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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Earlier this week, Johnstown’s Common Council adopted a budget introduced by interim Mayor Cindy Lakata calling for a 9 percent rate increase.

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors
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In July, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced the 2017 tax cap would sit below 1 percent. The cap, which is 2 percent on tax levies or the inflation rate, whichever is less, was set at .68 percent. DiNapoli warned that it could present challenges for local governments.

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Several structures in downtown Saratoga Springs were impacted by a fire in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that would create an Autism Action Plan. The plan intends to identify the most effective ways to support New Yorkers living with the fastest-growing developmental disability in the country.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who successfully prosecuted former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges, said Wednesday he has been asked to stay on by President-elect Donald Trump and accepted.

First Night Saratoga marks the New Year.
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The New Year’s Eve tradition that packs downtown Saratoga Springs with performers, musicians, throngs of revelers, and fireworks, is just about a month away.

The Troy City Council
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Inside a tense City Council chambers Tuesday night, after weeks of often pointed public debate, Republican City Council President Carmella Mantello said communication between the Majority Steering Committee and Mayor Patrick Madden had broken down.

Influential experimental composer and multi-instrumentalist Pauline Oliveros has died. A founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center, she taught music at several institutions and served as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced actions intended to protect civil rights and combat hate crimes in New York.

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The National Weather Service has issued wintry weather advisories for much of the WAMC listening area. Higher elevations could see 6 to 8 inches of snow between early Sunday and Monday evening.

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Uber operates in 47 states and New York City, but does not carry passengers upstate — and it would like to.

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New York’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, stood with civil rights advocates Thursday, denouncing a rash of alleged hate crimes and bias-related incidents that have occurred since the election of Donald Trump.

Trump protester with candle
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As demonstrations by those on the left continue across the country in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, marches are scheduled in the Capital Region.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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One year ago, General Electric wrapped up its dredging of a 40-mile stretch of the Hudson River from Fort Edward to Troy.

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The $330 million Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor has been reshaping Schenectady’s waterfront. Beside a completed Courtyard Marriott Hotel, an in-progress office complex, and a parking deck, the casino itself was recently adorned with new signage.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has updated its controversial “sit/lie” law that prevents individuals from obstructing a public sidewalk. 

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Supporters of the long-awaited preservation of a community farm in Saratoga Springs cheered Tuesday night after the city approved a conservation easement to protect the Pitney Farm for years to come.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered state police, SUNY police, and the State Division of Human Rights to investigate an alleged hate crime that took place on the SUNY Geneseo campus Friday.

Crossgates was evacuated after reports of an active shooter on Saturday.
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 UPDATE: 11/13/16 2:00 p.m.:

Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor said investigators believe an altercation between two men led to a single shot being fired inside the Crossgates Mall around 2:20 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Lawlor thanked mall patrons for their cooperation with authorities.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has entered an agreement to hold company Taconic responsible for removing the chemical PFOA from water supplies in the Rensselaer County community of Petersburgh. 

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December 8th, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech that ushered the United States into the Second World War.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione presided over the marathon 10-hour session at Hoosick Falls Central School.
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One of the most closely watched New York state Senate races in the Capital Region was the at-times fierce battle for the 43rd District. The district that hugs the eastern border of the state stretches from Saratoga to Columbia County.

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At the first economic outlook summit hosted by the Saratoga Prosperity Partnership, 20th District Congressman Paul Tonko and Albany-area economist Hugh Johnson appeared as keynote speakers.

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Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco has served the Capital Region for 33 years. He’ll go onto represent New Yorkers in retiring Senator Hugh Farley’s 49th district this January after securing 70 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

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Update 11/14/16: Assemblyman Dan Stec ran against Green Party candidate Robin Barkenhagen. WAMC erroneously reported Stec ran unopposed. The original audio file remains posted to this story.

In 2014, Republican Elise Stefanik became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Two years later, at age 32, she is the youngest woman reelected.

Homes with wells tainted with the chemical PFOS on Long Island will be connected to a clean drinking water supply.

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With the retirement of longtime GOP State Senator Hugh Farley, 112th District Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is seeking to fill his shoes in a campaign against Democratic challenger Chad Putman.

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The makeup of New York state Senate hangs in the balance this year. It’s currently led by Republicans and a coalition of breakaway Democrats.

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It’s one of the country’s most lauded downtown stretches, but debate has heightened over street performers, the homeless, and panhandlers in recent years. Now, Saratoga Springs’ infamous sidewalk law may be revised. A public hearing on the measure was held Tuesday night in City Council chambers.

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Shelters of Saratoga, the only year-round homeless shelter in Saratoga, Washington, and Warren Counties, has expanded to allow for more room for services and storage.

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