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
10:13 am
Sun December 28, 2014

NYRA Announces "Supercharged" Travers Day

The New York Racing Association has announced that its most popular race day at Saratoga Race Course has been “supercharged”.

In a press release NYRA said the 146th running of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes on August 29th will be anchored with five other Grade 1 stakes.

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New York News
9:16 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Cuomo Pushes For Southern Tier Casino

Credit Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to the state Gaming Commission asking to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier.

The region was not granted a casino license in the first round of awards announced earlier this month.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the governor says the area could benefit from economic development.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

White House Officials Look Back On 2014

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White House officials recently held a year-end conference call highlighting progress made in the U.S. economy in 2014. They also discussed what they’d like to see accomplished in the new year.

The call recapped a year of continuing economic growth in the U.S., six years after the economic collapse that has served as the backdrop to the administration.

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New York News
8:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Saratoga Springs Hires Firm To Fight Suit Over Land Sale

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

The city of Saratoga Springs has hired legal help to fight a lawsuit brought on by a group of former officials over the sale of a city-owned, downtown parking lot.

As reported in the Times Union the city council recently voted to hire Albany firm Nixon Peabody to defend itself against a suit brought by a group of former officials.

The suit claims the sale of the city’s so-called Collamer lot off Broadway, in exchange for a parcel off Union Avenue, was illegally conducted.

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New York News
5:36 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Schumer Pushes For Arts Funding In Saratoga Springs

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

The arts and Saratoga Springs have a long history together, but talk today was all about the future. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Saratoga Springs to put a spotlight on the city’s push for federal funding to develop a city-wide arts initiative.

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WAMC News
12:30 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Part Seven Of Student Loan Series: Sticker Shock

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

As the price for higher education continues to climb, more students are taking on loans to help pay their way through college. But many students take on financial assistance without fully understanding what will happen once they leave campus and the bill comes due. In the seventh installment in our series, WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard explores the “sticker shock” that can accompany student loan payments.

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New York News
9:09 am
Sun December 21, 2014

New York Government Leaders Condemn Police Killings

Government leaders from New York are reacting to the killing of two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Both were shot while sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

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New York News
4:47 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Signs Lyme Bill Protecting Doctors

Credit Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that would protect healthcare providers that treat chronic Lyme disease.

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New York News
5:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Racino Says It Will Remain Community Partner In Spa City

Wednesday's announcement of New York’s casino license site recommendations means one company has seen two proposals scrapped over the past year. But it says it will continue to work as a community partner.

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New York News
3:42 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Meeting Will Target Expanding Recreation In Adirondack's Great South Woods

Credit SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

The public has a chance to weigh in tonight at a hearing on ways to improve outdoor recreation opportunities on both private and public lands in the Southern Adirondacks.

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