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 Governor Andrew Cuomo spent part of his Sunday morning tearing into President Donald Trump.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School will be open Sunday and Monday for grief counseling after the death of a student.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has moved a public forum on proposed changes to its governing document after a Friday night fire damaged a portion of the building.

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Saratoga Springs City Hall was struck by lightning during thunderstorms Friday night.

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New York State has begun the process of applying to the federal Surface Transportation Board for the formal abandonment of a 30-mile section of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway from North Creek to the former Tahawus mine in the Town of Newcomb.

Tom Morley, daughter Grace, and wife Maggie Wolfendale
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Hours before post time at Saratoga Race Course, trainers, grooms and hotwalkers are already working with the nation’s top thoroughbreds. For trainer Tom Morley, it’s a demanding career. But luckily for him, racing is a family business.

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Northern New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is hosting a roundtable on opioid addiction in Saratoga County Friday.

A new affordable housing development supported by public dollars will be constructed in Saratoga Springs.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal announced the start of construction on a $34 million project at 247 Washington Street.

Saratoga County legislators are considering the creation of a registry to prevent animal abusers from obtaining pets.

Workers stand on a barge while divers below the surface work on the seawall
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The seawall that protects the City of Troy from the Hudson River is under an extensive renovation. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a closer look at the work underway in the Collar City.

Western New York Republican Congressman Chris Collins has suspended his campaign for re-election days after he was indicted for insider trading.

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With Iowa Pacific stepping down as the operator of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, local officials are discussing the future of the tracks.

Great Meadow Correctional Facility

A lockdown was in effect today at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York, in Washington County. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited with officials at the prison and is seeking a plan to reduce similar incidents statewide.

Residents of Fulton County, New York are being invited to share their thoughts on a new Shared Services Plan.

Beginning with a mandate from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature last year, New York counties have begun studying ways to save money by sharing services.

Last year, 34 counties formed Shared Services Committees and submitted plans to the state, for implementation in 2018.

This year, committees in 23 counties are in the process of putting together a plan.


After two recent deaths, officials in Saratoga Springs are discussing the need for a new public safety building on the city’s east side. But, as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the project has been stalled for years.

New York State Senate

This November, the balance of power in the New York State Senate will be determined. A Democratic political newcomer is challenging a two-term Republican Senator in the newest district in New York — the 46th. 

A proposed law in Rensselaer County aimed at preventing theft would establish 10-day holding period for second-hand dealers like pawn shops.

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Last week, the FBI raided the home of a Niskayuna man they say stole trade secrets from General Electric’s power division in Schenectady, and took him away in handcuffs. The GE employee with ties to China is accused of hiding company files in an image of a sunset, which he then sent to a personal email address. Charges filed do not allege that the man sold the information.  

Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Sunday morning in the city's warehouse district.

Senator Neil Breslin is facing a challenge from Republican Chris Davis in November
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A longtime New York State Senate Democrat is facing a rematch this fall against his 2016 Republican opponent.

A man who fired seven bullets into a crowd in Schenectady, New York killing one has been sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison.

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A Troy soldier who was killed in World War One was honored at his gravesite Thursday.

Private John J. Callahan Jr. was the first Marine from Troy, New York killed in World War One. One hundred years after his death, members of his family gathered at his grave at St. Mary’s Cemetery, where Callahan was posthumously awarded the New York State Liberty Medal.

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Researchers at Bennington College have released data that may show how far a toxic chemical has spread through the air from a closed factory in southern Vermont.

Congressman Paul Tonko and RISSE Operations Director Francis Sengabo
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Volunteers and staff at an Albany organization that provides assistance to refugees and immigrants are struggling to keep up with the demand for services. Today, the organization got a visit from their member of Congress, Democrat Paul Tonko.

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Two years after a young girl was killed on Lake George, officials have again taken steps to prevent the annual party that preceded the fatal boat crash from happening.

Aaron Gladd is the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for New York's 43rd State Senate District
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Democrat Aaron Gladd is running for New York’s 43rd State Senate District that includes portions of Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington Counties and all of Columbia County.  This November, Gladd, an army veteran and former aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, is running against Republican Daphne Jordan for the seat held for the last six years by retiring GOP Senator Kathy Marchione.

Daphne Jordan speaks at her campaign kickoff event in Troy
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The Republican candidate in the race for New York’s 43rd State Senate District officially kicked off her campaign Thursday. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, she got a boost from a fellow officer-seeker.

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This story has been updated 7/27/18 3:30 p.m.

A local scouting organization is moving on after it failed to sell a former Cub Scout camp to the Saratoga County Town of Milton.

Milton’s plan to purchase Camp Boyhaven stretched on over several months and two town supervisors. But Twin Rivers Council, the local organization that owns the camp, is done moving deadlines. Mark Switzer is the council executive.

Frank Rossi Jr. speaks to the Ballston Planning Board on July 25th, 2018
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In a saga that dates back more than a decade, development may be coming to a hotly debated property in the Saratoga County town of Ballston.

The Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals met on July 23rd, 2018
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The owners of a popular Saratoga Lake restaurant that closed earlier this year due to a fire are seeking an expansion before the business is reopened. But nearby residents are objecting to the size of the project.