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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Villagers protest a revised settlement agreement between Hoosick Falls and companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell in February 2017 (file photo)
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a report on community involvement during the ongoing investigation into contaminated water supplies in Hoosick Falls at two meetings this week.

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Two Republican candidates for Saratoga County District Attorney are squaring off in the September 13th primary election. With a week left in the campaign, the challenger is painting the sitting DA as neglectful.

A listening session on legalizing adult use of marijuana was held in Albany.
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The Cuomo administration is holding public listening sessions across the state on the legalization of marijuana. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief attended the first hearing Wednesday night in Albany.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening a lawsuit over the federal government's response to the hurricane that ravaged Puerto Rico last year.

A series of public hearings on legalizing recreational marijuana in New York will begin this week in Albany.

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The Chief of the Saratoga Springs Police Department has released his first public statement following a report that the city did not conduct an investigation into potential police misconduct following a late night foot chase in 2013 that eventually led to death of a Malta man.

The Dunn facility viewed from Partition Street Ext. in the City of Rensselaer
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced actions including a fine against the operator of a landfill in the City of Rensselaer.

A sign outside the 35 acres placed under conservation easement in the Town of Bethlehem
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Thirty-five acres of open space is now protected from development in suburban Albany County. The land abuts a popular outdoor education center.

Senator Charles Schumer speaks at Quad Graphics in Saratoga Springs
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Proposed tariffs on Canadian paper products by the Trump administration have been struck down. That’s good news for the newspaper industry and others that rely on cheap paper.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (right) at Hudson Valley Community College
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Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a town hall in her home county Sunday evening, speaking to hundreds of constituents at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Gillibrand, a Rensselaer County resident, is running for a second full term in November and her message carried a call to action.

A panoramic view of Saratoga Race Course
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With yesterday’s 149th running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, it is one of the busiest weekends of the year for Saratoga Springs. The Spa City’s population doubles during the summer months.

Politicians from both sides of the political aisle are offering their condolences to the family of Senator John McCain, who died last night at age 81 of brain cancer.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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Contrary to what the chief said publicly at the time, the Saratoga Springs Police Department did not conduct an internal investigation into potential police misconduct related to the events of Labor Day weekend 2013 that led to the injury and later death of Malta resident Darryl Mount, Jr. That’s according to a new report in the Albany Times Union by the former longtime editor of The Saratogian newspaper.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York:

“As you go through life, you meet few truly great people. John McCain was one of them. His dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller - never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare. The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain.

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold a community engagement meeting in New York to hear directly from those affected by PFAS chemicals – the classification of pollutants found in water supplies in communities like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh.

The Greater Amsterdam School District initiated a district-wide lock out Friday morning after a student reportedly made threats against Amsterdam High School.

Rep. Paul Tonko speaks at Schenectady County Community College
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New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th District, held a town hall forum Thursday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, high prescription drug prices were a hot topic of conversation.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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City services in Saratoga Springs have been moved out of city hall after a small fire last week damaged a portion of the building.

The Hoosick Falls Village Board, file photo
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Researchers at Bennington College have released the results of a Community Health Questionnaire, focused on reported illnesses possibly linked to the PFOA contamination crisis surrounding Bennington, Vermont and nearby Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh in New York.

The Saratoga Springs 2018 Charter Review Commission (file photo)
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A commission in Saratoga Springs has proposed updates to the city’s governing document. If approved, the changes could add seats to the city council — the first expansion of the council in city history.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spent part of his Sunday morning tearing into President Donald Trump.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School will be open Sunday and Monday for grief counseling after the death of a student.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has moved a public forum on proposed changes to its governing document after a Friday night fire damaged a portion of the building.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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Saratoga Springs City Hall was struck by lightning during thunderstorms Friday night.

Rail tracks
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New York State has begun the process of applying to the federal Surface Transportation Board for the formal abandonment of a 30-mile section of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway from North Creek to the former Tahawus mine in the Town of Newcomb.

Tom Morley, daughter Grace, and wife Maggie Wolfendale
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Hours before post time at Saratoga Race Course, trainers, grooms and hotwalkers are already working with the nation’s top thoroughbreds. For trainer Tom Morley, it’s a demanding career. But luckily for him, racing is a family business.

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Northern New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is hosting a roundtable on opioid addiction in Saratoga County Friday.

A new affordable housing development supported by public dollars will be constructed in Saratoga Springs.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal announced the start of construction on a $34 million project at 247 Washington Street.

Saratoga County legislators are considering the creation of a registry to prevent animal abusers from obtaining pets.

Workers stand on a barge while divers below the surface work on the seawall
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The seawall that protects the City of Troy from the Hudson River is under an extensive renovation. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a closer look at the work underway in the Collar City.