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
3:24 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Stefanik Will Deliver Republican Address

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Northern New York GOP Congressional candidate Elise Stefanik is scheduled to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s weekly address this week. The address comes after recent polling showing Stefanik maintains her lead over her challengers in 21st District.

Stefanik’s campaign announced Thursday the candidate who aims to become the youngest woman elected to Congress will highlight “North Country values” in the weekly GOP radio address.

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New York News
4:39 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Comptroller Warns Mechanicville Fiscally Stressed

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently released a report detailing the most fiscally stressed communities in the state, and one city in Saratoga County is near the top of the list.

In late September, the comptroller’s office released a report developed through DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System, showing about three dozen municipalities in New York are fiscally stressed.

A version of the report was also released last year. This year’s made determinations based on the 2013 fiscal year.

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New York News
2:31 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

GE Will Assess Upper Hudson Flood Plains Under New Agreement

GE's dredging on the upper Hudson is scheduled to end next year, but flood plain monitoring will continue.
Credit EPA

General Electric and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement to study and develop a cleanup plan for the shorelines along the upper Hudson River, where GE has been dredging to remove contaminants for the past five years.

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New York News
5:08 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Police Catch Sex Offender During Skidmore Lockdown

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A paroled sex offender has been taken into police custody after he was located on the Skidmore College campus after a manhunt earlier today. Classes resumed normally after a lockdown was lifted, but it was a strange day on campus.

Students and faculty received a campus alert via the school website, social media, text message, and email around 7 a.m. announcing the lockdown. Students on campus were asked to stay in their rooms and remain quiet.

Around 8:30, Saratoga Springs police located Shane Harding on the campus near a trail heading into Skidmore’s North Woods.

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New York News
5:21 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Woolf Challenges Stefanik On Buffett Rule, Minimum Wage

Aaron Woolf
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Northern York Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf, a Democrat, today called on his Republican challenger, Elise Stefanik, to fully support raising the minimum wage and to raise taxes on the wealthy — defining issues in the race for the open seat.

In his Glens Falls campaign office, 21st District Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf again called upon Republican challenger Elise Stefanik to come out fully in support of raising the minimum wage.

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New York News
6:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Two Groups Bid For Glens Falls Civic Center

After no offers were made for the Glens Falls Civic Center at a public auction last month, two bidders have come forward to the city government with plans to purchase the publicly owned arena.

The city has been looking to sell its arena, which is standing in about $1.3 million in debt. No bidders stepped forward at the public auction in August, where the city had set the minimum bid at $1.5 million. But since then, the aging arena has attracted some attention.

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New York News
3:31 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Saratoga Springs Police: Nightclub Assault Victim Dies

Credit Scott Davidson/Flickr

Saratoga Springs Police said Wednesday that 31-year-old Aaron Huggins has died after being assaulted  early Friday morning.

Police have charged 25-year-old Jeffrey Mann with one count of second degree assault. Mann allegedly  attacked Huggins after the two bumped into each other at the Paddock Lounge nightclub on Caroline Street. Huggins was knocked unconscious and sustained injuries to the head and face.

Mann was arraigned last Friday and remains in Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail.

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New York News
3:15 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Experts: Closure Of Suffolk Downs Could Have Impact On New York Racing

New England’s only thoroughbred racetrack is scheduled to close in less than two weeks, the latest sign of a sport in a national decline. Experts on New York’s still-buoyant racing industry are weighing in on what the closure could mean for the Empire State.

The last day of racing at Boston-area racetrack Suffolk Downs is set for October 4th. The track was slated for closure this week, but officials postponed the shuttering. Upon its closure, it could mark the end of thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts and the rest of New England.

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New York News
12:01 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Boehner Attends Fundraiser For Stefanik, Evades Protesters

Joe Seeman, disguised as "Rob M. Blind", protests House Speaker John Boehner's arrival outside the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner visited Glens Falls yesterday to attend a fundraiser for the Republican candidate in the race for northern New York’s 21st Congressional District. While one of the nation’s most prominent Republicans did not meet with the general public or media, some protesters hoped to catch his attention.

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New York News
11:37 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Saratoga Mayors Discuss A Changing City

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Nine mayors of Saratoga Springs past and present gathered Thursday to reflect on a changing community.

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