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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Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont lawmakers have wrapped up their legislative session. Below is a transcript from Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin's End of Session Speech, delivered after midnight.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met yesterday with stakeholders in Saratoga Springs as it kicks off its second five-year review of GE’s Hudson River PCB cleanup.

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Sen. Hugh Farley

Longtime New York State Senator Hugh Farley, a Republican from the 49th district, announced this week he will retire to spend more time with his family after 20 terms.

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In the last few weeks, the issues of vagrancy and aggressive panhandling have been on the lips of many in the Spa City. After a now infamous picture of a man appearing to defecate in front a local building circulated online, a petition was started urging city leaders to act.

Troy announced the start of its Parking Ticket Amnesty Program on Sunday.

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Connecticut lawmakers worked into the weekend to pass several pieces of legislation before the end of the formal session. 

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove is being sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Update 5/1/16:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order in support of an investigation by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into a police shooting that killed a Capital Region man.

Watervliet resident Edson Thevenin was killed in an encounter with Troy police on April 17th.

Last week, Schneiderman's office announced it was suing Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove over the case after police sergeant Randy French was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting by a grand jury.

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Located by the Saratoga Spa State Park, the 166-acre Pitney Farm in Saratoga Springs is viewed by many as an important piece of the city’s so-called greenbelt that needs protection from development.

In the time between when the snow clears and the leaves bloom, DEC Forest Ranger Scott van Laer will start up his seasonal hobby of trekking into remote areas to find things that would elude most hikers.

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The Halfmoon Community Solar Project, expected to be completed by late summer, will feature more than 1,700 panels and will generate enough electricity to power about 103 average-sized homes.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he will push for President Obama's emergency funding request of $1.9 billion to combat the spread of Zika virus. Schumer said more than 800 Americans have contracted the mosquito-borne illness, with 60 confirmed cases in New York.

A new chemical contaminant has been found in private wells in the Rensselaer County community of Petersburgh.

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Warren County recently gave preliminary approval for developer Rich Schermerhorn to construct two new 12,000-square foot corporate jet hangers at the county’s Floyd Bennett Memorial airport in Queensbury.

You might know that Uncle Sam, the personification of the United States, is based on a real person. Samuel Wilson, a meatpacker who lived in Troy, New York from the late 1700s until his death in 1854, is said to be the original Uncle — but even that is up for debate. Either way, a group of Trojans this weekend is hoping to bid on what could be the only known photograph of Wilson.

New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay spoke at last week’s Reorganization Board meeting to highlight the continued financial success of the organization.

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On a blustery spring day, a small crowd gathers at the parking area of the Washington County Grasslands, a DEC Wildlife Management Area located on 286 acres in the heart of the upper Hudson’s farm country.

Photo by University photographer Mark Schmidt

Former President Bill Clinton will make a handful of stops in New York today for his wife, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Skidmore’s Class of 2021 will have something new in the application process: the choice of whether or not to include their SAT or ACT test scores.

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Third through eighth grade students finished Common Core English language arts exams this week. And with another year of testing comes another year of opt-outs.

Surrounded by local business leaders, the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation on Wednesday unveiled Advance Saratoga. The five-year plan seeks to create thousands of jobs by promoting the county for new businesses and helping existing employers expand.

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In December 2010, 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, of Wilton, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend.

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Inside a packed city council chambers on Tuesday night, it took nearly two hours for local residents and business owners to express their concerns or support for a downtown parking structure proposed by the Saratoga Springs City Center. The convention hall is seeking to build a parking garage on a hotly contested piece of property in the Spa City’s bustling downtown.

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The landmark Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls is back under local ownership. Built in the 1920s, the Queensbury has hosted guests from Billy Joel to Ozzy Osbourne.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the Capital Region on Monday.

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New York's newly signed spending plan increases education aid by nearly $1.5 billion and increases Foundation Aid by a record $627 million.

On January 7th, nursing staff represented by the New York State Nurses Association demonstrated outside Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. Those participating were then locked out for four days until the following Monday. Demonstrations continued until workers were let back in.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s office has announced results from surface water testing in Bennington and North Bennington, as state authorities are hoping to determine the source and extent of a chemical contamination.

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For the last two years, all boats entering Lake George have had to meet three requirements: they must be cleaned, drained, and dry. If not, boaters are sent to a washing station free of charge.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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The EPA will undertake a second five-year review of GE’s cleanup of PCBs from the Hudson River. Dredging on a 40-mile stretch between Fort Edward and Troy, New York was finished this fall. Now, General Electric will remain on the river for monitoring and habitat restoration work.

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