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
4:36 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Montgomery County Officials Hopeful For Casino

Officials in the Mohawk Valley are enthusiastic about a new casino proposal close to home, but the project could be at a disadvantage with other projects on the table vying for the Capital Region casino license. 

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New York News
6:50 am
Sat June 14, 2014

State Of Emergency Declared In Montgomery County Due To Flooding

Heavy rains Friday caused flooding in parts of the region. A state of emergency was declared for Montgomery County, New York as flooding lead to the closure of several roads and the evacuation of homes.

According the Leader-Herald, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort declared the state of emergency around 9 pm Friday. Residents were urged to avoid unnecessary travel.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

SAVE Saratoga Urges City To Pursue More Oversight In Racino Expansion

Members of SAVE Saratoga at a December press conference.
Credit SAVE Saratoga

As a key deadline nears, an organization against Las Vegas-style gambling in Saratoga Springs is urging the City Council to assert its authority to pursue more involvement in a planned expansion at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Much of the recent controversy related to gambling in Saratoga Springs has focused on the proposed expansion of the Racino, which is still on the table even though a Vegas-style casino plan is not, and how much oversight the city will have in the process.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Rep. Owens To Host Export Forum In Queensbury

Small business owners in the Southern Adirondack region are gathering Friday to discuss ways to increase exports as a means of boosting the local economy.

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New York News
4:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Competition For Casino Heats Up Along Mohawk

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The competition for a casino along the Mohawk River is coming to the forefront as Schenectady County lawmakers support a project in the Electric City, and more details will soon be revealed on a proposal in neighboring Montgomery County.

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New York News
12:24 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Runway Expansion Halted At Saratoga County Airport

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New York News
4:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Clifton Park Welcomes Cancer Care Center

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

The healthcare industry in Saratoga County is continuing its expansion, as officials gathered in Clifton Park Friday to break ground on a new cancer care center. 

“Thank you and I would like to officially, on behalf of the Town of Clifton Park, welcome New York Oncology Hematology to Clifton Park!"

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New York News
3:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Suspected Walmart Shooter Located

Raymond White
Credit New York State Police

According to New York State Police, the individual wanted for questioning in connection with a Wednesday evening shooting in a Walmart parking lot in Queensbury, New York has been located.

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New York News
2:24 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Saratoga Springs City Council Debating City's Future Involvement In Racino Expansion

Credit Lucas Willard

Although a full Vegas-style casino expansion is now off the table there, Some Saratoga Springs residents are pushing the city council to seek more involvement in a proposed expansion at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, but as a deadline approaches, many questions remain unanswered.

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New York News
3:20 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Democrat Challenges Republican State Senator Marchione

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A Democratic challenger has stepped forward to run against Halfmoon Republican New York State Senator Kathy Marchione.

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