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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New York News
9:54 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Anne Palamountain, Former First Lady Of Skidmore College, Dies At 91

Credit Photo provided by Skidmore College

Anne Tonneson Palamountain, the former “First Lady” of Skidmore College, has died at age 91.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Theater Critic Bob Goepfert To Direct Play For Charity

Credit Capital Repertory Theatre

WAMC's theater reviewer, Bob Goepfert of the Troy Record, is directing a staged reading of Lydia Strike's An Accident on Monday, January 26th.

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New York News
12:05 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

International Paper Employee Dies From Injuries

An employee of International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill has died of injuries sustained Friday night while working on the mill’s power plant.

57-year old Jorg Borowski died Friday evening.

In a statement company spokeswoman Donna Wadsworth said, “We are deeply saddened by this loss.  Jorg was a valued and respected member of the Ticonderoga mill family.  Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, friends and mill team members.”

An investigation is underway.

New York News
6:30 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Stefanik Spends Day With Students

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of Northern New York toured the region today to discuss education issues with students and faculty. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with the freshman lawmaker in Malta.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Says Speaker's Arrest Will Not Hinder State Budget Process

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in Glens Falls
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Glens Falls to discuss the governor’s budget proposal, but this morning’s arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was on the minds of many.

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New York News
2:59 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Montgomery County Executive Looks Back On First Year

Credit Matt Ossenfort

Montgomery County, New York is celebrating its first year under a new system of government — and doing so under new leadership. County Executive Matt Ossenfort spoke to WAMC’s Lucas Willard about his first year in office and what’s ahead for the largely rural county.

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New York News
4:48 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

NYRA Settles With Ousted Food Truck

The New York Racing Association has reached a settlement with the owners of a food truck that was booted from an upstate track.

The Times Union of Albany reports (http://bit.ly/15sesaJ ) that NYRA agreed last week to pay the owners of the Wandering Dago nearly $70,000 to settle the lawsuit they filed in August 2013 against the racing organization and the state Office of General Services.

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New York News
3:40 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Saratoga Springs Kicks Off Centennial Celebration

Credit Lucas Willard

The future of Saratoga Springs — a burgeoning tourist and residential destination — is always the subject of intense debate. But today, city officials looked to the past, as organizers gathered to officially kick off the city’s centennial celebration.

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New York News
11:12 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Cuomo Seeks Universal Sexual Assault Policy For College Campuses

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke on the campus of New York University Saturday to announce his push for all private and public colleges and universities in the state to adopt the same protections against sexual assault adopted in December by the State University of New York system.

The 4 –point plan to prevent sexual violence defines consent, establishes a victim’s Bill of Rights, provides amnesty for victims and bystanders for related offenses, and would train administrators and staffers.  

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New York News
6:45 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Village Of Salem One Step Closer To Dissolution

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The Village of Salem has voted to approve a draft dissolution plan. After a voter petition was brought forward last year, in August village residents overwhelmingly approved to dissolve their village government.

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