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
11:12 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Cuomo Seeks Universal Sexual Assault Policy For College Campuses

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke on the campus of New York University Saturday to announce his push for all private and public colleges and universities in the state to adopt the same protections against sexual assault adopted in December by the State University of New York system.

The 4 –point plan to prevent sexual violence defines consent, establishes a victim’s Bill of Rights, provides amnesty for victims and bystanders for related offenses, and would train administrators and staffers.  

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New York News
6:45 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Village Of Salem One Step Closer To Dissolution

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The Village of Salem has voted to approve a draft dissolution plan. After a voter petition was brought forward last year, in August village residents overwhelmingly approved to dissolve their village government.

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New York News
3:48 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Groups At Odds Over Saratoga Springs Parking Garage Plan

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As Saratoga Springs continues to develop and expand its famed downtown, parking has been a perennial issue. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports a proposed parking garage is the subject of fierce debate.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner Reflects On First Week In Albany

Democrat Carrie Woerner was elected fill the New York State Assembly's vacant 113th District seat this November. Woerner, whose district includes portions of Saratoga and Washington Counties, is a newcomer to Albany. She spoke with WAMC's Lucas Willard about her first days at the Capital and what she looks forward to accomplishing in the new session that began on Wednesday.

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New York News
10:15 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Shooting Inside Capital Region Nightclub Leaves Man Injured

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Police say a man was shot inside a Capital Region nightclub, the same location where a brawl between customers and police officers took place last year.

WRGB-TV reports the incident happened early Sunday morning inside Kokopelli’s, a night club on 4th Street in Troy.

No arrests have been made, but investigators are working to obtain a search warrant for the club and a nearby car.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Saratoga Springs To Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. With Weekend Of Events

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From Saturday, January 17th, through Monday, the 19th, Saratoga Springs is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's celebration in the Spa City will feature a keynote speaker, a film screening, performers, and community service projects. 

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New York News
3:30 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Historic Hotels Move Toward New Futures

The Adelphi in downtown Saratoga Springs
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Two historic hotels in the region are moving a step closer to finding new life in their communities. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the latest developments in Saratoga Springs and Cambridge.

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New York News
3:01 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Washington County Man Looks To Open Medical Marijuana Growing Facility

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An entrepreneur in Washington County is hoping to secure a license from New York state to grow marijuana for medical use. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the plan has already received praise from local officials.

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New York News
6:16 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Woerner: Restore Education Funding

As New York lawmakers return to Albany this week, Democrat Carrier Woerner, who is beginning her first term representing Washington and Saratoga Counties in the 113th Assembly District, said she wants to restore funding to upstate schools.

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New York News
5:49 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Disagreement Over Charges Brought Against Former Saratoga County Police Officer

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The attorneys handling the case of a former Saratoga County police officer accused of slapping a civilian are preparing for trial, while a group of civilians have filed a petition to voice their views.

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