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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Saratoga Springs will be the focus of a new television series being produced by C-Span. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more details on the program featuring a city known for health, history and horses.

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A sidewalk was being completed outside a Saratoga Springs elementary school this afternoon. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the project — part of a national program — will complement a planned bicycle path. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for additional removal of toxic chemicals from a contaminated landfill site in Rensselaer County.

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Saratoga Springs voters will decide this Election Day if they want to adopt a new city charter. The commission tasked with designing the new governing document has released a financial review of the plan.

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An invasive species of clam in Lake George is spreading.

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Earlier this year, residents of the southern Saratoga County town of Clifton Park rejected a sale of public land to a local developer. Several months later, town officials have announced a tentative purchase agreement that dedicate the 34 acres to parkland and open space.

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In addition to choosing their city leaders at the ballot box this November, voters in Saratoga Springs will also have the opportunity to select a new city charter.

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The University at Albany is taking steps to address reports of sexual discrimination within its athletics department following a federal investigation into complaints and practices over the last three years.

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging the federal government keep a close eye on gas prices.

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Voters in Saratoga Springs will head to the polls this November to choose more than their city leaders. The outcome on November 7th could change the way the city has operated for the last century. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the debate around overhauling the city’s charter is leading discussions on the campaign trail.

New York state Assemblyman Marc Butler, a Republican from the sprawling 118th District, will not run for re-election in 2018.

Schenectady County’s District Attorney has been appointed as a special prosecutor after the Rensselaer County DA recused himself from an investigation into a police-involved shooting.

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A project to transform a vacant lot in Troy’s bustling downtown has hit roadblocks once again.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is promoting trail safety during the fall hiking season. The agency has made safety improvements to a Catskill trail after a series of fatal accidents near Kaaterskill Falls.

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It’s possible three candidates could campaign through November when Rensselaer County residents vote for a new county executive. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, one candidate declared victory in the Republican primary on Tuesday. The other is not conceding yet.

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The Republican primary for mayor is over in the City of Gloversville, but the campaign between the two candidates on the ballot will continue into the fall.

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The City of Saratoga Springs is inviting the community to participate in a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Monday morning.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan is all but assured of a second term after winning the Democratic primary Tuesday.
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A new poll shows Democratic Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan leading the pack over two opponents ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

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The Republican candidates for Rensselaer County Executive squared off in a debate this week hosted by Spectrum News. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard recaps some of the most pressing issues discussed in the hour-long debate.

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Saratoga Springs is moving forward with a plan to expand a system of bike trails in the city. But not all neighbors are pleased. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports time is ticking on the project.

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For many students in New York, today was the first day of the new school year. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schenectady’s public school district is celebrating a big increase in state aid over last year.

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This past Wednesday, WAMC held a one-day fund drive, with listeners coming together to raise more than $320,000 for the American Red Cross to support the thousands displaced by Hurricane Harvey. 

Beginning Tuesday, the Red Cross will hold one-day “boot camps” to train volunteers interested in traveling to Texas and Louisiana to support relief efforts.

The embattled mayor of a Saratoga County village has resigned.

A Democratic New York State Assemblyman from Queens has died.

Michael Simanowitz of the 27th District died Saturday of an illness.

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For many, the Labor Day weekend is summer’s last hurrah. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on some of the events happening in our backyard.

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The Rensselaer County District Attorney has recused himself from an investigation into a non-fatal police-involved shooting last month in Troy. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports reversal came after the DA resisted calls to recuse his office.

According to the New Yrok Times, the virus was first discovered in Uganda’s Zika forest in 1947, but wasn’t common in the West until an outbreak was found in Brazil last May.
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The New York State Health Department is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to undertake a national study of health effects related to chemicals like PFOA and PFOS, which have been found in drinking water in several Northeast communities. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it’s the second new effort to gather health information announced this week.

The South Glens Falls Central School District says counseling services will be offered after the death of a teenage student.

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With the deadline for public comment Friday, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking it to remain on the Hudson River for further removal of toxic PCBs.

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The New York State Gaming Commission recently invited stakeholders to discuss racehorse retirement and aftercare in Saratoga Springs.

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