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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One of the largest motorcycle rallies in the United States kicks off in less than two weeks in Lake George. In the shadow of a huge biker brawl that killed nine in Waco, Texas, organizers of Americade are dispelling worries over safety.

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After months of heated discussion, the City of Saratoga Springs has enacted new regulations regarding street performers. 

The obituaries are out for former New York Lieutenant Governor and Westchester County Executive Al DelBello. The Democrat died Friday at age 80.

In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo said “This state is in a better place today because of his service.” Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino ordered flags to half-staff yesterday in observance of DelBello’s death.   

WAMC’s political observer Dr. Alan Chartock remembers DelBello and the sometimes tough times the man faced in Albany.

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Singer/songwriter Jason Isbell attracted attention in 2013 with his award-winning album Southeastern. Before embarking on a solo career in 2007, Isbell played guitar and sang in the alternative country band Drive By Truckers. Isbell is preparing to release a new album titled Something More on July 17th.

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  Note: The post has been updated 5/15/15

A race for New York’s 49th Senate District has begun early, as a political newcomer formally announced his candidacy.

Christian Klueg, a Northville real estate broker, will run as a Republican in the district that stretches across Schenectady, Saratoga, Herkimer, Fulton, and Hamilton counties.

Klueg has never run for office before. He currently sits on the Fulton County Republican Committee.

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The New York Racing Association, the agency that oversees racing at Saratoga Race Course, has introduced plans for several new building and renovation projects there, including its famed Clubhouse. A public hearing on the project is set for later this month.

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A new addition to Schenectady’s Museum of Innovation and Science will give students the opportunity to participate in a simulated space mission.

New York State Office of General Services

Big changes are planned for the site of a recently closed prison in Saratoga County. 

Mount McGregor prison in Wilton was closed last July as part of an initiative by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to right-size New York’s correctional system.

While the executive branch has hailed the savings associated with the closures, due in part to a decrease in inmate populations, local leaders protested the closure of Mount McGregor for months, saying the loss of prison jobs would be a blow to the area.

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As upstate New York continues to establish itself as a hub for high-tech industry, a groundbreaking ceremony was held today in Saratoga Springs for a chemical manufacturing company that will supply the region with an important product.

A Hudson Valley State Senator has joined a group of Republican lawmakers calling on Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to step down.