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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5:42am

Fri November 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

New complex to offer home for homeless vets

Work is underway on a housing project that will offer apartments to homeless veterans in central New York . The new Van Keuren Square will help a population that is sometimes overlooked.

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3:33am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Buerkle-Maffei race disputed

Dan Maffei addresses supporters shortly after midnight. The Associated Press reports the Democrat will be returning to Congress in New York's 24th Congressional District.
Olivia Fecteau WRVO

The candidates in the 24th congressional district contest were prepared for the race to go down to the wire, since polls predicted that democrat Dan Maffei and Ann Marie Buerkle were locked in a statistical tie, with Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum trailing behind. But it looks like former Congressman Maffei will be returning to Washington to represent central New York in Congress.

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1:10pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

Buerkle & Maffei ready for the votes to be close

Ann Marie Buerkle voting in the town of Onondaga, New York.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

The candidates for central New York's 24th congressional district both say they are ready for election results that could be too close to call tonight. The latest Siena College poll on Saturday showed Democrat candidate Dan Maffei tied with incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle at 44 percent.

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6:01am

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

Election officials preparing for a big day

Columbia City Blog Flickr

Election Day is here at last and polling places across upstate New York are prepared to be busy, because presidential election years tend to boost turnout.

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4:37pm

Mon November 5, 2012
Politics

Progressives worry votes for Rozum could mean Buerkle win

Ursula Rozum is running for Congress in New York's 24th District on the Green Party line.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

The latest Siena College poll in the 24th Congressional District gives Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum support from 8 percent of likely voters. The question now is if Rozum will get enough votes to tilt the outcome between the major party candidates.

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7:04am

Mon November 5, 2012
-Candidates in Depth

Al Stirpe & Don Miller compete for Assembly again

Everyone who votes on Tuesday in New York state will choose who will represent them in the state Assembly and Senate.  Very few of those races are truly competitive, with many incumbents running unopposed or against candidates who have no chance of winning.  The exception in central New York is the race for the newly created 127th Assembly district.. which is a rematch of a very close race two years ago.

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5:43am

Mon November 5, 2012
Politics

Race for 24th congressional district in final stretch

After months of campaigning in the too-close-to-call 24th Congressional District race, it's almost time for voters to make their decision. The final weekend of the election season was a busy one.

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6:01am

Sun November 4, 2012
Politics

Catholic faith affects voters differently

As Election Day approaches, is there such a thing as a catholic vote?  Catholics make up a quarter of the voting electorate, but they don't vote in lockstep.  Roman Catholic teachings can take a Catholic voter to both ends of the political spectrum.

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9:49am

Fri November 2, 2012
Politics and Government

Area seniors worried about entitlement cuts

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Seniors in the 24th congressional district are worried about the future of Medicare and Social Security according to a poll conducted by the AARP. 

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7:04am

Fri November 2, 2012
-Candidates in Depth

Profile: Ursula Rozum makes uphill climb for Congress

Ellen Abbott WRVO

WRVO News is interviewing and profiling candidates in the region who are running in contested races.  Ellen Abbot took a closer look at Ursula Rozum, a 28-year old activist who works for the Syracuse Peace Council and is running in the race for the newly redistricted 24th Congressional seat as the Green Party candidate.

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6:18am

Fri November 2, 2012
-Candidates in Depth

Profile: Dan Maffei working to get back to Congress

Ellen Abbott WRVO file photo

WRVO News is interviewing and profiling candidates in the region who are running in contended races.  Ellen Abbot took a closer look at Democrat Dan Maffei, who is trying to win back the seat in Congress he lost two years ago by the slimmest of margins to Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buekle.

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9:42am

Thu November 1, 2012
-Candidates in Depth

Profile: Ann Marie Buerkle working for a 2nd term

Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle at a rally in September.
Ann Marie Buerkle for Congress buerkleforcongress.com

WRVO News is interviewing and profiling candidates in the region who are running in contended races.  Ellen Abbot took a closer look at  Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle. The Republican from Onondaga Hill won her seat in Congress two years ago by the thinnest of margins - only 648 votes.  She's looking for a second term in the newly drawn 24th Congressional District.

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7:01am

Thu November 1, 2012
Regional Coverage

Central NY volunteers to help Hurricane Sandy victims

Central New Yorkers are helping the millions of people affected by Superstorm Sandy.  Agencies like the Salvation Army and Church World Service are raising money or collecting donations for storm victims.  Others, like Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteers  will go to the areas hardest hit by the storm.

