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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A mental health worker faces felony and misdemeanor sexual misconduct charges after he was  accused of sexually abusing a patient in Saratoga County.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Friday night kicked off their holiday season with the Orchestra of St. Luke's performing Bach's Brandenburg concertos at the Bethesda Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs.

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Albany police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday morning.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired at Levels Banquet Hall on North Pearl Street around 2:45 a.m.

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The region is expected to see some significant snowfalls this weekend.

The National Weather Service has announced Winter Weather Advisories for areas south and east of the Capital Region through Sunday morning.

The lower Hudson Valley could see four to six inches of snow. Central Massachusetts, and parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Long Island may see up to 8 inches of snow.

A reported suspicious device discovered on the side of an Albany County road was found to be a replica explosive.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced plans for a former amusement park in the Adirondacks.

The longtime New York City Ballet artistic director Peter Martins has been accused of sexual harassment according to the New York Times.

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center is kicking off the holiday season with a set of special performances Friday night. But as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the music will be not played on SPAC grounds.

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Supporters of the DREAM Act held a national day of action on Wednesday. Advocates rallied in Washington D.C. while other, smaller demonstrations in support of immigrants brought to the United States as children went on in communities across the country. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one such gathering in Saratoga Springs.

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After some Election Day confusion, Gloversville will keep its incumbent mayor for another four years after all. But the mayor is not promising a better relationship with the local Republican Party, which he has left.

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Voters in Southern Saratoga County have approved a land sale between a local school district and the Town of Clifton Park.

Officials at the site of what supporters hope will become a future park in September 2017.
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Voters in Clifton Park in southern Saratoga County today will decide the future of 34 acres of undeveloped land that supporters want to see transformed into a park.  In April, Clifton Park residents rejected the sale of the land owned by the Shenendehowa School District to a local developer.  The developer had proposed using half of the land for a supermarket and donating half back to the town.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra provided WAMC with a statement Sunday morning regarding news of allegations of sexual assault against former conductor James Levine. The entire statement is posted below:

The man accused of starting the fire that damaged more than 30 buildings in the City of Cohoes on Thursday has been released on bail.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting Senate Republicans for advancing their tax overhaul legislation.

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A gun buyback program in Amsterdam will hold an event this weekend.

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Residents of Gloversville will not see their taxes go up next year.

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Downtown Schenectady, anchored by Proctors, has a new arts space. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports from the opening of a new center that is meant to foster the next generation of performers.  

Residents of Canajoharie gathered last night to brainstorm ideas about possible re-use of the former Beech-Nut factory site.

The Canajoharie village firehouse was packed Wednesday night with local residents eager to share their ideas for the future of the factory complex that anchored the community for more than a century.

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Saratoga Springs’ mayor-elect has selected a deputy.

Democrat Meg Kelly, now serving as Deputy Mayor under outgoing Democrat Joanne Yepsen, has selected Lisa Shields as Deputy Mayor.

For the 22nd year, the annual New Year’s Eve celebration First Night is returning to Saratoga Springs. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has a preview.

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Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday night.

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The chemical PFOA has been detected in water samples taken from the Mohawk River near the Colonie landfill.

The Times Union reports that Waterford town supervisor Jack Lawler released test results on Friday, showing PFOA levels of 68 parts per trillion. That’s just below New York state’s 70 parts per trillion drinking water threshold.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Montgomery County have entered a new agreement to remove asbestos contamination from the site of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory in Canajoharie. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

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The City of Schenectady has opened its first senior center since the closure of its former location more than a decade ago. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the grand opening on Thursday.

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Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy John Brown died suddenly while on a training run Sunday. He was 45.  Services are being held throughout the day Friday.   WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Sheriff Michael Zurlo about the loss of his deputy.  

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The next group of leaders in the City of Glens Falls has been chosen. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Democrats and Republicans are pledging cooperation.

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New York’s U.S. senators have announced federal aid for early education programs for low-income families.

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After the tallying of absentee ballots, the political picture in Troy has become clearer. In 2018, Troy will have a unique makeup of its city council. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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Supporters of changing Saratoga Springs’ system of government are preparing for a narrow defeat after the counting of absentee ballots.

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