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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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Vermont Statehouse
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A day after the words "Black Lives Matter" were painted on the street outside the Vermont state capitol building in Montpelier, the painting was found vandalized Sunday morning. 

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The Capital Region is expected to enter Phase Three of reopening on Wednesday, Western New York on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump salutes at the U.S. Military Academcy Commencement ceremont
U.S. Military Academy livestream

President Donald Trump delivered the commencement address for the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 Saturday morning.

Five regions of New York are entering Phase Three of reopening Friday
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Five regions of upstate New York began Phase Three of reopening from pandemic shutdowns Friday. 

Assemblymember Pat Fahy speaks outside Crossgates Mall on Thursday
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New York state and local officials gathered in Albany County today, asking for Governor Andrew Cuomo to include shopping malls in Phase Three of reopening from the pandemic.

Students Macy, Cameron, and Thomas speak during Wednesday's Facebook Live update
Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services/Facebook

At a time when they’d normally just now be heading home for the summer, Saratoga County schoolchildren shared their experiences of learning from home and imparted a little advice about how to get through the pandemic.

With the COVID-19 pandemic weighing on municipal finances, the City of Troy took steps Tuesday night to bridge the gap as federal aid to state and local governments remains tied up in Washington. 

Rep. Paul Tonko
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Included in the HEROES Act, the COVID-19 relief bill passed by the U.S. House, is a change that could bring $100 million of federal funding into Capital Region hospitals every year.

Thousands gathered at Troy's Riverfront Park before marching through city streets Sunday afternoon
Jesse King / WAMC

Thousands marched in Troy Sunday to protest police brutality. Despite some tension, the day remained peaceful. WAMC’s Jesse King was there.

ballot box
Wikimedia Commons

The deadline for submitting school budget ballots by mail in New York has been extended.

Schools may be able to hold smaller, outdoor graduation ceremonies later this month.

Sheriff Jeff Murphy
New York State Sheriffs' Association

Last week, Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy, who is also President of the New York State Sheriffs' Association, released a letter saying he wants politicians and leaders to refrain from using the term “systemic racism” against police departments.

St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Church on Herrick Street, Rensselaer
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Religious institutions including churches, mosques, and temples can now open their doors to worshippers in New York regions under Phase Two of the state's reopening guidelines. 

Bailey's Cafe on Thursday
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Thursday marked the return of outdoor dining in areas across New York under Phase Two of reopening guidelines.

An empty Whitney Viewing Stand on Thursday
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Thoroughbred racing at Belmont Park kicked off yesterday with no fans in the stands. Upstate in Saratoga Springs, today marked the official start of the training season before an unprecedented summer season.

An overhead schematic of a proposed parking garage
City of Saratoga Springs

As a parking garage is being constructed in downtown Saratoga Springs – something debated in the Spa City since 1992 – one city councilor believes more should be done to accommodate city-owned vehicles.

A proposed east-side fire station in Saratoga Springs took another step toward reality Tuesday night.

The 518 Covid Quarantine Compilation cover art
The 518 Covid Quarantine Compilation

The pandemic has caused a wide range of stresses and anxieties, and many artists and musicians have used their extended time at home to create.

From left to right: Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple
Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has declared a curfew for 7 p.m. Sunday, allowing only essential travel, in a move to prevent further unrest that led to destructive protests Saturday night.

A Block At A Time

A peaceful march for racial justice drew thousands to Albany Saturday afternoon. But by evening, demonstrations escalated elsewhere in the city.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Protesters in Brooklyn clashed with police Friday night, marked by images of a police vehicle set on fire and a video shared thousands of times on social media of a woman being violently shoved to the ground by a New York City police officer. 

The marquee outside Proctors in Schenectady (file photo)
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The Capital Region could enter Phase Two of reopening as early as next Wednesday. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, businesses are sharing their stories of how they pivoted to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Rep. Paul Tonko
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko held a telephone town hall Wednesday night with experts to answer questions about response efforts to COVID-19.

From left to right: Pete Bardunias, Cathy Medick, and Todd Shimkus
Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services/Facebook

The Capital Region could enter Phase Two of reopening next week. On Wednesday, Saratoga County business leaders answered questions from the public about what to prepare for in the days ahead.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's forecast for Sunday, May 24th, 2020. 

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Saturday, May 23rd.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 14, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order to allow all “non-essential” gatherings of up to ten people.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released on update on a remedial action for Little Thunder Brook, in the Rensselaer County Town of Nassau. The 1,900-foot tributary is in the drainage-way of the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site.

With New York’s Capital Region under Phase One of reopening, officials are busy preparing for the second round. But many unknowns remain.

Unionized nurses held a town hall with New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.