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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A shooting threat was discovered in a bathroom at a Saratoga County high school.

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An official tree-tapping ceremony was held in Schenectady County today to mark the 2018 maple sugaring season and New York’s Maple Weekend.

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The Saratoga Springs Planning Board has delayed a vote on a proposed emergency homeless shelter. 

A freight train derailed early Wednesday morning in Schenectady County, impacting area traffic for most of the day.

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A training session is being held today in Saratoga County where law enforcement officers from across the state are learning how to better communicate with veterans who may be in crisis.

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Students at Columbia High School in East Greenbush, New York organized an assembly this morning as part of a day of national school walkouts. Several local officials were on hand to speak with students about school safety.


Three people including one child are dead and two injured after an early morning fire destroyed a home in the City of Rensselaer.

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Police in Rensselaer have released the identity of a woman whose body was found in the Hudson River.


Governor Andrew Cuomo and other prominent New York Democrats are campaigning Sunday in the Westchester County Village of Larchmont for an Assemblywoman who is running for a vacant state Senate seat.

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Gun shows at the Saratoga Springs City Center will soon be a thing of the past. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the city council Friday voted on a measure that will effectively halt one of the venue’s longest-running events.

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The clocks will spring ahead this weekend, but in the meantime, our region has experienced its second Nor’easter inside of a week.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has unveiled a 10-year, $1 trillion infrastructure plan. The New York Democrat spoke to reporters today, detailing how the plan would benefit the Empire State.


The Saratoga Springs City Council is scheduled to vote Friday morning on a measure that would ban sales of guns and ammunition inside a downtown venue.

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Though she supported a change to the city’s system of government on the campaign trail last year, Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly has announced the formation of a new commission to examine the Spa City’s charter. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports any changes would not alter the city’s unique governing structure.

Tickets are now on sale for some of Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s largest summer programs.

On Thursday, local Boy Scouts of America organization Twin Rivers Council, which includes scout groups from the Canadian border to the Capital Region, for the first time opened up scouting to girls at the cub scout level.

Officials at the site of what supporters hope will become a future park in September 2017.
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The sale of 37 acres of land from the Shenendehowa School District to the Town of Clifton Park has been finalized.

 UPDATE 3/7/18: The kickoff event for CapitalWomen Saratoga has been postponed to March 21st due to weather. The original story is posted below.

Familiar faces in Saratoga Springs are expanding a Capital Region political organization that advocates for women in politics.

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One year after the Village of Hoosick Falls tabled a controversial settlement agreement, the Rensselaer County community has agreed to accept payments from companies blamed for polluting local water supplies.

An upstate New York lawmaker is calling for a new way to fund school security in the wake of the shooting that killed 17 in Parkland, Florida.

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A second man has admitted guilt in the murder of a man in Mechanicville.

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Following unseasonably warm temperatures this week, several communities across the region have been dealing with flooding caused by ice jams.

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Ken Lovett

Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News talks with WAMC's Lucas Willard about New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, who took advantage of personal business tax break while criticizing Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development plan.

United States Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will visit the campus of SUNY Adirondack today to meet with school leaders about cybersecurity.

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20th District Representative Paul Tonko will spend a week touring Capital Region drinking water systems as Congress considers legislation that would support local projects.


Two Rensselaer County legislators are running against each other in a special election to fill a vacant state Assembly seat.

The widow of a man who died in Schenectady police custody has released audio that reveals her husband complained of having difficulty breathing.

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Shawn Morse, the Democratic mayor of Cohoes, New York, marked the beginning of his third year in office Thursday night with a State of the City address. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Morse focused on the positives in the small upstate city.

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The City of Troy’s police department has a new team of leaders. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports city officials are looking forward to a “new era” for the Troy PD.


A petition to re-count ballots in Saratoga Springs’ close charter change vote in November has been denied by a judge. But petitioners are not giving up.