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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EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck will be speaking at a community forum in Hoosick Falls. She’ll also hear concerns and answer questions as the agency gathers information on the PFOA chemical contamination of the Rensselaer County community’s drinking water supply.

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App-controlled ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity in many of the United States’ major cities. But the services are outlawed in upstate New York. In Saratoga Springs, opponents and supporters gathered for the city’s first dialogue on bringing the services to the Spa City last night.

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Cuomo previewed his seven-point plan at Mount Neboh Bapitst Church in Harlem on Sunday morning.

Beginning January 15h, Saratoga Springs will host the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

UPDATE 1/10/16: Police have released the identity of a man accused of killing his neighbor and instigating an armed standoff with police.

Watervliet Police Acting Chief Mark Spain says 49-year-old Michael J. Fox was arrested on charges of killing his neighbor, 29-year-old Brandon Sherwin.

Fox is facing multiple charges including murder and criminal possession of a weapon.  He is being held in Albany County jail.

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Two Capital Region Assemblymen are scheduled to join picketing nurses outside Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville Saturday. Democrats Phil Steck and Angelo Santabarbara are scheduled to rally outside the hospital at noon.

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During the Great Recession, schools had to make difficult choices. In New York, as state aid was pulled back, many schools had to lay-off staff and eliminate programs.

Much of the conversation around stopping corruption at the state capitol is centered around limiting lawmakers' outside income.

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The Glens Falls region has a rich history of medical device manufacturing. More than 2,000 people work in New York’s “Catheter Valley”.

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Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti is a Grammy Award-winning composer and musician who, in his words, is on a non-stop tour. Coming off a lengthy string of performances in New York City, Botti is set to leave for a world tour.

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On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets program. The program at Fort Drum will begin on January 11th.

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The New York State Association of Counties released its list of 2016 legislative priorities on Wednesday, the first day of the new session.

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A Central New York Mayor and a Capital Region Congressman are advocating for a new federally funded tool to ensure communities across New York and the U.S. have access to clean drinking water.

On Sunday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order to protect homeless individuals across the state from inclement winter weather.

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For today... Mostly cloudy skies expected the chance to see some snow showers later in the day. Highs will be in the low to mid 30s in Northern zones and mid to upper 30s in Southern zones. The wind will be breezy out of the west 10-15 mph, with some gusts closer to 25 mph.

New laws designed to fight human trafficking and protect women in the workplace are coming to New York in the new year.

A Saratoga Springs-based non-profit has announced the conservation of 246 acres in Saratoga County.

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Hours before First Night celebrations, downtown Saratoga Springs was busy making last-minute preparations for the year-end event that draws thousands.

Officials in Montgomery County are wondering what to do about a former factory that was once the cornerstone of a community.

Albany's Times Union Center was evacuated Saturday evening as police investigated a reported suspicious item in an adjacent parking lot.

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With lawmakers back home from Washington, northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik did some volunteering at the Salvation Army in Glens Falls on  Monday. The organization this week is distributing food and toys to needy families.

Three-term Rep. Richard Hanna told the Syracuse Post Standard  he will leave Congress at the end of his term that concludes at the end of 2016.

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys basketball tournament will be leaving Glens Falls for Binghamton in 2017 after more than three decades at the Civic Center. The city is losing one of its busiest weekends of the year.

Police in North Greenbush say a suspect  is being held as the investigation into the deadly stabbing attack on Troy Director of Operations William Chamberlain continues.

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Fans are flocking to their local theaters to see the next chapter in the Star Wars saga. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief talked those waiting for last night's premiere of The Force Awakens in Schenectady.

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The world continues to debate how to handle the growing international refugee crisis. When refugees do arrive, they are left to tackle the challenges associated with setting up a new life in the United States. They often need help learning English, seeking out government services, or finding a job. One organization operating out of Albany is doing the important work behind the scenes to help migrants find a foothold in their new community. In the fifth part of our winter series on unsung locals, WAMC's Lucas Willard reports on a refugee who is dedicated to helping others.

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A local energy company presented a $10,000 grant to Catholic Charities Thursday to aid flood recovery efforts more than two years after a devastating storm struck a small Montgomery County community and displaced more than 100 people.

Healthcare workers in Gloversville planned to demonstrate Thursday night.

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A coalition of environmental groups Thursday filed a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking General Electric to pursue additional PCB dredging in the Hudson River.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has announced more than one billion dollars in federal funding has been secured to support naval reactors, including two in the Capital Region.

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