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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As Saratoga Springs continues the process of revising its planning document, a major construction project that has been at the forefront of community conversation in recent weeks has been placed on the backburner.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was recently in the Mohawk Valley to call on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update flood maps in Johnstown. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schumer says the outdated information is costing business and residents.

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In the tiny Southern Adirondack town of Caroga, residents are at odds over the donation of a former amusement park. While the town leadership is satisfied with the donation, others have taken issue with the agreement.

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On April 1st, New York State opens its waterways up to anglers who want to try their luck. Going fishing on opening day is its own holiday for many. In the final installment of our spring series, WAMC’s Lucas Willard tagged along with a local fisherman hoping to snag trout from the Kinderhook Creek.

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Brenda VanAlstyne, aunt of slain 5-year-old Kenneth White, was found guilty of neglecting White's two young sisters, ages 4 and 5. The judge ruled one of the victims was physically abused.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to make an announcement regarding her plans for 2016 on Sunday.

As part of New York’s new budget, the embattled New York Racing Association, currently controlled by a state-appointed board of directors, has had its reorganization deadline pushed back another year. Now officials who had looked forward to the re-privatization of the organization are expressing their concerns.

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At a busy public hearing this week, Saratoga Springs residents packed city hall to weigh in on a proposal that would require downtown’s popular street performers to obtain licenses. 

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The man who has served as Saratoga County’s mental health director since September sexually harassed a female staff member while working for a state-run organization.

The Times Union reports that a 2008 state review revealed that Michael Prezioso sexually harassed Heidi DiTonno while working for the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany from early 2006 through spring 2007, and retaliated against her after the conduct was reported.  

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Protesters gathered in Albany Friday night calling for justice after Albany resident Donald “Dontay” Ivy died after being detained by police. Police had used a taser on Ivy. He died minutes later after being transported to Albany Medical Center.

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