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.
Audio from Ellen Abbott's story on the bath salts forum held in Syracuse.
The misuse of the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" continues to plague upstate New York. A community forum on bath salts last week aimed to unite the people who deal with the effects of the drug, and come away with a plan to fight it.
New York state is trying to get out of the way of the burgeoning number of craft breweries in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law Wednesday that uses a mixture of tax credits and incentives to boost the beer business.
There's a high level of anxiety among emergency responders in central New York when it comes to dealing with users of of the designer drugs known as bath salts. That's why the Upstate New York Poison Center is sponsoring a forum Friday with experts to explain what a bath salts user does, and why.
The disabled community in central New York this week celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. While there have been so many successes in the fight for equal access for the disabled, there is still work to be done.
Grocery shopping will soon be easier for residents of one south side Syracuse neighborhood. The announcement of a new grocery store in the Valley Plaza solves one problem, but others still exist in Syracuse when it comes to the access to affordable food.
The market for a drug that has exploded onto the scene this year could soon be closed. Federal legislation could help lead to the end of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other synthetic hallucinogens on the streets today.
US Senator Charles Schumer expects President Obama to sign the legislation that bans bath salts and other deadly synthetic substances. It's already passed the Senate and the House.
Central New York law enforcement authorities and prosecutors are standing firmly behind a law pushed by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer that would get federal authorities involved in the witness intimidation investigating business. The Democrat senator from New York was in Syracuse to promote passage of the State Witness Protection Act, which would give prosecutors more tools to convince witnesses to come forward.
New York State Department of Transportation officials want to find out what the public thinks about the renovation of a much used bridge in Onondaga County. There are a few options to consider when it comes to redoing the bridge on Route 370 over the Seneca River.
Local immigration reform advocates are pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. One of the loudest voices comes from a man who is in this country illegally.
Aly Wane was born in Senegal in 1976 and, because of a family dispute, came to live in this country in 1984. He went on to high school and college, but because of his family situation he was never naturalized.
New York's fiscal watchdog wants lawmakers to give his office more power over economic development organizations that he says are being misused in some cases, by local governments in New York state. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has his eye on Local Development Corporations.
Local governments continue struggling in the wake of the recession. At a Local Government Leadership Institute meeting in Syracuse Wednesday, officials looked for answers to some of the problems they still face following the Wall Street meltdown.
The Roman Catholic Church is using the two weeks running up to the Fourth of July for prayer and advocacy as it continues it's fight against the federal Health and Human Services Department mandate that would force some Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage that includes contraception.
Two major power outages in the Syracuse area in the span of 48 hours left thousands of central New Yorkers in the dark. National Grid says the common denominator for both problems is connected to a substation on Syracuse's north side.
The first of 550 tons of steel beams has been pounded into the foundation of the new Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse. Up to now, most of the work has been prepping the area next to the existing hospital entrance.
The Onondaga Nation is not happy with the breadth of the Honeywell Corporation's plan to dredge and cap polluted sediment at the bottom of Onondaga Lake.
This $451 million plan will dredge an estimated two million cubic yards of toxic material from 185 acres out of the 3,000-acre lake bottom, and cap 14-percent of the lake bottom, to keep toxic chemicals underground.