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
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

New York Lt. Gov. Duffy Announces Nano Utica Construction Ahead Of Schedule

The Cuomo Administration has announced a construction milestone at the so-called Nano Utica initiative.

On Thursday, New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy visited the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica to announce that construction is ahead of schedule on the Computer Chip Commercialization Center. Also known as Quad-C, the $125 million project is part of the Cuomo Administration’s Nano Utica initiative, led by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany and SUNY IT.

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New York News
1:28 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Retracing The Steps Of Solomon Northup In Saratoga Springs

Solomon Northup
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The story of Solomon Northup, a free man lured from New York and sold into slavery in 1841, is now known by a worldwide audience thanks to the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years A Slave. The film, directed by Steve McQueen, shares the title of the narrative written by Northup after his rescue in 1853.

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New York News
9:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Saratoga Springs Commissioner Comes Out Against Full-Scale Casino

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Though Saratoga Springs is considered a contending location for a full-scale casino license in New York, another member of the Saratoga Springs City Council has come out against expanded casino gambling.

According to a letter posted online by the Albany Times Union, Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner  Anthony “Skip” Scirocco recently released a statement on his stance against the introduction of full-scale casino resort to the city.

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New York News
3:34 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Democratic Candidates Launch Campaigns For State Senate In New York's 49th District

Two candidates vying for the Democratic spot in the race for New York’s sprawling 49th Senate District are kicking their campaigns into gear.

New York’s 49th Senate District, stretching from Schenectady and Saratoga Counties up through Fulton, Herkimer, and Hamilton, has long been held by Republican Hugh Farley. Come November, two Democratic candidates are hoping to take his place.

Candidate Madelyn Thorne ran against Farley in 2012. Two years on, Thorne said she’s continued to travel the region, and believes her support in the Republican controlled district is growing.

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New York News
3:48 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

SPAC Announces 2014 Residency Of Philadelphia Orchestra

Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs has announced the 2014 residency of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

 

The residency will run from August 6 through 23rd. The lineup will include known guest conductors, premieres and pops performances.

 

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Adirondack Lawmakers Offer Views On Education Budget

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At a public meeting hosted by EDC Warren County at Crandall Library in Glens Falls, State Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec, both Republicans, answered questions and offered their thoughts on what is included — and what is not included — in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal, and other matters facing lawmakers this year.

While the discussion covered topics ranging from infrastructure to the SAFE Act, the majority of the conversation focused on education.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Schumer Pushing For Brownfield Cleanup Funding For Glens Falls

Sen. Schumer in Glens Falls

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Glens Falls today to call for Environmental Protection Agency funding to cleanup brownfield sites throughout the city.

Senator Schumer gathered with Glens Falls mayor Jack Diamond and other local officials at the Former Aroxy Dry Cleaners. The brownfield site on Warren Street is one of six high-priority locations within the city that officials are focused on redeveloping.

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New York News
3:45 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Saratoga County District Attorney Announces Bid For County Court Judge

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The District Attorney of Saratoga County announced Friday that he will be running for a new office.

Surrounded by his Republican colleagues at a press conference in Saratoga Springs, longtime district attorney James Murphy III formally announced that he is running for a new office.

“I am very, very pleased and privileged today to announce my candidacy for Saratoga County Court Judge,” said Murphy.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Glens Falls Hospital Joins Adirondack Health Institute

Glens Falls Hospital has joined a regional partnership with a mission to cut healthcare costs through collaboration.

Glens Falls Hospital was recently welcomed as a new member of the Adirondack Health Institute.

AHI, formed in 2011, is a member organization including Community Providers, Inc., a related party to Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, Adirondack Health, which operates Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, and Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

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New York News
3:10 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Montgomery County Lawmakers Advance Casino Measure

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Montgomery County officials are voicing their support for casino development, as New York gears up to hear proposals.

On Tuesday evening, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Planning Committee unanimously voted to move a measure in favor of casino development to the full board.

District 7 legislator Barbara Wheeler sponsored the measure.

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