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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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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to reporters
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As a federal shutdown looms, a group of Democratic and independent Senators are seeking to maintain funding for a federal program that provides food assistance to families. New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference Tuesday to highlight the issue.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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The Saratoga Springs City Council held a special meeting last night to pass an amended Fiscal Year 2021 city budget. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, city leaders are feeling a bit more optimistic about next year after recent national developments.

Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers the forecast for Saturday, November 28th. 

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Saratoga Springs Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan recently announced her upcoming retirement.

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Democrat Michelle Hinchey has declared victory in the race for the open seat in New York’s 46th State Senate District.

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The Adirondack Thunder hockey team will not be hitting the ice in Glens Falls this year.

Senator Charles Schumer speaks in Gloversville
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Gloversville today to advocate for funding for local hospitals. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, time is running out to renew the federal support. 

The New York State Capitol in Albany
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Advocates for Black and Brown communities in New York are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign four pieces of legislation passed earlier this year.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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The Saratoga Senior Center is at risk of losing critical funding as the City of Saratoga Springs faces a tough budget year. 

The 2020 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park display opens November 27th
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A holiday tradition in Albany has returned for 2020. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park display.

Toll collector Stephanie Kwarta at NYS Thruway Exit 23 on Friday
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Overnight, the New York State Thruway will transition to a cashless tolling system. Friday was the last day of person-to-person toll collections. 

The Wellness Trace app can be used to check the cleanliness of surfaces at Albany International Airport
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Officials have unveiled new technology they say will help travelers keep peace of mind during the pandemic at Albany International Airport.

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Community activists in Albany say a court needs to consider mitigating factors before a man accused of accidentally shooting his daughter appears before a judge this week.

Lake George, NY
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Lake George has had its first confirmed discovery of Harmful Algal Blooms. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, advocates say the time to act is now to prevent spread.

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Outside the New York State Capitol in Albany demonstrators appeared Saturday after the presidential race was called for Joe Biden.

Playlist for WAMC's A.M. Listening Party as aired on Saturday, November 7th, 2020.

WAMC composite image of photo provided by David Catalfamo for Assembly and WAMC image of Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner
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Unofficial returns have the candidates for New York’s 113th State Assembly District separated by less than two points. 

Ron Kim speaks at a press conference organized by It's Time Saratoga
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Neither boosters for or against a proposed charter change in Saratoga Springs are celebrating a win yet. 

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik gathered with supporters in Glens Falls Tuesday.
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Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik declared victory on Election Night, in a rematch of 2018 against Democrat Tedra Cobb.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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Voters in Saratoga Springs will once again decide whether to adopt a new city charter on Election Day. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the effort has mobilized two political organizations in the Spa City.

COVID-19 Diagram
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued new travel guidance ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Saratoga Springs Police Chief Shane Crooks (file photo)
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The chiefs of the Saratoga Springs police and fire departments are warning of stark realities if the proposed city budget is approved.

Voters line up in the snow outside the Bought Community Fire District building in Cohoes in Albany County on Oct. 30, 2020.
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UPDATE: The Saratoga County Board of Elections announced after publication of this story that early voting will be extended by two hours on Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New York’s first year of early voting in a presidential election has led to long lines of enthusiastic – and sometimes frustrated – voters.

Pleasure craft lined up for the annual opening of the locks at Waterford
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A group of New York’s federal representatives is sponsoring legislation to reauthorize a commission to support the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Lincoln Park in the City of Albany
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Capital Region mayors discussed the future of community health at a forum this week hosted by the Alliance for Better Health.

WAMC News Director Ian Pickus got his flu shot on Wednesday
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Capital Region hospitals are teaming up as the region prepares for a second wave of COVID-19 in the colder months. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, local hospitals are asking the public to do their part too.

Matt Simpson
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Matt Simpson, Supervisor of the Warren County Town of Horicon in the Adirondacks, is running for New York state Assembly. The Republican is running to replace Assemblyman Dan Stec in the 114th District. Simpson faces Democrat Claudia Braymer and Evelyn Wood on the SAM party line. 

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The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany will resign in February, resolving a disciplinary matter after he directed clergy not to perform same-sex marriages in 2018.