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10:20am

Wed October 31, 2012
Politics

Socialist candidate running for president in New York

Third party candidates for president generally don't get much publicity and most of the time don't get enough votes to make a difference in a presidential election. But advancing a cause is reason enough for one third party candidate to run.

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8:57am

Fri October 26, 2012
Politics

Hanna & Lamb debate who is best for 22nd district

The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce yesterday hosted a debate between the candidates for the new 22nd Congressional district, incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna and Democrat challenger Dan Lamb. The district stretches from the eastern portion of Oswego county down through Binghamton. 

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4:32pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County warns of Shigella outbreak

It's not clear where it came from, but an outbreak of shigellosis, more commonly known as shigella, continues to afflict dozens of people in Onondaga County. 

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9:50am

Thu October 25, 2012
Politics

Candidates display varied positions in 24th congressional district debate

The candidates running for the 24th congressional district seat offered three distinct choices for voters in the first televised debate featuring all three candidates last night.   The budget deficit,  jobs, and health care reform were major issues discussed in the WCNY studios, but the most pointed comments mirrored a dispute in the campaign over abortion and the definition of rape.

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5:00am

Wed October 24, 2012
Regional Coverage

Police in Onondaga County crack down on Halloween drunk drivers

Ellen Abbott WRVO

It won't be someone in a police costume pulling drunk drivers over this weekend. Police agencies across Onondaga County are cracking down on Halloween partiers in what has become a busy weekend for police when it comes to drunk driving.

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4:24pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Regional Coverage

Canonization of Marianne Cope brings changes to Syracuse motherhouse

The Court Street museum dedicated to St. Marianne Cope will be seeing renovations.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

At the Sisters of Saint Francis' motherhouse in Syracuse there is a museum and chapel dedicated to Mother Marianne Cope, who was canonized a saint in Rome on Sunday. The Sisters anticipate Cope's canonization will bring more interest in her history.

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9:22am

Mon October 22, 2012
Politics

Former President Clinton energizes Maffei supporters

Former President Clinton gives Maffei supporters talking points for the campaign.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The troops in the Dan Maffei for Congress campaign have been energized after the visit of former President Bill Clinton in Syracuse last week.  Clinton gave Maffei supporters talking points for the campaign.

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11:23am

Fri October 19, 2012
Politics

Health care discussed at Buerkle-Rozum town hall

Two of three candidates in the race for the 24th congressional district, met with voters in Cayuga county yesterday during a town hall forum organized by one of those candidates, Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle.

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5:21pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Politics

Green Party Senate candidate promotes jobs program

The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate was in Syracuse this week and called poverty an issue that's being ignored this political season. 

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8:17am

Thu October 18, 2012
Politics

Gillibrand and Long square off in only debate in Senate race

Voters got their only chance to watch the candidates for U.S. Senate from New York State debate last night.  The two candidates tangled  on issues ranging from abortion to hydrofracking.

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10:50am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics

Maffei says fracking should be regulated by federal government

Congressional candidate Dan Maffei speaks about fracking
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Democratic congressional hopeful Dan Maffei is calling on Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle to take a stand on hydrofracking.   At the same time, Maffei is reiterating his support for federal legislation that would regulate the practice. 

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10:46am

Tue October 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Central NYers travel to Vatican for canonization

Central New York will have its own saint when Mother Marianne Cope is canonized in the Vatican on Sunday, October 21.

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10:21am

Mon October 15, 2012
Health

New designer drug makes an appearance in upstate New York

Now that the abuse of the designer drug bath salts seems to be easing, scientists are warning of a new chemical cocktail. The drug called "smiles" has started making an appearance in upstate New York.

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4:04pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Area CROP Walks hope to help hungry locally and worldwide

It is CROP Walk weekend in central New York. The annual walk, sponsored by Church World Service to raise money for the hungry, comes at a time when the need is great.

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9:50am

Fri October 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Onondaga Nation looks to court for acknowledgement

Attorneys for the Onondaga Nation are scheduled to appear in a federal appeals Court in New York City Friday. It's a continuing land claim dispute between the Native American nation, and New York state, over treaties signed hundreds of years ago.

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4:07pm

Thu October 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Schumer on tax rate compromises: "You can't do three things at once"

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is skeptical about the latest compromise being discussed in Washington to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Schumer expects a deal to be done by the end of the year, but says he won't support what's under discussion now.

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10:28am

Thu October 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Charles Schumer endorses Dan Maffei

Senator Charles Schumer endorses Dan Maffei Wednesday
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Congressional hopeful Dan Maffei has the support of one of the state's top democrats as he tries to unseat incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle.

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