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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Officials in Troy have kicked off a week of meetings to gather input on the future of a riverfront site in the city’s downtown.

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The automation of American jobs poses a serious threat.

That’s according to a new report by the Center for an Urban Future, which says in New York State alone, there are 1.2 million jobs that are highly automatable – meaning 80 percent of the work can be done by machines.

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The City of Troy is hosting a three-day community workshop this week to gather ideas once again for One Monument Square.

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Several streets and buildings in downtown Albany will be closed Sunday in the area near the Corning Tower.

The Albany Police Department says a helicopter will be lifting materials from the Grand Street parking lot to the roof of the tower on the Empire State Plaza.

It’s the first of three planned lifts as crews perform roofing work and replace the building’s maintenance rigs.

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Later this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host the first in a series of regional meetings on PFAS contamination in Exeter, New Hampshire. It follows a summit in Washington, D.C. in May.

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Outside Glens Falls city hall Thursday afternoon, Dan Burke, president of the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition, presented Mayor Dan Hall with a $50,000 check.

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Three years ago, after American Pharoah became the first thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown in 37 years, a grassroots campaign was launched to bring the famed horse to Saratoga Race Course for the Travers. Pharoah’s run at the Mid-Summer Derby ended in a stunning defeat. But with a new Triple Crown champion Justify three years later, hopes are high in Saratoga Springs that he too will race at the Spa.

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Officials have a better understanding of the creative economy in Saratoga County, thanks to a new report that shows the region’s arts and cultural attractions have a significant economic impact.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting Vermonters to attend a regional summit on unregulated PFAS chemicals later this month in New Hampshire.

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A group of New York students and labor volunteers will leave for an aid trip to Puerto Rico next weekend.

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Human remains were found at John Boyd Thacher State Park on Saturday. 

Authorities responded to a call around 6:42 p.m. after a hiker traveling off-trail made the discovery.

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It's Belmont Stakes Day. The third leg of the Triple Crown will be run this evening on Long Island, and the nation will be watching to see if thoroughbred Justify will become the second horse in three years to win the Triple Crown after a 37-year drought.

A Schenectady County middle school was on lockdown Friday afternoon after a threatening note was discovered inside a bathroom.

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Tattoos may be more popular in America than ever. Television shows and YouTube channels showcasing tattooing attract millions of viewers. A Pew Research Center survey found that 40 percent of Millennials have been inked. But choosing a design for a permanent image on your skin, especially for a first tattoo, can be daunting. A recent trend in tattoo culture is “Get What You Get”– where, typically for a discount, those who dare can receive a randomly chosen tattoo design.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on one local shop that is putting a new spin on one of the hottest trends in tattooing.

New York state lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow the Saratoga County community of Round Lake to apply for grant funding to protect and revitalize its waterfront.

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The parents of a boy who took his own life are pressuring lawmakers to act before the end of the legislative session to pass a bill requiring school districts to notify parents if their child is involved in bullying.

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As the New York State Senate and Assembly deliberate in the final weeks of the legislative session, several lawmakers, their pets, and advocates gathered for Animal Advocacy Day at the state capitol this week.

Police have released the identities of two people killed in a multi-vehicle crash in the Town of Ballston.  

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The WAMC News team was recognized at Saturday's New York State Associated Press Association annual awards ceremony in Saratoga Springs with several awards.

First place awards went to Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas for Sports Feature, former Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen for Enterprise Reporting, and North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley for Use of Sound. 

 

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $2 million to New York state for clean water projects.

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A new charter review commission is gathering input on the Saratoga Springs City Charter. The group formed earlier this year is comprised of city administrators and is seeking ways to improve the current system of government. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has an update.

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Former New York State Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr. has died. He was 86.

A Democrat, Farrell represented parts of Manhattan from 1975 to 2017.

A national summit on PFAS chemicals was held in Washington, D.C. this week. Convened by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, the two-day event sought input on pollution including PFOA and PFOS, which have been discovered in several communities in our region.

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The City of Troy is seeking input from residents as it puts together an application for New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The effort by the Cuomo administration awards a total of $100 million, split between 10 communities.

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The Town of Clifton Park in southern Saratoga County is seeking input on a proposal to re-zone a portion of the high-traffic area near Adirondack Northway Exit 9.

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Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen was in Washington D.C. Tuesday to attend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s summit on PFAS chemicals.

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New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro has named a running-mate.

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Albany police have released the identity of a body found Saturday morning in the Hudson River.

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Capital Region communities are seeking action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on two local landfills.

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An article published in Politico earlier this week revealed federal officials sought to block a report on PFAS chemicals, pollutants found in water sources in some local communities. The story is drawing strong reaction from environmental advocates and political leaders.

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