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
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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New York News
4:59 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Washington County Law Enforcement Hope To Raise Community Awareness Of Drug Abuse

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Washington County law enforcement officials are pushing for more community awareness of drug abuse and addiction through more oversight of pharmacies.

Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says there are a lot of misconceptions about drug abuse and the reality of highly-addictive methamphetamines.

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New York News
1:05 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

TV Producer David Miner Reflects On His Role In Creation Of "ComFest" At Skidmore College

This weekend, Skidmore College is hosting the 25th National College Comedy Festival. The annual event was first organized in 1990 by Skidmore alum David Miner. Miner, now a television producer with credits for shows including "30 Rock", "Parks and Recreation", and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", also formed the College’s first comedy group, the Ad-Liberal Artists.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Lake George Advocates Praise Gov. Cuomo For Conservation Efforts

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In a letter penned by Lake George Mayor Robert Blais on behalf of the Stop Aquatic Invasives From Entering Lake George Partnership to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the governor received high marks on his attention to work helping protect the Adirondack lake.

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New York News
5:36 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Three Appointed To New York's Casino Siting Board

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The New York State Gaming Commission has announced that it will appoint three individuals to sit on the state’s casino siting panel.

The Commission announced Thursday three new people to serve on the Resort Gaming Facility Location Board. The Board will be responsible for evaluating casino applications and determining who will be eligible for a full-scale casino license.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Hudson River Trustees Take Issue With GE Report

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Federal agencies have sent a letter to General Electric over concerns related to a recent Hudson River cleanup report. 

The Federal Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees recently sent a letter to General Electric to, as the group contends, address misinformation and correct the public record on a Hudson River Project Report submitted by the company to the New York State comptroller’s office in late December.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Calls For More 'P-TECH' Schools

IBM, which helped develop the P-TECH model, is hoping to bring the experimental school program to more states.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to fund an experimental high school model that connects students with colleges and business to put them on a technology-focused career path.

In his budget proposal, Governor Cuomo is calling for $5 million to help start 10 more P-TECH schools in New York. The P-TECH model, short for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, is named after the school in Brooklyn that was launched 2011.

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