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

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the completion of a study by the companies at the center of the investigation into contaminated water in Hoosick Falls. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the study examines possible options for a new municipal drinking water source.

The Cardiff Giant wears a party hat
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A birthday party was held on Wednesday for one of America’s greatest hoaxes. The Cardiff Giant, a 10-and-a-half foot so-called petrified man, was uncovered in 1869. And he is still marveled at by the public today.

Challenger Michael Cinquanti and Mayor Michael Villa

The candidates for mayor of Amsterdam, New York debated Tuesday night for the first time. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the focus was on the Mohawk Valley city’s dire financial situation.

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The former Beech-Nut baby food factory in Canajoharie, New York has been dormant for years. But it could be home to a new industry: hemp processing. That’s the goal of Sheldon Roberts of Arouca Holdings, Inc., who is seeking a state grant to transform a 60,000 square-foot space at the site.

The South Mall Arterial in Albany
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A Capital Region State Assemblyman has proposed examining a new way to relieve the area’s congested roadways that cause headaches for drivers.

The latest location for an emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs has been selected.

State Senator James Tedisco joined by Clifton Park town board members
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The planning process for a new park in the Southern Saratoga County town of Clifton Park is moving forward. The town received a state grant today to begin making the property more accessible to the public.

The door to the Troy mayor's office
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Following calls from protesters, the mayor of Troy is asking city residents to volunteer for a police oversight board.

Rodney Wiltshire, Tom Reale, Mayor Patrick Madden
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The Republican candidate for mayor of Troy has dropped out of the race, leaving only one challenger running against incumbent Democrat Patrick Madden.

Kevin Cushing speaks surrounded by other family members of Schoharie crash victims
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Sunday marks the anniversary of last year’s limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20.

The state capitol in Albany
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Federal lawmakers including the Senate Minority Leader announced a new package of bills aimed at improving limo safety on Thursday in Amsterdam. At the same time, New York state lawmakers are calling for more action just before the anniversary of last year’s deadly crash in Schoharie.

Senator Charles Schumer speaks at a press conference in Amsterdam detailing new proposed limousine safety regulations
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Standing shoulder to shoulder with family members of the victims of last year’s deadly limousine crash in Schoharie, New York, members of Congress announced a package of bills aimed at improving limo safety at the federal level Thursday.

A voting machine

A third attempt by Democrats on the Rensselaer County legislature to establish an early voting site in the county’s largest community has been defeated along party lines.

National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board has released new recommendations as it continues to investigate the October 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people.

Karen Smythe
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Voters may see a rematch next year in a Hudson Valley State Senate District.

New York State Police

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state police to increase security near synagogues and religious centers during the Jewish High Holidays. 

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Massachusetts U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III is running for Senate. After his announcement in East Boston on Saturday, the Democrat launched a statewide tour that included a visit to Pittsfield Sunday morning.

Michael Cinquanti
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Michael Cinquanti is running for mayor of Amsterdam. A Democrat, Cinquanti is challening first-term Republican Mayor Michael Villa.

Michael Villa
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Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa is running for a second term. The Republican is running on a platform that asks voters to consider changes in the Montgomery County city over the last four years. 

Jon Campbell

Business owners and city employees are gearing up for one of Albany’s signature events this weekend: LarkFest.

A parking sign
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The City Council in Saratoga Springs has approved a new downtown parking garage. The structure has been the subject of discussion in the Spa City for decades.

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New York state legislators questioned state officials about the build-out of broadband internet service on Tuesday. The hearing at the state capitol served as an update on the state’s $500 million New NY Broadband Program.

The Amsterdam Free Library
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The Amsterdam Free Library, which is more than a century old, has been nominated for a spot on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, as officials at the library are envisioning what the building could look like in the future.

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New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker is recommending a ban on flavored vaping products. He called the rising use of e-cigarettes among young people a public health crisis.  

The Fedearl Bureau of Investigation is asking affected businesses for more information as it investigates the sudden shutdown of MyPayrollHR, a Saratoga County-based payroll company.

Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Administrator Peter Lopez
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is rolling back a 2015 rule governing which water bodies are subject to federal regulation.

County governments are beginning to show opposition to a mandatory license plate replacement program in New York.

Rodney Wiltshire, Tom Reale, Mayor Patrick Madden
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Three candidates running for mayor of Troy met Tuesday night for a debate. The discussion involved the first-term mayor, a returning rival, and a newcomer.

MyPayrollHR, a Saratoga County payroll company, abruptly closed its doors last week.

The shutdown of business which serves more than 4,000 employers has the potential to affect tens of thousands of workers, with paychecks disappearing from bank accounts.