Ellen Abbott

Reporter, Syracuse, WRVO Public Media

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County.  Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

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8:58am

Mon February 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Year-long celebration of Two Row Wampum begins

Two Row Wampum
Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

This week begins a year long campaign in New York that focuses on the Two Row Wampum, a treaty between the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Nation, and some of the first settlers of New York state. The idea is educate, advocate, and create a better relationship Native Americans and New Yorkers.

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4:00pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Health

Local activists seek to educate black community about HIV/AIDS

Half the people who contract HIV in the United States are African-American, according to statistics released last year. Advocates hope  National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is today, leads to more education about the disease in the black community.  Locally, there will be a push to do just that in Syracuse this weekend.

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6:05am

Thu February 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

"Ban the Box" employment proposal controversial

The Syracuse Common Council is considering legislation that would prohibit businesses from screening prospective job applicants about their history of criminal convictions, early on in the hiring process. It's a concept meant to stop discrimination against potential employees with a criminal record.

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5:44am

Wed February 6, 2013
Regional Coverage

Patients leave their mark on Upstate Cancer Center

Marrah Smith, 6, a cancer patient, signing a beam in the new Upstate Cancer Center.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

Some central New York cancer patients have signed their name to the new Upstate Cancer Center being to built next to University Hospital in Syracuse.

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7:46am

Mon February 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Changes to Post-Standard bring unexpected consequences

Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A new era of newspaper journalism has taken hold of central New York this week. The Syracuse Post-Standard's new business model is in place, with fewer printed copies of the paper, and more emphasis on digital platforms. And there are many implications of this change to the region.

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5:44am

Fri February 1, 2013
Regional Coverage

Post-Standard takes leap into digital era

The newspaper business is changing. It has to, in a digital world where information is as close as an app on a phone, or a tap on a computer. The question is, how will newspapers make that change? The Syracuse Post-Standard, owned by Advance Newspapers, has made its move, and the change is about to occur.

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2:19pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Regional Coverage

State report shows Utica in fiscal decline

A new state report describes the city of Utica as a city in fiscal decline. The state Comptroller's office has released a fiscal snapshot of the city as part of its new fiscal monitoring system.

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4:39am

Wed January 30, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna in favor of immigration reform

Utica-area Cong. Richard Hanna is one Republican who expects to be on board with any immigration reform that is being proposed in Washington currently. The 22nd district representative says it's an important issue in a region where agriculture is key.

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2:24pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Politics and Government

Local governments will be graded on fiscal health

Municipalities and school districts in New York state will soon get graded on their fiscal health. A fiscal monitoring system run by the state comptroller's office will publicly identify local governments that may be heading towards a fiscal cliff.

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9:06am

Mon January 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Pawn shops finding ways around Syracuse laws

The city of Syracuse is asking Onondaga County to help crack down down on burglaries. Syracuse officials want to make it harder for burglars to sell stolen items to second hand shops throughout the county.

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3:28pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Firefighters fear budget cuts may lead to Syracuse Station 7 being closed

At Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's State of the City address, firefighters protest the possibility of one station being closed
Ellen Abbott WRVO

As Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor laid out budget issues in her State of the City address last night, one group showed up to protest a potential budget, the shutting down of Fire Station No. 7 on Sryacuse's east side.  Firefighters were out in force during the mayor's speech to get their point across.

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9:02am

Fri January 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

The "State of the City" will require more budget cuts

It was a positive State of the City that Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner presented in her yearly address to common councilors last night. But beneath the reports of economic development progress, public safety initiatives and new schools construction, lurks more fiscal challenges.

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6:58am

Wed January 23, 2013
Health

New York state now requires notification of dense breast tissue

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Letters have started going out from radiologists to women, after normal mammograms, to alert them to a condition that might make it harder for doctors to find breast cancer.  A state initiative called the "Breast Density Inform" bill ultimately may force women to have a deeper discussion with their doctors about their risk factors for breast cancer.

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3:01am

Tue January 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County increases Veterans Services staff as need goes up

Onondaga County lawmakers this month approved a new staff member for the Veterans Service Agency. an increase of returning veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan is putting more stress on the agency.

