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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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Although the coronavirus pandemic subsided in the U.S. over the last several weeks, the rapid spread of so-called “breakthrough cases” involving the Delta variant has renewed public concerns, especially in several upstate New York counties.

Maria Lutz accepts an oversized check from Make-A-Wish CEO Bill Trigg
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Make-A-Wish Northeast New York teamed up with the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York to announce the granting of a special wish by an upstate teenager today.

The DEC's Jeff Wernick with activist Joe Ritchie.
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Activists are calling on the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to deny the renewal of Norlite's air toxics and hazardous waste permits.

Sam Fein addressed supporters Tuesday in Albany's South End neighborhood.
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Albany County Legislator Sam Fein has launched a second bid for the New York State Assembly seat held by Democrat John McDonald. He addressed supporters today in Albany's South End neighborhood.

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Community resistance to the planned merger of Ellis Hospital and St. Peter's Health Partners manifested Sunday in a demonstration in Schenectady.

Activists at the intersection of Delaware, Holland and Morton Avenues.
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Amid ongoing unrest in Cuba, rallies for change in the Caribbean nation are continuing as far away as upstate New York.

Café Hollywood on Lark Street
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan declared a State of Emergency Friday in order to shutter a city bar police say is linked to a recent spike in violence.

Colonie Town Hall
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The race for Colonie Town Supervisor is heating up following Paula Mahan’s announcement early this year that she will not seek an eighth term.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Congressman Antonio Delgado with the Bell family on their damaged property along Taborton Rd.
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Cleanup continues today in Rensselaer County. Wednesday's storms washed away roads, flooded basements and downed trees.

Senator Sue Serino, during a November 2019 press conference at the State Capitol, proposes changes to NY's bail reform laws.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's "disaster emergency" over gun violence is drawing mixed reaction from local and federal officials.

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The Albany Police Department and Mildred Elley are launching the second annual HERO Scholarship.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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A week ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of “disaster emergency” over gun violence across New York — and announced $138 million in new spending to try to stop the surge in shootings. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has reaction from Albany city officials.


Albany mayoral candidate Valerie Faust, who unsuccessfully challenged Mayor Kathy Sheehan in last month’s Democratic primary, has decided to continue her campaign as a write-in candidate.

Shana Davis, U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko & Dr. Leigh Wedenoja at Tonko's Albany office, July 12, 2021.
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Advance federal Child Tax Credit payments begin Thursday as part of the federal COVID relief package. Advocates want every eligible family to receive them.

There is life after Zoom:  officials are once again meeting in the flesh.
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With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the lifting of an executive order prohibiting in-person meetings, local government groups are getting back together in a room — but officials say they’re not forgetting what they've learned from months of virtual sessions.

By a 3 to 2 vote, the Cambridge Central School District has decided to keep its “Indians” nickname.

The Cambridge Central School District board of education has reversed its decision to retire its "Indians" name and logo.

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The winner of Tuesday's special election in the Greene County Village of Catskill has been determined by absentee ballots, reversing the original outcome.

Congressman Paul Tonko, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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New York Congressman Paul Tonko was in Troy today for a firsthand look at plans to reimagine the Congress Street Bridge and surrounding areas. The Democrat is touring the Capital Region during a local infrastructure week as talks continue in Washington.

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Albany's COVID Recovery Task Force is looking for input in a second public survey.

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Amtrak plans to spend $7.3 billion to replace 83 passenger trains, some of which are nearly a half-century old.


Results are in from Tuesday's special election in the Greene County Village of Catskill.

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The bridge over the Schoharie Creek has been deemed "structurally and functionally obsolete," one of thousands across the country that lawmakers say a new infrastructure package could address. New York Congressman Antonio Delgado spoke about the House bill at the bridge Tuesday.

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A special election is being held today in the Greene County Village of Catskill.

Unionized nurses joined by elected officials and labor leaders rallied outside Albany Medical Center in November 2020.
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After three long years, Albany Medical Center and the New York State Nurses Association reached a contract agreement.

When it was completed the Lincoln Park pool was one of the largest municipal pools in country and a model by which all others would be judged.

The city of Albany is outlining plans for replacing the Lincoln Park Pool. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

In March, half of New York voters said Andrew Cuomo should not resign as he faced mounting scandals. Today, a majority would prefer “someone else” to run for governor.

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On the mend after a brush with death in the spring, a man from New York's Southern Tier is hoping New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign the Air Ambulance Bill.  WARNING: This story includes some disturbing details that might not be appropriate for everyone.

Nurse Jennifer Bejo holds a sign on the picket line.
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Albany Medical Center and the New York State Nurses Association have reached a contract agreement.

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Construction on an $18 million affordable and supportive housing development in the city of Troy is underway.

Albany Common Council Candidates Appeared On A February Zoom Forum
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Most Albany Common Council incumbents weathered the Democratic primary last week and now move ahead to the November election.