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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Code Blue Saratoga
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Earlier this year, Shelters of Saratoga was forced to find a new home for its emergency Code Blue shelter after the Salvation Army determined it could no longer host the service at its building in downtown, where it had been for two years.  The program was started in 2013 at St. Peter’s School after the freezing death of a homeless woman.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the explosion that rocked Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night on Sunday morning.

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Semiconductor manufacturer GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced that it is working toward the next technological breakthrough of 7 nanometer technology.

Albany International Airport

Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko announced Wednesday that Albany International Airport will receive $1.1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for security enhancements.

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Republicans battled for their parties’ nomination in the 112th and 113th Assembly Districts on Tuesday.

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STORY UPDATED 9/14/16 11:10 a.m.

The sprawling 49th Senate district that stretches from Schenectady deep into the Adirondacks has been held by Republican Hugh Farley for four decades.

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A ceremony was held Tuesday morning in the Fireman’s Home in Fort Plain, located on a block that was underwater in June of 2013. The storm dumped 8 inches of rain and swelled a nearby creek beyond its banks. Homes and businesses were damaged and one person died.

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Today is a day where remembrance services are being held across the country and Americans are pausing to recognize the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The body of a drowning victim in Lake George was recovered by divers Saturday afternoon.

According to the Register-Star, a body found early Saturday morning in a wooded area in Kinderhook, New York was confirmed by a family member to be Halle Schmidt.

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Saturday is the second day of the 2016 Tugboat Roundup in Waterford. More than 30 vessels, modern and antique, are lined up in the Southern Saratoga County town.

Amsterdam Police have discovered a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in an empty warehouse.

Pittsfield Police Department
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A Berkshire County police officer has been fired after being found responsible for multiple misconduct charges in an internal investigation.


Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a first-term Democrat, held his first of three public workshops on the 2017 budget process this week.

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Saratoga Race Course was as busy as ever this year. The 40-day summer meet that ran from late July until Labor Day drew more than 1.1 million paid visitors, breaking last year’s number by more than 5 percent.

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As autumn approaches, so does hunting season in New York. And as hunters begin preparing for treks into the woods, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is asking for a change: this fall, use bullets that are lead-free.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued along the New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut coasts as Tropical Storm Hermine moves up the Eastern Seaboard.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect along the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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Outside the Saratoga Springs City Center, organizers announced Equestricon 2017. The event is scheduled to take place over three days next August, during the busy thoroughbred racing season. It’s touted as the first ever international horse racing convention and industry trade show.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is continuing to test the Hoosic River and its tributaries to determine how the potentially carcinogenic chemical PFOA is moving through the local area.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

A ceremony was held Wednesday to mark the opening of the $17.5 million Gateway Overlook in Amsterdam.

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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort met with residents in Canajoharie Wednesday night to discuss his vision to redevelop the massive, former Beech-Nut plant that sits beside the Mohawk River.

The New York State Nurses Association is celebrating this week after reaching new contract agreements with hospitals in Utica and Gloversville.

Two hikers in Albany County came across a dead body Friday.

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Escorted by motorcycle riders with the Patriot Guard, the remains of a WWII marine killed in the Pacific more than 70 years ago finally arrived home Friday.


Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville says nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association planning to strike next week will be locked out. The union that represents 112 nurses at the Fulton County facility is planning a strike to begin September 1st until September 6th.

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The Mid-Summer Derby returns to Saratoga on Saturday. The day punctuated by the 147th running of the Travers Stakes promises to draw visitors to Saratoga Race Course from across the Capital Region and around the world.

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NYRA says all reserve-seating for Travers Day has already sold out. With Saturday’s attendance capped at 50,000, Saratoga Race Course has seen a strong season on the back of sunny weather and a renewed interest in racing after last year’s Triple Crown win by American Pharoah.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, is planning to visit the Saratoga area on Monday, but an exact location has not been announced.

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There’s been a hole in downtown Troy ever since the old city hall building was knocked down five-and-a-half years ago.

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When driving into downtown Glens Falls, it’s hard to miss the new residential and commercial buildings under construction. In the shadow of a multi-story mixed use building that is nearing completion, is what was once the center of downtown nightlife.