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
9:49 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Warren County Legislators Stand Behind Environmental Official Facing Termination

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The Warren County legislature has given its “full support” to Lake George Park Commission Executive Director David Wick, who has been placed on administrative leave after an effort by the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration to remove him.

Cuomo administration spokesman Rich Azzopardi told the Glens Falls Post Star this week that Wick failed to report a 1-gallon gas spill that occurred over the summer.

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New York News
5:04 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Warren County Approves Plan To Support Civic Center

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Warren County lawmakers today approved a plan to provide $750,000 over the course of three years to help support operations at the Glens Falls Civic Center, which is changing hands.

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New York News
4:54 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Before Executive Action, New York Democrats Discuss Immigration Reform

In a national address you can hear on WAMC tonight at 8, President Obama will outline executive action to reform the immigration system – a topic of intense debate but little movement among lawmakers in Washington.

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New York News
4:48 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Glens Falls Mayor: City Working With Mission To Open Shelter

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The mayor of Glens Falls addressed concerns over the stalled opening of the city’s Code Blue shelter, which is currently awaiting approval from the city’s planning board.

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New York News
2:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

New York Lawmakers Share Thoughts On Keystone XL, Oil Transport

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A bill that would support the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline passed in the U.S. House of Representatives this week failed to clear the Senate by one vote.

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline was passed just last week for the ninth time by the Republican-led House of Representatives. This week, before the Democrat-controlled lame duck Senate, the measure failed by a single vote, 59-41. 

The pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada south through the United States to be refined and shipped overseas from the Gulf Coast.

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New York News
5:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Washington County DA Will Serve As Special Prosecutor In Case Against Saratoga County Deputy

Former Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Glans as seen in an online video
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The acting district attorney in Saratoga County has announced a special prosecutor will handle the case against a former Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly slapped a civilian earlier this month. 

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New York News
12:38 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Emergency Shelters Open As Cold Weather Arrives

The Salvation Army in Saratoga Springs
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As the temperature drops, emergency shelters have been opening across the region. But in Glens Falls, one shelter remains closed, as officials work to open the doors.

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New York News
12:40 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Albany Law Professor Files Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Whistleblower Case

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Albany Law School Professor Robert Heverly recently filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case Department of Homeland Security vs. MacLean on behalf of advocacy organization FlyersRights.org

As part of the case, the court will decide if a U.S. air marshal can be protected under the Whistle Blower Protection act after sharing information about the service to the press.

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New York News
1:05 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Community Corner: E. Max Frye, Co-Writer Of "Foxcatcher"

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This weekend marks the wide release of Foxcatcher, a new film directed by Bennet Miller depicting the story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and millionaire coach John du Pont, the murderer of Schultz’ brother, Olympian Dave Schultz.

Foxcatcher stars Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. It has opened to positive reviews is on many Oscar-watch lists.

WAMC’s Lucas Willard spoke with E. Max Frye, a co-writer of the film, who discussed the process of putting the film together.

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New York News
5:07 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Gillibrand Delivers Long Awaited Medal To Hudson Falls Veteran

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited American Legion Post 574 in Hudson Falls to present a retired army veteran with a medal initially awarded nearly 60 years ago.

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