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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Officials say they’ve solved a 22-year-old cold case in Schenectady. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it took modern forensic technology and a fresh set of eyes to close the case. A warning that some listeners may find this story upsetting.

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Republican Congressman John Faso of New York's 19th District will be holding listening sessions on the proposed 2018 Farm Bill this week.

Events denouncing white supremacy and promoting tolerance are being held in Gloversville and Johnstown Sunday in the wake of a three-part series in a local newspaper that reported on the presence of the Ku Klux Klan in Fulton County.

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A proposed bike trail in Saratoga Springs has hit a legal hurdle as the city intends to use eminent domain to seize property along the route before construction starts.

With colder weather approaching, an emergency Code Blue shelter in Saratoga Springs is returning to a location that faced criticism from nearby residents last year while construction on a new shelter has stalled due to community objection.

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Communities surrounding Lake George are hoping to make upgrades to their wastewater treatment systems. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on a new round of state funding to make infrastructure improvements.

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will be making stops in the region Friday.

Senate Minority Leader Schumer is scheduled to visit Gloversville in Fulton County at 1 p.m. The Democrat is expected to address cuts to federal programs that benefit rural hospitals. Schumer says if Congress does not renew payments through the Low-Volume Hospital and Medicare-Dependent Hospital programs, Nathan Littauer Hospital will lose more than $1 million in federal aid.

Rensselaer County has advanced a proposed local law designed to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to cease the discharge of an emerging contaminant from a federal Superfund site.

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A majority of police departments in New York are commanded by men. As more women join the force, a week of training now under way in Saratoga Springs aims to prepare female officers for leadership roles.

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Universal Preservation Hall, an arts space inside an historic High Victorian Gothic church building in downtown Saratoga Springs, is about to embark upon a multi-million dollar renovation.  UPH has partnered with Proctors to bring performers to its stage. It will be bringing in a new stage, entrance, elevator, common area, lobby and more.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing the Trump Administration for rolling back a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers provide birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.

Spending increases are planned in two Saratoga County communities in 2018, but officials say there will be a minimal impact on taxpayers.

The Schenectady County Town of Glenville is set to vote on a comprehensive plan. If approved, the document would be the first central planning document adopted by the town in nearly three decades.

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Originally built in 1877, the Adelphi Hotel has been a landmark of downtown Saratoga Springs for generations of visitors. 

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Calling hours will be held Thursday afternoon for a longtime professional hockey announcer from Glens Falls.

Dave Strader died Sunday after a 16-month battle with cancer.

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A city council candidate forum was held at Proctors in Schenectady last night, hosted by the Daily Gazette. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard questioned candidates as a panelist. Here’s a recap.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the federal government and the state’s congressional delegation to prevent steep cuts to a program that provides funding to financially stressed hospitals.

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The Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission is now sending information to homes in the Spa City about the proposed city charter on the ballot Election Day. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the Commission’s meeting Thursday night when the documents were approved.

Officials are investigating after an explosion at an asphalt plant in the Schenectady County town of Glenville rocked neighbors Thursday morning.

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Over the summer, the Capital Region got its first bikesharing program. Officials announced this morning that the program is doing better than expected.

The City of Troy has had its fiscal stress score lowered by the New York State Comptroller’s office after putting in place measures to control costs and boost revenue.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Schenectady County had the highest per capita crime rate in New York. Now, officials are looking to curb that statistic with a new county-wide policing strategy.

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The estimated financial savings of a proposed city charter change in Saratoga Springs have been disputed between supporters and opponents. This week, the city’s Charter Review Commission plans to approve and release more details on the document.

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This past week, the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Committee released a new fiscal analysis on its proposed city charter that will go before voters this election day.

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A seventeen-year-old boy was injured by a passenger train in the Saratoga County town of Wilton on Saturday.

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Homes in southern Vermont that had their drinking water wells test for low levels of chemicals PFOA and PFOS will be resampled over the next three weeks.

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As controversy has swirled around a Pittsfield museum’s plan to sell parts of its permanent collection to fund a multi-million dollar expansion and future vision, a local state representative is supporting the institution’s leadership.

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A state task force on drinking water quality will begin addressing emerging contaminants and issues in New York communities.

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Saratoga Springs will be the focus of a new television series being produced by C-Span. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more details on the program featuring a city known for health, history and horses.

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A sidewalk was being completed outside a Saratoga Springs elementary school this afternoon. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the project — part of a national program — will complement a planned bicycle path. 

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