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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Assemblyman Frank Skartados of New York’s 104th district has died. He died Sunday at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

City of Newburgh

Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy has died after a battle with cancer. She was 73.

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, via Twitter:

"A pinpointed, limited action to punish and hopefully deter Assad from doing this again is appropriate, but the administration has to be careful about not getting us into a greater and more involved war in Syria."

Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren,  via Twitter:

In a 2 to 1 vote, nurses at Albany Medical Center have chosen to unionize.


The hospital said in a release early Saturday morning that in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, Albany Med nurses voted to accept representation by the New York State Nurses Association for purposes of collective bargaining. 

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Troy’s first central planning document since the 1960s is now headed to the city council for consideration. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has an update on the Comprehensive Plan.

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New York’s U.S. Senators have announced federal funding to support research and remediation efforts for communities facing contamination from the chemicals PFOA and PFOS.

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A planned Holocaust memorial has drawn controversy in the Schenectady County Town of Niskayuna. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at a crowded public hearing on the project Tuesday night.

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A groundbreaking is set for the redevelopment of a former amusement park in the Adirondacks.

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A tentative budget in the Saratoga County village of Ballston Spa carries a nearly 26 percent tax increase. The mayor has said that number will likely decrease. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the public heard more details about the spending plan Monday night.

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Spring in the Northeast means maple sugaring season. For a few precious weeks every year, in between the coldest days of winter and the warm days of spring, when days grow longer and nights remain freezing, sap flows from maple trees.

In the last installment of WAMC’s spring series, we head to a maple farm in Schenectady County.

Siena College men’s basketball coach Jimmy Patsos is denying allegations of verbally abusing a team manager.

New York Racing Association

On the day of the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, New York Racing Association CEO Chris Kay gave details of the upcoming meets at Belmont and Saratoga Race Course.

Continuing a trend from previous years, which saw a new bar with reserved seating and a picnic table reservation system in the backyard, additions will be seen at Saratoga in 2018.

A North Adams-based stationary company has been purchased by a Capital Region paper manufacturer.

Debate over a proposed emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs continues.

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District held a town hall meeting Thursday in northern Saratoga County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the Republican seeking a third term tried to distinguish herself from her party.

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House Republican Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District is calling for the resignation of embattled U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports she made the remarks at a town hall meeting on Thursday.

The Saratoga Springs Planning Board will hold a public hearing on a controversial emergency homeless shelter Thursday night.

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Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District will hold a public forum Thursday in South Glens Falls.

Governor Andrew Cuomo detailed the fiscal year 2019 state budget bill in a Friday night press conference. The Democrat called it a "Herculean task" to get the budget done before lawmakers headed home before the holiday weekend.

Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Republican, released a statement after the budget passed the Senate  before midnight Friday.

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Seven Democratic candidates hoping to challenge Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District in November came together for an informal meet and greet Thursday night in Saratoga Springs.

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Local business leaders from across Saratoga County gathered Thursday to get an economic update on the county, which is experiencing increased investment and growth.

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The project to remediate a former baby food factory in New York’s Mohawk Valley has received a major boost in state funding. 

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Residents of the Saratoga County village of Ballston Spa could see a double-digit tax increase. But the mayor is assuring residents that the proposal will be changed.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is condemning President Donald Trump's latest ban on transgender troops.

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The Town of Clifton Park in southern Saratoga County is creating two new groups to discuss the future of a piece of land recently purchased from a local school district.

Facebook: William Rowback For Mayor

A former mayoral candidate in the City of Gloversville has filed ethics complaints against his former opponent and two other city officials. It all stems from the release of his personnel file during the campaign.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing an application for an expansion of the Colonie Landfill. But officials from neighboring communities and environmental advocates say more research is needed before any expansion plan is approved.

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A ban on a long-standing tradition during track season in Saratoga Springs has been reversed, with some new restrictions.

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An elementary school in Schenectady was closed Wednesday after a car drove through a classroom overnight.

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Two teens from Saratoga County have been charged with making threats to local high schools.