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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Free cleanup kits have been made available to residents of Hoosick Falls impacted by recent severe storms and flooding that washed out several roads and damaged homes and businesses.

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A part-time Northville police officer was killed late Monday after he was struck by a passing vehicle.

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Albany police are currently seeking more information about a shooting that occurred early Sunday.

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A state of emergency was declared Saturday night after severe thunderstorms swept through the Town of Hoosick and Village of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County.

Police have arrested two individuals accused of manufacturing illegal methamphetamines at a Plattsburgh home. 

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A company based in the Capital Region has been awarded a $9.1 million federal contract to develop a new generation of living building materials.

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New York’s Erie Canal is celebrating its 200th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Albany Symphony Orchestra is holding performances from the canal’s historic beginning in Albany to Lockport in Niagara County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more on the series of events that kicks off this Sunday called “Water Music New York.”

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced $4 million in state funding to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings.

A group of state lawmakers from the Mohawk Valley is asking for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help in pressing Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to introduce a relief package for a racino.

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This November, Saratoga Springs residents will have the chance to vote for a new city charter. This week the city’s Charter Review Commission approved a final document that change the city’s system of government from its unique Commission-style to a more conventional Council-Manager form.

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Leaders in Saratoga Springs have made their pitch for three workforce housing proposals that aim to provide more apartments in a city desperate for workers and satisfy federal requirements for affordable housing.

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Speaking alongside New York’s newest and first openly gay judge on the state’s highest court, Governor Andrew Cuomo praised Paul Feinman’s legal experience and also marked the occasion of his appointment to New York Court of Appeals on the same day as New York City’s annual Pride March.

A Johnstown woman who disappeared last summer and claimed she was kidnapped, setting off a massive search effort, has pleaded guilty to falsely reporting an incident.

Troy could be getting a financial boost. Word came this week that the Rensselaer County city would receive funding after several steps to share services and lower costs were approved by the state. Meanwhile, inaction during the state legislative session threatens tax revenues.

Lawmakers who represent Saratoga Springs have announced passage of a bill to aid a gambling facility facing competition from Schenectady’s full-scale casino.

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The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls, already dealing with a State Superfund site contaminated with the chemical PFOA, may soon add other locations to the list.

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New York state health officials are warning against possible measles exposures in Saratoga and Warren Counties.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
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Residents of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County are being encouraged to attend a public meeting Monday evening to discuss the latest findings related to the PFOA-contamination of local water supplies.

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An upstate New York company has relocated from an iconic Albany building to a brand new logistics hub in Saratoga County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the company plans to bring more jobs to the region.

The Capital District Transportation Authority has released maps detailing where it will place stations for its new bike-share initiative.

The 38 locations in Albany, Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs will allow users to ride the green and purple CDPHP Cycle! bicycles.

The locations are as follows:

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The Saratoga Springs city council has decided to take more time to consider a proposal to that would allow for more affordable housing to be built within the city. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports bankers and builders are taking issue with the plan.

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The Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls has hired a renowned environmental attorney for representation as it negotiates with the companies deemed responsible for polluting water supplies. Meantime, efforts to study the chemical PFOA in New York and southern Vermont has gotten a boost from a federal grant.

Bennington College has been awarded a $300,000 grant to continue its studies of PFOA, the chemical that has affected water supplies in Southern Vermont and upstate New York.

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A fifth grade teacher from Saratoga Springs is accused of having a sexual relationship with a former student.

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North Broadway in Saratoga Springs has been turned into the set of a new fairy tale TV show. A series based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Snow-White and Rose-Red” is being produced by a team of local actors and crew members and is scheduled to be released this December on Amazon Prime.

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The Hyde Collection, an art museum in Glens Falls, New York, has expanded to accommodate the collection of a Schenectady architect. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the new gallery is dedicated to modern art.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott recently signed legislation aimed at holding polluters accountable for contaminating water supplies with the chemical PFOA. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the bill may give the state a significant amount of leverage as it negotiates on behalf of people in the Bennington area.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for its recently released five-year review of the Hudson River Superfund cleanup project.

The New York Racing Association has a new board of directors as the organization is released from state control to a private non-profit.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
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The New York State Department of Health this week released the results of a cancer study in Hoosick Falls.

The Rensselaer County village’s water sources were contaminated with the chemical PFOA, which has been linked to various forms of cancers.

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