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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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.

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Friday marked the start of another summer season at Saratoga Race Course. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, fans are already exploring new amenities at the track.

Chris Kay holds the microphone as NYRA officials cut the ribbon for The Stretch, a new premium seating area at Saratoga Race Course
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It's opening day at Saratoga Race Course. With the arrival of another summer season at the Spa, the New York Racing Association is continuing its strategy to upgrade infrastructure and provide new amenities to fans. 

A panel discussion was hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
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One day before the start of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, members of the thoroughbred racing and tourism industries gathered in the Spa City to share their thoughts on the racing season.

Protesters speak in Troy outside police headquarters
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Earlier this week it was revealed that there would be no charges in a non-fatal officer-involved shooting in Troy last summer. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the family and friends of the man who was shot rallied today for justice.

EPA Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez speaks in Nassau, NY
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Work will begin this summer as part of ongoing remediation efforts at a contaminated landfill in Rensselaer County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided an update in the Town of Nassau Tuesday night.

Democrats that ran unsuccessfully for their party’s nomination in New York’s 21st Congressional District are turning their attention to the state legislature.


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A Capital Region hospital and healthcare network will remain independent after a two-year review.

The Albany Police Department is investigating another shooting death as a rash in violent crime continues.

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The first public meeting about how to utilize a recently purchased 37-acre lot in the Saratoga County town of Clifton Park is set for this evening.

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As more than 300 immigrants wait inside Albany County Jail, attorneys and interpreters are organizing to gather more information on those being detained. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports dozens turned out Wednesday night to learn how to help.

Albany County Correctional Facility
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It’s been about two weeks since people detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began arriving at Albany County Correctional Facility. Since then, hundreds of lawyers and volunteers have been working in the jail to find out basic information about the immigrants being detained.

The Albany Police Department is investigating two seperate shooting incidents that occurred early Sunday morning.

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A woman who was allegedly shoplifting from an Albany County Walmart is facing charges after striking a police officer with her vehicle.

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Police are asking the public for information after a man was killed and another injured in Albany early Saturday.

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A recreated mid-century shanty boat is traveling down the Hudson River in search of stories.

Senator Charles Schumer speaks at Quad Graphics in Saratoga Springs
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A move by the Trump administration to place tariffs on Canadian paper products is threatening businesses in the United States. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer visited a plant in upstate New York today to urge the U.S. Department of Commerce to rethink the proposal in an emerging trade war.

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Police in Fulton County are searching for a man on the autism spectrum who disappeared Saturday.


Progressive organizations and activists are holding a number of rallies and marches in our region this weekend to voice opposition to the federal government’s immigration policies.

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New York state officials have released a Harmful Algal Blooms action plan for Lake George.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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The Village of Hoosick Falls on Monday voted to accept nearly $200,000 in lost sewer and water revenues due to the PFOA contamination of its water supply. 

Four deputies with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office are suspended without pay after a late-night brawl in downtown Saratoga Springs.

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Additional detained undocumented immigrants may arrive at the Albany County jail today.

So far, about three dozen immigrants detained by the federal government are being held at Albany County jail. And Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Wednesday morning more may be on the way.

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The Albany Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred late Friday night.

The Hoosick Falls Village Board, file photo
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A special meeting is set for Monday evening in the Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls where officials will consider a limited agreement between the village and companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell.

The companies are at the center of the investigation into contaminated water supplies.

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The supervisor of the Saratoga County Town of Galway has died.

According to New York State Police, Paul Lent died after a tractor accident on his property Friday. Police say Lent was performing agricultural work when his tractor overturned and pinned him, causing his death.

An iconic summertime destination in Lake George will be not be opening for its 40th season.  Water Slide World, on Route 9 in Lake George, will not open this year after the death of its owner.

An announcement on the park’s voicemail, recorded by Gary’s Koncikowski’s widow, Dawn, shares the news.

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The Corning Museum of Glass based in Corning, New York is taking its show on the road —  or water.