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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WAMC News
5:07 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Warns Storm Could Cause Road Closures In NY

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UPDATE : http://wamc.org/post/wicked-winter-storm-expected-blow-itself-out-later-today

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning travelers to be wary of the winter storms passing through the region, and that the weather could be severe enough to close roads.

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New York News
3:55 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Outgoing Deputy Mayor Of Saratoga Springs Tapped To Serve In Clerk's Office

Outgoing deputy mayor of Saratoga Springs Shauna Sutton will serve under county clerk-elect Craig Hayner in the new year.
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Saratoga County is preparing for its third County Clerk in three years.

Almost one year ago, former County Clerk Kathy Marchione left her post to become State Senator of the 43rd district. She’d served as Saratoga County Clerk for 15 years.

In April of 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Peter Martin as interim Clerk. But voters in November elected Martin to represent Saratoga Springs on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.

On January first, Republican Clerk-elect Craig Hayner, a Halfmoon town board member, will assume his new role.

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New York News
1:08 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Saratoga Area Will Have Plenty Of New Faces In 2014

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For Saratoga Springs, 2013 was a year of transitions. It was an election year featuring high-profile political campaigns, a controversial ballot initiative, and plenty of new faces getting in place for 2014.

On January 1st, 2013, former Saratoga County Clerk Republican Kathy Marchione left her position of more than 15 years to become state Senator for the 43rd District, a seat long held by Roy MacDonald. In February, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Democrat Peter Martin to the clerk’s office.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Adirondack Senator Discusses Effort To Open Ski Museum In North Creek

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State Senator Betty Little is leading an effort to establish a museum showcasing the history of skiing in New York in the town of North Creek, home of Gore Mountain.

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Senator Little about the ongoing effort.

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New York News
12:58 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Hopefuls Look To Fill Seat In 113th Assembly District

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New York State Assemblymen Tony Jordan of the 113th district will leave his post to become the next District Attorney of Washington County on January 1st, but the question of who will replace him remains. 

Washington County native and Republican Tony Jordan is stepping down from the state Assembly district that spans Saratoga and Washington Counties to become Washington County’s new district attorney.

An attorney, Jordan served as Washington County’s Assistant District Attorney prior toward beginning his legislative career in 2009.

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WAMC News
1:07 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Farm Aid Distributes More Than $570,000 In Grants To Help Family Farms

Farm Aid recent announced that it has distributed more than $570,000 in grants to family farm and rural service organizations across 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard recently spoke with Farm Aid’s Jennifer Fahy about the money raised for family farmers in a year that included the annual concert hosted at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Community Leaders Seeking Code Blue Program For Saratoga Springs

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Community leaders in Saratoga Springs are seeking to establish a Code Blue program, just days after a woman succumbed to the elements outside the Saratoga Senior Center on a freezing night.

During the recent cold snap, 54-year-old Nancy Pitts died outside the Saratoga Senior Center. Now officials are working to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen is leading the charge to establish a Code Blue program in Saratoga Springs. During a Code Blue alert, emergency shelters open their doors to anyone when the temperature dips below 10 degrees.

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New York News
12:43 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Advocates And Opponents Pack Saratoga Casino Forum

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A crowd of advocates and opponents packed into the Saratoga Springs City Center last night for a casino forum hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and Saratoga Convention and Tourism bureau.

An hour before The Saratoga Casino Forum began, people started streaming into in the City Center. Members of Destination Saratoga, the pro-casino group launched with money from the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, stepped out of buses waving signs and wearing buttons.

Meanwhile, volunteers with SAVE Saratoga, the anti-casino group, passed out hundreds of red T-shirts.

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New York News
5:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Casino Forum To Answer Questions In Saratoga Springs

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Residents of Saratoga Springs will have the chance tonight to hear from a range of experts on how controversial casino development could affect the area.

Tonight at Saratoga Springs City Center, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and Saratoga Springs Convention and Tourism Bureau will host a forum to examine the full-scale impact of the arrival of a resort-style casino in the Spa City following the passage of a statewide ballot proposal in November.

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New York News
4:22 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

U.S. Sen. Schumer Reveals Bill To Help Short-Line Rail In Saratoga Springs

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer joined Saratoga County officials today to launch his push for a bill to extend a tax credit he considers vital to railroads in New York.

On January 1st, a tax credit for short-line railroads is set to expire. At the Saratoga Springs Train Station, Sen. Schumer announced his push for the Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2013. The Democrat mentioned the importance of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, and other short-line rail lines that connect interstate rail to small communities.

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