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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Police have released the identities of three people killed in a double murder-suicide in the Saratoga County community of Ballston Spa.

Michael Larock is wanted by New York State Police
New York State Police

Police have charged two men with hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence, and concealment of a human corpse after a body was found face down in a river in Ticonderoga.

Albany County Correctional Facility
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For the final installment of WAMC's weeklong series on law enforcement in our communities, we now take a look back at how the national immigration crisis arrived at the Albany County Jail and the surge of community support that stepped forward to do what the federal government would not.

An amendment to the federal Farm Bill passed by the House and Senate is intended to support farmers and the craft beer industry.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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Saratoga Springs Fire Department Captain and Shift Commander Joseph Dolan will become the Spa City’s 15th Fire Chief.

Saratoga County is highlighted in red
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Saratoga County is continuing to lead the Capital Region in single-family home sales, according to a new county-wide real estate index.

Route 9 looking north near Exit 20
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A public meeting will be held Thursday on the future of a busy exit off the Adirondack Northway.

Students view footage from The Wave installation at EMPAC on the RPI campus
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers at Lake George have been collecting data on the Adirondack lake as part of the Jefferson Project, a collaboration between RPI, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George.

As part of a special exhibit tonight at RPI’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, students have taken data and transformed it into a sensory experience that includes visual and audio field recordings, as well as data visualization and sonification to explore the data in a unique way.

Students made final preparations on the installation Tuesday evening.

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A public workshop scheduled for Monday evening in Lake George is intended to address findings from a project that examined the town’s septic systems.

Audience members hold up signs for and against a measure to declare Troy a sanctuary city at Thursday's city council meeting.
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After more than two hours of public dialogue on a resolution to declare Troy, New York a sanctuary city, the city council voted to delay action last night.

City of Saratoga Springs

With the recent retirement announcement by Saratoga Springs’ fire chief, the city will begin interviewing for a new chief next week.

The second floor of UPH under construction
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Construction work is underway and a multi-million dollar fundraising goal is nearing completion for a long-awaited music and arts space in Saratoga Springs.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Democratic mayor of Troy, New York is opposing a proposal to declare the community a sanctuary city.

A new study details the impact of historic preservation in a city booming with new development.

SUNY Poly’s ZEN Building
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Nine colleges and universities in New York’s Capital Region are seeing an increase in research and development funding.

New York State Parks

A state park in northern Saratoga County has been expanded, with plans to expand trails and recreation opportunities.

Politicians across the WAMC listening area Saturday morning offered statements after the death of George H.W. Bush. 

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-NY:

"President George HW Bush will be greatly missed in many ways. He was a fine man and even when he opposed your views, you knew he was doing what he thought was best for America. His yearning for a kinder and gentler nation seems more needed now than when he first called for it."

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, Democrat of the First District:

Municipalities in our region are considering budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

An infographic by Camoin Associates for the Cool Insuring Arena
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A new study examines the economic impact of an arena long at the heart of downtown Glens Falls.

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A concept for a new parking structure in downtown Saratoga Springs has been unveiled. It’s the latest in a years-long debate that has stalled the development of a garage to serve downtown businesses and the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Celebrations have been scheduled for the New York state champion Glens Falls High School football team.

Saratoga Arts Executive Director Joel Reed
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First Night will return for its 23rd New Year’s Eve celebration in Saratoga Springs. Organizers provided details of the annual event today.

Niskayuna Central School District administrators
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Discussion continued in the Niskayuna Central School District last night following an hours-long lockdown earlier this month that distressed some parents and students.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos at an appearance in Plattsburgh early 2018
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is leaving his post. First appointed by Governor Cuomo in 2015, Seggos previously served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment for the governor. Seggos is stepping aside at a critical time for environmental issues in New York.

The Niskayuna Board of Education
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The Niskayuna Central School District in Schenectady County has scheduled additional dialogue following a lockdown last week that kept students and staff in their classrooms hours after the final bell.

Albany County officials gather Wednesday
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Albany County has become the first in the state to reallocate funding received from the federal government for housing undocumented migrants toward helping those individuals seek asylum.

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An investigation is underway after a man was struck and killed by a police cruiser in the Village of Cobleskill.

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New York State Police have ruled a pair of suspicious deaths that occurred earlier this week in Schoharie County to be a murder-suicide.

Albany Medical Center Hospital is investigating the death of a patient who died in the emergency room.

More public dialogue will be held after two threats were discovered at the Niskayuna Central School District in Schenectady County in one week.