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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Nancy Nugent said something that’s been a common theme in the race for New York’s 49th Senate District.

Formed in the early 90s, alternative rock band Luna will be playing tonight at Mass MOCA in North Adams. The band, led by guitarist and singer Dean Wareham, is touring again after breaking up in 2005.

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This week the U.S. House of Representatives approved updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The 40-year-old piece of legislation, which provides EPA with authority to regulate commercial chemicals,  was considered by many to be ineffective, including Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko. The Democrat worked for more than two years to strengthen the law for consumers, but when the bill back came from the Senate, Tonko voted against the measure. Tonko explained his vote to WAMC's Lucas Willard.

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New York State environmental officials are asking residents and visitors of Horicon in Warren County to keep an eye out for any clues that can be used to find a missing hunter who disappeared last November.

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Some Saratoga Springs area residents have come together to criticize what they say is a move by the Cuomo administration to retain public control of the New York Racing Association, the organization that oversees thoroughbred racing in the state.

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After he announced his intention to run for State Senate in 2015, Republican Christian Klueg says that he contacted party officials across the 49th Senate District. Klueg says he experienced a lack of communication from GOP committees, saying many had already endorsed Senator Hugh Farley, now retiring after 40 years in the legislature.

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Congress has passed a bill that would institute more rigorous oversight of industrial chemicals.

Testing for PFOA in drinking water wells will continue in Bennington and North Bennington, Vermont.

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For the last two winters, the Salvation Army has hosted Saratoga Springs’ Code Blue program at its building on Woodlawn Avenue, on the city’s west side.

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In March, attorneys representing the Saratoga Spring Water Company sent a cease and desist letter to downtown’s Saratoga Juice Bar.

The town supervisor of a Rensselaer County community that is home to a Federal Superfund site is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for additional testing for the chemical PFOA.

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The third-floor music hall at Saratoga Springs City Hall was filled for the Public Safety forum on the issue of aggressive panhandling. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen assembled a panel consisting of the city’s police and fire departments and advocates for the disadvantaged.

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On Thursday, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara announced $600,000 in state funding to make recreational and safety improvements at the Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam.

The industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS have caused trouble for residents of communities like Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, Petersburgh, and Bennington. Federal officials have advised residents to stop drinking the contaminated water and state governments are still putting measures in place to deliver clean water to residents.

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A letter from Greater Amsterdam School District Superintendent Thomas Perillo says elevated levels of lead were found in a variety of sources, including drinking water fountains, at three separate buildings: Barkley, Marie Curie, and Tecler Elementary Schools.

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SPAC announced the capital campaign at its annual meeting Wednesday, intending it to coincide with the organization’s 50th anniversary season.

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“My name is Chad Putman and I am running to be the next senator from the 49th District. Are you with me?" Putman asked his supporters.

Democrat Chad Putman marked the beginning of his journey across the sprawling district Tuesday morning at Woodlawn Park in Schenectady. The pocket park, which Putman helped revitalize with his husband Spero Zoulas, is just around the corner from their home.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced legislation to fight the AIDS epidemic in New York.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Saturday that USA Luge will keep its headquarters in the Adirondack community. Cuomo said the decision by the organization yesterday will create jobs and "inspire the next generation of Olympians in New York State."

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A Pittsfield hospital was briefly placed on lockdown Saturday after an armed suspect fleeing police entered the complex.

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Following a rally 1,500 strong in Albany's Lincoln Park Saturday, hundreds of climate activists descended on the Port of Albany to protest the crude oil trains frequently seen along the city's waterfront.

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The Saratoga County Water Authority’s action against General Electric began in 2011. Due to pollution of the Hudson River caused by GE’s PCB dredging operations, Saratoga County had to move its plant to the town of Moreau, in the northern portion of the county. Most of the population and customer base, however, is located in the southern portion of the county.

The EPA awarded the city of Glens Falls $200,000 to help those with long-term unemployment train for careers in environmental fields.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to update its drinking water guidelines for chemical contaminants recently found in some upstate New York water supplies.

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It's official. Capital Region Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, first elected in 1982, is joining the race for retiring Republican Senator Hugh Farley's 49th District seat.

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With residents in the Town of Hoosick and Petersburgh still dealing with compromised drinking water due to the presence of PFOA, Representative Chris Gibson has sent a letter to House Committee on Oversight and Government Chairman Jason Chaffetz asking the committee to investigate the response of state and federal authorities.

With some neighboring communities grappling with PFOA, one Albany County city has tested its drinking water as a precautionary measure. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the tests came back safe to drink.

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Firefighters were called to the  Daily Gazette's building on Maxon Road Extension in Schenectady early Sunday morning after fire alarms were activated at the building.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to investigate cases of exploding electronic cigarettes.

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American composer Michael Torke has just finished writing a new piece of music to commemorate Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary.

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