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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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Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon says Capitaol Region people who commit gun crimes couold face federal charges.
WAMC photo by Jesse KIng

Acting U.S. Attorney Toni Bacon of New York’s Northern District joined with Capital Region law enforcement leaders Thursday to declare a united front against gun violence.


Rich Amedure, a recently retired New York State Trooper, is among those in the race for the 46th Senate District seat currently held by his distant relative, retiring Republican George Amedore. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Republican about his candidacy.

Michelle Hinchey

The daughter of the late Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey is running for the 46th state Senate District seat held by the retiring Republican George Amedore. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently spoke with Michelle Hinchey, a Democrat, about her candidacy.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden (file photo)
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The mayor of Troy has released a $75.8 million dollar budget proposal for 2021. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Patrick Madden about his spending plan.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy enters the Cahill Room at the County Office building to give a COVID-19 update.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has released his budget plan for 2021. McCoy says the proposal is under the state mandated tax cap for the eighth straight year and does not increase the tax rate.

City of Troy/Instagram Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden has released his budget proposal for 2021.

Siena College Research Institute

Consumer sentiment among New Yorkers is on the rebound according to the latest Siena College poll.

of Senator Joseph Bruno’s bust at Albany International Airport.
Albany County Airport Authority

Funeral services are set for Friday afternoon for a political giant of the Capital Region. Joe Bruno, the former New York State Senate Majority Leader, died this week at age 91. The Republican leaves a complicated legacy that includes several area development projects.

Senator James Tedisco/Thearse McCalmon
WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas | Original Photographs by Lucas Willard and "Thearse For Senate - A New York For All" via Facebook

After a strong but unsuccessful challenge to Schenectady's Gary McCarthy in the 2019 Democratic mayoral primary, Thearse McCalmon is now running for New York state Senate in the 49th district. The popular incumbent, Republican Jim Tedisco, says he’s proud of his long record in state government.

tobacco products including e-cigarettes (vaping products) on UAlbany campuses will not be permitted
Composite Image by Dave Lucas

The New York State Department of Health has released new statistics showing a large percentage of cancer survivors continue to smoke, putting their lives and health at further risk.

Albany Schools Superintendent Kaweeda Adams

The Albany City School District is working to absorb massive layoffs blamed on the pandemic.

WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Supervisors of three Capital Region suburbs have released their 2021 budget proposals.

Albany Police Officer Chris English, who is assigned to Albany High School as the school resource officer, implemented the program locally.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany city school officials and police are rolling out a program to promote good behavior among young people.

Congressman Derek Kilmer of Washington

Congressman Derek Kilmer of Washington delivered the Weekly Democratic Address.  Congressman Kilmer serves as the Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition and the Chairman of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  In this week’s address, the Congressman discussed the severe challenges to making ends meet that people are facing and the long overdue need to invest the necessary resources to support Americans and crush the virus, as outlined in the updated, House-passed Heroes Act.

Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's forecast for Saturday.


The idea of a state-run program modeled on the New Deal-era Works Progress Administration that would create jobs for unemployed and underemployed residents to stimulate the economy is catching on in some quarters.

The collaborative was formed as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order directing municipalities to formulate plans for police reform by April 1st, 2021, or risk losing state funding.

The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative continues to meet as it works to develop a plan to modernize policing in the city.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered a $180 million spending plan for 2021.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is rolling out a new budget today, including a plan to revitalize Lark Street.

The limo involved in the 2018 crash in Schoharie, NY.
National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board voted unanimously today to finalize the agency’s investigation into the stretch limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people in October 2018.

New York state Labor Department numbers showing the Capital Region's August unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, its lowest point in the six months since the start of the pandemic.
WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

The pandemic has left a sizable mark on work and the workplace, but there are some relatively positive signs in New York’s Capital Region.

With a 20 percent reduction in state aid for this school year looming, staffers let go Friday included 51 teachers.
WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

More than 200 Albany City School District staffers have lost their jobs due to anticipated school aid reductions.

Peter Volkmann
Chatham Police Department

The mayor of Chatham is explaining his decision to put the village’s police chief on administrative leave.

"Now more than ever, it is important that we continue to fund developments and programs that are helping lift people out of poverty and provide the dignity and security of a good home," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Albany Thursday to have a look at ongoing construction of a new housing development for families facing homelessness.

The collaborative is expected to present its recommendations to the Albany Common Council early next year.

The City of Albany held another Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative meeting this week.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The City of Albany is issuing a last-call for residents to complete the U.S. Census.

WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Residents in an upstate city burdened by environmental problems are getting ready to take on one more.

In an attempt to better understand how residents are experiencing the coronavirus pandemic, especially in communities of color, the city of Albany conducted an online COVID-19 Community Survey. Results are in.


Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson have launched a Universal Basic Income pilot program in the city.

Albany County Legislator Carolyn McLaughlin, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Chief City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs, outside the NYS Court of Appeals building on Eagle Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany city leaders gathered for a vigil Saturday evening to honor the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.