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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An early morning shooting in Schenectady occurred at the same location as an anti-violence rally held on Friday afternoon.

The Daily Gazette reports a 27-year-old male was shot multiple times on Schenectady Street around 1 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to Albany Medical Center and is reported in stable condition.

No arrests have been made.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Update: Around 3 p.m. Sunday, the Berkshire District Attorney’s office announced 18-year-old Thomas Lee Newman Jr. of Pittsfield was arrested in Utica, NY. Law enforcement task force members including Utica and federal investigators made the arrest.

Newman will face a charge of being a fugitive from justice in Utica Monday. Berkshire County law enforcement will seek his rendition to Pittsfield where he will be charged with murder and armed assault with intent to commit murder, according to the Berkshire DA’s office. 

Authorities in Berkshire County are looking for a suspect charged in connection to a fatal Pittsfield shooting Friday afternoon.

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A young entrepreneur hopes to transform a vacant amusement park in the Southern Adirondacks into a performing arts destination —   but he faces a testy political climate.

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Opponents and supporters of a planned Walmart store in Saratoga County packed into a public hearing Tuesday night.

A delegation of Capital Region lawmakers has delivered a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging that the New York Racing Association, the organization that oversees thoroughbred racing in the state,  be transitioned back to a private, non-profit racing entity.

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Friday was opening day at Saratoga Race Course. The world’s best horses, trainers and jockeys are back in town for the track’s summer meet. A day at the races comes with its own traditions and customs. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard visited the Spa before the crowds gathered.

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While summer is typically a slower time for the Glens Falls Civic Center, arena leaders are keeping busy with a new fundraising campaign, a new general manager, and a new hockey team.


Communities along the Hudson held a candlelight vigil last night to pressure General Electric and Governor Andrew Cuomo to clean up additional PCBs from the river.

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Schools do many things to help stop youth violence, but administrations say they can't do it alone. In the fourth part of our series 'Crime in our Communities,' we visit a youth boxing club in Schenectady that is working with the city school district to keep kids in the ring and off the streets.

Rush Street Gaming

The Rivers Casino project will move ahead with its current design after the city of Schenectady gave approval Wednesday night, though one controversial aspect remains a sticking point.