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.
Musicians will be back on stage at the Civic Center in Syracuse this weekend, as the lifeboat organization of the bankrupt Syracuse Symphony Orchestra goes on stage for a special performance. Jon Garland, Chairman of Symphony Syracuse says it'll look like what you've seen in the past.
Now that the U.S. has frozen $32 billion in assets of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, New York Senator Chuck Schumer is looking for some of that money to go to the victims or families of Qaddafi-led terrorism.
Schumer says the problem is many families or victims haven't gotten the compensation promised to them in a prior deal with Qaddafi.
"Now that the tide in Libya has changed and we have frozen Qaddafi's assets, I am calling on the State Department to release those frozen assets to compensate Libyan terror victims and their families," said Schumer.
The central New York agency that helps kids who have been neglected or abused has a new home. As WRVO's Ellen Abbott reports, the McMahon-Ryan Child Advocacy Site now brings every agency that deals with these kids under one roof.
Leonard Bernard was a platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division and saw plenty of action.
"I saw a lot of combat," said Bernard. "We had 96 guys in my company and in 6 months 48 were killed."
It was June 20, 1967 when he suffered massive head and chest injuries while fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. He spent the next year in hospitals and was finally able to come home. At that time, the anti-war movement was escalating with everyone from college students to celebrities criticizing the government for a war that seemed unwinnable.
The war on Triple-E in Central New York is getting some federal firepower. New York’s senior U.S. Senator has a plan he hopes will help deal with a virus , that's transmitted by mosquitos and has become a part of our environment.
Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday a three pronged federal plan to help local officials fight Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the mosquito borne illness that killed a 4 year old Oswego County girl this summer.
"Our local and state health departments have done a great job," said Schumer. "I have no dispute with them. They could use federal help."
Postal employees from across the country rallied Tuesday to try to get public support for a plan that will keep the postal service operating. As WRVO’s Ellen Abbott reports, central New York Post Office workers chose to deliver their message on the Federal Building Plaza in downtown Syracuse.
SYRACUSE, NY (August 12, 2011) - Myspace. Facebook. Skype. Twitter. LinkedIn. Foursquare. Now, Google +. How much social media is too much? And do we really need another way to tell people what we're doing?
WRVO's Ellen Abbott spoke with some central New Yorkers who have been checking out Google +.