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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While many agree that downtown Saratoga needs more parking, there has been an intense debate as to how to go about it in a city that is quickly filling up with new development.

City of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane, a Democrat, is running for a third term against Republican challenger Mike Villa. During her tenure, Thane has focused much of her energy into improving the Montgomery County city's downtown and waterfront areas.


Schenectady Police Chief Brian Kilcullen is leaving his position for a job in Rutland, Vermont.

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Six weeks before election day, former Union College president and Independent mayoral candidate Roger Hull and Democratic Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy attended a forum Monday evening where they answered questions related to sustainability and the environment.

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As part of efforts to keep a unique summer camp in Dutchess County, alumni and friends are gathering in Rhinebeck Sunday to share stories of their experiences.

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Amsterdam native and Republican Mike Villa is challenging Democratic Mayor Ann Thane in November. Villa, a retired policeman and Montgomery County welfare fraud investigator, explained to WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard why he entered the race and what he'd like to accomplish if elected to city hall. Villa spoke from his backyard on the city's South Side.   

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a plan to dismantle and decontaminate a processing facility that was built to support PCB dredging efforts in the upper Hudson. While many officials from surrounding communities have called for additional dredging, others would like to see things wrapped up sooner.  

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After a count of absentee ballots, there is a winner of Troy's Democratic mayoral primary. The victor of the race deemed too close to call on election night last week is now focused on November.

It was standing-room-only at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections Wednesday morning as the affidavit and absentee ballots were counted to determine the winner of Troy's Democratic mayoral primary.

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 Update 9/16/15: A Commerce official responded to a request for comment saying: "In this proceeding, the Department of Commerce is investigating whether imports of Canadian-produced supercalendered paper are being unfairly subsidized by the federal Canadian government and several provincial governments.  No matter what may be the outcome of this investigation, in no circumstance would supercalendered paper produced in the United States be subject to any U.S. countervailing duties." 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer toured Washington County’s largest private employer today and said a new tariff could negatively impact the business.

On Saturday, September 26th, Master of the Scottish fiddle Alasdair Fraser will be performing in the Hudson Valley alongside renowned California cellist Natalie Haas.