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
12:43 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Tax Overhaul Would Shift $250,000 To Support Glens Falls Civic Center

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A plan to use tax dollars to support the Glens Falls Civic Center is a topic of debate in Warren County.

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New York News
5:40 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Capital Region Company Gets EPA Grant To Develop New "Biopolymer" Technology

A Capital Region company has been awarded $300,000 as part of an EPA grant to support environmentally-focused small businesses.

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New York News
5:30 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy Slapping Incident Raises Questions About Recording Police

An image from the video of Sgt. Shawn Glans
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A Saratoga County law enforcement officer caught on video in a confrontation with two local men is now facing criminal charges and has resigned. But what if no one had been filming? The viral video has raised questions about the need to document police.

The case of former Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Shawn Glans, who resigned after a video of a confrontation with two civilians drew national attention, has sparked conversation about how police are held accountable.

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New York News
1:15 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

NYS Comptroller: Former Rosendale Court Clerk Stole Cash

According to a news release from New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the former clerk of the town of Rosendale justice court stole nearly $6,000 in cash from collections without detection.

The findings were uncovered in an audit by the Comptroller’s office.

The clerk, Trudy Harper, was arrested in June and charged by Ulster County District Attorney D. Holley Carnright with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony. Harper is due back in Saugerties Town Court on Dec. 10.

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New York News
1:05 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega Excited Winning Mega Millions Ticket Was Sold In Empire State

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A Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $326 million was sold at a Valero gas station in Middletown, NY this week.

New York Lottery caller Yolanda Vega says after her more than 20 years in the business, it’s always exciting to see a New Yorker win the grand prize.

Vega spoke with WAMC’s Lucas Willard.

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New York News
8:15 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Saratoga County Sheriff's Officer Suspended After Video Posted Online

UPDATED: 11/9/14

The Saratoga County sheriff’s office has suspended an officer for an “inappropriate action” with a civilian after a video of the exchange was posted online. The video has since gone viral and attracted media attention across the country.

A press release states that the incident occurred during a roadside interview following a suspicious vehicle complaint early Friday morning in Halfmoon, NY.

The name of the officer has been reported as Sgt. Shawn Glans.

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New York News
6:01 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gillibrand Tours Amsterdam Business, Weighs In On Republican Take-Back

Rep. Paul Tonko (left) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (right) talk with Andrea Packer of Hill & Markes, Inc. (center) on Thursday.
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On a tour of an upstate New York business Thursday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Paul Tonko, and other officials shared their thoughts on the shift in power in Washington and New York State.

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New York News
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Code Blue Program Will Return To Saratoga Springs

The Salvation Army in Saratoga Springs will partner with Code Blue Saratoga this season.
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Heading into its second winter, the Code Blue program for homeless people in Saratoga Springs will be returning this month with a new community partner and location.

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New York News
1:32 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gillibrand Didn't Expect Republican Surge, But Feels Voter Anger

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wasn’t on the ballot Tuesday, but several of her fellow Democrats were — and many lost their seats. Speaking Thursday in Amsterdam, Gillibrand was asked if she expected Republicans to be so successful on Election Day.

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New York News
7:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Saratoga County Blogger Pleads Guilty To Hacking Charge

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A Saratoga County blogger facing child pornography charges has pleaded guilty to a computer hacking related charge.

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