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
1:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Company Warns Of Cuts As Saratoga County Nursing Home Shifts To Private Hands

Credit Saratoga County

The potential new owner of Saratoga County’s Maplewood Manor nursing home says it’s working to reduce the impact on current staffing levels as the home approaches privatization, but some cuts may be unavoidable.

The Saratogian newspaper reported earlier this month that employees at Maplewood Manor were handed a notice that up to 97 full- and part-time positions could be cut as the county-owned nursing home changes to private hands.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Preserving The Story Of The American Jukebox

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

At his home in Somers in northern Westchester County, Ed Liss has one of the largest collections of a uniquely American invention. Nineteen jukeboxes —  all completely restored and plugged in — line the walls of Ed’s rumpus room.

Ed’s home is filled with machines dating from the 1930s up through the decades. While some appear more modest, others have swirling colored lights and molded cabinets to look like an automobile or a locomotive, and Ed says they all capture the aesthetics of the era in which they were built.

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New York News
5:04 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Relationship Between Police And Community In Focus At Crime Prevention Conference

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

In a time of tense relationships between urban communities and police, law enforcement officials from across New York gathered in Saratoga Springs to take part in a conference designed to reduce violent crime through community engagement.

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New York News
12:09 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

NYRA Predicts Profit

The board of the often troubled New York Racing Association has revealed reorganization efforts are putting the organization back in the black.

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New York News
5:01 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Shenendehowa School District Approves Controversial Bathroom Policy

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A Capital Region school district has approved a new bathroom policy to accommodate transgendered students. The plan has energized supporters and opponents.

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New York News
2:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Saratoga Springs City Council Approves Measure To Prevent Development In Greenbelt

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

At the public’s urging, the Saratoga Springs city council last night approved a measure that would prohibit development in the city’s protected greenspace.

Despite the snowy weather, city residents packed council chambers at city hall Tuesday evening to weigh in on a proposed change that could open the city’s Conservation Development District, also called the Greenbelt, to limited development.

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New York News
1:22 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Gov. Patrick Discusses Ferguson On "Meet The Press"

On news of police officer Darren Wilson’s resignation, outgoing Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick offered his thoughts on the racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri.

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New York News
3:15 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Family Of Darryl Mount, Jr. Files Lawsuit Against Saratoga Springs

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The family of Darryl Mount Jr., a man who died earlier this year from injuries sustained during a police foot chase in Saratoga Springs on Labor Day weekend 2013, has filed a lawsuit against the city.

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New York News
2:55 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Lake George Park Commission Executive Director Can Return In December

Credit Lucas Willard

Resolution came today in the case of Dave Wick. The embattled executive director of the Lake George Park Commission, who was placed on paid leave earlier this month, can now return to his job. The announcement comes after an outpouring of support from public officials and environmental groups.

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New York News
8:50 am
Sun November 23, 2014

New York Attorney General Warns Against Scammers During Storm Recovery

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Sunday his office has begun taking legal action against price gougers during the snow emergency affecting Western New York.

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