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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New York News
8:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Sen. Gillibrand Says She Has No Role In Possible Sale Of Family's Land To Casino Developers

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has stated she has no involvement in any discussions related to the sale of her family’s Albany-area land to a casino developer.

Gillibrand said that she has no involvement in any future sale of the 60 aces owned by her family to casino developers. The Democrat said she trusts Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s judgement on whether the land located near New York State Thruway exit 23 would be a suitable location for a casino.

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New York News
6:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Leaders Discuss Funding Priorities With Sen. Gillibrand At SUNY Adirondack

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited with community leaders in Queensbury, New York, today to hear from local officials their economic development needs.

On the campus of SUNY Adirondack, New York’s junior senator met with leaders of the business community and public officials from Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga counties.

Ed Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County, addressed the upcoming closure of General Electric’s capacitor manufacturing plant in Fort Edward…

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New York News
5:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Event Raises Awareness Of Public Services

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Representatives of more than 100 social service agencies in upstate New York gathered in Saratoga Springs to raise awareness of available public services. 

At the Saratoga Springs City Center, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council celebrated its Annual Interagency Awareness Day.

A.C. Riley, President of EOC, said the event offers social service agencies from all sectors including healthcare, housing, and homelessness prevention visibility, and allows members of the public to become more involved with their communities.

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New York News
1:07 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Albany Law School Introducing New Program On Racing, Equine And Gaming Law

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Beginning in September Albany law school is launching a new concentration in equine, racing, and gaming law. The program is being introduced as states including New York and Massachusetts are expanding casino gaming.

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New York News
8:17 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Union Defeats Minnesota For NCAA Hockey Title

Union College has won its first NCAA hockey title by scoring three times during a 1:54 span in the first period of a 7-4 victory over Minnesota.

The Gophers led 2-1 until Mike Vecchione, Eli Lichtenwald and Daniel Ciampini scored for the Dutchman.

Colin Stevens made 36 saves for Union, which finishes the season 32-6-4.

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New York News
2:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Capital Region Mayors Discuss Housing Issues

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Several Capital Region mayors gathered in Schenectady Thursday to discuss the housing sector challenges facing their cities.

The mayors’ roundtable was part of the day-long summit “Strengthening Cities, Communities & Homes.” Participants took part in discussions and heard from experts including leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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New York News
12:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Hyde Collection Receives Major Photography Donation

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The Hyde Collection, an internationally known art museum in Glens Falls, New York, has received a major donation from a leading national news anchor. 

The Hyde Collection announced it has been gifted a large collection of photographs from ABC news anchor and political correspondent George Stephanopoulos, who also worked in the Clinton White House. Hyde director Charles Guerin said the donation comes from a man whose collection is well known in the photography world.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Glens Falls Derailment May Warrant Closer Look At Rail Infrastructure

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A train derailment earlier this week in Glens Falls has some local officials suggesting it may be time to reexamine the area’s infrastructure.

On Monday afternoon, a train carrying ammonia derailed in Glens Falls, jumping tracks near the Lehigh Northeast Cement Company.

Ed Greenberg, a spokesman for Canadian Pacific, the company that owns the tracks, said emergency protocols were initiated swiftly, the two tanker cars were placed back on the tracks, and traffic was resumed by Tuesday morning.

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New York News
4:54 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Grants Assist High School Clean Tech Workforce Training Programs

A Saratoga County school district has received a grant to enhance a program that connects students with the clean tech industry.

The Cuomo administration this week announced more than $1 million grants to support high school clean-energy training programs. The grants, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, or NYSERDA, focus on preparing students for careers in clean energy through supporting STEM programs.

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New York News
1:08 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

New York State United Teachers Elects New President

New York State United Teachers has voted in a new president. According to local media reports, Karen Magee, president of the Harrison Association of Teachers in Westchester was voted in early Sunday morning.

Magee will replace Richard Iannuzzi, who has served as NYSUT's president since 2005

On Saturday, the union, in a voice vote, approved a symbolic resolution calling for the “immediate” removal of New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr., who has been criticized for the state’s implementation of the Common Core.

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