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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The Rensselaer County District Attorney has recused himself from an investigation into a non-fatal police-involved shooting last month in Troy. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports reversal came after the DA resisted calls to recuse his office.

According to the New Yrok Times, the virus was first discovered in Uganda’s Zika forest in 1947, but wasn’t common in the West until an outbreak was found in Brazil last May.
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The New York State Health Department is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to undertake a national study of health effects related to chemicals like PFOA and PFOS, which have been found in drinking water in several Northeast communities. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it’s the second new effort to gather health information announced this week.

The South Glens Falls Central School District says counseling services will be offered after the death of a teenage student.

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With the deadline for public comment Friday, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking it to remain on the Hudson River for further removal of toxic PCBs.

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The New York State Gaming Commission recently invited stakeholders to discuss racehorse retirement and aftercare in Saratoga Springs.

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Warm and wet weather has contributed to high tick populations this summer. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on a New York state legislative hearing on tick-borne diseases held in Albany Tuesday.

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A coalition of people with backgrounds in public health, policy, and research is launching a new effort today to gather information from residents of communities affected by water contaminated with the chemical PFOA. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the group is seeking input from residents across state lines.

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It’s a tradition in thoroughbred horse racing after a major race to drape the winning horse and jockey in a floral blanket. The Kentucky Derby is the Run for the Roses. The Preakness has the black-eyed Susan. With Saratoga Race Course set for its biggest day tomorrow, two blankets will be presented: one for the Personal Ensign and one for the Travers. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the local woman who has been making blankets for Saratoga for more than two decades.

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Visitors to Saratoga Springs this weekend should prepare for large crowds and heavy traffic. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports  public safety officials are asking anyone coming to the city to plan accordingly.

The Saratoga Springs City Center as seen from the steps of Temple Sinai.
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News that Nazi memorabilia, including a desk once used by Adolph Hitler, would be displayed at a gun show in Saratoga Springs was upsetting for many. As WAMC first reported today, hours after it was announced the items would appear during Labor Day weekend, the organizer of the event agreed to remove them from the show.

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Several horse deaths at Saratoga Race Course are placing pressure on the entities that oversee thoroughbred racing in New York to prevent injuries among equine athletes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on new steps being implemented ahead of the season’s biggest race.

Recent events have brought new attention to police-involved shootings and how they are investigated in New York’s Capital Region. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the conversation surrounding a recent shooting in Troy.

Organizations dedicated to the fight against opioid addiction are planning for International Overdose Awareness Day later this month.

The Prevention Council of Saratoga County has announced a vigil for Thursday, August 31st at 7 p.m. in Saratoga Springs.  

The gathering in the Spa City’s Congress Park will come after a free Narcan Training event at the Saratoga Springs Community Library.

Police in South Glens Falls are investigating graffiti that read “Whites Only” that appeared outside a black resident’s apartment late Thursday or Friday.

The Northeast will experience a partial solar eclipse on Monday. To celebrate the event, universities and public libraries across the region will be hosting viewing parties.

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Services will begin this afternoon to honor former Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett, who died earlier this week at age 71 after a battle with cancer. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Bennett, who also served as a State Police Superintendent, is being remembered as a man who fought to restore the integrity of Schenectady’s police force.

Services will be held Friday and Saturday for Schenectady’s Commissioner of Public Safety Wayne Bennett, who died this week at age 71.

As summer nears its end and the tourism season in Saratoga Springs, New York is in full swing, local police are partnering on a two-week campaign to crack down on drunk drivers.

A legendary coach for the Adirondack Red Wings who led the former Glens Falls hockey team to two Calder Cup championships was celebrated today. Bill Dineen, who died at 84 last December, is now immortalized on the avenue in front of the city’s arena.

A company at the center of investigations into PFOA contamination of water supplies in Hoosick Falls, New York and Bennington, Vermont has received proposals to provide clean drinking water to a similarly affected community in New Hampshire.

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Dozens of people including family members and friends of a man shot Tuesday night by Troy police marched to city hall today. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the crowd demanded answers as police continue to investigate the incident.

Police in Troy, New York are investigating an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night that injured a 22-year-old man. 

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Vigils and rallies are being organized across the region after a counter-protestor was killed at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday.

Some politicians from the region are criticizing President Donald Trump for his brief remarks on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, that left one dead after a suspect drove a car into a crowd of counter protesters.

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On August 2nd, the Philadelphia Orchestra kicked off its 2017 residency at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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A suspect has been charged with killing a woman and young child in Glens Falls early Friday.

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Today marked the end of an era in the Capital Region. The Saratogian, a newspaper that has been produced out of its landmark Saratoga Springs location for more than a century, is moving. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard visited the downtown building as equipment was being packed up.

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs has a new president. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports the museum’s board has elected a person very familiar to the thoroughbred racing community.

A popular swimming pool in the Saratoga Spa State Park is closing early next week. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports New York officials will begin a $2.9 million renovation.

The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls is looking toward the future after being dogged by more than a year of negative headlines surrounding a water contamination crisis and most recent devastating flooding. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has details about an event next month designed to assist individuals looking to start a business.

 

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