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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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Albany International Airport
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With much of the country in pandemic recovery mode, the Transportation Security Administration expects thousands to travel over the Memorial Day weekend. Albany International Airport officials say they’re ready for the holiday surge.

Albany City Hall
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Candidates for mayor of Albany are discussing several critical issues facing the city.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Councilors Jahmel Robinson and Joyce Love.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and two common councilors are soliciting public input for a new West Hill Community Center.

Officials stand in front of the Lincoln Park Bowl to announce a major upgrade to the parcel.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Construction has begun to revitalize the city of Albany’s Lincoln Park Bowl, a project set to transform the neighborhood park. 

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Advocates are stepping up efforts for more early voting sites in Troy.

Albany City Hall
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Local activists are faulting the Albany Common Council for tabling a bill that would ban tear gas and rubber bullets.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

New Yorkers are unhappy with embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, but a poll shows they don’t think he should resign.

The mini mart at the corner of 1st and Quail Streets where a shooting took place Friday
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Seven people were shot and two were killed in a pair of unrelated shootings within a mile of each other Friday afternoon in Albany, according to police.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the Master Plan is an update to the 2009 Bicycle Master Plan, and includes a new complementary Pedestrian Master Plan.
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On this Bike to Work Day, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan released the city's updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Kathie Fitzgerald and Ved Dookhun
Jacob Perasso / Socialist Workers Party Campaign

The Socialist Workers Party has entered two candidates for November's Albany city elections.

Alice Green and Corey Ellis on the steps of Albany City Hall, May 19, 2021
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On the heels of a state-mandated police reform plan, elected officials and local activists introduced a new police oversight effort on the steps of Albany City Hall Wednesday.

Richard Touchette
Richard Touchette

A former Albany County legislator has been appointed to serve on the body once again, until November.

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A local law banning the use of tear gas and rubber bullets in the city of Albany is off for now.

WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

New Yorkers on Tuesday will be voting on school budgets, propositions, and members of local boards of education.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy speaks during a COVID briefing, May 17, 2021.

With hospitalization rates sharply down and statistics showing COVID-19 on the wane, local officials continue to stress the importance of vaccinations.

What was once an island is now a peninsula, due to siltation from local railroad and port projects. In recognition of its history, the property still retains the name "Papscanee Island."
Open Space Institute

An island nature preserve near downtown Albany is back in the hands of descendants of its original inhabitants.

106 South Pearl Street, May 14, 2021
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Plans are in the works to bring a full-service grocery store to Albany's South End.

Officials at the official groundbreaking for Troy's new water line.
John Salka / City of Troy

Troy has launched a multi-year effort to replace critical water transmission lines that connect the city’s Tomhannock Reservoir to the Water Treatment Plant.

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Activists were joined online by elected officials Wednesday for the launch of the New York State Clemency Initiative.

The COVID-19 vaccine moves from cold storage at the Department of Health to coolers and is transported to the TU Center for mass vaccination clinics.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Public health and social justice organizations are calling for pharmacists to be allowed to administer all CDC recommended vaccines.

Albany officials kick off composting initiative.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan

A pilot compost program is starting up in Albany in a bid to keep food scraps out of the city landfill.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York officials and consumer activists say it should be easier for the average person and small business to repair certain electronics.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Concerns over "racist myths" being perpetuated by an Albany Police detective have prompted the Chair of the Community Police Review Board to ask the Common Council to intervene.

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Legalization of recreational cannabis in New York and New Jersey is bringing intense regulatory scrutiny.

Ravens-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Superintendent Brian Bailey chats with Albany County Executive Dan McCoy on Monday, May 3 at the County Office Building.

After the New York State Department of Health updated its COVID-19 guidance for schools, many local districts are making changes to comply.

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Discussion over public safety continued as the Albany Common Council convened virtually Monday night.

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Community organizations active in Troy held a town hall Sunday evening to share their vision for policing in the Collar City.

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Activists, organizers and community leaders recently came together for what they called "an emergency community conversation" about the actions of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Police Chief Eric Hawkins, and the command staff of the South Station.

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In mid-March, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled what supports called "historic" fair housing legislation. The Common Council discussed the measure this week.

Albany 9th ward Common Councilor Judy Doesschate.

An Albany Common Councilor is raising concerns about what she claims was a "secret" meeting of a task force created by City Hall to distribute $85 million dollars in federal COVID relief.