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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Tomorrow, Saratoga Springs will have a new mayor. Democrat Meg Kelly, who for the last year-and-a-half has served as Deputy Mayor under outgoing Democrat Joanne Yepsen, will remain in city hall as mayor for her first two-year term.

WAMC’s Lucas Willard asked Kelly about her work that will continue into 2018.

Dr. Alan Chartock on WAMC's Midday Magazine program on Saturday, December 30, 2017.

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Two men are facing murder charges in the killings of four people, including two children, in the upstate New York community of Troy.

The National Weather Service has provided snow accumulation forecasts for the Northeast. Images uploaded 8:30 a.m. 12/24/17.

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The push continues for a permanent emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs. One plan to build a shelter in a residential zone is being met with pushback from neighbors.

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Democrat Joanne Yepsen has served Saratoga Springs as mayor for the past four years. Prior to her two terms, Yepsen served eight years as a county supervisor.

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Lake George in the Southern Adirondacks, known for its crystal clear water, has been a summer destination for more than a century. But during 2017, the state-owned beach “Million Dollar Beach” was closed several times from June to August due to bacterial contamination. A team of local officials and advocates came together to solve the mystery of the pollution.

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us this installment our series on infrastructure from the southern shore of Lake George.

The western Massachusetts city of Greenfield is the first in the state to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors.

As municipalities finalize their 2018 budgets, one Albany County city is facing a potential double-digit tax increase. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Officials in an upstate New York community with water sources tainted by chemical pollution are applauding the withdrawal of President Donald Trump’s pick for a top position in the Environmental Protection Agency.

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With the Federal Communications Commission’s vote today to roll back Net Neutrality restrictions enacted in 2015 on Internet Service Providers, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he will lead a multi-state lawsuit against the repeal.

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The first homes in the Bennington, Vermont area with wells contaminated with the chemical PFOA have been hooked up to a clean municipal water system.

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Rejecting calls from fellow Democrats to resign, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse received a standing ovation from supporters Tuesday night.

A mental health worker faces felony and misdemeanor sexual misconduct charges after he was  accused of sexually abusing a patient in Saratoga County.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Friday night kicked off their holiday season with the Orchestra of St. Luke's performing Bach's Brandenburg concertos at the Bethesda Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs.

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Albany police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday morning.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired at Levels Banquet Hall on North Pearl Street around 2:45 a.m.

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The region is expected to see some significant snowfalls this weekend.

The National Weather Service has announced Winter Weather Advisories for areas south and east of the Capital Region through Sunday morning.

The lower Hudson Valley could see four to six inches of snow. Central Massachusetts, and parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Long Island may see up to 8 inches of snow.

A reported suspicious device discovered on the side of an Albany County road was found to be a replica explosive.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced plans for a former amusement park in the Adirondacks.

The longtime New York City Ballet artistic director Peter Martins has been accused of sexual harassment according to the New York Times.

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center is kicking off the holiday season with a set of special performances Friday night. But as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the music will be not played on SPAC grounds.

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Supporters of the DREAM Act held a national day of action on Wednesday. Advocates rallied in Washington D.C. while other, smaller demonstrations in support of immigrants brought to the United States as children went on in communities across the country. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one such gathering in Saratoga Springs.

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After some Election Day confusion, Gloversville will keep its incumbent mayor for another four years after all. But the mayor is not promising a better relationship with the local Republican Party, which he has left.

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Voters in Southern Saratoga County have approved a land sale between a local school district and the Town of Clifton Park.

Officials at the site of what supporters hope will become a future park.
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Voters in Clifton Park in southern Saratoga County today will decide the future of 34 acres of undeveloped land that supporters want to see transformed into a park.  In April, Clifton Park residents rejected the sale of the land owned by the Shenendehowa School District to a local developer.  The developer had proposed using half of the land for a supermarket and donating half back to the town.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra provided WAMC with a statement Sunday morning regarding news of allegations of sexual assault against former conductor James Levine. The entire statement is posted below:

The man accused of starting the fire that damaged more than 30 buildings in the City of Cohoes on Thursday has been released on bail.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting Senate Republicans for advancing their tax overhaul legislation.

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A gun buyback program in Amsterdam will hold an event this weekend.

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