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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UPDATE 9/11/15: On Thursday evening, the Town Board voted 3-2 to rescind an advisory referendum resolution passed late last month that would have asked for voters' opinion on a plan to relocate the town police station to a town-owned former New York State Armory building.

Mr. Stu Baker was incorrect in his assertion that the town's resolution to bring an advisory referendum was illegal. The move is protected under NYS Town Law, Article 6, Section 81(1)(b) which states: The town board may upon its own motion and shall upon a petition, as hereinafter provided, cause to be submitted at a special or biennial town election, a proposition: 1. In any purchase, lease, construct, alter or remodel a town hall, a town lockup or any other necessary building for town purposes, acquire necessary lands therefor, and equip and furnish such buildings for such purposes, or to demolish or remove any town building 

The town will now begin a new search for a police station site. Our original story is posted below. 

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The communities along Lake George depend on summer. And this time of year, the miles of inns and hotels along the lake are filling up.

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After more than a decade of discussion and division, Walmart is coming to Ballston in Southern Saratoga County.

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In knee-deep water at the Norowal Marina in Bolton Landing, Dave Wick, Executive Director of the Lake George Park Commission, is sifting sediment with a circular screen.

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With the racetrack dark for the day, leaders in New York's horse racing industry assembled in Saratoga Springs to discuss the retirement of thoroughbreds – a topic that has long been the subject of equine advocates.

An animal rights group seeking "legal personhood" for chimpanzees won't get a hearing in New York's highest court.

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Robert Forezzi Sr. served as Albany's Fire Chief from 2006 to 2013. A city native, Forezzi worked for the department for nearly four decades, primarily at the Midtown Station.

The man who started the company that bears his name managed communications for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid and assisted the New York Racing Association for decades.

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Watching what will go down as one of the sport's biggest upsets, thousands of fans packed into Saratoga Race Course changed their tone from cries of excitement to sighs of disbelief after Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was overtaken by Keen Ice Saturday in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes.

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Saratoga Springs will be packed with visitors for Travers weekend and public safety officials are putting a plan in place to make sure guests enjoy their stay.