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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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The New York State capitol in Albany
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is continuing to face questions over New York’s nursing home policies pertaining to COVID-19. The Democrat is responding by pointing to federal guidance. 

The City of Saratoga Springs, whose economy relies on its thunderous summer tourism season, is taking steps to brace for impact during an uncertain recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

A color-coded map of New York's economic development regions

New York State will allow the Capital Region and Western New York to reopen in the days ahead if steps for increasing COVID-19 testing and tracing capacity are finalized. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Sunday during his daily briefing.

The 1863 Club at Saratoga
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With COVID-19 dampening travel plans, economic development leaders in the tourist destination of Saratoga County are utilizing behavioral psychology to try to determine what potential visitors are thinking. 

Michael Cinquanti
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New York's Mohawk Valley entered the first phase of reopening on Friday. As construction, manufacturing, and agriculture businesses were starting up after weeks under the coronavirus PAUSE order, WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with first-term Amsterdam Mayor Michael Cinquanti about how businesses and the city as a whole are preparing for launch. 

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's forecast for Saturday, May 16th. 

Empire State Plaza

New York State is predicting a $445 billion economic impact from COVID-19, greater than 2008 Great Recession and the recession following the 9/11 attacks. Groups are now analyzing how each region’s economies will be affected during a prolonged recovery.

A color-coded map of New York's economic development regions

Officials from Warren and Washington Counties say the region merits a closer look after New York’s Capital Region experienced a setback for reopening. 

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri

New York's Mohawk Valley is one of four regions across the state that have so far met all seven critera to begin reopening on Friday, according to metrics outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

A color-coded map of New York's economic development regions

New York will begin to open certain regions of the state on Friday. Right now, leaders from each designated region are coming together to plan for Phase 1 of reopening.

U.S. Small Business Administration logo

Round Two of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program is underway.

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A man accused of abducting his son in the Saratoga County Town of Clifton Park Friday faces felony kidnapping and burglary charges. 

Troy's city seal
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The City of Troy has adopted a resolution urging the federal government to provide emergency financial aid to municipalities.

Glens Falls Hospital
Public Domain

Halted because of the coronavirus, elective surgeries can now resume at Glens Falls Hospital. A waiver has been granted from New York State after a delay. 

Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Administrator Peter Lopez
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced $3 million in grants for communities to address contaminated sites across New York.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As New York’s On Pause order remains in effect, county leaders are working together to ensure businesses can reopen on a regional basis.

The Saratoga Springs summer tourism season, buoyed by horse racing, outdoor concerts, theatre, and other attractions is looking uncertain at best. The city finance department is predicting a $14 to 16 million reduction in revenues for the year – about a third of the annual budget. To mitigate potential impacts, the search is on for ways to cut expenses.

Bennington Police

Officials in Bennington, Vermont will take questions from the public on a report that examined community-police relations following racially-based complaints.

New York Attorney General Tish James is warning Capital Region residents about a scam that involves individuals impersonating Albany and Troy police officers. 

Tents at Camp Wakpominee in Fort Ann, NY
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The issue of state guidance on reopening summer camps this year turned into a spat between Governor Andrew Cuomo and upstate New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik on Thursday, and the future of camping programs remains unclear.

As New York begins a regional re-opening strategy, the state has released guidelines for contact tracing to follow the spread of COVID-19.

Saratoga Race Course
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On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo cast more uncertainty about live horse racing at Saratoga Race Course this summer. With a meet scheduled to begin in July and the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic, the Democrat addressed the question of whether to reopen the summer tourism destination in his daily briefing.

Upstate New York’s Congressional representatives gathered for a televised virtual town hall about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday night. 

Motorcycles lined up at Americade (file photo)
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An annual event that draws thousands to kick off the summer season in Lake George has been moved back a month.

Business development leaders met in a virtual town hall on Wednesday to discuss what the Capital Region economy might look like after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Karen DeWitt

Leaders of county governments are demanding the next round of federal stimulus money contain funds for state and local governments.

David William Turner
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I recently learned that a friend of mine was hospitalized for COVID-19.

University at Albany

The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound effect on public health, the economy, and everyday life. But researchers are also studying how the ripple effects of the disease will impact air quality and global pollution emissions.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
U.S. House

Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik held a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. The Republican answered questions about the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The group Common Cause is pushing the New York State legislature to resume its regular session remotely, as the COVID-19 outbreak has made convening at the capitol in Albany nearly impossible.