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
5:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Long Lines Greet Hillary Clinton In Saratoga Springs

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

More than a thousand supporters and a few protesters greeted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who signed copies of her memoir Hard Choices at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs.

The line outside stretched down Broadway and around the corner. More than 1,000 gathered in the Spa City to greet the former Secretary of State and Democratic U.S. Senator.

Deb Fasser was standing near the back of the line with her daughter.

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New York News
3:28 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

GE Set To Launch Fuel Cell Startup In Malta

General Electric is wrapping up construction on its new center at the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency-operated Saratoga Technology + Energy Park in Malta.

Johanna Wellington, general manager and chief technical officer for GE Fuel Cells, said General Electric is about to launch operations at the pilot facility to develop hybrid fuel cell technology.

Wellington said the fuel cell program that began at GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna is expanding.

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New York News
3:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

DiNapoli: Civic Center Burden On Glens Falls

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was joined by local officials in Glens Falls today to unveil a new report that shows looming fiscal stress on the upstate city.

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New York News
9:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Lake George Mayor Will Run For 12th Term

At 78-years old, Mayor Robert Blais is currently the second-longest serving mayor in New York. He has held office for 43 years, since being elected in  1971.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reports Blais  is uncertain about whether he’d want to complete another full four-year-term, but said ,“Right now, I’m in a frame of mind that I’d like to continue.”

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New York News
5:56 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Gloversville Residents To Vote On Charter Change In November

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The Gloversville Common Council Tuesday approved a measure that would put the issue of charter change before voters this November.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Gillibrand Urges EPA To Ban Microplastics

Credit ..::Photo via AP | Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (April 2009)::..

New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand is urging federal regulators to ban microplastics, a move that state environmental advocates are hoping can move legislation forward in Albany. 

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New York News
1:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Events Will Commemorate Solomon Northup

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Commemorations are scheduled for this weekend in Washington County and Saratoga Springs, New York in honor of a free man captured and sold into slavery in the 19th Century.

The story of Solomon Northup, as told in his 1853 narrative Twelve Years A Slave, has experienced a fresh round of attention thanks to last year’s Oscar-winning film of the same name. The story tells how Northup was lured away from his home in Saratoga Springs, and eventually sold into slavery.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Officials Kick Off Racing Season With New Markers, Signage In Saratoga Springs

One of the ten miniature quarter posts located throughout Saratoga Springs.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Officials gathered in Saratoga Springs today to unveil some new features visitors will likely spot around the Spa City, as they celrbate the 146th meet at Saratoga Race Course.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Bus Crash That Killed Teen Brings Calls For Increased Safety

A crash earlier this month that killed a teenage boy in the Adirondacks has brought calls on New York state government to increase oversight of the rafting and tubing industries. 

The crash that killed 15-year-old tubing guide Hunter Scofield on July 5th in Lake Luzerne is still under state police investigation, and many are now working to prevent similar accidents.

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New York News
8:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Community Mourns Loss Of Local Theater Legend

The Glens Falls region is remembering the life of William "Bill" Woodward, an active member of the community who was at the core of performing arts scene for decades.

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