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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Schenectady is preparing for the transformation of a former industrial area with the arrival a casino. During the planning stages, area residents are asking a lot of questions — from disputes over building designs to what's being done to address problem gambling.

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In the final push before the end of New York's legislative session, the state Assembly has passed a piece of gun control legislation named after a boy killed in Saratoga County.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has a new comprehensive plan after two years of meetings and debates. It replaces a document that had been in place since 2001.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking landlords to recognize the rights of their tenants as several laws that created New York City's rent regulation system are set to expire.

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While the manhunt for the two escaped murderers continues in northern New York, Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione of Halfmoon says she would introduce a bill to strengthen penalties against anyone accused of aiding a prisoner's escape.

"It’s important that we make our State laws against helping a criminal escape justice stronger to send a powerful message and serve as a more effective deterrent. If you help a criminal try and escape jail you’ll soon be joining them there for a very long time," says Marchione.

In a city with exponential development and a strong downtown identity, conversation around a proposed parking garage in Saratoga Springs continues as a group of concerned citizens has organized a public forum on the project this weekend.

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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has dominated headlines and adorned magazine covers since his historic win at Belmont last weekend. With the meet at Saratoga just weeks away, the win is generating buzz throughout town.

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Sheriffs from three upstate counties are pushing for an online emergency response program to be used in schools across New York.

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Walmart will present its plans for a proposed store that has been at the center of debate for a decade in Saratoga County. The meeting will be closely watched.

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New York State is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the two convicted murderers that escaped from an upstate prison on Saturday.

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