law  & Justice in Albany
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Weeks before the city became the site of sometimes violent protests between demonstrators and police, the Center For Law And Justice in Albany released a report calling attention to systemic racism. Now it plans a community/government symposium this fall.

Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler, Assemblymember John McDonald
Jackie Orchard/WAMC

A bill banning the burning of AFFF firefighting foam has passed both the New York State Assembly and Senate. The legislation was crafted specifically for Cohoes, as the prohibition would only impact cities with populations between 16,000 and 17,000 people.

Pat Fahy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With the U.S. economy in tatters, two New York state lawmakers have come up with a plan inspired by the economic crisis brought by the Great Depression.

The Price Chopper Fabulous Fourth and Fireworks Festival at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York, United States celebrating US Independence Day
Paul Gallo / Flickr

A New York Capital Region tradition has been sidelined due to COVID-19.

This year, by executive order, schools across the state are doing a "mail-in" budget.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Recovering from the societal impact of the pandemic, educators are considering various scenarios for the September opening of the school year.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares and Albany City Police Chief Eric Hawkins
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

At the start of every summer the number of shooting incidents in the city of Albany goes up. But the numbers and types of incidents this year are troubling law enforcement officials.

League of Women's Voters representatives questioned candidates for Albany County DA.

The Democratic candidates for Albany County District Attorney debated virtually Thursday night.

Albany City Hall, June 4, 4pm
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As Albany city hall was sending out a news release about the mayor and police chief hosting weekly conversations with residents, protesters swarmed a Common Council press conference this afternoon just steps from the mayor’s office.