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6:16am

Mon January 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

Post-Standard unveils new workspace to go with new digital emphasis

Architectural rendering of what the new Syracuse Media Group offices will look like
Progressive AE/Syracuse Media Group

In less than two weeks, the Post-Standard as central New York knows it takes a turn toward the future as it cuts back on print editions of the newspaper in favor of a digital website. The new Syracuse Media Group, which includes the reporting and sales sides of the digitally-focused  business, will soon be working out of a renovated bank on South Warren Street.

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3:20pm

Fri January 18, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei listening tour focuses on area businesses

Rep. Dan Maffei holds listening tour event at restaurant in downtown Syracuse
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei is getting reacquainted with central New York voters. The first of a series of listening tours this week focused on business in the new 24th Congressional District.

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11:15pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Miner running for mayor again

Mayor Stephanie Miner announces her re-election bid at Syracuse's Inner Harbor
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The political season in the city of Syracuse has begun.  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has made a relatively early announcement of her intentions to run for re-election.

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4:23pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

One district attorney sees plusses and minuses to new gun control law

Reaction to New York's new gun control law from prosecutors is generally positive. For one central New York District attorney it closes some loopholes, but leaves others open.

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3:36pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

New grocery store ends food desert

TOPS President Frank Curci at the opening of their new grocery store on Syracuse's north side
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A food desert on Syracuse's north side is no more.  The grand opening of a TOPS Grocery store means a place to shop in one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods.

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11:26pm

Tue January 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Former SU employee charged with videotaping athletes in locker room

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Syracuse police at Tuesday's news conference
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A former Syracuse television sportscaster, and Syracuse University employee stands accused of unlawfully recording video of male student-athletes in a locker room, without their knowledge. 

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4:17am

Tue January 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Rosamond Gifford Zoo has banner year

Llamas are some of the new animals at the zoo in Syracuse
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Last year was a record year for attendance at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Several factors combined to make the zoo the place to go last year.

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6:19am

Sun January 13, 2013
Environment

Madison County recycling agriculture plastics

Rich Carrier with plastics to be recycled on his family farm in Madison County
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Madison County hopes to become a hub for the recycling of agricultural plastics.  It's a waste that's created on farms that's been a problem for years.

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5:44am

Thu January 10, 2013
Environment

Central New York prepares for the Emerald Ash Borer

A section of tree showing the serpentine galleries of the emerald ash borer larvae.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Flickr

It's only a matter of time before the ash tree population in central New York is decimated by the Emerald Ash Borer. A task force is at work getting ready for the invasion of the deadly insects, that are now in massive numbers only two counties away from Onondaga County.

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4:08pm

Wed January 9, 2013
Politics and Government

State of the State brings initiatives for women's equality, building casinos & more

Governor Cuomo delivering his 2013 State of the State Address in Albany.
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Upstate New York's struggling economy will get a boost if plans proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State speech in Albany Wednesday move ahead.

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4:22pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Senator urges middle ground on gun control

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in Syracuse
Credit Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Gun control legislation is on the lips of many politicians in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.  But New York's senior senator says that while he supports some gun control, he doesn't want any legislation to go too far.

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5:52am

Tue January 8, 2013
Business

Schumer calls for action against phone scam targeting businesses

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) wants to make it harder for phone hacking rings to rip off New York state businesses. Schumer is hearing from New Yorkers about dozens of businesses that are racking up huge phone bills because of these hackers.

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8:35am

Fri January 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Groups calls for Onondaga County jail oversight board

The United as One Coalition is taking its case for an Onondaga County jail oversight board to county lawmakers.  Coalition members want the Onondaga County Legislature to create a board that they say could ultimately save lives.

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5:46am

Tue January 1, 2013
Regional Coverage

Cell Phones for Soldiers drive help military overseas

If you have an old cell phone stashed in a drawer that you don't use any more, you can help a soldier overseas keep in touch with home.  Central New York's "Cell Phones for Soldiers" annual collection drive continues, as does the need.

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5:45am

Mon December 31, 2012
Politics and Government

"Redshirt sophomore" Maffei ready to return to Congress

Third Way Flickr

Members of the 113th Congress will be sworn in January 3 -- and part of the new Congress will be a familiar face returning to Washington to represent the Syracuse area in a redistricted seat.

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4:27pm

Fri December 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

New Native American museum to highlight Great Law of Peace

What used to be the Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois Museum on Onondaga Lake will be transformed into a new kind of museum in the next year. The new Great Law of Peace Educational Center will tell the story of upstate New York's Native Americans, from their point of view.

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