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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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A new Siena College poll shows more New Yorkers than not want to extend “PAUSE” past Friday.


Reopening the economy is an important step to a return to some degree of normalcy, according to two New York state Assemblymembers who held a virtual town hall Thursday to brainstorm with business leaders.

Bill Keeler, Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The last mayor of Cohoes and his successor are at odds over dirt and an allegation of theft of services.

Mayor Gary McCarthy of Schenectady
Dave Lucas

Leaders of Capital Region municipalities are preparing for the worst as the coronavirus shutdown devastates their budgets.


Activists have stepped up their efforts to stop an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel.

Albany City Hall

With her city on the verge of cuts and layoffs during the pandemic, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has a message to residents: call President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Health Director Mary Fran Wachunas hold a COVID-19 facebook briefing.

Overall deaths from COVID-19 are declining by the day in New York, but public health officials continue to report new positive cases and deaths.

Corey Ellis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Municipal governments in New York have some “difficult decisions” to make with revenues falling short during the pandemic.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With the pandemic limiting public gatherings, the Albany Tulip Festival is going online this year.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, masked.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's daily news conference today to discuss how federal funding is being used to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some greater Capital Region hospitals are re-starting elective surgeries, while others remain on coronavirus duty only.

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)

New COVID-19 numbers are coming in as the pandemic claims more victims in the Albany area.

Fahy kicked off the Zoom session, dubbed "Moving Forward: Adapting Your Job Search and Career Transitioning During COVID-19."

With much of the American economy effectively shut down, Albany area state Democratic Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald held a virtual town hall Thursday on career transitioning during the pandemic.

Three more deaths in Albany County are being blamed on COVID-19.

United States Census 2020 logo

With New York state set to lose an estimated $243 billion dollars due to the coronavirus outbreak, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the census is more important than ever before.

WAMC file photo

Small businesses and nonprofits in Albany County are being urged to apply quickly for the second rollout of the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

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

Mobile COVID-19 testing directed to underserved neighborhoods is under way in Schenectady.

Dr. David Bond speaking during a Zoom video conference.

The mayor of Cohoes is siding with environmental activists who are recommending immediately stopping the burning of PFAS at a local plant.

Stacy Pettigrew and Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the Radix Center on Earth Day 2020.

Earth Day was overshadowed this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan spent Earth Day sowing the seeds for an urban vegetable garden.

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)

Friday's tallies show the COVID-19 death roll continuing to rise.

CSL Plasma in Schenectady [inset: Corey Ellis & Mayor Kathy Sheehan]
Composite Image by Dave Lucas/WAMC/Google

For more than two years, a Florida-based company has been trying to establish a blood plasma collection center in Albany at the Hannaford Plaza on Central and Colvin Avenues. The mayor and common council remain at odds over the proposal.

Democratic state Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald held a virtual town hall Thursday morning over the Zoom video app to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the Capital Region's nonprofits.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to interrupt daily life as elected officials scramble to mobilize for the day normalcy returns.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the city faces unique challenges during the pandemic, but operations are continuing.

Four more Albany County residents have died from coronavirus.

NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York State’s Comptroller says delayed tax receipts up to $10 billion dollars are just one impact of the pandemic on New York’s finances, which he says will have a “multi-year impact.”

Screenshot from Albany County's COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Albany County

Two people at an Albany County nursing home have died from COVID-19.


With millions of Americans attending school and working remotely, cyber criminals are looking for any opportunity to attack.

Albany County COVID-19 tracking chart.
Albany County

Public officials agree that testing is the key to helping New York re-open in the wake of COVID-19.

Corey Ellis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent local governments scrambling to conduct business online, and the Albany Common Council is no exception.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The coronavirus epidemic continues to take its toll.