Lucas Willard

Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief/Weekend Host

Lucas Willard graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He also attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2010, where he studied audio and multimedia storytelling.  Prior to joining WAMC in 2011, Lucas worked with the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley, the Big Shed Audio Documentary Podcast, the Albany Broadcasting Company, WDVL & WCVF-FM Fredonia, and WSUC-FM Cortland.  

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing state police to conduct an investigation after offensive fliers were found in Western New York.

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The Mohawk River, which begins in the Southern Adirondacks and empties into the Hudson in Cohoes, has had a new health assessment.

Workers in 2016 attend to the broken pipe, preparing to weld new pieces.
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Next week the city of Troy will begin work to replace a water line that burst in January 2016, impacting several nearby communities and rerouting traffic for weeks.

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With social services stressed and law enforcement often overwhelmed, a growing number of counties in New York are choosing to bring legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioids as they grapple with the addiction crisis.

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Capital Region developer Galesi Group is behind the massive Mohawk Harbor project in Schenectady, the location that includes the recently opened Rivers Casino. The company’s Chief Operating Officer spoke in the Electric City this morning about the past, present, and future of the site that was until recently home to a shuttered factory.

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Upstate New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is applauding an amendment to House Republicans’ federal health care plan. Meantime, a progressive group is preparing another protest outside her district office.

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Tuesday was a busy day for village elections. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief reports on some of the places in our region that will see new leadership.

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The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls Board of Trustees will have two new faces after candidates ran unopposed Tuesday. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the newcomers hope to move the village past looming environmental issues.

Due to last week's snowstorm, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has rescheduled a meeting for April 4th to discuss the next phase of a Superfund cleanup project in the Schenectady County town of Glenville.

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There will at least be one new face on the Saratoga Springs city council next year. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports a three-term commissioner is stepping down and has already chosen who he’d like to see replace him.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has doubts about the viability of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. The Senate Minority leader aired his thoughts on the budget plan in Saratoga County Thursday.

As the state Department of Environmental Conservation continues to investigate the presence of toxic chemicals known as PFC’s in upstate New York, the presence of PFOA and PFOS has been detected at a composting facility in Washington County.

Winter’s not over yet, but horse racing fans can look forward to summer as season passes for the 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course are now on sale.

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Some of the areas hit hardest by the winter storm were the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief has updates from a few communities still digging out from knee-deep snow.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wednesday announced the uncovering of a massive crime ring that targeted retail stores.

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It’s the day after one of the biggest March storms in memory and people are digging out. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on what’s happening in some communities in the Capital Region as streets are being cleared.

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The Village of Round Lake will be losing its mayor of 27 years later this month when Dixie Lee Sacks steps down.

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Winter isn't finished with the Northeast yet. A powerful storm with high winds and up to a foot of snow is expected to hit the region this week.

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The Albany Police Department has shared a full list of traffic restrictions for Saturday, March 11th.

North Albany Limerick Parade – March 11, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parade route:
Kick Off – North First Street west of North Pearl Street at the North Albany American Legion Post; parade will proceed east to North Pearl Street, then south of North Pearl Street to Emmett Street; east on Emmett St to Broadway; North on Broadway to Wolfert Avenue in the Village of Menands; back south on North Pearl Street to North First Street.

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Communities nationwide are looking for more ways to establish trust between residents and police departments. In Schenectady, a meeting was held to introduce more people to the city’s Civilian Police Review Board.

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Three candidates running for mayor of South Glens Falls in northern Saratoga County met in a forum Wednesday night. 

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A Lake George conservation organization is sharing with local communities a report that collects data about the towns and villages within the Lake George watershed. The report aims to guide local governments with information that goes beyond political boundaries.

A Schenectady woman has reportedly succumbed to her injuries after being allegedly set on fire by her husband. Elizabeth Gonzales had been brought to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center where she died.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the creation of a New York-Israel Commission to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the Empire State and Jewish state.

An annual marathon dance in South Glens Falls has set a new record.

The 40th South High Marathon Dance raised $823,614.92 over a 28-hour period this weekend, breaking last-year’s record-setting total. Last year the event raised more than $762,000.

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Despite the cold temperatures forecast for the weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking residents to avoid partially frozen bodies of water.

Union College, a private institution in Schenectady, announced Friday a $100 million expansion and  renovation of its Science and Engineering Center.

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A man was arrested Friday in connection with threats made against Jewish community sites in recent weeks, as schools, cemeteries and other locations have been dealing with a rash of threats and vandalism.

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center and stalwart city venue Caffe Lena have announced a new programming partnership.

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Montgomery County, New York Executive Matt Ossenfort was scheduled to deliver his State of the County address Wednesday night.

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