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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It's one month until the meet at Saratoga Race Course and New York's horse racing organizers are preparing for a new season. In its first board meeting since April and American Pharoah's Triple Crown win at Belmont, the NYRA board is hoping improvements at the Spa will provide for an excellent racing season. 

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College has received a $100,000 award to kick-start a fundraising campaign.

The Tang was awarded the challenge grant from the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation.

Ian Berry, museum director, said Kelly, a recognized painter in New York's Hudson Valley, is a "critically influential artist" and that the award is critical as the museum grows its collection.

The fundraising effort by the museum will support an endowment to care for its collection of more than 7,000 objects.

It's been 50 years since the cornerstone of Albany's Empire State Plaza was laid in place. A new exhibit at the New York State museum tells the story of Governor Nelson Rockefeller's vision, the history of the location, and the workers who made the project a reality.

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Hundreds of registered nurses at two Capital Region hospitals have voted to authorize a strike.

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Thomas Ferrara was admitted to the jail on Wednesday afternoon. He was found unresponsive less than four hours later.

Schenectady is preparing for the transformation of a former industrial area with the arrival a casino. During the planning stages, area residents are asking a lot of questions — from disputes over building designs to what's being done to address problem gambling.

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In the final push before the end of New York's legislative session, the state Assembly has passed a piece of gun control legislation named after a boy killed in Saratoga County.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has a new comprehensive plan after two years of meetings and debates. It replaces a document that had been in place since 2001.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking landlords to recognize the rights of their tenants as several laws that created New York City's rent regulation system are set to expire.

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While the manhunt for the two escaped murderers continues in northern New York, Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione of Halfmoon says she would introduce a bill to strengthen penalties against anyone accused of aiding a prisoner's escape.

"It’s important that we make our State laws against helping a criminal escape justice stronger to send a powerful message and serve as a more effective deterrent. If you help a criminal try and escape jail you’ll soon be joining them there for a very long time," says Marchione.

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