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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Plans for an end-of-year special legislative session in New York appear to have been scrapped. The Albany Times Union reports Republican Senate Majority leader John Flanagan said there wasn’t enough on the table to bring lawmakers back.

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After years of work, the growing city of Saratoga Springs has adopted a planning document to make the community more walkable and bikeable, while improving public transit.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has responded to a study released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that calls for further PCB removal work on the Hudson River.

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Troy is once again seeking proposals for the site of its former city hall. The downtown location has been vacant for years after previous designs have come up short.

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For the second straight year, the Glens Falls Civic Center is under repair after damage was discovered on a  portion of the exterior wall. A similar issue forced the closure of the arena in early 2015.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is again asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require additional cleanup work on the Hudson River.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a report December 20th claiming the removal of toxic PCBs from the Hudson River conducted by General Electric and overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “is not protective of the public or the environment.”

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In November of 1943, during fighting in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, more than 6,000 died during the Battle of Tarawa. The four-day battle on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands claimed the lives of American and Japanese soldiers and Korean slaves.

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The Pitney Meadows Community Farm non-profit is inviting the local community to celebrate the purchase of the Pitney Farm in Saratoga Springs.

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The Village of Hoosick Falls is considering a settlement by companies tied to contaminated drinking water.

Companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell have extended a settlement offer to the Rensselaer County community that has seen its water system and private wells tainted with a chemical used at industrial buildings within the village.

Several long-awaited developments in New York’s Mohawk Valley are getting a boost from state investment announced last week.

Saratoga Springs is beginning the process of reviewing its options to make living in the city more affordable and economically diverse. Many who work in the city, even with full-time jobs, cannot afford to live there, and one organization thinks it has a solution.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released video of a helicopter pulling up one of the rescued hikers found near the summit of Algonquin Mountain in the Adirondack High Peaks on Tuesday.

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A new executive director has been chosen for a convention center in Saratoga Springs.

It’s no surprise to anyone living in the Capital Region that booming Saratoga Springs is becoming a more expensive place to live. But some numbers on the market given during a special City Council meeting on affordable housing today drew some gasps from the crowd.

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Two children were involved in a tragic accident in the small community of Greenwich, New York Tuesday. The boys were playing in a snow bank when they became trapped inside. One did not survive. Police still do not know the exact cause of the accident.

The life of a professional hockey player and coach who guided a Glens Falls team to two championships will be remembered today at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

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In October, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden originally proposed a budget carrying a 28.2 percent tax increase to fix long-standing financial issues within the city. The plan shocked residents and city officials, and a months-long fight began.

Donald Trump recently announced his pick for Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.

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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, have announced the passage of a bill they say would save hours of delays at Northern Border crossings.

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The Saratoga Greenbelt Trail has been planned and discussed for years in Saratoga Springs.

The bike and pedestrian path network has been scrutinized by committees, non-profits, city officials and every day citizens.

This week’s news that President-elect Donald Trump would appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drew sharp condemnation from environmental organizations and political opponents.

SKS Bottle & Packaging began in 1986 in Saratoga County. After several moves, it ended up at a 10,000-square foot space in Malta. The company continued to grow, and in 2005, relocated to a 52,000-square foot space in Watervliet, in Albany County. That space has expanded again, to 102,000 square feet, and in 2015 a West Coast facility was built in Reno, Nevada.

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Police have identified a suspect in a fatal shooting inside an Albany nightclub in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.

Earlier this week, Johnstown’s Common Council adopted a budget introduced by interim Mayor Cindy Lakata calling for a 9 percent rate increase.

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In July, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced the 2017 tax cap would sit below 1 percent. The cap, which is 2 percent on tax levies or the inflation rate, whichever is less, was set at .68 percent. DiNapoli warned that it could present challenges for local governments.

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Several structures in downtown Saratoga Springs were impacted by a fire in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that would create an Autism Action Plan. The plan intends to identify the most effective ways to support New Yorkers living with the fastest-growing developmental disability in the country.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who successfully prosecuted former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges, said Wednesday he has been asked to stay on by President-elect Donald Trump and accepted.

First Night Saratoga marks the New Year.
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The New Year’s Eve tradition that packs downtown Saratoga Springs with performers, musicians, throngs of revelers, and fireworks, is just about a month away.

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Inside a tense City Council chambers Tuesday night, after weeks of often pointed public debate, Republican City Council President Carmella Mantello said communication between the Majority Steering Committee and Mayor Patrick Madden had broken down.

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