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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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A Nintendo Switch Lite and copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons
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If you’ve been glued to social media for the last couple weeks like me, you have may noticed something between updates on coronavirus and videos from stir-crazy quarantinees.

On Friday, President Trump signed the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to support the country’s COVID-19 response.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will move the April 28th Democratic presidential primary to coincide with the June 23rd state legislative and congressional primaries.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has estimated that the state needs at least 30,000 ventilators to meet projections during the COVID-19 crisis, which has already hospitalized thousands in the state.

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Members of the business community in Saratoga County got an update on the $2 trillion federal stimulus bill today from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and the Small Business Administration.

Officials in rural Montgomery County, New York updated the public on the spread of COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon.

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With restrictions on crowd size under social distancing rules, the coronavirus outbreak has halted live performances and sent bands and entertainers home. WAMC’s Lucas Willard spoke with several working musicians who depend on touring and are wondering what to do next.

Saratoga County public health officials and leaders at Saratoga Hospital answered questions from the public Monday related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 NY Attorney General Tish James
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New York Attorney General Tish James is calling for a suspension of in-person voting ahead of the state’s April presidential primary.

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the region, municipalities are taking steps to minimize the outbreak’s impact on local budgets where they can. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on last night’s city council meeting in Saratoga Springs.

Helping Hands of Niskayuna
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Instead of heading for the beach, many college students are home for an extended spring break as concerns over the novel coronavirus mount. In several communities, volunteers are handing out meals to school-age children, seniors, and others with mobility issues. 

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Saratoga County

With a state of emergency in effect, Saratoga County officials held an update on the novel coronavirus on Tuesday afternoon. 

Pint Sized Albany bar manager Ariana Miller on Monday
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Under direction from Governor Andrew Cuomo, bars and restaurants in New York state are now restricted to take-out and delivery service only, as a strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On Monday, just hours after the governor’s announcement, businesses in Albany were trying to figure out what to do next.

SUNY and CUNY campuses are now on an extended spring break amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort
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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort delivered his annual State of the County address today, but it wasn’t the speech he was planning to give even earlier this week.

Dr. Chuck Van Straeten points to a seismograph at the New York State Museum
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Many people in northern Saratoga County had an unusual wake-up alarm today. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on this morning’s magnitude 3.1 earthquake.

A newt receives a little help crossing the road
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Winter is melting away, and amphibians are on the move. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was out Tuesday night to learn more the annual migratory event.

Rensselaer County

The Rensselear County legislature is scheduled to take action on Tuesday on a measure related to a facility across the Hudson River in Albany County that burned U.S. Department of Defense firefighting foam.

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There are at least 105 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York state.

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There are at least 76 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York State, including two in Saratoga County.

A missing Saratoga County man was found deceased inside his vehicle in an upstate New York lake.

Guests view work on display at the Art Pantry kickoff party at Transitional Services Association in Saratoga Springs
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A Saratoga Springs non-profit that provides support services to people living with mental health and substance abuse disorders has launched a new effort to promote art therapy.

A view from the balcony inside Universal Preservation Hall
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Once considered for demolition, the 150-year-old church on Washington Street in downtown Saratoga Springs has been fully reimagined and reopened as a 700-seat theatre and arts space. After years of preparation and fundraising, Universal Preservation Hall opened to the public last weekend under the umbrella of Proctors following an extensive renovation. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a tour of the space from UPH Director Teddy Foster.

The state capitol in Albany
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With a New York State budget due in less than a month, local officials in Saratoga Springs are counting on the restoration of state aid.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (center) joined by New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker (left) and special counsel Beth Garvey (right)
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Eleven New Yorkers have now tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that is spreading across the globe. Governor Andrew Cuomo updated members of the press throughout the day and said the number of cases will increase.

Artwork by former Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane
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Former Mayor of Amsterdam Ann Thane is displaying her artwork at a new exhibition that opened this past week.

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The federal government has approved the New York State health department’s Wadsworth Center in Albany to test for the novel coronavirus.

This week, the Saratoga Collaborative to End Homelessness kicked off a 100-day sprint to address street homelessness in the Spa City.

Rensselaer residents question state officials about the Dunn landfill Thursday
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Residents of the City of Rensselaer packed a school cafeteria Thursday night to question state officials about the Dunn landfill.

Supervisor Tara Gaston holds a forum at the Saratoga Springs Public Library
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Discussion about how to end homelessness in Saratoga Springs continues, as community leaders held a two-day work session this week to outline a plan.