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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Following unseasonably warm temperatures this week, several communities across the region have been dealing with flooding caused by ice jams.

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Ken Lovett

Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News talks with WAMC's Lucas Willard about New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, who took advantage of personal business tax break while criticizing Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development plan.

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Senator Charles Schumer

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will visit the campus of SUNY Adirondack today to meet with school leaders about cybersecurity.

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20th District Representative Paul Tonko will spend a week touring Capital Region drinking water systems as Congress considers legislation that would support local projects.


Two Rensselaer County legislators are running against each other in a special election to fill a vacant state Assembly seat.

The widow of a man who died in Schenectady police custody has released audio that reveals her husband complained of having difficulty breathing.

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Shawn Morse, the Democratic mayor of Cohoes, New York, marked the beginning of his third year in office Thursday night with a State of the City address. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Morse focused on the positives in the small upstate city.

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The City of Troy’s police department has a new team of leaders. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports city officials are looking forward to a “new era” for the Troy PD.


A petition to re-count ballots in Saratoga Springs’ close charter change vote in November has been denied by a judge. But petitioners are not giving up.

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The City of Troy is working on a new central planning document. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it would be the first Comprehensive Plan approved in the city in decades.

The City of Troy has a new police chief.

Mayor Patrick Madden announced Thursday that Assistant Chief Brian Owens was promoted to the position recently vacated by Chief John Tedesco.

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A town in Saratoga County is planning to purchase a former cub scout camp, with plans to preserve it as a park. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for a special election to fill vacant seats in the legislature in April. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on one local race.

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A group of Saratoga Springs residents has filed a lawsuit against the city and non-profit Shelters of Saratoga over the recent approval of an emergency homeless shelter.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced its 2018 classical season.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is seeking a federal Department of Justice investigation into the U.S. Olympic Committee’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against a former team doctor.

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First-term Troy Mayor Patrick Madden announced his goals for his third year in office Thursday night during his State of the City address.

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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped in Saratoga Springs today to speak to educators and students about the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math, or STEM, learning. 

A former drycleaner in Ballston Spa, New York is being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the possible contamination of nearby homes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the agency’s latest findings.

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Residents of Saratoga Springs — a city with a booming downtown — gathered Tuesday night to ask questions and hear from developers about how to manage growth.

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A long-running equine event in Saratoga Springs will not happen this year.

Officials in Schenectady New York have declared a state of emergency after a mudslide was reported early Sunday.

The City of Mechanicville in Saratoga County will hire a lawyer to investigate complaints from city workers against its mayor.

A recent report by credit rating agency Moody’s has examined the impact of casinos in upstate New York. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the word used to describe the casino ecosystem is “cannibalization.”


The unpredictable weather over the past several days led to an increased risk of flooding caused by ice jams on New York’s rivers. While water levels have dropped recently, there is plenty more winter ahead.

Former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Richard Christiano Jr. was found guilty Wednesday of two felony counts of Grand Larceny for illegally selling two handguns.

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The City of Amsterdam in New York’s Mohawk Valley is seeking emergency funding to repair a broken water line.

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Recently, an engineering firm hired by company Saint-Gobain released a more than 5,000-page report detailing its initial findings into groundwater pollution in Bennington, Vermont.

Crowds of demonstrators were seen in communities large and small across the country Saturday. It was the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration and Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Women's March on Washington. WAMC's Lucas Willard talked to Patrick Garrett, who traveled to New York City where hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets. 

The Times Union Center announced Sunday that Friday’s Gala Celebration with singer-songwriters James Taylor and John Legend has been canceled.