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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 Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off a campaign Thursday to highlight the importance of the upcoming 2020 census.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Hoping to thwart an expected undercount of the city, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off a campaign Thursday to highlight the importance of the upcoming 2020 census.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County officials have outlined their strategy for protecting public health as coronavirus cases mount in New York.

Officials gathered at the LOB in Albany for the announcement about new legislation to ban the burning of substances containing PFAS chemicals.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Two Democratic state lawmakers from the Capital Region are introducing new legislation to ban the burning of substances containing PFAS chemicals.

Albany City Hall at twilight.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A resolution goes before the Albany Common Council tonight expressing solidarity with the city's South Asian community.

Mike Bloomberg, Kathy Sheehan
Composite Image From Twitter

It has been an up and down few weeks for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid for the White House. But the mayors of Albany and Schenectady say he is the right choice for president.

Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler speaking Feb. 25, 2020.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

 

Environmental groups, community activists and elected officials are ramping up concern over potentially dangerous burning in the city of Cohoes.

Mayors Kathy Sheehan (Albany), Gary McCarthy (Schenectady), and Patrick Madden (Troy) gathered at MVP HQ in Schenectady and are pictured here holding a mock check with MVP and CBO representatives.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The mayors of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy gathered in Schenectady for the announcement of $800,000 in funding to six local community-based organizations.

Ezra Prentice Community Room, February 25, 2020
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Global Partners, a closely-watched business in Albany’s South End, hosted a meeting Tuesday with nearby residents who have long raised concerns about the environmental conditions in their neighborhood.

Whitney Young CEO David Shippee, Equinox CEO Virginia Golden
Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Two longtime Albany-based human service agencies are working toward a possible merger.

Two candidates lead the pack about two months before New York's Democratic presidential primary.

Facebook: Albany JCC

The Jewish Community Center in Albany was evacuated and searched Sunday after it and several other centers around the country received anonymous emails with vague threats that mentioned a bomb.

Alzheimer's PET scan
By US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Researchers would aim to map the genes of one million people living with or at-risk of Alzheimer's disease over five years through a proposed initiative at the State University of New York.

Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte
Facebook

The New York Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators recently held its annual caucus and discussed the issue of flavored tobacco with lawmakers, healthcare experts and social justice leaders. 

New Decontamination Protocols Reduce Firefighters’ Exposure to Toxic Contaminants by 85 Percent
Chet Lasell

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Fire Prevention and Control has begun a new statewide effort to reduce the cancer risk to firefighters and their families.

WAMC file photo

There's a new air quality threat facing residents of Albany County.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Concerned citizens, environmental groups and elected officials are ramping up the campaign to close a dump in the city of Rensselaer, New York.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Consumers, businesses and localities are getting ready as New York state's plastic bag ban takes effect March 1st.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the Evening Weather Summary for Monday, February 17, 2020.

Library bookshelves (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Another Capital Region library branch is doing away with late fees.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivers his 9th State of the County Address to elected and community leaders in the Times Union Center Atrium.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has delivered his ninth State of the County Address.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Workers at two financially struggling care facilities in Albany County say they have avoided a strike and reached a deal with the facilities’ prospective owners.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas / WAMC

At its caucus last night, the Albany Common Council reviewed Community Choice Aggregation, a bulk electricity-buying program for residents and small businesses.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

The Siena College Research Institute has released its 13th annual New York Business Leader survey.

 Matthew Toporowski, an Albany-based trial attorney and former prosecutor, announced his candidacy for Albany County District Attorney on Tuesday.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany County District Attorney is facing a primary challenge. A local attorney kicked off his campaign today.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The troubled Cohoes Senior Center was the venue for today’s State of the City address by new Mayor Bill Keeler. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

SaferStates

A new report shows states are stepping up to protect public health from harmful chemicals.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy with RISSE  Director Rifat Filkins
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County is applying for Census 2020 grants to target specific communities where it is anticipated further outreach will be necessary.

L to R: front row- Legislator Wanda Willingham, Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce, County Executive McCoy, ASM Global General Manager Bob Belber, Legislator Carolyn McLaughlin; back row- County Clerk Bruce Hidley; Legislators Merton Simpson & Bill Ricard
Mary Rozak

Times Union Center in downtown Albany is marking its 30th anniversary — and looking for a new sports tenant.

The intersection of State Routes 30 and 30a .
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A meeting has been called for tonight in Schoharie to discuss the safety of Route 30, where a limousine crash killed 20 people in October 2018.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse will avoid prison after being sentenced to probation Wednesday afternoon at Federal Court in Albany.

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