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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The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics – or JCOPE – is dropping its case against an activist it maintains violated state lobbying laws.

Signs on a car outside a Saratoga Springs Planning Board meeting
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Discussion is continuing in Saratoga Springs on a series of planned zoning amendments. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, neighbors are continuing to speak out against one change that would allow for an expansion at the city’s hospital.

Whiteface Mountain
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A fire tore through a lodge at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area over the weekend.

A winter storm is moving into the region. The National Weather Service is predicting the storm will bring heavy snow and high winds.


Former longtime NewsChannel 13 anchor and managing editor Ed Dague has died.

One Monument Square
Lucas Willard

A project to redevelop the site of the former City Hall in downtown Troy took another step forward Thursday night.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple surrounded by law enforcement officials from across New York
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Law enforcement officials across New York state today spoke out against criminal justice reforms set to take effect in January, as the call to bring lawmakers back to Albany for a special session grows louder.

A photo of pills and a container

Fourteen counties in New York have filed a lawsuit against generic drug manufacturers.

Morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course on July 11th, 2019
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Thoroughbred racing organizations have launched a new collective effort they say will ensure the safety of equine and human athletes at a time when the industry’s future is in jeopardy.

From left to right: the Albany Business Review's Mike Demasi, Peter Hoffman, Sonny Bonacio, Dawn Davidson, and Mark Levack
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A forum this morning explored development in Glens Falls. The small city in Warren County has seen a surge of new construction in the last few years.

Dr. Alan Chartock
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock speaks with Lucas Willard about Veterans Day, new developments in the House impeachment inquiry, and Rep. Joe Kennedy's recent swing through Western Massachusetts in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

Longtime New York Congressman Peter King of Long Island has announced he is not running for re-election next year.

Yasmine Syed
Syed for Supervisor

Niskayuna residents have elected town supervisor Yasmine Syed to a second term.

Carolina Eyck plays the theremin
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Leon Theremin’s strange electronic musical instrument that leant its otherworldly sound to cheesy horror movie soundtracks and was emulated on The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” is about to mark its 100th birthday. To celebrate, the Albany Symphony on Saturday will perform a work that showcases the theremin.

The New York State Department of Health will continue a discussion of regional cancer screenings tonight in Queensbury.

Vince DeSantis was sworn in as Gloversville mayor in January 2019
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The acting mayor of Gloversville will serve the remainder of the former mayor’s four-year term after winning Tuesday’s election.

Challenger Michael Cinquanti defeated first-term Mayor Michael Villa

Voters in Amsterdam have ousted the incumbent mayor for the second straight election.

Democratic Mayor Meg Kelly, Republican Public Safety Commissioner-elect Robin Dalton, Democratic Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan, and Republican Public Works Commissioner "Skip" Scirocco hold up their arms in victory on Election Night 2019
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A bipartisan group of city candidates claimed victory Tuesday night in Saratoga Springs.

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly easily won a second term last night.

Lake George
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Researchers have been studying Lake George for decades and a new report takes a look at 37 years of work.

Democrats in Saratoga Springs are attempting to take back the only Republican seat on the five-member city council on Election Day.

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors (file photo)
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It’s a three-way race for two open county supervisor seats in Saratoga Springs. Republicans are seeking to take back a position currently held by a Democrat. But lately, the contest between two of the candidates has focused on a priority issue: homelessness.

The door to the Troy mayor's office
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Democratic Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, independent candidate Rodney Wiltshire, and Republican Tom Reale met Wednesday night for a televised debate on Spectrum News.

A voting machine

Less than a week before Election Day, allegations have surfaced in the race for Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, several prominent Democrats are not supporting the candidate who will appear at the top of the ballot.

JCOPE seal

Kat Sullivan is an activist who has recently stepped back into the spotlight. Sullivan settled with the Emma Willard School in Troy in 2016 after alleging that she was sexually abused by a teacher when she was a student at the private girls’ high school in the 90s.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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Voters in Saratoga Springs will determine the makeup of the city council on Election Day. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the race for mayor.

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A former town clerk in the Fulton County town of Mayfield was sentenced Wednesday for stealing more than $35,000 from the county.

The Saratoga Springs City Council will look different after Election Day. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the race for Public Safety Commissioner.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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November’s election will determine the make-up of the Saratoga Springs City Council. WAMC’s Lucas  Willard reports on the race for finance commissioner, a rematch of the spring’s Democratic primary.

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York is holding its annual Pro Bono Celebration later this month.