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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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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.

After a federal lawsuit this week claimed that PFAS-based substances were incinerated at the Norlite facility in Cohoes, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation says it is investigating.

Protester Ivy Hecht speaks to demonstrators outside the Rensselaer County Jail on Thursday
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Protesters greeted the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Troy on Thursday. The setting was notable. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the ongoing immigration debate in the Collar City.

Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence speaks in Troy
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The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a stop in the Capital Region today to take a stand against a New York law that prevents immigration officers from accessing state motor vehicle information. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dismissed the press conference as political theater.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared in Saranac Lake Sunday to promote winter tourism in the Adirondacks.

Burlington City Hall
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Update: The city of Burlington, Vermont lifted the precautionary boil water advisory for the low-service water system in Burlington and limited parts of South Burlington at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. The city says sample results have confirmed that it is safe to drink the water. 

NYSNA nurses outside Ellis Hospital
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Nurses and staff members with the New York State Nurses Association rallied in Schenectady today. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, the union is negotiating for new contracts at three local hospitals.

Registered nurses with the New York State Nurses Association are planning to demonstrate in Schenectady Friday.

A protester reads testimony filed by children in 9th Circuit Court case.
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The City of Glens Falls has adopted a local law that requires large groups of protesters to seek a permit before demonstrating.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos speaks at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
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With less than three weeks before New York’s ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is pushing to get the word out about the change.

Golden Age Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas died last week at age 103.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is responding to a tweet posted by President Donald Trump, who claimed the Democrat canceled a meeting with him.

A retired New York Roman Catholic Priest has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1960s and 70s.

State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Senator James Seward, and Assemblyman Chris Tague listen to Schoharie residents
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Schoharie residents came together Thursday night to share their thoughts on the intersection where the fatal 2018 limousine accident occurred. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that the comments will be shared with the New York State Department of Transportation.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden gave the first annual address of his second term Wednesday night. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on some much-anticipated announcements.

At least four candidates are seeking to represent New York’s 45th State Senate District next year after Republican Betty Little retires.

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A handful of candidates are seeking to represent New York’s 114th State Assembly District, and they are quite familiar with each other.

New York state Capitol
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Two Capital Region state lawmakers are beginning a bipartisan effort to examine New York’s population loss. Meanwhile, a push is on to ensure the upcoming federal census leaves no one behind.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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Services in Saratoga Springs may move back into City Hall later next month, as the city completes repairs to the 150-year-old building.

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New York Racing Association

Fans at Saratoga Race Course will be hearing a different but familiar voice over the loudspeakers this summer.

Demers Ambulances
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Saratoga Springs is moving ahead with plans to build a new public safety facility on the city’s east side.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly delivers her 2020 State of the City address Tuesday
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Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly gave her annual State of the City address Tuesday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, city councilors are making one aspect of the proposed New York State budget a priority.

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With the legislative session in full swing at the New York state capitol, lobbying groups have been seeking to influence lawmakers on long-awaited policy changes.

Kristina Johnson
State University of New York

SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson delivered her annual State of the University System address on Thursday. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, Johnson outlined her vision as SUNY approaches its 75th anniversary.

Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson
City of Johnstown

Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson is focused on bringing business into the Fulton County city. Economic development is a central part of his 2020 vision as outlined in his State of the City address this week. Jackson, a Republican elected as mayor in 2016, told WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard about a recent business symposium that showed a growing interest among entrepreneurs looking to Johnstown.

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An environmental group believes the class of toxic chemicals at the center of contamination crises in communities like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh can likely be detected in all major water supplies in the United States.

Morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course on July 11th, 2019
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With the industry under intense scrutiny, an anti-doping bill for horse racing is advancing in Washington.

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New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are accusing the federal government of excluding the state from a $20 billion fund to expand rural broadband.

Vince DeSantis
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In November, Vincent DeSantis was elected to complete the remainder of former mayor Dayton King’s four-year term.

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